How We Do Christmas Gift Giving
This year the whole family has decided that we've grown too large to buy individual gifts for everyone, and so we've drawn names for everyone Kyle's age and up.
We'd talked about it for several years, but Tim and I resisted because several of the 'kids' in our home would have needed us to buy their gifts to give to others, and so everyone would have one gift to buy and we'd have had to buy 4-5. But now this year, everyone has an income source and are fully on board with buying their person a gift.
So, everyone from my Dad down to Kyle, drew names and we are all on the hunt for gifts for our person. Tim and I will buy for the kids still in our home, our grands, and each other. I think all the families in our family will do the same.
I also follow this guide when giving gifts -
I also add "something to eat" as everyone here has a favorite candy, and these usually go into their stockings. Also sometimes these things combine. This year for example, there is a book Kyle wants as it is the next book in a favorite series, and so 'want and read' are combined this year.
My motto for years, that I've taught the kids, is to not just buy 'something' for the person. Buy something that is thoughtful of the person you're buying for, and if you do that, you can buy something at a thrift store or yard sale and it will be that persons' best gift! Nate and Kay followed this one year buying Sarah a certain glass that had been an inexpensive thing from McDonald's years ago that was tied into a favorite film series (books too!). They paid a few dollars and wrapped it up for her. On Christmas morning, she squealed with delight and used it for years until it broke. (a happy thing is right before her birthday last year, she and I were looking around an antique store we'd never been in before, and we found her glass and the three others that were a part of a collectable set, for $12. She was reluctant to have me buy it, but she really wanted them. She felt better when I reminded her it could be a part of her birthday gifts!
I guess the moral of that story is that if you know the person your buying for you don't have to spend a lot to give JOY! I've spent a lot of time knitting this fall for gift giving this year. So far the gifts I've given have been received happily.
Maybe you think you aren't able to make anything, but homemade hot cocoa mixes in jars, cookies or the dry ingredients for cookies in a canning jar, or breads, make wonderful gifts. So do thoughtful gifts from the Dollar Tree or the Dollar Spot at Target. Last year I bought a three dollar placemat from Target and using some batting and a plaid piece of fabric I already had, I made a cute Christmas pillow. It was straightline sewing and easy as all the fabric already had finished seams.
My family like accessories like scarves and gloves, so I keep my eye out for sales on these items. Many times stores like Old Navy practically give these things away! And if you shop online sales with them, you can always ship to the store and pick it up! I scored nice flannel blanket scarves recently for $8 dollars each! But shhh, don't tell!
This has gotten long, but I really wanted to encourage you in your gift giving. I love giving gifts to people! Tell me what your gift giving traditions are in the comments and we'll chat!