This year will be our second Christmas as a family of four. It’s also only a few weeks before we head off travelling as a family so we want to make sure we stick to our budget and don’t go crazy buying things for the kids – which is so tempting!
Here’s what we’re planning to get our kids this Christmas:
I’m not sure where this originated from but it’s all over Pinterest and I love the structure it provides for gift-giving for kids. The basic premise is you buy them something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. So, 4 gifts. We did this last year for our then 3 year old and he loved it. It felt a bit strange wrapping up his new Sistema drink bottle (the round wrapped gift in the pic below) but he was happy to have it.
Anything 2nd hand
Please don’t hate me BUT I can totally deal with plastic crap when I know it’s second hand. My local thrift store sells baggies of used kids toys (cars, water pistols etc) for $2 a bag. I will probably add a couple of plastic bags of crap under the tree, knowing fully that they won’t last a week.
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Depending on the age of your kids, cash can be a great gift. Ours are still small, but we’ve started to talk about saving money for Disney with the eldest (to give him a goal he can relate to and wants to achieve), so we plan to give some small notes and coins to go in the ‘Savings’ jar.
This is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, and I finally got around to taking my 4yo out for a coffee date last week. He felt very honoured and grown up, and we had a great chat. So for Christmas, I’m going to make some ‘vouchers’ for a coffee date with Mummy or Daddy.
Chalk for outdoorsI’ve been adding outdoor chalk as a way to bulk up (you know kids love big presents) presents my son gives his friends for their birthdays. It’s such a fun gift, and super cheap. My local supermarket sells a big tub of chalk for just a few bucks or Amazon has these even cheaper!
A tin of paint (to decorate their space)
If you have a teen or tween, they may have asked if they can decorate their own room. I distinctly remember how excited I was to choose paint colours for my bedroom (I choose deep blue with a yellow trim – my parents were saints). It was such a treat to have my room exactly the way I liked it.
Dinner vouchers (that they can cash in for their favourite home-cooked meal)
A voucher book with open coupons they can ‘clip’ to order their favourite meal. Just make sure they are aware of the terms and conditions – as in orders in by 1pm at the latest!
MarblesMarbles are an adaptable toy for children (not babies – huge choking hazard). They help improve hand-eye co-ordination and are an easy game to play anywhere. Especially handy for rainy days, airports and hotel rooms.
A family board gameI know family board games can be expensive to buy new, but if you look at the cost per use they cost a fraction of other toys. We are considering classics like Connect 4 or Snakes and Ladders.
If you want to maximise the enjoyment your kids get from their Christmas gifts whilst staying within your budget, these gift ideas are all you need. Gifts that encourage family time are an especially wonderful way to obtain maximum value from your Christmas budget, as you’ll be creating memories that last far beyond one day a year.
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