Most parents struggle with knowing what is the appropriate amount of presents to get for their children on Christmas.
- We don't want to be Scrooge, but we don't want them to think Christmas is all about the presents.
- We are excited to see their excitement, but we don't want to create spoiled brats or unrealistic expectations.
- We feel embarrassed when we hear our friends are getting their kids a much nicer gift than we are, but we feel guilty when we realize that we're getting our kids a much nicer gift than another family.
I remember walking through Toys-R-Us last Christmas almost disgusted over the idea of getting more STUFF that they don't need and probably won't even play with in 2 months.
It good for every family to come up with some type of plan that works for them. A little structure to help them make decisions for what's appropriate to do for their kids for Christmas.
Some people set a dollar amount to limit their spending...so their kids might get one bigger present or 5 smaller ones, but the amount of money stays the same.
I have another friend who does 3 gifts per child per Christmas.
The latest idea that I heard (which I really like) is getting each child:
- Something you want
- Something you need
- Something to wear
- Something to read
What guidelines do you use to help you not get "The Crazies" when it comes to shopping for your kids?