gift giving…unwrapped

Overzealous gift giver? (arms flailing wildly) Me, me…over here!

I really love giving gifts, like really. And even though I'm definitely not rolling in the dough, I have to consciously try (especially at Christmas) to not over-gift. My mom wisely reminds me on occasion that over-gifting is not only unnecessary, but can leave your recipient feeling bad about not doing enough in return…which makes the whole exchange less fun. 

So, I recently came across a new simple-gifting practice that I really like. It's the 4-gift rule and goes like this:
  • something they want
  • something they need
  • something to wear
  • something to read

And bam! (Emeril style) that's it. You've covered all the major bases and eliminated the just-for-fun-but-ultimately-a-waste-of-money gifts (you know the ones—usually courtesy of your local Walgreens and purchased less than 3 days before Christmas). Although these gifts can bring a brief laugh or smile, and even though they count towards having more fun things to open…in the end, they are lacking. 

Given the current economy, I think adopting a simple gift-giving philosophy is wise…especially for Christians, as we are directly called to be good stewards of our blessings and time. Yes, this may mean less presents to open Christmas morning (though 4 is still a lot in my opinion)…but instead, considering spending that extra time reading a devotional, eating breakfast together, or doing a family activity. I don't have kids yet, but I hope when I do, this will be a practice we adopt. If you want to read more about the a simple gift giving philosophy, Simple Mom has some words of wisdom to share here. I also want to share this cute printable wish list sheet for you to use if you want to take part in the fun (originally via Pinterest):

So what is your gift giving philosophy, especially for teaching the kiddos? (no Dudley Dursley-s out there, I hope!)

And check back on Friday to see what's on my wish list…plus, a cool announcement!


  1. This is such a great idea! I feel such peace about Christmas shopping, now. Thanks for sharing! :)

    One thing I like to do is give people experiences. So instead of a gift card to the movies, I actually take them - that way they get the gift of the movie, but also the gift of quality time. It can still be unwrapped on Christmas, too! Just make up a cute card or pack a box with things you might need for the experience (i.e. for the movies it could be candy and 3D glasses), wrap it up, and stick it under the tree.

    1. Great idea Claudia...i love it!


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