Christmas and how we are doing it this year! (2017)

Every year on the lead up to Christmas myself and Paul struggle with what to get the boys for what we consider to be ‘a magical day’. ¬†We often lose sight on how much we are spending and stress trying to make sure that each child has exactly the same amount of presents under the tree. This year we are going to try something different, this being the four gift rule.

If you haven’t heard about the four gift rule, the idea behind it is you buy your children no more or no less than four gifts for Christmas, these being…

  1. Something they want 
  2. Something they need
  3. Something to wear
  4. Something to read

For older children who are used to waking up on Christmas morning to an abundance of presents under the tree it might come as quite a surprise and disappointment to see less gifts.
We are quite aware that this is probably going to be the case with our older boys Josh, Owain and Kallum who clearly remember the last few Christmases, however we have been constantly reminding them that this year they will only be receiving four presents¬†something they want will be from Father Christmas and the other three from us. They will still receive their Christmas stockings at the end of their bed packed with goodies that Father Christmas has brought, so this that won’t changing for them.
Depending on your Christmas budget you can spend as much or as little as you want on the four gifts. Below I’ve given some gift ideas but one of the main points of the four gift rule is you come out of the Christmas period debt free.

For a baby 
Something they want –¬†Bath toys,¬†play activity mat or a jumperoo
Something they need – Teething toys, hi-chair or a walker
Something to wear –¬†
 Jumper, a pram blanket or the next size up in babygrows
Something to read –¬†Guess How Much¬†I Love You written by Sam McBratney or That’s Not My …. by Usborne Books

For a toddler up to pre-schooler
Something they want –¬†Bike, scooter or some roller skates
Something they need –¬†Carseat, a big boy/girl bag or some shoes
Something to wear –¬†Jumper, dressing-up clothes or¬†
Something to read –¬†The Gruffalo written by Julia Donaldson or Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

Something they want –¬†Scooter, lego or Ipad
Something they need –¬†Shoes, lunch box or school¬†supplies
Something to wear –¬†Dressing-up, hoodie or baseball cap/flat brim hip hop hat
Something to read –¬†Diary of a Wimpy Kid written by Jeff Kinney or¬†Bettle Queen written by M.G Leonard

Something they want –¬†Mobile, laptop or game console
Something they need –¬†Toiletries (smellies) or shoes
Something to wear –¬†Hoodie, tracksuit¬†or a pair of converse
Something to read –¬†¬†For this age group¬†I think they already know¬†authors so best maybe to check what they are reading.¬†

I’m hoping from the boys receiving less this Christmas they won’t be as overwhelmed from the amount of presents under the tree, and also they will appreciate more the gifts they do receive as there won’t be so much. As well as our gifts there will also be gifts from family so under the tree will still look full just not as full as it has done in previous years.
Our plan is to not go to over the top with spending on the boys gifts as with the money we save on not buying ten plus presents for each child we will go out for a Christmas meal with friends/family and take the 5 boys to Sierra Nevada for a few nights in-between Christmas and New Year to play in the snow.

Will you be trying the four gift rule also this Christmas? 

Thanks for reading x

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