Several years ago our kids asked if we could draw names among the adults for gift giving. With six kids, and now four spouses, and us, and my parents the list was getting long and expensive. We said yes, though Tim and I still get gifts for everyone. Gift cards for dinner out, a trip to a paid Christmas light experience, Disney + for a year, that kind of thing.
The problem is that gift cards aren't very fun to wrap! I had a few things to wrap yesterday and it made me happy, as I enjoy using pretty paper and ribbons, and creating gift tags.
Kyle got a brown paper wrapped with gorgeous plaid ribbon. I used my thistle seal with red wax for a bit of a unique tag.
The grands got cute stocking paper and sweet ribbons, along with a personalized tag.
Sarah's is pretty plaid paper, with a lovely ribbon with lace on the edges.
When my kids were growing I often followed this guideline
One of Kyle's gifts for example is a want/need item and one is a wear item. I may still try to get him a read item as well, but I don't feel locked into this guideline. We are book buyers throughout the year, and I'm not sure if he has a current list of books he wants right now.
My Tennessee grands are getting a cool I Spy Christmas book, and crafty kinds of things for their stockings. The grands here are getting games, and fun things in their stockings.
I buy things like gum, small packs of tissues, book marks, small lotions, candy, new toothbrushes, etc for stocking gifts. I sometimes put knitted items in their stockings as well.
We often gift baked goods to neighbors and friends. Cappuccino muffins, cookies, pretzel candy all make great gifts for neighbors and friends. Most Americans have more than they need, so a small token to say Merry Christmas is usually well received. People love to know you were thinking of them.
Also, this year we are trying to buy from local small businesses. They've been hit hard by our governors mandates, and so we are trying to support them as much as we can.
What kind of gifts to you like to give? Any family traditions? Let's talk about it in the comments!