These are the gifts we are giving our 4 kids for Christmas this year. This year, they are 10 months, 5, 7, and 9 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 kids 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 kids the last 4 years here:
Without further ado, check out what we are giving our kids 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 kids 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 Elves Rosalyn’s Healing Hideout. She picked out a couple of sets, and this is the one we are giving her. I’m sure she’ll get others from her grandparents.
Our 7-year-old has also fallen in love with Legos this year, so she has asked for the Lego Friends Snow Resort Ski Lift. I thought she might change her mind, but she’s been pretty adamant about this one.
This year, our 5 year old has played Legos for hours with her big sisters. She thinks that she can do everything they can, so she also asked for Legos. She specifically asked for a Lego Cabin, and this was the closest I could find with the Lego Friends Snow Resort Chalet. She may need a little help putting it together, but she’ll enjoy it.
This is little man’s first Christmas, and he is just starting to explore and learn. We thought the Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Puppy would be appropriate for him since he can’t really express exactly what he wants. This will be good for his developmental play. ?
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 9 year old has been asking for a pair of winter boots. Most of their shoes come from consignment with the occasional pair bought on sale. We found these SO® Marisa Girls’ Mid-Calf Boots at our local Kohls on sale and with a 30% discount. So cute! ?
Our middle child as been begging us to play basketball, and she really needs something of her own to do apart from her sisters. We signed her up for a rec league in our area. That signup and a basketball to practice with are her needs. We actually got the ball brand new at a secondhand sports store in town, paying about half the retail price.
Our youngest daughter will be getting a pair of Keds Daphne T-strap Sneakers. This child has literally worn the soles off the current pair of Keds that she owns. They are really the only shoes she ever wears, so we splurged a little with this purchase to get brand new ones, and we were still able to find them for a great price.
With our little guy getting more and more mobile by the day, we are in desperate need of baby proofing for his safety and our sanity. We already have a gate at the top of the stairs, but he hasn’t started climbing at the bottom just yet; though, we are expecting that any day now. As such, we are adding a Regalo Baby Gate at the bottom of the stairs. I believe this was from a consignment store as well.
This is perhaps the most difficult area to buy for, but it is an area that we want to foster in our children.
You can only give a child so many Bibles, so we get creative in this area and still find gifts to grow their faith.
This year our oldest has become a veracious reader. In addition to her reading books on her own and my husband reading to them (check out the Wingfeather Saga…great gift idea), she has started showing interest in reading devotionals and reading the Bible for herself. So we thought we would support these habits with the Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional and Brave Girls Bible Stories.
Our middle daughter is in 1st grade this year and has also started taking an interest in reading. We wanted to get her something that would foster that desire as well strengthen her faith. We found the Bible Belle books and immediately fell in love with them.
Bible Belle’s The Adventures of Rooney Cruz is an original children’s series that highlights five superhero women of the Bible and teaches girls what the Bible really says about them as daughters of the King. I’m so excited for her to read these!
Our youngest daughter is in her last year of preschool and is gearing up to start kindergarten next fall. We wanted to find some way to bolster what she is doing with letters and numbers while focusing on her spiritual development as well. She also loves to color!
We found these faith-based PK-K activity books (ABCs of the Bible, Hidden Pictures, and Dot-to-Dot) and thought they would be perfect! We are also including some Crayola Twistables that she can call her own.
Since the man cub is developing motor skills and just exploring right now, we are giving him a little something that he can play with but that still has a spiritual theme.
Back in the summer, we found this Infantino Noah’s Ark at TJ Maxx for around $7. It was actually the first gift we bought. It’s the perfect size for his exploring little hands.
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, WET brushes, a box of band-aids, a few organic lollipops or candy, some piggy paint, Paint by Sticker books, superhero doll outfits, and other items from this non-junk stocking stuffer list.
If you need more ideas, check out some of the gift lists in our Ultimate Gift Guide.
What are you getting your kids for Christmas this year? Share in the comments!