You’ve probably heard this before: you ought to buy four (that’s 4!) Christmas presents for your kids: something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read. It’s often referred to as the four gift rule.
Personally, I couldn’t disagree more.
Firstly, clothing items are not exactly presentable, unless your little one has just started to discover her/his style (colour or character obsession at this stage really) and that’s their request. In which case it also falls into the WANT category. That’s fine and dandy. They are cute being huge Batman fans wanting to wear Batman costume 24/7.
Secondly, whatever they NEED, well in my opinion that’s not a gift, but again, you just have to buy it anyway. Like toothbrush or multivitamins. Wrap them up and put them under the Christmas tree just to have MORE presents? Why? Will the tree look more Instagram-worthy?
Therefore, I say, keep Christmas gifting low-key. Don’t shower them with presents. Instead, buy one or two MEANINGFUL present. It’s good for them and it’s all about presentation. Make them understand that Christmas is not about buying stuff. If they don’t understand it just yet, they surely will sooner or later.
My Christmas gift rules are:
Something they want and something to enjoy together. Let them pick one thing they really-really do want (but still reasonable). Let them pick it out carefully. If they still wish for a pink plush unicorn, then let it be. Respect their wish. As for the second present, that’s really your duty to find it. Find something to enjoy together. Give them the joy of togetherness. Playing together. Reading with them. Go and explore. Watch a panto. Something to remember. Create memories with your little one. Spend your time, not only your money. They need you and not another pair of jeans.
What do you think of the four gift rule?