Each year we give our 4 kids 3 gifts, so these are the gifts we are giving our kids for Christmas this year. This year, they are 11, 9, 7, and 2.5 years old!
Every year, we give our children three gifts each – something they want, something they need, and a gift to nurture their spiritual growth.
We started this tradition when our firstborn was a baby. Some good friends of ours did this with their children, and we loved the idea. They have never known any different, so it helps us to limit the number of gifts and to keep them intentional. It it also helps us not to overspend .
Our kids do get more gifts from other relatives, but this year, we used some of the money to fund a trip to Disney. Will and I have discussed using that money for an experience as something we will continue to do in the future.
You can check out what we gave our kids the last 5 years here (for some reason we are missing 2018):
What are we giving our kids for Christmas in 2019?
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 may be currently unavailable or have inflated prices.)
Something they want:
The kids can choose one item that they really want, and it can be anything from a toy or other activity they are interested in.
Our girls are very artistic and crafty, so love anything that allows them to build, paint, or create.
This year, our oldest daughter has gotten into drawing and art, and she’s actually pretty good at it. I had no idea she was so interested in painting until she asked for an easel and art supplies for Christmas.
I am also super excited about this watercolor art class for kids (Use code HUMBLE15 for 15% off) that we are including with her easel. She is going to LOVE it, and it’s going to be SO much fun.
All of our girls are into Legos. They will play with them for hours on end. Right now, I think we have enough Legos to build a full-size house, but our middle daughter asked for a specific set with race cars.
Our youngest daughter loves unicorns…I mean, what girl doesn’t, right? When we redid their bedroom, she wanted her side to be decorated with unicorns, while her sister’s side was decorated with mermaids. She really didn’t give us a list this year, but we thought this robo unicorn would be fun for her.
Little man still can’t really tell us what he wants, but he gets excited about certain things like cars, trucks and trains. When we went to Disney in October, he absolutely loved meeting Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear. (To check prices both are available on Amazon here and here). He’s not really big enough for action figures yet, so he’s getting the plush version.
Something they need:
Our kids truly don’t need anything at this point; however, there are a few things that could qualify. It is also important for us to nurture the interests of our children, so sometimes “needs” can take a different form in the gifts we are giving our kids for Christmas.
As our kids grow up, we try to give them more and more responsibility (as most parents do), and for our oldest, that includes waking herself up in the morning and knowing when to turn her light out after reading before bed. She had an alarm clock, but it disappeared. As such, she requested a dual purpose clock that could show her the time as well as provide some white noise.
Most of the time the kids wear tennis shoes or other comfortable shoes for school and play, but our middle daughter, the self-proclaimed fashionista of the family, said she “needed” some ankle boots to go with some of her nicer outfits. I use the term “need” very loosely in this case, but Will and I discussed it and determined it qualified.
We live in North Carolina, so we don’t have super harsh winters or a lot of snow in our part of the state. That being said, it got down into the 20s a few days ago, and we realized that our youngest daughter’s coat is a size 4. She is a petite 7 year old, but a size 4 still wasn’t working for her. I love this coat because it’s layered – the inside comes out and serves as a lighter jacket when it’s not as cold.
OK…so this one may seem a little odd and a bit of a stretch, but hear me out. Little man has had some delays in his development due to some complications during birth. As such, he needs to work on his fine motor skills. Since he loves playing with blocks and his sisters’ Legos, we figured a few Legos of his own might help him develop some of those skills. And plus, he loves Buzz Lightyear and Woody and trains.
This is perhaps the most difficult area to buy for, but it is an area that we want to foster with what we are giving our kids for Christmas.
The tween/teen years are upon us, and we know this is a delicate yet important stage in our oldest daughter’s development. We want her to grow in her relationship with God and understand who He says she is. We looked at several different books and finally decided on Lies Girls Believe. We all listen to lies and half truths that are whispered in our ears, so we want her to focus on the truth that she is a beautiful, strong daughter of the King.Bibles are the easiest spiritual gift, but you can only give so many Bibles to one person. However, our middle daughter has become a much stronger reader and wants to be able to read the Bible for herself, so we are getting her the girls’ version of the Life Application Bible. I love all the extra sections and features that it has. She also requested a set of index tabs to help her learn where the books are.
Our youngest daughter is struggling a little with reading right now, so we are working with her to improve her abilities. One way we are doing that is having her read books that are at her level, so these I Can Read level 2 books are perfect for her. The Great Stories of the Bible and Heroes of the Bible sets are the appropriate level to challenge but not frustrate her and allow her to read some of the Bible stories for herself. With the 2 sets of 6 books each, it equals out to less than $2 a book.
Obviously little man is not reading yet, so we love sitting down each night in the glider and reading a book or two before bed. He loves construction vehicles of any kind, so these Building God’s Kingdom books Tipper Tells a Lie and Diggit Saves the Day will be fun reads that also teach a little lesson.
For more spiritual gift ideas for your little ones, check out our post on 65+ gift ideas to foster spiritual growth.
In addition to the 3 gifts we are giving our kids for Christmas, we also stuff their stockings with smaller non-junk stocking stuffer items. This year, this will include fun socks, scrunchies, non-toxic fingernail polish, a box of band-aids, reusable snack bags, a few organic lollipops or candy, doll outfits, bubble bath, and other items from this list.
If you need more ideas, check out some of the gift lists in our Ultimate Gift Guide.