Laura and I are recording a BOBW episode this morning on gifts, and I have to say — I’m feeling pretty uninspired when it comes to gifts for the kids right now. Here is our tentative list for the 8 nights of Hanukkah:
(they don’t read the blog!)
(these are not affiliate links, though I may work on a more curated gift ideas pages in the future with some)
1 – G: Magnadoodle / A: Origami book / paper / C: Ford Mustang car model kit
2- Tennis rackets? (The last time I played tennis was probably at age 12 in day camp but I’m sure I could re-learn . . .)
4- KiwiCo / Koala Crate boxes? (Hoping to get these from my parents!)
5- Possibly another family gift? (Help me out, family. Lol.)
6- Kids cookbooks and/or kids cooking supplies of some kind? Maybe a kids cookbooks plus the ingredients to make a cupcake recipe or something?
7- 3 sweaters (knit by Grandma! already here and have been waiting for this occasion which is good because the kids complain of “cold” when it dips to 70)
8- Books or another family gift
RIGHT around Hanukkah is also G’s birthday (considering an American Girl Bitty Baby w/ a few accessories) and Josh’s birthday (gift already purchased but unlike the kids he reads this blog). My baby niece is getting Magnatiles. My older nieces/nephews will get gift cards (maybe to independent bookstores). Some of physician coworkers will be getting Papier notebooks. Staff at work & others in our life will be getting $$$.
I am pretty happy with this list, actually. It doesn’t seem TOO clutter inducing but I think the kids will still be pretty happy. Now I just have to actually work on making the purchases.
What is everyone else buying? Honestly, I wish we could eschew the 8 nights of Hanukkah (we aren’t religious in any respect) and shorten it into something more reasonable, but it’s pretty ingrained in the kids.
Oh! We do have a YNAB budget category for Holiday that I throw some $ into every month (we have multiple fun savings categories like that in addition to major savings buckets like Retirement and Emergency) so at least I feel reasonably good about it being planned and pre-allocated spending.