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Practical Gifts For Kids

The Case For Giving Children Practical Presents

With all the excess that comes along with the holidays, it can be a good time to teach kids valuable lessons about giving back and reigning it in. There are many ways to give a practical gift while still having something to show for it when it's time to unwrap the presents. If you donate in your child's name to Oxfam, for example, the charity will send you a card and a plush toy of the animal you've purchased for a family living in poverty. If you want to share the importance of saving, buy your child a share or two in his favorite company, like Disney or Build-A-Bear, and receive a plaque. You can also buy a cute piggy bank so the tot can collect her coins. Do you buy practical presents for your kids during the holidays? What are you planning to gift this year?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
I don't have a problem with people buying non-practical gifts for their kids, however I don't agree that "Christmas is about fantasy" or that one should spoil their kids. We are all too spoiled as it is, and to teach your kids to expect tons of stuff every year is not okay. Christmas is about sharing, love, and being good to one another. My family and I always limit ourselves - one gift; $50 limit. If the other four members want to combine their budgets to buy something big for the fifth person, fine. $50 is a lot as it is, and in my opinion it gets really excessive when you spend more than that on one person. We say that we tell our kids not to expect a lot of or expensive things, to be grateful for what they have, and to understand that Christmas is about giving and loving; but it is human nature to grow accustomed to receiving lavish gifts. I think we all need to learn to be content with less,,,
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
No. No practical gifts. To me Christmas is more about fantasy and not being practical. I also don't like the idea of giving a gift a person doesn't want to get. To me, that's not a gift. I once got luggage for Christmas. Still remember how I felt when I opened my "big gift"; super disappointed.
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