3 Rules For Buying Christmas Presents For Children

Esther Walker: My benevolent neglect as a child was directly because my mother had so many kids.

Do you find yourself spending Christmas Eves surrounded by presents, wondering if you’ve been generous enough?

And then hate yourself on Christmas Day for over indulging your little ones?

Present buying is a minefield – practical presents are boring; plastic tat is plastic tat.. And then there is the question of sibling rivalry – you’ve got to make sure you’re fair to each of your children. 

We have yet to get it right but we do believe that applying a few rules helps one to rein in unnecessary spending and focus on the best part of Christmas: spending quality time with our families.

Here are our rules for present buying:

Get Them Your Children Make A List

Or at least give you some idea about what their heart desires.

Set a deadline for list submissions and then whittle down what they’ve written into things you might consider and those that are completely off limits.

This is where the practicality ratio comes in handy…

Set The Practicality Ratio

For every two presents that provide “fun”, ensure that one present is practical .. (and better still,  something they will also love, such as a new hoodie or a pyjamas or  kids light up shoes).

Manage their expectations beforehand by letting them know which things they definitely won’t get. 

Take The Focus Off Presents

As wonderful as it is to see their eyes light up, don’t let Christmas Day be all about presents.  Warn them of this fact when they hand your a list as long as their arm.

And don’t expect them to appreciate the value of what they are getting. 

Often the cheapest and smallest presents are the ones children treasure the most. 

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