The temperatures are growing colder and I can’t help but think about Christmas. I know, we haven’t even made it to Halloween and Thanksgiving yet, and here I am starting the holiday gift lists. Chances are, I am not the only homebody thinking all things Christmas right now. So, I am here to help with my simple holiday gift guide for kids.
Minimalist Gifting: The 4-Gift Rule
Ever felt like your home was being overrun with toys? Have you ever wondered if having fewer toys was actually better for your child’s development and creativity? Then consider trying one of the common trends and practices amongst many minimalist practicing families, the 4-gift rule.
What is the 4-Gift Rule?
The basics of the 4-gift rule are that you minimize the number of gifts you give your kids to one gift in each of four categories. These categories are:
- Something they want.
- Something they need.
- … they wear.
- … they read.
There are many variations on the internet of this rule, 5-gift, 7-gift, 10…, etc., but the idea remains the same. Gifting is done intentionally. Think you might try this out this holiday season? Definitely let me know in the comments section of this post.
Holiday Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers
My favorite gifting ideas for babies and toddlers are inspired by Montessori and Waldorf philosophies. Sensory and motor development are huge for brain development in this stage. Some of the gifts in this holiday gift guide can probably be done as DIY projects.
Board Books and Textural Books
Climbing Frames or Cubes
Organic Cotton or Wool Clothing
Cloth Diapers or Wool Diaper Covers
Glass, Wood, or Silicone Cookware, Food Storage and Bottles
To purchase gifts like the ones listed above, visit online shops such as Bella Luna Toys, Things They Love, and Oak and Ever.
Gifts for Three to Six Year Olds
The preschool and kindergarten age group (or just good ole 3-6 year-olds) is my favorite for gifting because you get to witness how learning and play are one in and of the same. Here are some great gift ideas for lots of open-ended play and exploration.
Indoor Swing or Trampoline
Bike or Scooter
Wooden Vehicles or Animals
Board Games and Puzzles
Art Supplies or Mini Portable Art Studio
High-Quality Clothing or Footwear
A Membership or Subscription Box
New Stainless Steel Water Bottle and Lunchbox
You can also visit the same online shops for gift options Bella Luna Toys, Things They Love, and Oak and Ever.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas
My next post will share my ideas for stocking stuffers that are simple and practical.
What are some of your favorite simple gifts? Have you heard of the 4-Gift Rule?
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