Simple Christmas Gifts
I'll admit that when I started to think about Christmas this year way back a few months ago I was stressing out a little. We didn't have the space for fun gifts or really the money to buy them so I wasn't sure how we would make Christmas special for our little guy. (Technically this is our first Christmas together as a "legal" family!)
Then once we found out we were going to lose so much money on the sale of our house and have to live off very little for a while. I started to feel a bit desperate. How were we going to give our sweet, innocent little boy a nice day? We know the gifts don't really matter and he's so young he wouldn't notice, but we were still determined to have the best Christmas we could, on the budget we can afford.
It took my almost-2-year-old little boy to tell me how this Christmas should be done. As I watch him grow I'm fascinated with the pure joy he shows in playing with a ball, or playing in the dirt, or even playing with something silly like an empty bathroom tissue tube. You can tell his little imagination runs wild and he doesn't care what the item is, as long as he can play with it. He doesn't care how many things he has, he just plays with one at a time anyways! He doesn't matter how shiny the toy car is, it still makes "noise" and can make tracks through the dirt. In other words, he doesn't care how perfect, or how expensive, or how shiny anything is and that's something I needed to be reminded of as we considered the gifts we'd be able to purchase this holiday season.
Our Christmas Gift Giving Rule
I heard a saying a long time ago and I've loved it ever since. It's a "rule" for Christmas gift giving and can provide a good Christmas family gift exchange ideas. Here's the idea we plan on going with this year for our Christmas gift giving.
Each person in our family will get 4 gifts.
Something they want.
Something they need.
Something to wear.
Something to read.
Hubby will buy my gifts, I will buy his, and we will buy Farmer Boy's gifts together. Simple. No more, no less.
Advent & The Christmas Eve Box
We also had a few ideas to make the week extra special without much added cost. My mom gave us my old advent calendar she made a long time ago when I was little to use. I'm using small things that can be picked up at the dollar store or the thrift store for little gifts to fill it. And for Christmas Eve we are going to start a fun little tradition that I've seen going around. Farmer Boy will get to open one present that night; a box that I've filled with some treats, a new pair of warm pjs, and a fun Christmas movie. (We went with the newest Veggie Tales Christmas movie for this year.)
The Christmas Eve Box cost me just over $10 since I found the movie and pjs on sale and will make the treats myself. When Farmer Boy gets older I think we will probably turn this into family game night instead like my family did growing up. That was always so much fun after we came home from Christmas Eve church service and played games in the light of the tree! Plus it doesn't cost a dime as long as you already have the games or can borrow them from friends.
For our extended family each year we always do a name drawing gift exchange so each of us only has one person to buy for. That makes it very simple and we never stress about having to buy so many gifts for a big family!
We are so excited to spend our first official Christmas together and to spend it in our new little farmhouse! Because even though the gift exchanging part is fun, we are just looking forward to being together as our little family most of all.
What are some of your Christmas family gift exchange ideas that are frugal and stress free?
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