We’re counting down to Christmas and getting those lists ready. One for the food we need to buy and prepare, another for all the things we need to do to our home to create a festively feeling throughout. We also have one for the gifts, perhaps the most important. Even without the rather strange year we’ve had in 2020, family Christmas gifts are important. With so many things available to us to buy, so many advertised in our faces in the run up to the festive season too, what do we buy for our nearest and dearest? Let’s talk family Christmas gifts!
Set A Budget
One of the first things to do is set a budget. Finances have been tight for many this year and we shouldn’t be bankrupting ourselves for the sake of Christmas Day. Secret Santa is a great way to enjoy Christmas presents without the pressure of spending a lot of money. Set a £5 or £10 budget per person and they simply get one gift from a person in the group. Friends are also our family but you don’t necessarily have to buy for them. Buying gifts so often puts a financial burden on the recipient. If they weren’t going to buy for you they suddenly feel like they should and they might not have the money to do this. Whilst we might have traditions with family to exchange gifts, come up with your own traditions with your closest friends. An annual walk in the park together, through winter woodland, might be the perfect freebie to do!
Four Gift Rule
The four gift rule is something that can gained interested and a certain amount of traction over the last few years. It’s the perfect recipe for family Christmas gifts too! It comes down to this, a simple rhyme to remember. Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. This is great for children, as so many have what parents would consider “too much stuff” anyway. Four gifts, each individually wrapped and perfect in their own way. Firstly, something they have been asking for. This could be a toy they’ve seen or something they’ve been talking about for a while. Secondly, something they need like toiletries or a desk or a something for their bedroom. Thirdly is a new item to wear, which is perfect as children always need new clothes. Finally, a new book they can settle down and enjoy escaping into. Some people swap the third part for somewhere to go, an experience, a day out, something which creates memories whilst retaining the rhyme.
Sometimes stocking filler items are the best family Christmas gifts. They’ll small enough to not take up too much room and can usually be much more personable than larger gifts. It’s also a lot of thought to pick something individual for people and the recipient can see the effort made. Here at The Christmas Shop we’ve got some lovely homeware items which could be bought for family Christmas gifts this year. Everything from adventurous magnets and hip flasks to mugs for the crazy cat lady in your life!
What will you be buying this year? Have you started your Christmas shopping already? Let us know your favourite and maybe even those traditional ideas for family Christmas gifts.