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?