#trashouttuesday / how many gifts do you give your kids for Christmas?

I heard something on the radio that caught my attention this week.

They were talking about how one mom with 3 kids was planning to give 300 gifts to her kids this Christmasthat’s 100 per child.

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I just can’t even.

Then, they interviewed a child psychologist or therapist or expert of some sort…and asked him for his thoughts on exactly HOW MANY gifts should we give kids for Christmas???

His answer came with an explanation that I can’t get out of my mind. He talked about how we are raising a generation of kids that are truly entitled and feel that the world revolves around them….”gimme, gimmie, gimmie!” I would tend to agree with this statement.

Then he talked about how if our kids thought the world revolved around them, why would they grow up to need Jesus????

Yes. We’re giving our kids more than gifts galore. We’re giving them a problem for eternity.

I don’t want that for my kids.

So, how many gifts???

He said 5.

1 gift your child wants.

1 gift your child needs.

1 gift for your child to share.

1 gift for your child to wear.

1 gift for your child to cherish and keep.

Y’all. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea.

Too bad I have pretty much already exceeded these numbers ((sigh)). Not by much, but I’ve been picking up things here and there for our girls.

Time for our family to #trashouttuesday and do Christmas different this year!! Time to do our part to cut the entitlement and make Christmas less about gifts and more about Jesus and family.

I decided to use the recommendation above as a guide and go with 10 gifts per child this year. We’ll do 2 gifts from each of the categories listed above. And that’s ALLLLLLL!!

Side note: Our family does enjoy doing Santa, so I will gather the 2 “your child wants” gifts and have those from Santa.

I’m planning to wrap each of the gifts individually and number them 1-10. Then, have each child draw numbers as we open presents. That way we don’t go through the 10 gifts in 2.5 seconds each!! Ha!

How do you do Christmas with your kids?? How many gifts do you plan to give?? I’d love to hear your perspective on this topic. I’ve never gone into Christmas with this type of structure, but goodness gracious it feels good. There’s no pressure. We have a plan!!

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6 replies to “#trashouttuesday / how many gifts do you give your kids for Christmas?

  1. I don’t have a set number of gifts. But this year I got them 7 each and a stocking. And I believe I spent under 100.00 each total. It gets harder and harder to find things for the kids the older they get. My 21 yr old daughter said “I don’t need anything” and she had a hard time giving me a list. I have a friend who told me she was spending 500.00 each on her grown children. She was shocked when I said we usually spent around 100 to 150 depending on what they wanted. And promptly cut her spending way down!! Lol I don’t want my kids to be more concerned with what all they get than what the meaning of Christmas really is. You are raising your children in a strong Christian home, so I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

    1. Judy, we are right there with you! I have to say that we haven’t even spent $100 most years! I have been the QUEEN of giving gifts that my girls didn’t know weren’t new!! My mom would save everything from my little sister (she’s in high school now) and we would use these things for gifts for our girls! We went several years where Brian and I only bought 1 or 2 small things. I’m glad I’m not alone in being realistic with spending. Thank you for sharing!!

  2. I struggle with Christmas every year. I want to give give give…. However it is not in my budget, this year I totally scaled back, my kids got 1 gift together. 1 from Santa and 3 from grandpa (that are under our tree) . I only bought stocking stuffers and the Santa gifts. I want to be different and this year I am trying so hard.

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