About a month ago, I was riding back from a mother/daughter retreat with a friend and our daughters when we started talking about Christmas shopping, presents, and budgets. She said this year she was going to give her children 4 gifts each... a want, a need, a wear, and a read. I had read about this on different blogs and after talking with my friend, I decided to jump on board.
For birthdays, our children know it is about them and things they want; at Christmas, it is about Jesus and giving to others. Still, I would run myself ragged at times trying to get their gifts together.
Boy oh boy, had I known how wonderfully this four gifts idea would work on so many levels, I would have done it a lot sooner. My husband and I told our kids our plan and they each gave us a lits of things they may want in each catergory. I can't share what we got them since it is not Christmas yet; but let me say, it was fun shopping for them and so easy. My stress levels went down and our budget stayed intact. I even found free printable tags at Jones Design Company.
I just cut them out and glued them on red scrapbook paper...
a hole punch, string, and reinforcements were the only supplies I used for these tags.
It is now 6 days before Christmas and I am done shopping. This is a wonderful feeling.
If you are still in the midst of Christmas shopping and feeling overdone... try this idea. You will not be disappointed.
Praying you have many blessings and much joy!