Holiday Shopping for Siblings

rigid_paper_gift_boxMy son’s school hosted a holiday shopping day earlier this week. He went armed with a list of people he’d like to buy a present for and a $20 bill. His sister made the list. He won’t show me what he got her or anyone else. The presents are neatly tucked under his bed hidden until Dec. 25.  I like the idea of siblings buying gifts for one another especially when they are old enough (at least 3) to consider their siblings’ interests and hobbies. Gift giving also demonstrates the importance of giving to those you love. Too often the holidays center around “getting” things, than giving.

This holiday season, encourage your children to think of something special they could give their sibling. Discuss ideas and talk about the importance of showing their love for one another. Remember, the gift doesn’t have to be expensive, just thoughtful!

Here are some ideas:

Draw a picture using your sister or brother’s favorite colors

A sister may enjoy a necklace out of fruit loops or cheerios

A brother may like a sign for his room with his name and super cool stickers

Take a trip to a dollar store and let your child pick out 1 to 2 items to give to his sibling

Head to a local arts and crafts stores. There are always tons of very affordable projects such as making your own soaps, chocolate candies or painting a wooden frame

Your children may come up with their own ideas. And that is the most important aspect in demonstrating the act of giving. Let your children take the lead and provide a guiding hand.

Also, you and your children may decide as a family to give to someone else. Look for local organizations that need your help like the Salvation Army, your local food pantry or even a local animal shelter. There are plenty of ways you can extend the season of giving.

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