Gimmee, gimmee, gimmee is a refrain parents hear from (at least) November 'til the end of the holidays. It's hard to blame children for their insatiable requests for more and bigger gifts as marketers bombard them with "must have" options and their friends have parents who are dealing out the goods. It's difficult for a kid not to be motivated by other boys and girls shouting, "I'm getting a Furby!" or "My parents bought me a Game Boy Micro!"
One of the toughest tasks for a parent in this materialistic mayhem is to teach values. But the moms and dads who come out on top are the ones who stick to the program of educating their children about moderation, the needs of the less fortunate, and what's more important than the things we own. Here are some ideas for instilling principle in young consumers.
Gifts for kids to give to others
1. Let's list again
Have your kids make a list of things they want to give to each person, working with them on the budget and the appropriateness of each gift. While you do this, discuss with them why they are choosing the specific present and what they think the result of the giving the gift will be. Often, children are disappointed by the reactions their friends or family give when receiving an item. Before this happens, teach your child that it is indeed the thought that counts and that giving is its own reward. You can tell them that not everyone has the ability to understand this, so it's important to derive self-satisfaction from the act of giving.
2. Give unto others what you would give your kid
A couple of other tips: While shopping, buy two for the holidays or birthdays. Or keep the list of what you buy and return to the stores for sales on those same items.
3. Be personal
Beyond disposable -- Fun and worthwhile gifts for kids
1. The Gift of Time
2. Year 'round gifts
4. Board games
These ideas are some of many others that creative, values-minded parents can use. At the core of the suggestions are understanding the needs of others and realizing that the time we spend with each other trump any video game or fashionable clothing that money can buy.