These are the gifts we are giving our 3 girls for Christmas this year. This year, they are 2, 4 and 6 years old!
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 for Christmas in 2013–when they were 1, 3 and 5–here.
Without further ado, check out what we are giving our girls for Christmas this year!
Something they want:
Once again, the want is all about the dolls this year! (We are a house full of girls, after all!)
Hubs and I are especially excited about the dolls we are giving our 6 and 4-year-old daughters: Hearts for Hearts dolls!
These dolls are based off of real girls from different countries! This goes along perfectly with our family’s desire to instill an international worldview in our daughters.
We can use the dolls to teach the girls about different countries and cultures, and we can also pray for girls in those countries!
We love that a portion of the cost of these dolls goes to World Vision!
We are giving our 2-year-old daughter a Bitty Baby American Girl doll.
I never, ever thought we would be able to afford one of these, but we got it for a rock bottom price when American Girl ran a clearance sale several months back.
Sites like my friend Crystal’s–Money Saving Mom–notify of these sales, so be on the lookout.
I recommend shopping year-round to be able to afford things like this that are normally expensive if you don’t shop sales.
Something they need:
I love that our need gifts are educational this year. (Our girls got sheets last year, but they really didn’t mind because they had princesses on them!)
Truly, our girls don’t really need anything. Our firstborn wears uniforms to her university model school, and we are always overrun with hand-me-downs for the other two, and we are well equipped with everything else.
So needless to say, to figure out their need gifts this year was a challenge! But I love that we landed on the educational theme!
Our 6-year-old daughter LOVES crafts, so we are giving her this sewing kit that we hope will instill this homemaking skill in her very early. She wants a little sewing machine eventually, but that will have to come later.
I am still inept at sewing but would like to learn more. My little girl recently asked me why I own a sewing machine but never sew!
I am hoping this sewing kit will allow us to learn homemaking skills together.
We are so excited about giving our 4-year-old the Little Passports Early Explorers intro. kit!
I wrote about why I love the concept behind Little Passports in this post.
We decided to just try the intro. kit before purchasing a longer subscription.
If we love Little Passports as much as we think we will, we are considering using a portion of grandpa’s money to purchase a 6-month subscription. We are going to weigh Little Passports against Green Kid Crafts and may either get 6 months of each and use the boxes every other month all year long, or we may just go with one or the other. Again, that would be with grandpa’s money (and just a portion of it). Grandpa is generous. 😉
We had the hardest time coming up with something for our youngest–now 2–but we finally decided on this Boz DVD* to teach her numbers and this Boz DVD* to teach shapes and colors! We’ve been working on these with puzzles and shape sorters, so this will supplement her learning. (*The Boz the Bear website does have their DVDs on sale right now for 50% off.)
Something to nurture spiritual growth:
It took us quite a while to figure out our spiritual gifts this year, but I was SO excited once we did!
Our 6-year-old girl will be getting this Melissa & Doug Old Testament Cube Puzzle. We have one other cube puzzle which she loves. It is just challenging enough for her, and this particular puzzles has 6 different sides–so 6 different puzzles–all depicting scenes from popular Old Testament stories!
Our 4-year-old will be getting the New Testament Melissa and Doug Cube Puzzle! This one is just like the Old Testament one, except that it depicts 6 stories from the New Testament.
Finally, our 2-year-old little girl will be getting this Days of Creation Nesting Block set. I was so excited when we discovered this one since she is starting to love building towers and learning her numbers!
Even though we just give three main gifts (which still seems like a lot to me!), we still fill the girls’ stockings with smaller items.
This year, their stockings are filled with the likes of socks, undies, organic candies, reusable snack bags, and lip balm.
I also snagged an amazing deal on a little girl apron for my 2-year-old, who is now old enough to wear one! I got the same aprons for my other girls last year, and now all 4 of us can match!