This year, we are keeping Christmas simple. Gone are the days of cultivating long lists, googling items you’ve never heard of, and feeling like it is a season of stress rather than a season of giving, loving, and reflecting. As my mom and I were wandering through the Christmas aisles of Targeè (fancy man’s Target), we thought that there must be a way to make Christmas more meaningful. A lightbulb went off for my mom, and she remembered hearing about a woman who created the concept of “Want, Need, Wear, Read.” YES. This is perfect!
Jordan Harrell and ingenious Mama from Texas started using her guide of buying each person in her family something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. While initially, it may sound like, “wow, well that’s only 4 gifts,” I believe that using this concept will allow you to spend more time with your family, while simultaneously teaching your children gratitude. Sometimes, it seems like Christmas is all about “keeping up with the Joneses,” and unfortunately, I think I have fallen into the trap. This can become a fun tradition in your family, and it really encourages kids (heck, parents too!), to think about what they would love to receive. Below are some gift ideas that are all under $20!
1. Wine Tumbler
2. Camping Cookware
3. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
4. Canvas Crossbody Bag
5. Code Names Game.
Needs for each family member can include, but certainly, are not limited to socks, underwear, a new toothbrush, work clothes, suitcase, backpack, bedding, kitchen utensils, etc.!
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin
As a mom and a teacher, I know the importance of reading! Here are some of my favorite must-reads.
1. The Day the Crayons Quit
2. The Invention of Hugo Cabaret
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
4. Love You Forever
Be brave, and give the “Want, Need, Wear, Read,” gift-giving method a try. If nothing else, you will check off so much from your to-do list, and you will be able to spend more quality time with the people you love.