Mum asks for ideas to reduce the amount of gifts the kids receive on special occasions.
“Our babies first birthday is coming up in a few months. Half of our family is really into buying things. We got overwhelmed at Christmas, despite asking for books or one good present. How can we go about telling people no gifts or just good, memorable keep sakes?
“We don’t want our kids to grow up feeling a need for all the pointless stuff, but there’s a lot of family members who have that “buy all the things” mentality. I know our wishes won’t be respected, but I’d like to try and minimise it as much as possible.”
Some of the great suggestions include:
“Have the invite suggest that they buy their favorite book from their childhood to start your childs own library.”
“Ask everyone to write a letter stating who they are to the child and a photo. When the child turns 18 they get to open the box with lot’s of wonderful memories.”
“You could open a bank account for him (if you haven’t already) and ask them to put money in it instead of a present…. Asking them to invest in his future…. That’s what we did and our families were happy to.”
“Maybe you could go to a zoo/theme park or somthing for example and ask that people simply pay for their own entry rather then buy gifts memories are worth more then gifts.”
“Maybe try the group gift suggest a cubby, sandpit, water play set, swingset some kind of large (to do) item that will last and provide lots of happiness and memories.”
“Ask for money for swimming lessons or zoo pass, aquarium etc experiences rather than stuff. It’s lovely that you want to tech your kids lessons but remember some people love giving gifts and seeing the joy it brings others.”
“Donate to charity”
“You can always ask for donations for an animal rescue or children charity.”
Do you have some good ideas to discourage rubbish gifts for your kids? Tell us in the comments below.