I was recently informed that there are only 10 more Mondays until Christmas. Really??!! Where is the time going?
Is it too early to think about holiday shopping? Maybe not.
Last year a dear friend posted an idea for holiday shopping on Facebook. My husband and I tried and loved. It really simplified our shopping for our children.
For each child, purchase:
- Something they want
- Something they need
- Something to wear
- Something to read
What a clever idea!
When I first introduced the idea to my two teenage children, I received looks of confusion and disbelief.
Only four gifts?!
Yes. We kept it simple.
Each child was given something that they really wanted. We purchased a video game system for my son, while my daughter received some ski equipment.
Both children received new winter boots for something they needed,
an outfit for their something to wear,
and a beautiful hardcover book for something to read.
My husband also purchases each child a small, special gift from him…a tradition his dad started when he was a young boy. Since my husband lost his dad to cancer when he was a teenager, this is a meaningful tradition we like to keep.
This shopping idea really simplified our holiday and kept me from overbuying, trying to “even it out” between the two of them. It also helped our children focus on asking for one thing they really want.
For the first time ever, I did not go Black Friday shopping and purchase unnecessary items just because they were on sale. As a result, we stayed within our budget. I felt less stressed and enjoyed the season a bit more.
Most importantly, we found that we had more time and money to put into donating to help less fortunate children enjoy a wonderful holiday. We will definitely do this again!
How do you approach holiday shopping? Do you have ideas or traditions that have simplified the holidays? I would love to hear your thoughts.