A Bad Moms Christmas star Mila Kunis and husband Ashton Kutcher, celebrity power couple and parents of two, have opted to not give their children presents for Christmas going forward. In an October interview with Entertainment Tonight that ultimately sparked skepticism from those parents who enjoy doubling as Santa Claus, Kunis explained that she and Kutcher feel their kids, one and three years old, are too young to comprehend why they are receiving presents. “They don’t even know what they’re expecting; they’re just expecting stuff,” she says. If you were inspired by the celebrity couple’s perspective — whether for financial, practical, or moral reasons — check out our list of alternatives to the traditional gift-giving bonanza to adopt this holiday season.
1. One Big Gift: Give your child one pricey present — and that’s it. In line with the “quality over quantity” theory, this teaches children a deeper appreciation for the gifts they receive. Depending on the age of your child, this gift can be anything from a tricycle to a tablet.
2. The Four Somethings: These four gifts — “something they want, something they need, something to play with, and something to read” — helps cultivate your kiddos into well-rounded individuals while allowing them some say in their presents. It shows them the value of modesty and encourages them to distinguish between needs and wants. Have them make short lists for each of these categories so there’s still an element of surprise when it’s time to unwrap.
3. Experiences: Things like vacations, sporting events, or performances help children understand the importance of shared experience and together time rather than material possessions. Giving an experience might be most suitable for slightly older children who will be able to remember the outing for years to come. The memories made will ultimately be a more rewarding gift than that toy of the moment that’s sure to end up in the back of the closet collecting dust by next year’s season.
4. Get One, Give One: Rather than reducing the number of presents you gift your child, instead reconsider what can be done with the toys they already own. Discuss the deal with your child beforehand: For each present they receive, they will give one to charity — a book for a book, a pair of shoes for a pair of shoes. This arrangement instills selflessness and helps them better understand the true reason for the season.
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