Although this picture really speaks for itself, I do have a few things to say.
Oh my goodness, we have SO much crap. Plus, we have very little space. I’m not exaggerating when I say this, we REALLY can’t fit in anymore.
It’s not that I don’t want my kids to receive toys, it’s that I don’t want anymore simple silly “so they have something to unwrap” toys.
They don’t play with them, they just take up space, and honestly–IT IS A WASTE OF MONEY!!
Plus, they’d probably rather just get a big empty box anyway.
Adam and I have stuck to a “one big present” holiday strategy–and those presents tend to be outdoorsy/exercise type toys.
Like bikes, or skateboards.
I love this plan.
My kids are thrilled because they got something great.
We are happy because they are outside, running around, and we didn’t waste our hard-earned dough on something that’s just gonna sit in the bottom of their toy box.
(I mean, look at that.)
Some ideas for non-toy gifts:
-My step-mother always buys my kids pjs.
I love that.
So simple. Something they need, will wear all year, plus they match with their cousins.
-Crafting supplies are always welcome. Seriously, a box of crayons is good.
If you see some toy that is truly exceptional, then go for it. But PLEASE don’t buy us a toy out of a sense of duty, because it is simply not necessary.
And, if we took the time I’m sure we’d come to the conclusion that it does very little good for our children’s developing character.
Not to mention the GUILT I feel dropping these unused toys off at goodwill every year just to make room for all the new toys their gonna get…and still not use.
So let’s not.
I’ve been doing some searches on pinterest and there are TONS of great ideas for toy-less presents on there.
Here are just a few:
–Little Passports. I love this idea. You buy a 3 months, 6 months, or year subscription and every month your kids get a letter from these pretend characters from around the world. They collect the postcards and keep track on a map. I think my kids would really enjoy it.
–Kiwi Crate. Same idea, but this time the monthly subscription is for a kid craft. So great. Gives the kids something to look forward to each month, gives them a little project, how awesome.
-Wall art is always fun. One year we bought my son some “Ninja-Turtle” art for his room. Etsy has great prints, and I’ve seen some fun cardboard taxidermy kits which would be fun for the kids to paint and assemble.
-Books, books, books. I LOVE a good children’s book. I’ve also seen a few books that can be personalized, like this one at Lost my name. SO GREAT!
-Time. Take them to the movies, a museum, just to the park (that’s SUPER free.) Spending time with my kids is definitely the best gift you could give them.
Anyhow, I appreciate ANYtime ANYone does ANYthing kind for my children.
My favorite thing in the world is people loving my people.
I swear, If you bought my kids the entire lineup from Toys-R-Us I would still love and appreciate you.
Honestly, I don’t mean for this to sound aggressive or angry AT ALL. I just want to put the word out there that we (Adam and I) are not expecting more toys from everyone.
And I would wager a guess that most parents our there would agree.
We don’t need any.
So far my kids have both only asked for one thing.
Cyclone wants roller-skates, Little-Love wants a doll with a sparkly dress.
That I can do.
I really just don’t want to be around spoiled children. (Is that so bad?)
And beyond that, I DESPERATELY want my kids raised to respect Christmas for what the season truly represents: love, kindness, family, and our God who sacrificed everything to become human and save us all.
I mean, can we just admit that (more often then not) gift giving tends to steal the joy from the holidays, more then it actually adds to it.
Lets choose to spend our time and money on things that matter, not just on things.
And best of luck to you all.
May your days be merry.