The Brightside: Want, Need, Wear, Read
Yep, we hate to say, but the holiday season is already creeping up on us! Like parents everywhere, we imagine you are most likely anxiously anticipating the additional mental load created from the whirlwind of end of year catch ups, Christmas parties, decorating, cooking and holiday planning.
On top of all of this is the challenge of finding the perfect gifts for our kids. If you’ve ever felt like you needed a Santa-sized budget to fulfil your children’s Christmas wishes, you’re not alone! This year, we are here to show you an easier, more sustainable and mindful way to tackle your gift shopping. A way that still brings joy without breaking the bank or creating a wasteland of unwanted plastic toys.
It’s called the “Something They Want, Something They Need, Something to Wear, Something to Read” approach. This method encourages meaningful gift choices, fostering an understanding of wants and needs while reinforcing the joy of giving and receiving.
It’s your secret weapon to keep your kids smiling and your wallet from going on a last-minute panic spending spree. Let’s break it down in a little more detail.
1. Something They Want
2. Something They Need
Instead of buying these items separately, you can bundle them together in a creative and appealing way. For example, create a “Back-to-School Essentials” kit with all the necessary supplies or a “Summer Holiday Pack” with summer clothes and accessories.
3. Something to Wear
4. Something to Read
You don’t have to break the bank to gift books. Local libraries often have sales of gently used books, and there are many budget-friendly bookstores and online options. You can also look for classic books that have stood the test of time or explore second-hand bookstores for unique finds.
Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing more ways to gift with the “Something They Want, Something They Need, Something to Wear, Something to Read” approach. We hope it provides some inspiration for you over the busy holiday season!
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