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Do You Buy Every Gift Your Kids Wishlist?

by Nellie

Christmas Day is under 2 weeks away. My shopping list has barely been touched. I have lofty ideas about what I want to get people but have I made the choice to actually purchase said items? Nope. I’ll get there eventually though.

As my kids are growing older they are starting to realize the magic of Santa, writing letters and all that jazz. My eldest child Josh, 7, wants a boatload of things, my little guy Jacob–will be happy with anything as long as it has wheels on it!

Yet I’m faced with a slight dilemma. Last year we had SO many gifts from friends and family (blessed!) that we had to spread the โ€œreleaseโ€ of toys over weeks to come. Add to that a birthday just 5 days before Christmas it’s a TON of new toys in the house.

A part of me wants to ask them to pick five things only, then I remember my own childhood where I got everything I wanted (yas only child life!). So why shouldn’t I get my kids all they want?

Am I being selfish because I don’t want to have a million new toys in the house when we already have enough for years to come? I’ve been steady donating and dumping old toys–Marie Kondo style. Just the thought of the insane influx of new stuff is just…whew. I guess I’m struggling with giving them ALL THE THINGS and teaching them that what they have is enough, is there any balance in between?

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What do you guys think? Am I being too uptight? I can take it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Allie December 14, 2016 - 5:29 am

You know I struggle with the same thing!! I definitely do not buy everything on their list, but I come pretty close. And then, as you said, all the presents from family add up.
I choose to pick my battle at their birthday. Every year for the party they have with their friends, all the gifts brought are donated to a designated charity. All the parents know beforehand and I try to give a list of items needed. And, although it’s still painful for my kids, we donate ALL the gifts.
Good luck Santa!!

CARLA December 14, 2016 - 5:32 am

Each year I await the child realizing she’s being…not done unto like her friends ๐Ÿ™‚
Thus far it hasnt happened.
Im with you on the TOO MUCH STUFF already…way too much.

Janine Huldie December 14, 2016 - 6:52 am

Trust me when I say I get this completely. My youngest’s birthday was only 3 weeks ago here and we already had a ton of toys from that day show up in our home from the huge party we threw her with her friends. And yet my girls’ Christmas lists are still both a mile long and wide. I decided this year to go with a few bigger things and a few smaller, as well. I am trying to limit it there though, but still have felt a bit guilty as you for the most part, I too got mostly all I wanted growing up. So, not sure what the solution is in all honesty. But this is me trying to remain calm, sane and not completely broke after Christmas comes and goes, I suppose. Hugs and know whatever you end up deciding it will be the right choice for you and your family <3

kita bryant December 14, 2016 - 8:30 am

I let my kids write down 4 things they want and I normally end up getting all of them if it’s reasonable. I also make them write down something that they want to give to someone else and I make that happen too even if it’s small. I want them to know that we give back around here.

Leslie December 14, 2016 - 10:01 pm

We struggle with this too. This year in particular, the kids asked for some things that were downright impossible (like a pet…not happening while we live in this house!). Other things were more reasonable, but I didn’t feel they were necessary. We ended up buying them a few things off of their lists and a few other surprises. Don’t feel guilty. Kids don’t need half of what they get. You’re a fantastic mama! And happy birthday to your little one!

Tamara December 16, 2016 - 1:45 pm

You don’t sound uptight at all. Between Santa and us, and the kids’ six grandparents, a zillion cousins, and 30 aunts and uncles, they get a lot of stuff. This year I’ve been trying to narrow it down to 3 to 5 gifts per kid from us.


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