It’s interesting what you’ll find if you google “how many Christmas gifts per child.”
Well, I did that, and I’m intrigued by what I found.
For instance, I ran across an article that shared a survey of Christmas shoppers this year. According to this site, Americans plan to spend an average of
- $330 for children
- $196 for significant others
- $105 for parents
- $90 for siblings
- $57 on best friends
Since Jeremy and I have five kids, I’m assuming that $330 couldn’t possibly be per child, right? 🙂
Another website offered a “frugal rule” of four gifts per child.
I crunched the numbers on that one.
With five kids and a budget of $330, I’d be spending $16.50 per gift if I bought my kids four gifts each.
That sounds pretty frugal.
And, quite unfortunate for my kids, $16.50 won’t do much for gift lists that include ice skates, Legos, and iPads!
I’m not really a “rule keeper” when it comes to Christmas because, well, that sounds a lot like a Grinch to me! (Who keeps rules at Christmas time, anyway?)
Now I love those!
Our family has a few well-loved traditions when it comes to choosing gifts for our kids.
(We do have a budget too, but I’m done talking about numbers for now.)
I want to share a few of our family’s gift-giving traditions with you today.
If you’re Googling “how many gifts per child” too, then I hope this post will give you some fun and practical ideas!
The Three Gift Tradition
Years ago, I ran across an idea at The Humbled Homemaker (one of my favorite blogs, by the way).
Erin, the writer behind the blog, shared that she and her husband always give their kids three gifts each.
The reason behind the idea is what intrigued me:
Three gifts, in honor of the three gifts brought to baby Jesus by the Wise Men.
Now, I’m not one to turn gift giving into some kind of spiritual ritual.
Christmas gifts are fun, plain and simple.
But I liked the idea so well that I shared it with Jeremy, and we’ve been doing it ever since.
I organize our “three gift” choices (loosely) into these categories:
- something my child wants
- something my child needs
- something educational or (yes) spiritual
A “want” might include a pair of ice skates, a doll, an iPad, or a particular toy.
A “need” might be a new pair of boots (for the boys), or new bedroom decor (for the girls).
Educational or spiritual gifts usually include books, a new Bible or devotion book, art supplies, etc.
This idea has simplified our gift-giving so much over the years!
Like I said, it’s a fun tradition, not a Christmas rule.
The Daddy Gift Tradition
Personally, I’m good with three gifts per child.
My husband has his own tradition, though. 🙂
Every year, Jeremy takes all five of our kids to one of their favorite places- a particular store in the Stock Yards in downtown Fort Worth-
And he lets them each pick out a gift.
Then, they all go home and he wraps the gifts (or delegates that part to me or our 13-year old daughter).
This is something that my kids experience every year with their daddy.
Typically, I stay at home (and blog) while he heads off to the Stock Yards with all five of our kids.
(If I haven’t already told you, my husband is an amazing daddy.)
My kids love this tradition!
And that officially brings our gifts-per-child up to four.
The Christmas Stocking Tradition
Now, here’s another of my traditions.
I LOVE Christmas stockings!
Each member of our family has his or her own stocking, and every year I fill the kids’ stockings (and Jeremy’s too) up with small gifts.
I try to stick with inexpensive gifts for stockings because, well, that could get expensive quick!
A few of our top stocking stuffers:
- lip gloss from Bath & Body Works
- organic soaps and lip balm
- deodorant and other body products
- healthy gum and mints
- cutesy stuff from the dollar bins at Target
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The Christmas Ornament Tradition
This is a tradition my Mom started when I was a little girl, and I’ve continued it with my own kids.
Every year, I take my kids on a “Christmas date” and each child picks out a new ornament for the Christmas tree.
(Typically, we go to Hobby Lobby because the Christmas decor is half-off.)
My kids love this fun tradition, and here’s what I enjoy about it most:
Watching my kids’ personalities and unique tastes develop every year.
These ornaments become a sort of “history” for each child, since they always pick ornaments that express their own, unique tastes; or ornaments that remind them of something they love.
One of my sons always picks a train ornament. Every single year.
The other kids have their go to ornament style too, and it’s fun to see them feeling a sense of ownership each Christmas when we decorate the tree.
The only downside of this tradition?
I’m going to have a naked Christmas tree someday when my kids grow up and take their ornaments with them! 😀
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