Tuesday, December 1, 2009

keep it simple



It is that time again, making a list, checking it twice...

I recently heard about an idea that circulated over the last couple of years to simplify gift giving, to cut down on excess spending and excess in general... parents would give their children 4 gifts: Something they NEED, something they WANT, something to WEAR, and something to READ.

I think this is a great idea. I mean, when you ask the grandkids what they want and they have to think for a long time to come up with something because they have everything under the sun... there's something wrong with this picture!

And what about the things they do come up with? Do you have trouble understanding or even reading your grandkids' wish list? A sim card for something or a gift card for iTunes or MP3 or DS or iPOD - I don't know what the heck they are talking about and the best part is I don't have to… that is stuff the parents have to worry about!

So the want/need/wear/read concept is great for parents, they can understand what they want, they know what they need, who knows what they will wear or read...

...but us grandparents don't even have to go that far, we just give them whatever we want to. How about a game or puzzle, a soft knitted scarf, maybe a funny t-shirt or some folding money...



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

my mom started a few years ago giving us something she wanted us to have anyway when she is not with us. some things are things we gave her and some are things she knew we liked. now at 83 she is still in good health but you need to understand with each year how much those presents mean. i love the ones from the last few years since we started. with 18 grandkids and 5 great grandkids she said she may run out of things to give.

The Calico Cat said...

Love the idea, but we provide for the "needs" on a daily basis, not as a gift - what kind of gift would fill that slot?

Something to wear... I already got Jacob a pair of Hanukkah socks & it make me giddy!

Folding money - NICE!

Jellyhead said...

As usual you are full of common sense Susan. My kids will be getting about 4 gifts, plus a few little stocking fillers. I always give them each a book, but I have to confess I don't give Ben clothes as he hates them!
I think if kids get too much, Christmas morning becomes almost obscene, with children ripping off paper and barely pausing to admire each gift.

Michael Manning said...

A very good idea Susan! :D