Sorry I’ve been a little MIA– we’ve all had colds so I’ve been using any normal blogging time to get some needed rest. It’s the hustle and bustle of the approaching holidays, I think! I guess I’d rather have us get it out of the way now!
So yes, as much as I hate to admit it, the holidays are here. I realize that many people don’t want to think about this stuff yet– Halloween was just last week! We have big families, though, and I have to start shopping early. My kids are already thinking about what they’re asking Santa for!
In our house, we do the want/need/wear/read system for Christmas gifts. This is our third year doing this, and it works out really, really well. I’ve explained to the kids that Santa has a lot of kids on his list, and they are very lucky that they get a lot of gifts for the Christmas and their birthdays from us and from family members. Therefore, they don’t need to ask Santa for a MILLION things.
I thought this would be a tough sell for the kids, but they are all in on this. It forces them to think about what they really, really want. Anything that doesn’t make the top of the list goes on their Amazon wishlists.
Want items are usually the big items on their list: my son wants a Playstation, my daughter wants a Luvabella doll this year.
Need: items that aren’t always “fun” but are necessary. Last year, my kids each wanted night stands for their rooms and this was considered a need.
Wear: fun clothes, stuff that we might not normally buy.
Read: books or a magazine subscription. Can even be an Amazon gift card for Kindle books
Any smaller items that they might want, or any necessities or fun little stuff will go into their stockings.
Doing this makes the clutter way more manageable. It makes my kids really think about what they want, as opposed to taking the “all of the above” mentality when it comes to putting together their wishlists.
I created this printable Want/Need/Wear/Read list for my kids to fill out. If you’d like access to the file, add your email in the box below and you will get the password to the file.