I remember several times looking at the heaping pile of toys wondering... "What was I thinking?" "Do my kids really enjoy all this 'stuff'?"
After JJ turned 2, I began to rethink my holiday spending. At the time, it was mostly due to money restraints. It wasn't until the last year that it was truly with the intent to simplify.
To keep track of the gifts I had purchased and what was still needed, I created a template. My children would get a gift from each of the following categories:
- parent gift
- environmental friendly
- book basket
- from sibling
- kid’s choice
- additional item.
Next year though, I think I have an even simpler plan. I was reading a post on Simplicity Parenting by Vanessa Kerr. She made a suggestion that falls right in line with what I, myself, do to simplify the holidays.
Here are the 4 areas of family gift giving:
- something you want
- something you need
- something to wear
- something to read.
Closing thoughts to ponder:
What is it that you feel is most important as far as gift giving?
How do you plan to simplify the holidays?