Written by: Beth Lewis
Seeing the face of someone who has just opened the ‘perfect gift’ is priceless. No matter who it is! So it’s understandable that we can feel a lot of pressure around what to buy our loved ones – especially our children. We want to see their faces light up when they open their gifts on Christmas morning. As parents we also don’t want to feel like we’ve just spent our entire shopping budget on gifts that will be used once and cast aside as soon as the next ‘fad’ hits the shops.
Here are a few hints and tips to hopefully help you make gift giving a little less stressful this year:
1: Introduce a ‘gift giving strategy’
The WANT, NEED, WEAR, READ strategy is fantastic for children and can become quite fun for them to get involved in when they’re creating their (seemingly never-ending) Xmas lists as they get older!
The strategy is very simple. You find gifts that fall into the following categories –
- Something I want (this can be the one BIG gift)
- Something I need
- Something to wear
- Something to read
2: What to give someone who ‘has everything’
There is always that one person who seems impossible to buy for… they have everything?!
- Preserving a personal memory means a lot to most people. (ie: this could be in the form of a photobook or personalised gift like the above suggestion, containing a photo, quote or story etc.)
- Personalised gifts never go astray in these situations and there are countless online stores that offer there services nowadays. (Simply Google ‘personalised gifts’ and you will be spoiled for choice.)
- Don’t be afraid of a gift card – everyone has a favourite store
- Books – A book is a great personal gift to give as a way of say ‘I thought you would enjoy this’
- A charity donation as a gift makes you and the recipient feel good about the impact you have on the world. You know that this gift won’t go to waste. After all, the message of Christmas is giving to the less fortunate. There are many charities that sell gifts with this purpose in mind. The possibilities are endless. You can support families in need in Australia, families living in poverty overseas, animal welfare groups and hospital appeals. Try Google ‘give a charity donation as Christmas gifts’ or contact your favourite charity for information on how to ‘give’ as a gift
Finally, when someone says: “I Have Everything I Need,” Give Yourself permission to not buy for them instead share a nice moment together and make memories.
3: Give yourself time and plan well – save yourself time, stress and money!
This is an important tip, especially if you have a long list of people to buy for at Christmas! A great way to plan ahead is to purchase gifts when/if you see them and put them away until Xmas. This takes a lot of time and pressure off you as Christmas draws closer (and can save you some $ too!)
Use our Christmas Gift Tracking template to note all recipients of gifts so you can keep track of who you are buying for and how much you are spending on each gift.
Don’t leave the wrapping job until Santa has left the South Pole! Wrap as you shop and stock up on the essentials of sticky tape and wrapping paper.
Our most important message these holidays is that your PRESENCE is the best PRESENT you could give anyone!
Looking for some activities to keep the kids entertained these holidays?
Check out our 20 Free Activities To Do With Your Kids blog post for some inspiration.
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