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Gift giving. Do you find that is just not what it used to be? I do. It’s just not the same as looking through the Sears Catalog when you were a kid, writing Santa and hoping you’d get at least one thing you were wishing for.
This gift giving [and receiving] thing has gotten way major complicated. And I’m not gonna lie. I am a full on complicator myself. Should I admit to you that I just found 2 unopened presents from last Christmas in the playroom? That bothers me [and for more than one reason]. But being intentional is a lot of work. It takes a lot of thought and a lot of planning. Don’t get me wrong, there will be some useless Barbie, Transformer type junk mixed in the lot but I’m hoping that the majority of the lot sparks creativity, makes you use your imagination and doesn’t add a lot too much clutter [for my sake].
Let’s talk specifics. How do you do presents for your children at your house? I always wonder? I mean, really, everyone does things very differently. Clearly, my husband and I have different views, as we grew up differently. I suppose we’ve kind of mixed up our childhood Christmas gift giving ways and have come to somewhat of an unspoken agreed upon middle ground. And I like to think we are quite middle “ish” on the presents. I’ve seen both ends of the spectrum. I’m sure you have too. Parents that are very conservative with their gift giving both in cost and quantity. And parents that are lavish and over the top.
Where do you fall on this spectrum? Do most of the gifts come from you or from Santa or is it an even split. Do you make sure you spend the exact same dollor amount on each child to make it fair or does each child have the same number of presents to open. Or do you just buy what you buy for each kid and not worry about keeping score? I can’t be too crazy about this aspect though though. It just may happen that one child might get a different number of presents than the other but we try to keep it in a close range. And truly, as they start to get older it all shifts anyways. Small items cost more and more expensive presents equals a few less to open. I always like to have one biggish present for the kids that is from us, and then a mix of gifts from santa and us.
What about you? Do you have a method? And tell me, how do you keep the toy overload at bay?