Want it, Need it, Wear it, Read it. The gift giving evolution in our house

Dec 18, 2018
The holidays are so busy, so, so busy for everyone.  For many reasons (including three birthdays in the fall and winter) we really needed to simplify the gift giving in our house.  Our kids get a lot of gifts, we are so blessed that they are loved, but we realized things needed to change.  The first thing that we did was implement the want it, need it wear it, read it gift giving, and it is still evolving.  See my updated privacy disclosure here, and this post contains affiliate links.

My husband and I were spending so much time finding gifts, and wrapping gifts, only to find that the kids were more interested in one of two things that an aunt perfected in her gift giving.  They only wanted that toy (or the box when they were littler), and the rest of it was relegated to a bin.  Probably never played with and just creating clutter.  So, a couple of years ago we tried something new.

How we simplified Christmas.

That has changed too!  Those four gifts used to be from us, and I would spend forever wrapping and counting.  UGH!  Now no more.  They get ONE special gift from the parents and the 4 (want it, need it, wear it, read it) from Santa!  I don't even have to wrap that ish anymore.

And I know some of you wrap Santa, but for me that's just cray.  I can't hide the special paper, and God forbid I run out.  No thanks!  Santa puts all their stuff together, and sets it all up.  Sure makes it easy for us parents.


This year from the parents, Belle is getting this:




From Santa she is getting:

Want it:




She is dying for this doll

Need it:








Wear it:







Read it:




Can you see what we are working on?  HA!

Ry is getting this from us:






And before you get too excited about the difference in the gifts, my hubby (who just finished his Phd) wants this too.

From Santa:

Want it:






Need it:







Wear it:







Read it:






My oldest, Clara (8) will get this from us:


She's super into making things and this loom is so easy!

From Santa:

Want it:






Need it:











Wear it:




 

Read it: 






All of those pictures are hyperlinked to Amazon, if you need some ideas.  And yes, I bought 95% of my gifts on Amazon this year.  The prices are great, and I can't beat the convenience!  And before you worry that my kids aren't getting much, DON'T.  They get a lot of fun gifts, and that's not the reason for the season anyway.



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