15 Nov Christmas for Your Kids – On a Budget
Navigating the holidays on a budget is always difficult. It becomes more difficult when you have children who don’t understand why Santa Claus will bring their friends everything on their wishlist, but only a few things for them (especially when you teach them that Santa Claus will only bring good kids gifts). We as parents want to be able to give our children everything, but sometimes, that is impossible. Below are a few tips to help you pick gifts this Christmas season with a tight budget.
Less Is More
Even kids can appreciate a few big gifts that they will actually use rather than a lot of little things that they will never even touch. A good rule of thumb is to get your kids something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. Pick one big thing that you hear your child talking about over and over again, and get them that. Then get them something that they will need in the next few months, like a coat or school supplies. From there, get them something that they can wear to school or church that they will like. Lastly, get them something that they can read. Books are both inspirational and affordable.
Check Thrift Stores
Thrift stores are wonderful places to find budget gifts for your children. You would not believe some of the things people give away. You can find brand new doll houses, gently used toys, board games with all the pieces, etc. Just make sure that you properly sanitize anything you bring home from the thrift store and make sure that all the pieces are are in tact.
Fads Die Out
Something that is super popular today probably won’t even be cool tomorrow. Fads come and go, so do the things that your children want. For example, if you ask your kids “Who’s your favorite princess/superhero?” the answer will probably change daily. Don’t get your child something that they have only mentioned once, try to get them something that they continuously mention. The most popular toy is usually the most expensive toy, so try to avoid them whenever possible.
If you find something amazing in the store, don’t buy it right away. Do a quick google search and see if you can find it less expensive online. Check eBay and Amazon for gifts like jewelry and toys as you can probably find a few steals. Just remember that unless you have Amazon Prime, you will probably have to pay shipping and/or wait a few weeks for it to arrive. Anything that you order from eBay can take up to 40 days to arrive, so make sure you plan ahead.
Remember the Lesson
What are you trying to teach your kids about Christmas? If you buy them everything on their list, your kids won’t learn to appreciate what they have. Remember that Christmas is about giving and not about presents. Try to use Christmas to teach them appreciation, love, kindness, giving, etc. rather than a holiday about their personal entitlement.