Here’s a sort of cool gift concept for a family with kids (and maybe extending out to giving to other family and close friends).
The basics of which are:
Our Gift Giving Philosophy is based on something I heard years ago on a parenting e-list I’m a part of and it goes like this:
- something they WANT
- something they NEED
- something to WEAR
- something to READ
Over the years, to this we have added:
- something to WATCH
- something for DRESS UP
- something to LISTEN TO
- something to EAT
- something to CREATE
It feels really good to have Liam’s gifts for this Christmas already taken care of. At at a bargain price as I got all of it from the JBF consignment sales in September. And after looking at one of the links in that article above am coming to realize just how much I made out like a bandit. Got him a set of nice wooden (rainbow painted) stacking/nesting blocks – paid $5 for them. Those same blocks on are Amazon for $65. Whoa. Also got him a buttload of Duplo blocks, including a wheeled school bus Duplo toybox to keep them all contained, and stick pony that whinneys and clip-clops like his rocking horse.
Jonathan and I still fondly reminisce about the year we had 95% of the shopping done before Thanksgiving. Oh, what a relaxed year. Not to mention reducing stress emotionally, it’s also easier on the checking account, spreading gift purchasing throughout the year. Problem is I usually don’t get gift ideas from family until mid-December. I am occasionally inspired by something I see for my mother, but I sometimes have problems figuring out what to get my own grandmother, much less the husband’s half.
I found a totally awesome online wishlist, that’s not store specific, but only one or two friends ever used it and I don’t think keep it up to date. It would be the perfect way to do gift buying throughout the year for people. http://wishlist.confusticate.com/ (OK, I see two family set up accounts but did not add anything to it). Meh, just venting frustration.
I hate money. Or at least the lack of it. And I never meant for this to develop into a mini-rant or whining. Frak. But it came out of my brain, so there it is.