There are 116 days until Christmas. I am wondering if I can make some cut backs this year. Christmas has been so much about getting and getting. We do crafts and such but with so many kids gifts have become such a big issue. Last year some of my older kids bought for all their siblings. I told them that this year they need to pick names or something because it go to be too much.
Really, my kids don't need much. We have plenty of toys, books and such. I have already bought my little ones some toys of interest to them either on clearance or even brand new from someone else who bought too much last year. For the 4 young ones I think I want to get them a tablet of some type. They are always taking off with my IPad and use it quite a bit. I am looking for suggestions. I am looking to spend less than $100 since I would need 4. They like to play games, make videos, take pictures and read. There seem to be all types of tablets out there today and I have no clue about any of them.
I have the two little ones and I am not sure if they will be here or not. They will be simple, toys. The 4 year old has a birthday next month and I already purchased him a DS since he constantly has one of the kids games in his hand all the time. Occasionally he will play with the Leapad games when no DS is available.
I have been watching the youngest 6. Their favorite things are: wii, handheld electronic games, making forts with pillows and blankets, playing hide and seek, riding bikes, anything art, playing house- school- library, swinging, chalk and dry erase boards, making videos and some of them dressing up. Hmmm, I think that I will add some art supplies to the list. They have been banned from the trampoline since they tore up the safety net.
The older kids are harder. For John up north we are sending those Visa debit cards for him and the girls. I have started buying those at each payday so that those will be bought well before Christmas. I am not keen on sending cash but I really don't know what they would like to receive.
I think that the thing I enjoy about Christmas shopping is thinking about each child and buying something specific for them. It shows that I know them and their likes, or at least I try! I like to receive gifts that show that they thought about it as well. It doesn't have to be costly, just show that you thought of me. I guess that is why I don't mind the gift giving. Long before Christmas I start talking to my kids to see if they have any secret wishes and then I try my best to meet that and add something that I think they will enjoy. It is just the times 10 can get a little costly!
Do you do Christmas giving? Have you started? Do you have a specific budget or get the same number of gifts for each kid?