This Holiday Gift Idea Will Change How Your Family Does Christmas
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Christmas can quickly get taken over by a surplus of gifts and often times become overwhelming when there’s so much to open and clean up. Not to mention how difficult it can be to keep your budget in check during the holidays.
I’m sharing a fun and unique way to simplify your family’s Christmas this year and give your kids more intentional and meaningful gifts.
It’s called the “Four Gift Rule”.
The Four Gift Rule is a simplistic way to give gifts to your kids each year. You or they will pick just 4 gifts from the curated categories below:
- Something they want – such as a popular video game or the hottest new trends this season.
- Something they need – such as toiletries or maybe a more expensive item you’ve been neglecting to buy.
- Something they wear – such as make-up, new sports equipment, or a favorite clothing brand.
- Something they read – could be educational, a college textbook, or an interactive toddler book.
You could even make it a “Five Gift Rule” by doing what reader Kyle does ❤️:
“I would add an additional category, something you’re willing to give to someone else! Bring me toys you don’t play with anymore. Let’s donate them. Bring me the clothes that don’t fit etc. We need to teach kids the importance of giving. Not everyone is getting PlayStations at Christmas. Give your kids stuff, but also make them into givers.” – Kyle
I get it. This may seem next to impossible, and if you’re anything like me when it comes to giving gifts around Christmas, it’s going to take some serious self-control.
But here are some amazing benefits of the “4 Gift Rule”:
- It makes your holiday shopping more simplified.
- You’re likely to spend less money.
- Create grateful hearts and more appreciation for what you have.
- Christmas morning will be less hectic and more enjoyable.
- Helps everyone focus on what’s really important during the holidays.
Here’s what some of our readers had to say about their 4 gift rule experiences:
“We have done this for 5 years! They are always pleased with what they receive and doing just 4 gifts allows us to afford a family trip each year, which they are always excited to learn about on Christmas.” – Dawn
“It makes it so much easier but also harder because I really think hard about what I’m getting them. It’s a wonderful tradition in this over-consuming America! I don’t buy stuff just to buy stuff anymore!!! We are living a minimal life and it’s beautiful!” – Chelle
“We’ve been doing this for two years and I LOVE IT! My children have been so spoiled which is my fault, so we are trying to reign it in. I don’t want them to think Christmas is only about gifts.” – Shawndra
“We have been doing the last few years, I love it. It really reduces random buying. I still do a stocking with fun stuff and jammies on Christmas Eve.” – Samantha
“We do this!! I’m a single momma of 4 kids, so this helps with the budget as well as makes sure gifts are equal. The kids love it and ask specifically for certain gifts. It takes the surprise away at times but they also get to look forward to getting what they’ve asked for in each category.” – Karen
“We started doing this 4 years ago in our house and it has made the holiday so much more enjoyable.” – Tracy
Tip: Help your kids with their list by using these reader suggested techniques:
“When you have kids make out their list, have them list in those categories. It’s a good lesson in their needs vs. their wants.” – Mary
“I do this and we have a board up divided into the 4 categories and the kids can add to the list, this really makes them think about gift ideas. My kids are 14, 13 and 8 and we thankfully have no complaints about this!” – Brandy
Ready to give it a try? Check out our free printables below!
Here are some other great gift ideas that our readers shared:
“I do 3 gifts for my kids. 1. Something they want. 2. Something they need. 3. An experience – This could be going to a sporting event, a concert, a Broadway play, swimming with dolphins, etc.” – Sarah
“We’ve done this the last 4 years and have loved it, but this year everyone is in charge of buying an entire-family-experience. My 12-year-old wants to treat the family to see the Nutcracker movie, my 6-year-old wants to have an art painting night and my husband and I are each planning a little weekend getaway. Grandparents usually still spoil them and Santa will still fill stockings.” – Rosette