I’ve made a list, checked it twice, and I’m ready for a simple and stress-free holiday gift shopping experience. Between family and friends, my daughter gets an overwhelming number of gifts every holiday, which only adds to her ever-growing pile of toys. I’m trying to keep things minimalist on our end for her own spoiled sake – and for the sake of my living room that’s currently overflowing with stuffed animals, Duplo, and pretend cooking supplies.
My daughter will be receiving four presents from us this year. That’s right, four. Not fourteen, not forty, she’s getting four perfect holiday gifts. I’m keeping things simple in categories that cover the bases for any kid, at any age, no matter if they’re into Paw Patrol, Star Wars, or Disney princesses.
Holiday gift #1: Something they want. This is where you forget about what you want for your kid and you give in to what they want. It might be a really annoying talking doll, or a video game you’re afraid will get a little too much play. For my daughter, it’s anything and everything to do with Peppa Pig. And while that giggling British pig may drive me nuts, the joy she will get makes it worth it in the end.
Holiday gift #2: Something they need. Now it’s your turn. You get to play the parent card and pick out something your kid might not have asked for. That doesn’t mean this gift shouldn’t still be something your child will (hopefully) appreciate. Maybe it’s time for a new hockey stick or soccer cleats. If your son or daughter is as crafty as mine, this is a great time to restock the art supplies. And socks may seem a little cliché, but let’s face it, we all need them. Kids especially seem to burn through them at an alarming rate.
Holiday gift #3: Something to wear. The holidays are the perfect time to splurge on cozy sweaters, cute slippers, and brand-new pyjamas. Our tradition is a pair of holiday pj’s to be opened and worn on Christmas Eve. This one is usually the easiest box to tick off my list.
Holiday gift #4: Something to read. My daughter’s book collection is already impressive for a two-year-old and we visit the library often. But no matter how many stories we’ve already read to her, she’s always happy to hear a new one. Whether you have a little one in need of a new bedtime story, or an older child you’re hoping to nudge into reading on their own, you can never go wrong with books.
Happy shopping, happy holidays, and hopefully you have happy kids when they open their four perfect gifts!