This Holiday Gift Idea Will Change How Your Family Does Christmas
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The 4 Gift Rule will change the meaning of Christmas.
As we all know, Christmas can quickly get taken over by a surplus of gifts and often times become overwhelming when there’s so much to open. Not to mention the clean up afterward is a task of its own! After years of contributing to the gift madness during Christmas, I decided to call it quits and enjoy a more simplistic holiday.
Today I’m sharing a fun & unique way you can do it, too. By simplifying your family’s Christmas this year you’ll be less stressed and in return, your kids will receive gifts that are more intentional, meaningful, and things they’ll actually love.
It’s called the “4 Gift Rule”.
Imagine the idea of just giving 4 gifts to each of your children. 😳
There was once a day where I certainly couldn’t, but two years ago after realizing how much frivolous stuff my kids received I couldn’t take it anymore – I decided to pull the plug and gave this trend a try in 2019!
I know this idea might come off shocking if you’re used to going completely overboard, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen parents asking on Facebook or Instagram what to get their kids because they already have it all…🤔
That said, I can promise the 4 Gift Rule takes so much pressure off YOU & your wallet during the holidays. This might also allow you to splurge (or hold out for a great deal if you’re a Hip2Saver) on a gift you normally wouldn’t buy if you were spending money on a boatload of other things.
Here are the 4 gifts you’ll shop for if you’re doing the 4 Gift Rule:
- 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 like a fancy electric toothbrush.
- Something they wear – such as makeup, new sports equipment, or a favorite clothing brand.
- Something they read – could be educational, a college textbook, or an interactive toddler book.
This is our minimalist gift tree from last Christmas:
Let me start by saying my kiddos still enjoyed Christmas just as much last year and they have every other year.
Instead of a 4 Gift Rule, I incorporated one more surprise gift (something you do) and a bonus gift for them all to share.
I chose to tune into my kids’ desires and not what the latest and greatest trending gifts were. I bought things I knew they’d really love and spent a little extra time wrapping them up beautifully so they were even more anticipated come Christmas morning.
As an example, I purchased an Xbox as their “share gift” (and I scored a great deal on Black Friday), an NFL football jersey for my oldest son’s “wear gift”, tickets to go paint-balling with cousins as their “something to do gift”, and so on. I was so proud of my self-control! Even when I was tempted by last-minute things in the stores I stood my ground and said “NO! What I already have IS enough.”.
Every single thing was a total hit and I’m absolutely not tooting my own horn, rather sharing how life-changing this new way of gifting has been for us as a family. As a bonus, clean up was minimal and we enjoyed a delicious french toast casserole afterward (when normally they’d still be ripping through toys and making a mess). It was truly special.
Here are more of the amazing benefits of the “4 Gift Rule”:
- It makes your holiday shopping more simplified.
- You’re likely to spend less money.
- Creates an equal playing ground when everyone gets the same amount.
- Kids will think harder about the things they really want.
- Create grateful hearts.
- Kids will have more appreciation for what they have.
- Christmas morning will be less hectic & more enjoyable.
- Less clean up when all the unwrapping is over.
- Helps everyone focus on what’s really important during the holidays.
- Doesn’t make other kiddos feel bad when they didn’t get “as much”.
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 this 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
Hip 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
Christmas should be a season of joy, togetherness, and, for many, the celebration of Christ’s birth. We all have a choice to mold it into the way we want it to be, so make the most out of your holiday. No matter how you decide to celebrate this year, make it memorable, and surround yourself with family.
Merry Christmas, Hip2Savers! ❤️