Avoid Useless Gifts – My Top 5 Things to consider when purchasing a gift for children

The holiday shopping season is underway and many of you are getting into that shopping mood. The kids are writing their wish list and you’re hoping to grab as many things you can off their list.

Top 5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Gift

Before you grab everything off a child’s wish list, I want you to start thinking about the things you are buying for them. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a child gets a useless item.  I know the thought is there and I really appreciate that.  But sometimes people are in such a hurry to finish their shopping they end up buying an item these children end up using once and their useless and a waste of money.

I know I’ve purchased a bunch of things to find out they were useless.  So I’ve made a list of the Top 5 things to avoid/consider when purchasing a gift.

1.)  Toys that have a gazillion pieces.  You’ll especially want to avoid this if you don’t have proper storage for all of your kid’s toys.  A toy box just doesn’t do it.  The kids dump all of their toys into the toy box and they don’t even bother looking for all of the pieces to play with the toy again.

2.)  Extremely Large Toys.  These can be anything from indoor basketball hoops, motorized cars, bouncy ball etc. These types of toys get in the way of everything and are hard to store.  We end up getting rid of the items sooner because we are just frustrated with tripping over these items.

3.)  Think about how your child is going to use the item.  One year Santa brought a wagon for our youngest child.  The wagon seemed like a great gift to put all of the toys in, ride along with etc.  However, living in the desert and all of the rocks we have in our backyard made the wagon useless. We never took it anywhere because it wasn’t an easy item to load up in the vehicle and go.

4.)  Board Games. A great gift — if you get the right ones.  When choosing these types of gifts find games that are age appropriate.  If you’re purchasing a game that says 4 or more players and you only have a family of 3 it’s not going to get much use.  Also, choose games that don’t require your assistance.  I love being able to play games with my kids but not all the time.  I want them to be able to play the games without me.

5.)  Clothes. One of my biggest pet peeves when kids get gifts of clothes.  When you are buying a bigger size for a child so they can grow into it, consider the season.  Winter clothes are what you’ll find during the holiday season.  If you’re purchasing a gift for a baby that is 12 months and you buy an 18-month winter outfit and it’ll fit them in the summer.  You just bought a useless gift.

I wrote this article a few years ago when my children were smaller.  These 5 tips still ring true today.

What’s on your list that you try to avoid?

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5 Tips to Prepare for a Debt Free Christmas

In a blink of an eye, Christmas will be here before you know it.  To keep your Holiday Stress Free, I’ve got 5 tips to help you to start preparing now!

Debt Free Christmas

Even before Halloween season began, the stores put out their Christmas stock on the showroom.  They are prepared and they want you to buy, buy and buy!  Many of us aren’t prepared.  We’re just thinking about Thanksgivings and we just want to take it one holiday at a time.  However in order to have a debt free Christmas.  We must prepare and prepare now.

Here are my 5 tips on How to Have a Debt Free Christmas.

1.  Start making a list.  For everyone, you plan on purchasing a present for.   Make sure to include teachers, neighbors as well as gift exchanges at work and holiday tips for all those “extra people” like the newspaper person, hair stylist, etc..

2.  Set a budget.  Without setting a budget this is one of the easiest ways we find ourselves digging a deep hole filled with holiday debt.  Really it’s not  a shock!  Christmas comes ever year on the same day 12/25. However, the majority of us fail to prepare for this day.  Stretch your budget by finding online deals.  For example, if you are planning on making a purchase at Amazon.  Take a look at the right column and check other sellers for lower prices and shipping costs.  You can also sign up of a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime and take advantage of their free two-day shipping.

3.  Look for ways to purchase gifts without using cash or credit/debit.  What do I mean by that?  If you use credit cards that have merchandise/cash points, consider redeeming those instead and purchasing gifts. Another great way is to enter giveaways.  Lots of bloggers including myself will have giveaways on their blog.  Find one of your favorite blogger and/or look for smaller blogs and enter.

4.  Consider a “re-gifting” swap.  I know that re-gifting sounds terrible and you don’t really want to do that with family in fear it may hurt someone’s feeling or cause conflict with them, so instead why not consider getting a group of friends together and swapping those unused items.

5. Buy used and repurpose –  Head to your local thrift store or yard sale and find an item you can repurpose.  Items such as a frame, turning it into a shadow box, menu board etc..

Overall – remember it’s the thought that counts and the season is for Giving!! Think about everything you got for Christmas last year?  Can you remember what they were?  Can you remember all the gifts you bought your children?  Can they remember? Often times we buy stuff just to have stuff to unwrap during the holidays and the gifts aren’t memorable.  Why put yourself in debt for gifts that aren’t memorable.

I’d love to hear your tips on how to have a debt free Christmas.



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