Tired of present overload? Try the four gifts rule this Christmas season!
The four gifts rule was a new thing for our family this past Christmas and it was a big win! Instead of buying them all the things, we stuck to four gifts: Something they need, want, to read, and to wear. It was simple and a big success!
Honestly, I found the hardest part of the four gifts rule was myself. I wanted to buy them all the things and sometimes that guilt creeps in when you see pictures of others sharing their Christmas gift galore. However, setting aside comparison and mom guilt, I saw this as such a good thing.
Of course the kids still get plenty of gifts from grandparents and family, but keeping it simplified in our own home was key. My mom did start doing the 3 gift rule (she says it is like the Wise Men) and we saw this working so well too!
In the past, the kids would be bombarded with gift overload which just seemed to result in wanting more, more, more! While this does not solve the desire for more, we found they were more content because they had gifts they actually wanted.
Want to try the four gift rule? Here are some tips to help you get started!
The Four Gifts Rule
Print the four gift list
You can grab this free printable to have. Print one per child so they can each write what they want under the different categories.
Prepare your kids ahead of time.
As with many things in parenting, a little preparation ahead of time is key. Talk to your kids about the new fun thing you are going to do for Christmas. Print the 4 gifts rule printable and have them fill it out with ideas.
That is it! It is super simple and I think you will find it is also fun and rewarding! Our kids do not need tons of tons of presents at Christmas. Keep it simple and have fun celebrating with the four gifts rule this Christmas!