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four gift rule

My children are extremely lucky to have so many people around them that want to buy them gifts at Christmas. But let’s be honest, as parents it can be quite overwhelming the amount of stuff they receive, can’t it? And then there’s the task of finding a home for it all!

The four gift rule aims to limit this and means that children receive things that they genuinely want and need. So, it’s something we are going to try this year. If you haven’t heard of the four gift rule before, the idea is simple. You buy your children just four christmas presents each under the following categories…

  • Something they want
  • Something they need
  • Something to read
  • Something to wear

Here’s a few ideas…

Something they want

Doing a list like this makes children think really hard about what they actually want, rather than just reeling off a list of things that they might like. This gift is going to be their main presents and probably something that they’ve been wanting for a few months.

Maxi Micro Scooter – Micro Scooters – £119.95 – Both Max and Evie want new scooters for Christmas. They currently have really cheap ones that they use every day, so they are definitely in need of new ones. I’ve been looking at cheaper alternatives but all the reviews seem to suggest that Micro Scooters are worth the money, and considering they use them every single day, I think we would get our monies worth.

Baby Annabel – Asda – £39.97 – I honestly can’t tell you how many baby dolls Evie already has, but she adores them and is always wanting more. She already has a Baby Annabel but now wants the baby boy version, and I know she will be over the moon if she gets him.

Jellycat Bunnies – Jeremy’s Home Store – Evie had a Jellycat bunny right from being a newborn but it is a little tatty now, so she’s asked for a replacement. Jellycat toys are such lovely quality, they make the perfect gift for children of any age.

Something they need

This is the one that most people struggle with, does something that children need really count as a gift? Personally, I think there are ways of making this one a little less boring…

Crayola art set – Amazon – £20 – Maybe your child needs some new colouring pens? This fantastic Crayola set is far from boring, and contains everything they need to get arty and have lots of fun doing it.

Back pack – Cath Kidston – £25 – Your kids might need new school bags, which does sound a little dull, but why not treat them to a really special one that they will love. This one from Cath Kidston is adorable and I know Evie would absolutely love it!

Something to wear

My kids always get new clothes and pyjamas for Christmas, so this isn’t anything unusual for us. I think they would actually be shocked if Santa didn’t get them a nice new set of pyjamas!

Pyjamas – Boden – £32 – I love to buy my children Boden pyjamas at Christmas time. They are a little more expensive that we would usually buy but Christmas is a special time, they deserve a treat. Plus, the quality is amazing.

Canada Goose coats kids – OD’s Designer Clothing – £375 – A new coat is a great idea for a Christmas gift as you know it’s going to get lots of use. It’s worth investing in a good quality one that will last a long time and is guaranteed to keep them cosy and warm. Kids Canada Goose coats might not be cheap, but they are amazing quality if that’s what you’re looking for. OD’s Designer Clothing has a great range of boys and girls Canada Goose coats that are definitely worth checking out.

Something to read

Books are always a winner at Christmas time. There’s nothing better than snuggling up with a hot chocolate and a new book when it’s cold outside. Here are some classics that are sure to be a hit with little ones, and will stay in their collection for years to come…

Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales – Waterstones – £40 – Ever since seeing the new Peter Rabbit movie a few months ago my kids have wanted to read the original Peter Rabbit stories. This complete collection contains all the classics, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit. I know that both my children will adore this.

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child Gift Slipcase – Waterstones – £25 – This beautiful slipcase contains hardback copies of both classic stories – The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, with extra-thick paper, deluxe finish and brand new cover artwork.

Is this something that you would consider doing for your children? Or maybe you already do? Let me know!

Thank you for reading.

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  1. November 14, 2018 / 7:14 am

    We do this yes. It works well and keeps Christmas exciting but focussed on its meaning. My kids also get a sticking and small toy at the end of their beds from santa but it’s never more than a 10 to 15 quid value. X

    • Emma
      November 17, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Interesting. I love to spoil my kids at christmas, but it does get out of hand sometimes. And it’s not like they need any more toys. x