I love to give gifts because it gives me a warm feeling and a huge smile! That may be some what selfish but children need to learn the joys of gift giving as well. I think I was about 10 when I started liking Christmas more because I got to give gifts than receive them.
This is a two fold blog about helping kids to learn to love to give and also to help parents to know some of the best rules of thumb about what to give you children for special occasions.
Here is what the bible says about gifts. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17.
Kids need to understand that all things come from God to begin with so by giving we are sharing what He gave us to begin with. One way that kids can share their gifts that God has given them is to make crafts or food treats and take them to a retirement home. There is a look of shear joy on the residence face when they are brought a trinket by a child! This is a wonderful way to show your kids that they can do things to bring happiness to others as well as having them get joy by bringing joy to another.
I also wanted to comment on a great idea I have seen about what to get your kids for holidays. If you want to get them a few things, don’t just buy them toys. A good rule of thumb is get them one of each of the following: something they need, something they want, something they can wear, and something they can read. Kids can really appreciate a million different toys anyway, and this way parents can feel like they aren’t just spoiling their child.
Hope this gives you a few ideas about gift giving and receiving!
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