The Christmas season means decorations, tasty treats, family celebrations, and gift giving…. and giving and giving. It seems that every year we lose some of the true meaning of Christmas because of the excess of toys that enter our homes. Here are some strategies to avoid Christmas overload.
1. The four-gift philosophy
This gift-giving philosophy goes like this “Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.” This idea gives kids a variety of gifts without going overboard. It’s practical, affordable, and fun. Best of all it makes shopping easier, without the risk of impulse buying.
2. Give an experience
Instead of spending a lot of money on toys that may or may not get played with, consider giving the gift of an experience. Ideas may include a membership to a local attraction like a zoo or children’s museum, classes that the child would enjoy (dance, art, music, etc), tickets to a show, movie passes, gift cards, a special night on the town, or even a vacation. This gift idea is great because it can be given to the entire family and is sure to create memories that last longer than an easily outgrown toy or novelty.