Saturday, November 28, 2009

Economically Shopping For Christmas Toys

With the holidays quickly approaching, parents are starting to feel the pressure rise. The kids still expect to see a variety of gifts under that tree. However, with the recent economic upset, more parents than ever are experiencing serious stress in their family budgets. The good news is that you can have a nice holiday season without breaking the bank by learning the tricks that enable you to shop economically for Christmas toys. By making a plan and sticking with it, you may find that it isn’t as hard as you thought.

Keep It Simple

Kids can only soak in so much fun before it gets overwhelming and you are wasting your money. Three gifts per child is a very doable number and is plenty enough to keep most kids happy. Many parent ... Read the entire article.


Anonymous said...

A nice article...however, there are some better ways to celebrate the Christmas season. For some time, my family (married sons and daughter, and 10 grandchildren) has been giving only homemade or hoegrown gifts. One son raises sheep and cattle, so meat is a gift; a daughter-in-law does a beautiful hand made object is a gift. I quilt, knit, and embroider so quilts, scarves, etc. are gifts. The past several years, however, we have not given gifts to one another but to worthy causes. Last year, the grandkids picked out animals from Heifer International to donate to children in other countries. This year, we are all donating to "charity:water; Water4Africa" Our holidays are less stressful, the emphasis is on Jesus and helping others, and we are so much more greatful for the privilege we have of living in America.

Unknown said...

I love it! We have done the same thing. In the 80's and 90's we did the homemade things with a focus on consumable so there wasn't more "stuff" for somebody to find a place for.

We stopped doing the Christmas card thing and chose to stay in touch with those people during the year instead. Sending Christmas cards to those you don't see all year with only a signature doesn't provide much communication or relationship building and it's sure not helping the declining forests used for paper.

In 1999 we stopped the whole exchange thing and rather than condemnation (except for a couple of family members), we received congratulations. Folks were so relieved that we have chosen to lighten the Christmas load and focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

One true kindred spirit exchanges gifts to organizations with me each year and we enjoy that. For those who have meant a lot to us during the year, we like to celebrate that relationship with a Thanksgiving gift to show gratefulness. Christmas was never meant to be about gifts to those who have no needs. The wise men brought gifts to JESUS ... and we still do that in giving to the needy for Christmas.

We have enjoyed the Samaritan's Purse catalog for our Thanksgiving gifts. Similar to Heifer Int'l, you choose gifts. This year we chose Honey Bees since they are dying off in such large numbers around the world. With this gift families can sell honey and beeswax to pay for education, healthcare, or other basic needs. Honeybees also pollinate plants, increasing fruit and vegetable yields. Best of all, as people receive equipment and training, they hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. All of that for only $30.

Well ... this is a passionate subject for me also. I've written about it over the years. Here's just two of the articles:

A Different Kind of Christmas

Finding Stillness During The Holidays"

"Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world." Duane Elgin

"Do what is good with your own hands, so that you might earn something to give to the needy." Ephesians 4:28