It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but also the most expensive!
With families getting bigger and advertising featuring absolutely everywhere in the weeks building up to Christmas, it’s easy to get somewhat carried away over the festive period and end up counting the cost of the season when the “January blues” hit.
The fear of this inspired my wife and I to look into ways we can still give our children some amazing presents without necessarily breaking the bank; she stumbled upon the following concept for purchasing presents, which can be applied to not just kids but pretty much anybody in your family!
I have however primarily focused on the children as we try it with them for the first time in 2019!
Let’s face it, our children are always going to tell you what they want for Christmas.
With adults, the art of buying presents for each other becomes somewhat more tricky as maybe we’re not as forthcoming about stuff we would really want whereas children don’t possess that filter!
For example, I can always recall receiving a “main” present as a kid; whether it was a keyboard or a games console (I always asked for a drum kit to no avail) I always had something big in mind.
This is no different to the girls who have asked for Sylvanian Families and Barbie (3 and 9 respectively) equipment as their main present for Christmas; higher ticket items that take up more space than others both in your living room and in your bank account.
Sometimes it’s difficult for kids to differentiate between what they want and what they need; of course we would expect that as we were probably all the same as kids.
However I think it’s a good lesson to learn; this isn’t to say that you’re going to buy something they won’t like, but the need aspect of this concept can still be something they would really enjoy.
For example, both kids were really after new arts and crafts stuff however it wasn’t necessarily top of the wish list; however, as both girls are really enjoying being more creative and our 3 year old is becoming more confident holding crayons and pencils at nursery, it definitely becomes something necessary for their confidence and development.
This I think is a really nice idea and allows your children to have an active say in what they wear, be it inside or outside the house.
For example, we have gotten the girls some Christmas pyjamas and a new dressing gown each. These items are not bank-breakers and they serve a purpose, keeping them both fluffy and warm during the winter months.
However it’s not all about practicality; as both girls get older and start to have more say in the way they dress, the choice of what they wear will mean they’ll always have suggestions at Christmas!
Both girls still love a book, which is brilliant because technology is everywhere.
3 is currently enjoying having Julia Donaldson’s array of amazing stories read to her whilst 9 is cracking on with The World’s Worst Teachers and pretty much anything by Jacqueline Wilson.
Books are easy to pick up too, be it from Waterstones, The Works or Amazon; they often come in deals with other similar titles so another thing that doesn’t loosen the purse strings too much.
It is easy to get somewhat carried away with Christmas, mainly because that’s just the way we’re headed. I’m not trying to crap on your Christmas, but I am simply sharing with you something that we have decided to give a go this year.
What other budgeting tips can you think of to help you over Christmas? Does anybody out there use the same or similar as what I’ve said above and if so what are your experiences? Would you feel comfortable doing this with your children too?
Let me know what you think!