Idea 24: Christmas Gift Strategy

I love this elephant brooch by ennashop. Puts a whole new spin on white elephant gift.

This year I am wading into new territory.

I must buy Christmas gifts for my own child. So these critical life questions are swirling in my head:

How many gifts? How much money? What kinds of gifts?

Because my son spent the first 4 years of his life in an orphanage, he lacks the type of materialistic outlook I probably nutured at his age. So I really don’t want to overload him with stuff when he doesn’t want it.

Here is a strategy a friend of mine employs. Four gifts per child, 1 in each of the following categories:

Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read

Sure adds boundaries, doesn’t it?


  1. I love this idea. I had purposed to do that this year when I heard it last year. However…I forgot when I started shopping months ago. =) Somehow, I need to figure a way to put a reminder that I’ll see next August. =) Maybe a Christmas in July post from my favorite organizational blog? 😉

  2. I like it!

    Have you introduced the Santa Claus myth to him? Will you?

  3. We did something similar when we were little. One want, a new book and a family game to share. I try to do something similar with my kiddos now too.

  4. I like it! I struggle every year with my kids getting too much at Christmas. I am thankful for all the grandparents aunts uncles etc. but it sure does make for a pile of stuff! Guess that’s why I’m weeding out now…

  5. I like it. I think it should be applied to everyone. Then we wouldn’t grow up thinking that we deserve everything, and someone should buy it for us.
    I was surprised that you had a blog, but not really surprised, after I thought about, just that I didn’t know about it :)
    I now you are going to be a great mother.

  6. Are you going to ask grandparents and aunts and uncles to abide by this idea as well? That is where we run into too many gifts. They have a way of not knowing when to stop although they do a great job of helping with new clothes.


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