For birthday & Christmas, each girl now receives:
Something you want,
Something you need,
Something to wear,
And, something to read.
Limiting our gifts to the categories on the list reduces our holiday spending and ensures the items they do receive are well thought out. There is no more buying toys just to have presents. Everyone gets 4 gifts, and the girls have fun guessing which line of the poem they’re opening next.
Sometimes, I get a little creative—they might get a magazine subscription instead of a book or jewelry instead of clothes. (Except on their birthday. The first present of the morning is always an outfit to wear that day.)
Today is Lorelai’s birthday, and it was a real struggle to find gifts she would enjoy. We don’t have cable so there are no commercials to add to her want list. She entertains herself fairly creatively with nothing at all. There just isn’t anything she specifically gravitates towards—weird, right?
The poem helped guide me a bit, and we have manged to select some birthday gifts I think she’ll love. Most importantly (to me), each item has long term potential. These won’t be discarded at the bottom of the toybox by the end of the week.