Over the years we’ve tried a few different ways of exchanging gifts between the children in our family. For a number of years they drew names and gave a gift to one sibling, but truth be told, with so many young children, it added more work (and expense) for me.
A couple of years ago we hit on an idea that has become a wonderful new tradition. Each child gives a small stocking stuffer to every sibling. The gifts can be very small (think a pack of gum), or a handmade craft, or something larger if the gift-giver is able. The younger kids have a great time wrapping their treasures and then tucking them into their siblings’ stockings on Christmas Eve. The big kids do a great job exclaiming over the Tic Tacs, Lifesavers, and other treats. This year, Ladybug is making special gifts for her older siblings, which I would love to show you, but that would ruin the surprise. I’ll be sure to post a picture after Christmas.
The huge added bonus for me is that I no longer need to shop for stocking stuffers!! My contribution has been whittled down to a tangerine, candy cane, a few Christmas candies, and occasionally some much needed new underwear or socks. I often found myself scrambling for stocking stuffers after completing all the rest of my shopping, which although it is limited to a book and other two gifts per child, still adds up to 36 gifts (with one son-in-law included). This is a very happy change for me.
Questions: Do your children exchange gifts with one another? What do you put in your children’s Christmas stockings?
I would love to hear from you on this Wednesday. Have a wonderful day, friends.