Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas on Purpose: Simple, Easy Gift Ideas for the Kids

I think twinkle lights make things a little bit magical, don’t you?  And once these bad boys were up today I just wanted to sit down with some sort of hot beverage and gaze at them.

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But then the kids something something about school and I realized that it’s ballet day and youth group and I needed to get a little bit of work from home work done too. 

Poof.  Just like that, it goes by.  There go all my ideas for the day. 

I always think that during the Christmas season every non-Christmasy thing should stop.  Appointments should not be made or kept, work should not have to be done, checkbooks shouldn’t have to be balanced (wait, do people still do that?  I know I do, by hand, like a grandma-it makes me happy).  But life does go on, even during Christmas.  Sometimes we have to do the necessary things that aren’t really that fun.  But because I long for more Christmas fun, and less normal work during December I usually try to keep things simple.  Especially when it comes to gifts.  When the kids were little I was typically stumped.  What on earth to get these three little wonders who lovingly believe in Santa?  And how to do that without going into debt?  I was stumped until two years ago when I read somewhere that a mom buys just 4 things for each child:  something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.  Genius.  So that’s what we do.  We keep the gifts simple, and easy and try really hard not to overcomplicate things.  We also set a budget at the beginning of the shopping time for each and every single thing we think we’ll need to buy.  It keeps us accountable. 

We also try really hard to buy classic things, not the current fads.  This is tough, but Sarah of Clover Lane always has great ideas.  Here’s a few of her ideas to get you going:  her family’s favorite toys and their favorite games

How about you?  What are your favorite gift ideas?


1 comment:

  1. we have a tradition of getting 3 gifts for each of the kids. jesus got 3, there you go (this doesn't include the stocking).

    i love to give creative lasting gifts.
    michael and i have made teeter-totter, puppet theater, doll beds with matching bedding as the girls, bible case covers to the kids.

    i have given our oldest daughter a lisa leonard necklace with her word- "immeasurable" on it (my prayer for her is eph 3:16-19).

    last year we gave the g-parents silhouettes of each of the grand-kids. that was cool.

    this year i will have to go entirely store bought.
    that is okay. the ideas i have tossing around in my head will have to wait till next year.

    and like you we always have a budget. going broke on christmas is not an option.


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