Simpler Gift Giving

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posted on November 19, 2009 by  |  posted under Baby Gifts, Crafting, Do It Yourself, Gift Giving

Simpler Gift Giving

You have no idea how excited I am to introduce Amber from Giver’s Log. Givers_log_header

This is the most beautiful ‘gift giving idea’ website ever. I seriously spent a good hour on it the other day {when i was supposed to be looking for airline tickets}. I even got a little choked up at a few of her sentimental ‘gift ideas‘. She also has a ‘pretty packaging‘ area.  A few adorable ideas I wanted to highlight before handing this post over….

Isn’t this the ‘sweetest’ birthday card for a small child? Love LOVE it. {She found this idea from Inchmark}

Simpler Gift Giving

And seriously,..do you think I could redo asking my bridesmaids to be my bridesmaids? I’m tempted. {And found this idea at Oh Happy Day}

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I must throw a baby shower soon,…and hand these adorable favors out. Friends!? Get baby makin’. ;) {And lastly this idea from Rebecca Thuss}

Simpler Gift Giving

Now,…without further adieu, I give you HowDoesShe’s Guest Blogger Amber focusing on

Simpler Gift Giving:


‘Every year at Christmas my husband and I go through the same struggle over
kids’ Christmas gifts. I want kids’ gifts to be meaningful, long-lasting,
wholesome. I want them to be worth the space they will take up on the shelf.
My husband, who probably has more of an imagination than I do, likes gifts
to have that “wow” appeal when the kids unwrap them. Sometimes it’s hard for
both these qualities to coexist happily in one gift. So our gift list can
get long and unwieldy and we often have to trim it back.

When I spoke to a friend this week about her solution, I was thrilled, and
intrigued. For each child she buys one want, one need, and one treasure. Her
children are grown, and last year, for example, her daughter received a
bicycle (a want), a bra (a need, apparently mom had come helped fold
laundry, moms are the best!), and a nativity set (a treasure).

Simpler Gift Giving

I love it. Especially the idea of giving a treasure, something meaningful. I
would so enjoy dreaming this up. A treasure could be a book, an ornament, an
heirloom, something from a far off place, the possibilities are endless.

Simpler Gift Giving

I also like another version of the three gift rule I’ve run across
here. Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom has Santa bringing
each of her five (soon to be six!) children something to read, something to
wear, and something to play with. I’m beginning to think this approach may
work pretty well for my husband’s gifts too.

Even if these rules are adapted from year to year, I really like the way
they give me a place to start. What about your family? Do you practice any
great gift-giving traditions? I’d love to hear about them.’

{Shelley here again,…I know,..isn’t she amazing? Leave us your gift-giving traditions and hop on over to Givers Log to be inspired…}

Simpler Gift Giving

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  1. November 19th, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    Marcie says:
    A friend of mine uses a rhyme "Something they want, something they need, somwthing for fun and something to read." I also read in a magazine how one family would give a gift of gold (the gift they really wanted), a gift of frankinsence (sp??) which was a gift for their body, like lotion/perfume or clothing, and then a gift of myrrh, which was a gift for their spiritual development -- an uplifting CD, book, picture etc.
  2. November 19th, 2009 at 9:57 pm
    Aubrey says:
    I really like the idea of giving a small toy, or some sort of game, to every family member- old and young. That way, Christmas morning can last longer (especially with older kids and families) and remind us of the magic of Christmas as a youth. My favorite person to see open his toy is my dad. He always gets giddy about it!
  3. March 15th, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    Paige says:
    I have loved just about everything I have seen on this site, but this is probably one of my favorites.
  4. July 27th, 2012 at 8:18 am
    Samantha says:
    My mother always made sure our Christmas stockings had something to read, something to eat and something to play with. That way my parents didn't get woken at dawn. When we were older the something to play with became the something to treasure.
  5. September 17th, 2012 at 10:06 pm
    carmel mae says:
    hi! you just can't imagine how thrilled i am to have come across this article, to think that it's been 3 years when this was first published. i could go on & on telling you how it has been very arduous for years to arrive at the perfect gift for everybody, especially during christmas time. this is such a treasure to come across, a blessing!!! may i just ask if the tags of "want" & "need" have any short description or write up at the back as well? thanks! thanks! thanks! God bless you!
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