Want to simplify Christmas gifting this year? Or, are you looking for a way to cut back on your family’s crazy Christmas expenses? Then, the “Want Need Wear Read” gift giving tradition (AKA “4 Gift Christmas”) is the perfect place to start. THE GIST: Everyone gets 4 and ONLY 4 gifts under the tree (including you)! Each member of the family gets something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.
My printable Want, Need, Wear, Read Christmas Wish List is great for helping your kids grasp the concept!
If you’re searching for a way to streamline, downsize, or simply budget for Christmas, then the 4 Gift Christmas is a great tradition to start with your family.
Prep Your Kids
Two years ago, I decided to join the Want Need Wear Read (4 Gift Christmas) bandwagon, and I haven’t looked back since! BUT, a word of warning: the kids may have some reservations if you don’t prep them first.
That’s where the Want Need Wear Read Christmas Wish List comes into play. You can turn it into a fun activity for littles & can also give bigger kids a way to organize their “demands.” Get them really thinking about what presents they truly want (and why).
Shopping Time Saver
Instead of MINDLESSLY wandering store after store unsure of what your kid (or spouse) really wants, you will have the ultimate cheat sheet! Plus, we all have that one extraordinarily picky recipient that is reDONKulously hard to please, no matter the effort. ENTER: the Want Need Wear Read Wish List! It’s a GREAT place to start getting those ideas flowing for the pickier members of the household.
When it’s all said and done, all you have to do is pull out your list & choose something from each section. Easy-peasy!
At minimum, it’ll give you a great jumping off point.
What I love about this tradition is that it helps your kids identify the reason why they actually want a gift (because it’s a need, a want, etc.). It adds a layer of mindfulness to the often mindless stream of wants we get this time of year.
The Christmas Wish List helps the kids focus on what’s important to them, and it helps give you direction.
On top of that (as if that wasn’t enough!) The Christmas Wish List helps tone down the extravagance that seems to engulf the season. By LIMITING the gifts to 4 per person, it puts some healthy LIMITS on gifting.
Because, we ALL know how easy it is to get sucked into the hype and go overboard with the gift giving. I did it for years, so I totally get it!
Bottom line: If you’re looking for a new way to approach Christmas this year that will save you time, money, and sanity — then, I totally recommend trying the Want Need Wear Read Christmas tradition.