Christmas is only a few days away.
Are you struggling with what Christmas gifts to get your kids?
- You are putting a lot of stress on yourself to make this year “the PERFECT Christmas”.
- There isn’t a very big budget for Christmas presents this year.
- You waited to start Christmas shopping and can’t find what you want to get the kids.
- This is the answer you are looking for if you have decided to put the focus back on “giving” instead of “getting” this Christmas season.
Whatever your reasons for a change in gift giving this year, the 4-gift rule may be the answer for you this Christmas.
The 4-Gift Rule
The 4-gift rule is not a new idea. It’s been around for a while. Basically, the idea is that you only buy four Christmas gifts for your kids.
The four gifts should fall into these four categories:
- Something they want.
- Something they need.
- Something to wear.
- Something to read.
Tips for making the 4-gift rule work for your home
If you are trying to save money this Christmas and decide to try this, then to be successful with the 4-gift rule, you will need to set a budget for each child’s gifts and stick to it. If you spend more in one gift category, then you won’t be able to spend as much in the other categories.
Pick a category to be your Santa present.
Your Christmas tree may look a little bare. If that is going to be a problem and bother you, wrap empty boxes for decoration.
Realize there may be some disappointment when the gifts are opened. This may happen in the older kids that have been used to a seemingly unending amount of gifts under the tree in years past. If you decide to use the 4-gift rule, help them understand why you have decided to the 4-gift rule.
The great thing about the four gift rule is that you can change it to fit your family and situation. Make the 4-gift rule work for you.
Is the 4-gift rule something that might work for you and your family? How do you think your kids would react to this kind of gift giving? Do you have a budget for your Christmas giving? What are some of the ways you control your holiday spending?