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The holiday season often brings joy, warmth, and the spirit of giving. However, it can also usher in stress, excess, and unnecessary waste. From elaborate gift lists to last-minute shopping sprees, the quest for the perfect present can become overwhelming. Parents are often feeling the brunt of the pressure, believing that in order to make the most magical holiday, they have to break the bank (and their spirits). But what if there was a way to simplify gifting, reduce waste, alleviate stress, and save money? Enter the ‘Want, Need, Wear, Read’ stress-free guide to holiday gifting—an intentional approach to gift giving that encourages thoughtfulness and purpose, and a whole lot of ease.
Want, Need, Wear, Read: A Mindful Approach
As a parent of multiple kids, gifting can be incredibly overwhelming. The stress of making sure each kiddo feels thought of, gets an equitable number of gifts, without overwhelming the house and budget can feel impossible. Which is why our family has adopted the framework of “want, need, wear, read,” when it comes to gift giving. This simple framework keeps gift giving fun, intentional and budget conscious!
Want: This is the purely FUN category. These gifts bring joy, but likely don’t have much utility. It doesn’t need to be extravagant. Think new legos, that Elsa doll they’ve been eyeing, or a coveted new watercolor paint set. Trying to reduce stuff? Gift an experience instead; like a trip to the movies, a special art class, or a subscription to their favorite magazine!
Need: Consider gifts that fulfill a practical purpose. Practical can still be fun, promise! Think something they could use daily, or would support their hobby/sport. A cool water bottle, new swim goggles, character dish set, or a new backpack. Experiential based gifts like swim lessons or music lessons would be great option too!
Wear: Kids are always growing and playing hard! Which means clothes are always in need. Cozy socks, new snow gear, fun pajamas or a sweet hoodie with their favorite character on it, there’s an array of options to consider that align with their taste and lifestyle.
Read: Books, magazines, or even audiobooks (or one of those Yoto player cards) are perfect for this category. Choose a title that aligns with their interests, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, self-help, or a captivating novel.
The essence of the holiday season lies not in the price tag but in the thought behind the gifts. By adopting the ‘Want, Need, Wear, Read’ approach and focusing on practical, intentional presents, you can simplify gifting, reduce waste, and alleviate the stress often associated with the season.
Remember, the most valuable gifts are often those that come from the heart—a thoughtful note, quality time spent together, or acts of kindness that leave lasting impressions. This holiday season, let’s embrace the joy of giving intentionally, making it a time of meaningful gestures, heartfelt connections, and shared experiences.
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