The holiday season is a cause for joy for many reasons. There's time with family and friends to enjoy, presents to give and receive, and festive food to indulge in. Kids, in particular, get excited about this time of year, especially about the presents. As a parent, however, meeting the expectations of your little ones can be daunting. Surveys suggest that many moms and dads worry about being able to fund their children's wishlists. If you find yourself stressing about this point, follow this guide to budget-friendly gifting for kids.
Encourage a Minimalist Approach to the Present Wishlist
While you want your kids to get everything they dream of, it's also a good idea to teach them that the holidays aren't just about getting “things.” This is a chance to show them the importance of giving to others and appreciating what they have. Cut back on consumerist tendencies by setting a limit to their wishlist. You can establish a three-gift limit: It's a realistic bar to set and encourages little ones to really think about what they want. By cutting down on quantity, you will also be able to save money and focus on getting quality gifts instead.
Look at Aggregate Deal Sites to Save Money on Select Items
Aggregate deal sites are a wonderful way to find toys for less than you normally would in physical store locations. Rakuten is one platform worth checking out. The Rakuten toys department has everything from board games to LEGO sets at steep bargains (as much as half off the standard retail price in some cases). If you become a member, you can also create alerts and receive notifications when they post deals of interest to you.
Look Into Second-Hand Shops and Swaps
Not every single item you purchase for your children has to be brand new. Little kids, in particular, are unlikely to notice the difference between a brand-new and lightly used items. Babies and toddlers grow so quickly that their old clothes and toys are often barely marred and practically good as new. Swap.com allows you to find thrift items and goods on consignment. You can also put up products of your own for sale to offset your spending. Just be sure to avoid buying certain products like baby cribs and toy chests second-hand, as these might pose a safety hazard. Additionally, it may be wise to avoid any second-hand electronics, as you want to ensure they work as intended when your children open them up.
Use Group Coupon Sites to Provide Experiences Instead of Things
Instead of loading your children up with more stuff this holiday season, consider investing in experiences you can all enjoy together as a family instead. Research shows that people who invest in experiences over material possessions are happier. They have exciting memories to cherish and can share moments with other people. Check out a group activity rebate site like Groupon, which includes kid-specific categories. Also, keep in mind that while Groupon is one of the more popular spots to find group coupons, it’s not the only game in town. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, then hop over to SheFinds, which has assembled a list of the best Groupon-like websites on the internet.
Watching your little ones unwrap their presents this holiday season will bring you great joy as a parent. It will be an even more joyous occasion if you aren’t stressing about money at the moment. Follow the above guidelines for affordable gifts for kids and you will be able to truly cherish the holiday season and get into the holiday spirit.
Submitted by guest writer- Daniel Sherwin
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