It’s a question you will have been asked multiple times by various people in the run up to Christmas, “what does X want for Christmas this year?” – and unless you’re incredibly organised and know exactly what your youngsters want 100% of the time, your answer will be “let me get back to you on that one!”. No sooner do you say that, do you forget all about their request for inspiration and before you know it, it’s Christmas and your child ends up with either something they don’t like or want, or vouchers.
If you want to guarantee your child receiving something they will love this Christmas, and if you want to be particularly helpful to anyone who asks you, you should ensure that you have a list of ideas that you can offer to people. Family members and friends will really appreciate the ideas so that they’re not fumbling blindly in the middle of a toy shop, and your children will be uber happy on Christmas Day with their stash of goodies – all of which they love.
Writing a gift list to help inspire those who ask is crucial and there are various things that you can do to help ensure the list is as concise as possible.
Ask your kids at various times before Christmas about what they’d like – from you, Santa, or otherwise. If they offer ideas that you haven’t budgeted for, or ideas that you hadn’t even considered, add these to the gift list for others to buy. Perhaps they want the Little People Princess Songs Palace and you hadn’t even thought about adding that to your personal list; next time their grandparents ask you for options, offer this idea to them!
It’s also important to ensure you have a list that can be separated into various budgets. Grandparents, for example, may be more inclined to spoil them and spend that little more at Christmas, while family friends may prefer to give them a little token gift that doesn’t cost a lot of money. Make sure that you have a list of ideas that can accommodate these budgets so that whoever asks you, you can provide them with a couple of great options.
Take a look online at sites such as Amazon too, where you can create an online gift list especially for the child in question. You could make the wish list public or provide a link to anyone who asks for it and they could pick and choose from the options you add. These lists have no expiry, either, so you can add and amend any time you like!
While some people don’t like to be limited to what’s on a gift list, others will appreciate the help. Have some ideas ready for when you hear that inevitable question this Christmas.
Written in collaboration with Kira
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