The holidays are upon us. My Christmas gift-giving video will be up this Sunday, but I wanted to take a moment for the kids. When it comes to teenagers, I usually just give them money. Because other than tech, that’s all most kids want anyway.
Even though I am a minimalist, when I have kids, these are the gifts I would consider giving them throughout the year. I hope not to make Christmas about gifts, and the way I plan to do this is by giving them things as the need or desire presents itself, staying out of stores as much as possible (other than the grocery store), avoiding television, and homeschooling. There are many reasons why I want to homeschool (the biggest reasons being that I want to make schooling more efficient and inspiring) – but more on that in a different post.
The main reason why kids want many things is because of influence, through school friends or other advertisement (in a store or on television). Certainly churchgoing and neighborhood play has an influence when it comes to advertisement by friends – but there is nothing harmful in a bike or faux fur sleeping bag to me, to give them comfort and activity, just I stray from the name-brand and a lot of media. By limiting television, they will have temporary contentment, until they learn the value of it and the discipline for it so hopefully they can have contentment for all their life. It is the most valuable thing to me, and I hope I can emulate it for them.
Of course, these are just ideas that you might consider, but every family’s values and kids are different, and I’m sure I’ll have to adjust to fit my kids’ personalities in many ways, which is a blessing and opportunity I hope to one day have.
Top Gifts I’d Love to Buy:
bicycles, new sneakers, trampoline, roller blades – depending on the size of my place, I may just get them rollerblades or a bike, but if I live in the country, there will be enough space for both
If your kid already has all or most of these and perhaps even a pet or yearly vacation, then they are living in the top 1% of kids, I’d say! All they need is contentment because with the aforementioned things, you really need nothing else but your imagination to keep entertained all childhood long.
Tech usually makes kids wonder less and enjoy less, so I would put it off for as long as possible. DVDs and a laptop are perhaps inevitable, so I won’t fight it – just delay it.
Let me know if you have tech rules in your household and any toys I might have missed here!