That’s how things are measured in our house, having two children (well, one child and one pre-teen monster). In anticipation of the Christmas gifts and full stockings from Santa, the most important countdown of the year has now begun.
Advent calendars have been broken into and the first few windows are bereft of their chocolate treats. Parties are being planned at their schools and I’ve been instructed what gifts to buy their best friends. Of course, parents have been planning Christmas, even if only in thought, from mid-September - from eyeing up what the popular gifts are this year to listening with ears of a bat whenever the words, “I wish I had….” or “I want xxx for Christmas” were mentioned in the house.
Mums and dads will already have been buying gifts in their droves, keen not to let that coveted toy or precious gift become out of stock, for fear of a disappointed child at Christmas. Then we try and get organised with our wrapping; hours of painstaking origami and reams of paper all for a few minutes of frantic ripping come Christmas morning. It may be at this point, when you’re gathering your purchases together for a mammoth wrapping session that you get to take stock of what you have bought. The wine has been poured, Christmas songs are playing on the radio and you’re surrounded by paper, bows and sticky tape - but, horrors of horrors, you’ve got that sinking feeling that you’ve not bought enough.
Quite often, at this point, I’ll think, “That doesn’t look much”. I know it’s daft when the gifts they’ve asked for are there, when my purse won’t ideally allow me to carry on spending and thoughts of managing spoilt children come into my mind along with images of starving children in Africa - BUT, sometimes, to ease my own guilt, I’ve bought a few extra, inexpensive gifts to bolster my kids’ piles on Christmas morning.
I’m ashamed to say this, but I bet I’m not alone - rationality goes out the window and I don’t think of the financial and moral consequences of buying more, just of how bad I feel that one child has a little more than the other and therefore it’s not ‘fair’ or what I thought was ‘enough’ now looks stingy.
Luckily, there are plenty of gifts that will capture children’s imaginations yet won’t break the bank. The kinds of gifts that your kids won’t necessarily have asked for but will be thoroughly thrilled to receive. Chrsitmas Gifts for Children like this:
Just £2.99 - yet a gift that will thrill little children who may have wanted a pet but for valid reasons, can’t have one. Great for toddlers too, these ‘magic’ fish start small then swell when water is added, making them adorable make-believe pets. Their very own Nemo and friends!
Or how about this:
A great gift for little boys (and perhaps girls too!) which is both fun and practical. Each car ‘flattens’ making them perfect for travellling or hiding in little pockets! At £6.99 this unique car set is an ideal stocking filler.
If you have already bought similar items or haven’t the time to sit and think of ‘filler’ Christmas gifts (perhaps you’re sick of hearing about Christmas - there are days when I can’t wait for it to have come and gone already!) why not just plump for an easy option and order a pre-filled Christmas stocking?
Already brimming with gifts, these can be ordered specifically for girls, boys, and other relatives too, with appropriate, relevant gifts inside. You don’t have to do anything other than order it - no planning and no wrapping! At £12.99 they’re a wonderful last-minute life-saver!
Plenty of people panic-buy gifts with little time to spare - there are even those that relish the danger of leaving everything until the last minute. Whilst the Christmas countdown has officially started, there is still plenty of time to make sure you have everything you need. And I mean EVERYTHING! There will come a point, in the last throes of the Christmas shopping days where you won’t be able to run out for that extra gift because the day will be upon us. Gather your gifts together now and make sure you’e happy with what you’ve got.
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