These are the gifts we are giving our 3 girls for Christmas this year. This year, they are 4, 6, and 8 years old!
By Will and Erin Odom
Every year, we give our children three gifts each–a want, a need, and a gift to nurture their spiritual growth.
We started this tradition when our firstborn was a baby, so they have never known any different. This helps us to keep the gifts intentional, and it also helps us not to overspend (although we are spending a bit more this year than in years past–only because we have a larger budget).
Our girls do get more gifts from other relatives, but we have begun putting most grandparent money toward their education funds.
You can check out what we gave our girls the last 3 years here:
Without further ado, check out what we are giving our girls for Christmas this year!*
(* Please keep in mind that some of the prices may be different since we purchased our items. I have noticed that some items are currently unavailable on Amazon, so the prices are inflated.)
Something they want:
The girls can choose one item that they really want, and it is usually some kind of toy.
Our girls love Legos, and we love all the educational value they add to play time. Plus, they are just fun.
This year our oldest is getting the Lego Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster. She saw this months ago and has not stopped asking for it. I thought she would change her mind, but she has not.
We got a magazine in the mail, and she found this Bunny and Hutch playset that she cannot stop talking about.
Hubs and I are especially excited about the doll we are giving our 4-year-old: a Hearts for Hearts doll! She was sitting with me one day looking at them, and she specifically picked out Rahel from Ethiopia.
These dolls each come with their own stories and teach cultural and ethnic appreciation.
If you need other ideas check out the kids’ section of our 2016 Gift Guide.
Something they need:
Our girls truly don’t need anything at this point; however, it is important for us to nurture the interests of our children, so sometimes “needs” can take a different form.
Our 8-year-old loves to sew. She would spend all day doing it if we let her. She loves to design and sew things for her dolls and sometimes tries to make things for her sisters. We think this is a useful skill she will be able to use throughout her life, so we are encouraging her to practice and learn as much as she can while she is young.
Our middle child is currently in kindergarten and is learning to read. She’s doing great but needs some help learning some of her blends and sounds. She loves playing games, so we thought a game focused on reading and words would be good for her.
She will be getting the Spelligator Word Building Game. It helps with sounding out words and spelling rules, and that is definitely something she will need in the future.
Our youngest child’s need is a little more practical, but something that she will still enjoy because she loves wearing coats.
She has needed a thicker winter coat for a while since we didn’t really have any hand-me-down coats from her sisters. She is getting this Carter’s Fairisle 2-in-1 Jacket that we found on sale at Kohls (and used our discounts).
This is perhaps the most difficult area to buy for, but it is an area that we want to foster in our children.
Our two oldest girls attend a Christian university-model school, and they are required to have a small Bible that they can read at school.
The other Bibles they have are pocket Bibles with very tiny print, so we decided to give them a slightly bigger backpack Bible that is still small but has bigger print and is an age-appropriate version.
My husband has a set of Russian nesting dolls that a former student gave him several years ago. Every time our youngest visits him at school, the nesting dolls are the first thing she picks up.
We thought it would be fun for her to have her own set to play with, so she is getting this Nativity Family Nesting Family. It’s some of the only spiritual ones we could find, but we think she will really enjoy them.
For more spiritual gift ideas for your little ones, check out Will’s post on 65+ gift ideas to foster spiritual growth.
In addition to their 3 gifts, we also stuff their stockings with smaller items. This year, this will include fun socks, hair accessories, a box of band-aids, a few organic lollipops or candy, some piggy paint, sticky hands, a doll hairbrush, shopkins bracelets, and a coin purse.