It seems like every year the Christmas season gets more and more hectic, and we have to be more and more intentional about chasing the slow. Between aunts and uncles and grandparents there are a lot of gifts going around (which is amazing!!), and we as parents want to make sure that Elliot grows up treasuring all of them. So one of the ways that we have decided to keep Christmas simple is with intentional gift giving. We buy something he wants, something he needs, something for him to wear and something for him to read. The concept is not ours originally, but we've been doing it for a few years now and really love it!
WANT: A Paw Patroller + a handmade wooden bow. We got him two toys this year since his need and wear are both clothes, ha! And we got a great deal on the Paw Patroller on Black Friday!
NEED + WEAR: This category often overlaps for Elliot since he is growing so quickly! This year he's getting two outfits. A cute Nike one similar to this (he loves them for outdoor activities + play!) and a cute set of sweats (again, outdoor play. I can't keep that kid inside!). Often we buy shoes for one of the items in this category. These are our go-to, and I also love these.
READ: This year we are giving him 'Little Excavator' because he loves construction equipment and this book is about 'Little E'. We snagged it at his preschool's book fair, so some of the proceeds benefitted his school. Winning!! Some of our other favorites include Iggy Peck, Architect and the other two books in the series. My beautiful friend Jodi Kendall wrote 'The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City', which I LOVE for older children and am reading to Elliot a little at a time.
I LOVE packing stockings too! We keep it simple + fun and add things we need, so in Elliot's stocking we are putting a small lego set, a wooden spelling puzzle, nontoxic finger paint, socks + undies, Justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups, toothbrush + his favorite toothpaste.
What are your favorite Christmas gifting traditions? How do you keep things simple but fun?