For about the past seven or eight years we have told the kids (DD 18 & DS 16) what their Christmas budget was and from that they tell us what they want. This year both have requested cash for Christmas.
It makes sense to me since both have gotten lot of new goodies over the past year. Between new iphone, itouch, laptop, video games, digital camera, etc...they are pretty much set for the next year.
I am a cash kind of girl and I think they must take after me. Ever since I was about 8 years old, I have only asked for cash for Christmas, birthday, Easter, Valentine's, etc...and 100% of gifts from my parents and about 90% of gifts from aunts, uncles and grandparents have all been cash.
I plan to wrap their money in several different boxes. In addition, I will do stockings for them. Happily filling them with a pair of PJ's, a DVD or two, a gift card, candy, a watch and black Nike ankle socks for DS and a necklace for DD.
I really like this idea Neeley. I may have to try that sometime. Thanks!For about the past seven or eight years we have told the kids (DD 18 & DS 16) what their Christmas budget was and from that they tell us what they want. This year both have requested cash for Christmas.
Polly, I had a guitar once that did that at the top of the neck. I think it was from years of over-tightening the strings. Pawn shops would probably be the best place to look. Where does your son get his sheet music?My youngest wants a guitar. We gave him DH's guitar last year for Christmas, but I guess it was of really poor quality because the handle came apart with repeated use. Thinking that I'd check out the pawn shops. I don't know how much they'd go for so I don't know if he'll be getting one or not. The pawn shops are overloaded right now so maybe I'll find one cheap.
My oldest will take cash He'll put it towards something he really wants.
The only other thing they want is candy and cookies for their stockings.
My son is 5 and changes his mind so frequently that I never get him anything until Thanksgiving. I might just go with a few books and a lego set. He's the only grandchild so he gets way too many toys from everyone else, so I usually don't stress about it. I think my MIL got him 10 times as many presents as we did last year (no lie - I think last year we bought him 5 things - she got him a plastic sled full of presents, plus 2 large bags full of presents, plus a scooter and a snowboard.... way too much stuff IMHO).
That is how it is with our two kids. They are the only grandkids on both sides of the family, then on my side of the family they have three living great grandmothers and two living great grandfathers. Add in the fact that they are also the only great grandkids for the great grandparents on my mom's side and they are the only niece and nephew to five great aunts and uncles - they get lots for Christmas, birthdays, etc...Just from their grandparents, great-grands, aunts, uncles and a couple of close family friends, they each get around $500 each in cash and gift cards for Christmas and about $300 for birthdays.He's the only grandchild so he gets way too many toys from everyone else.