When it comes to Christmas gift giving, especially to your kids, it’s essential to strike a balance between fun and functionality, delight and practicality.
To make the most of your gift-giving, consider the tradition of offering children distinct presents – the 8 gift rule, as you might have heard it called.
This thoughtful approach to gift-giving ensures a well-rounded and meaningful experience for the little ones in your life.
I know what you’re thinking – 8 gifts per child is A LOT! And yes, it can be, especially if you’re spending $100 per gift. But, for me, this was never the case. Gifts can be store-bought or homemade and some of the gifts can be shared by their siblings.
Another option is to get your extended family involved – for example, the grandparents could be in charge of buying the kids one of the 8 gifts listed below. One of the things I like about this rule is that every child receives the same number of gifts.
It’s easy to go overboard when you are shopping for your kids, especially when you factor in all the smaller gifts such as stocking stuffers. While there is no rule about gift giving for kids and no budget either, I do find that this approach works for us.
Here is a brief breakdown of the 8 gift rule:
Gift #1: Something They Want
Starting with something a child wants is an excellent way to kick off the gift-giving experience with excitement and anticipation. While it’s fun to indulge a child’s desires, it’s also essential to consider their age and interests.
Whether it’s a popular toy, a video game, or a hobby-related item, giving a child something they want allows them to enjoy a moment of pure joy during the holiday season. Be sure to choose age-appropriate gifts and consider their favourite characters, colours, or themes to make the gift even more special.
Gift #2: Something They Need
Gift-giving isn’t just about fun; it’s also an opportunity to provide for a child’s practical needs.
Consider gifts that contribute to their well-being and daily life. It could be something as simple as a backpack for school, a set of cozy pyjamas, or a new bicycle helmet. These gifts not only address a child’s requirements but also teach them the importance of responsible gift-giving and gratitude.
Gift #3: Something to Wear
A stylish and functional gift for kids is something to wear.
Clothes, accessories, or even a pair of trendy sneakers can be an exciting addition to their wardrobe. Kids often appreciate fashionable items that allow them to express their personal style. Be sure to consider their size, favourite colours, and the upcoming seasons when selecting clothing or accessories, ensuring they will be comfortable and fashionable in their new attire.
Gift #4: Something to Read
Encouraging a child’s love for reading is a gift that keeps on giving. A book is not only an educational tool but also a source of entertainment, imagination, and knowledge. Choose age-appropriate books that cater to their interests and reading level. Whether it’s a beloved classic, a captivating adventure, or an educational reference, a book will open new worlds for a child and foster a lifelong love of reading.
Gifts #5: Something to Play
Children thrive on play, imagination, and creativity. Providing them with something to play with, whether it’s a set of building blocks, a craft kit, art supplies, or a board game, is a valuable gift that stimulates their cognitive and social development. Toys that encourage problem-solving and cooperation are especially beneficial, as they foster critical skills while also providing hours of entertainment.
Gift #6: Something to Share
Teaching children the importance of sharing and empathy is a priceless gift in itself. Something to share could be a gift that promotes interaction, cooperation, and bonding with siblings, friends, or family members.
Consider board games, puzzles, or even a family experience like helping out at a soup kitchen, a day at the zoo or a visit to an amusement park. These shared activities create lasting memories and strengthen the child’s sense of community.
Gift #7: Something They Love
While it may seem similar to “something they want,” “something they love” goes beyond just fulfilling a desire.
It’s about providing a gift that truly resonates with a child’s passions and interests. This could be a beloved hobby, a cherished collection, or an experience they’ve always dreamed of. By gifting something they love, you show that you understand and support their individuality, fostering a sense of self-worth and validation.
Gift #8: Something from Santa
Lastly, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a magical touch from Santa Claus. A small, whimsical gift from Santa adds a sense of wonder and enchantment to the festivities. This can be a fun and imaginative addition to the holiday celebration and reinforces the belief in the season’s magic.
Note: If you prefer to allocate all gifts from Santa Claus, then you may not need to worry about this one.
Giving gifts to kids is a wonderful way to create lasting memories and teach valuable life lessons. By following the tradition of offering something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read, something to play, something to share, and something they love, you can ensure a well-rounded and thoughtful gift-giving experience. Ultimately, the most meaningful gifts are those that come from the heart and reflect your love and appreciation for the special children in your life.
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