So, in the past I was totally that mom who went all out, whether it was Christmas parties, decorations, even presents. I wanted to give my kids everything they asked for. Now when it came down to it not a very realistic plan on my part. Would always spend way too much on things that would be played with or worn for about five minutes. When it comes to presents you have to ask yourself, do they really need it? Are they going to use it? Are they going to clean it up or will that be the billionth Lego you’ve stepped on in?
This is where the mindset comes in, if the answer is yes, to any of those then chances are they probably don’t need it. This Christmas we are going simple all the way, no more crazy toys that interest them for five minutes then just get thrown into the toy box. We are taking on the “snowman” approach. With this kept in mind everyone will get the same items and it will be stuff that they need and will use. Bottom half of his body is ONE big present of choice, toy, bike, whatever you choose. Middle half is going to be clothes, lets be real they always need clothes. The head is snacks and Christmas treats, and a card that can be hung around the neck will hold either money or a gift card of choice.
Going off of the snowman mindset, we are also setting a budget per child to kind of help us stay on track as well. This is about giving to them but also about keeping us on track as far as our budget goes. Go with what works for you, I have set a limit of $100 per child. Now that doesn’t mean I will spend the full amount; however, it leaves options open. We are looking to make memories this year instead of counting gifts.
When all else fails with gift giving, just remember to try and get them something they to want, something they need, something to wear, something to read, something to share, something for hair, something sweet and something for their feet.
You could choose to go all out, but I promise it’s the little things that matter always. So, when it comes down to it, don’t think so hard about giving presents. Just be present!
Lead Preschool Teacher