What is the 4 Gift Rule?
I don’t know about you, but Christmas has definitely changed since we were children. The amount of presents seems to have grown exponentially and I definitely have felt the pressure to buy as my daughters have grown up. Which is silly really because the volume of presents isn’t what Christmas is about.
So I was interested to read about the 4 Gift Rule and to think about applying that in our house.
The aim of The 4 Gift rule is to simplify shopping and to keep you from over buying and over spending. You won’t be buying unnecessary gifts just for the sake of it either.
“I do this every year, it works really well. You spend less and it’s not just a bunch of toys they’re going to play with once and then throw in the corner” – Cassie, Mykidstime parent
#1. Something They Want
This is the big ticket item, the thing they really covet. One of this year’s hot toys or game or device.
#2. Something They Need
They might need some equipment for a sport or a hobby they enjoy, or some phone credit, or a new musical instrument.
#3. Something to Wear
New trainers, a new coat, some sports gear, or perhaps this is something a bit different that you wouldn’t normally buy.
#4. Something to Read
Books are such great presents for children and teens. Reading opens them up to new worlds and ways of thinking.
If you feel this is a bit too limiting, or you want to go beyond four gifts, you could expand the list with an extended guide.
“We do something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read, something to do, something to me, and something for the family.” – Kate, Mykidstime parent