Christmas Gift Giving

How many/what types of gifts do you purchase for each child for Christmas? And what does Santa usually do for the kids? 🎄

  • Jennifer
    Nov 27

    We normally we do one big gift and a couple small ones. This year I’ve gone all out actually a bit crazy really. My husband has no idea what all I’ve gotten besides the iPad mini for all the kids. As for what Santa brings my kids are 10, 12 and our 3 year old was never introduced to the whole Santa thing so we don’t do it. We’ll do pictures with Santa with our 3 year old for fun my other kids don’t like to as much as they get older

  • Bunny
    Nov 27

    We are doing 4 gifts. Something they want, something to read, something they need, and something to wear.

  • Julie
    Nov 27

    My daughter will be 16 months old and doesn’t really get it yet, but I still plan to get her about 5-6 gifts from us and introduce santa next year maybe. I’m not sure about pics with santa, my husband is way creeped out about putting her on some strange dudes lap and telling her to be nice so the weird stranger and will bring her gifts and I can’t say I disagree, however I love the magical aspect of it sooo I will probably wait until she’s more interested and asks to see him...I’m not one to take the screaming picture with santa and think it’s funny so maybe in a few years if she wants.

  • Anne
    Nov 27

    My 4 & 5 year old boys write letters to Santa asking for one thing they want. Usually this is the biggest gift they get and we mark it as from "Santa". They are legit obsessed with Santa so we have to go through this charade. 😂 They also put out stockings which "Santa" fills with candy and small goodies on Christmas Eve. They also each get at least one gift from us — usually small toys or art supplies kind of thing. Then we help them make gifts for other people in their lives like grandmas, cousins, etc.

  • Samantha
    Nov 27

    We do one big gift and some smaller but fun gifts. We don’t have the kids do lists for Christmas, for some reason they just rub me the wrong way. My kiddos are 6 and 12. I pay attention to things they mention and enjoy throughout the year and go off those ideas.

  • Laura
    Nov 27

    In-laws insist on getting our 2-year-old tons of stuff so we don't do anything.

  • Alexis
    Nov 27

    I said last year I wanted to do the 4 gift rule (want, need, wear, read) but decided that's not really very much fun for us. This year we got two big gifts that our two boys will share and they will each get one small gift that is just theirs. We are filling their stockings with small toys. We don't give gifts from Santa, just decided that it wasnt what our family wanted to do.

  • Mare
    Nov 27

    I got my 2 year old a set of duplos, a pair of kid binoculars, a few books, and a pair of sneakers. We haven't really explained anything about santa so it's all from us.

  • Sinclair
    Nov 28

    Well this year I’ve been giving gifts throughout the year so when it comes to the holidays all I to give is just myself a vaca!

  • Jessa
    Nov 28

    My kids are pretty spoiled I guess compared to a lot of kids out here… My son literally has 20 gifts for Christmas 5-6 of which will probably be from Santa. My daughter is getting a lap top , she’s going away to college In the Fall. So each kid has been 200-300 each at my house plus they have another parents house they go to where they get as much there and grandparents that spoil them at New Years.

  • April
    Nov 28

    Found this and I love it.

  • Ambry
    Nov 30

    We’re trying something new this year. It used to be 6-7 gifts from Santa for each girl (2 daughters). Not including the 6-7 from us parents too! Got Expensive! My oldest learned in catechism how baby Jesus only had 3 gifts and she goes “If it’s good for a baby...and Jesus...it’s good for me!” My youngest (7) agreed. So only 3 gifts from Santa and 3 gifts from us parents.

  • Sara
    Nov 30

    We don’t want spoiled, selfish kids, and we don’t want to teach them to go over budget for gifts or to compete with others regarding gifts. We also don’t want our house to have a critical mass of toys. They get one present from us, one present from Santa, one from each pair of grandparents, one present from each other, one present from aunts and uncles and we take turns/rotate exchanging gifts with cousins. It still ends up being a lot of presents, but it’s not extravagant. We do NOT tell them they have to be good or Santa won’t bring them presents; we don’t want them to think that good behavior is tied to the receipt of gifts. We also find a couple of minutes to talk about how the tradition of gift-giving comes from the honor and love the wise men showed to Christ. Christmas is a happy occasion, and we don’t sour it by going into debt (including credit card debt). We also continue fun traditions like decorating, caroling, making cookies and giving service to others.