Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Want, Need, Wear, Read

About two months ago I started to make a list of everything I thought Henry MUST HAVE for his first birthday.  After a couple weeks the list got ridiculous and I remembered a gift tip I heard on a morning news program over the holiday.  It was that moment when I deleted the entire list and decided to throw a party instead of buying a shitload of useless gifts a one year old will grow out of  or would be donated in a month.  Not to mention, I knew the grandparents, Aunt Natalie, and other friends and family members would send gifts from Michigan.  Soooo in celebration of Henry's birthday I share my gift tip:

For holidays and birthdays, simply buy your child(ren) four things ... something they WANT, something they NEED, something to WEAR, and something to READ.

Following this tip not only simplified my shopping trip, but forced me to put more thought into the items I bought.  This also allowed me to buy quality items over quantity, something Andy has been pushing on me since we got married six years ago. 

As a child, I remember circling every toy in Toys'R'Us' The Great Big Christmas Book during the holidays for my grandma.  (She bought every single thing I circled too!  Didn't take me long to figure that out.)  also remember my mom and dad yelling at my grandma after the gifts had been opened telling her she bought us kids too much "damn crap" once again.  

As an adult, I don't remember these gifts.  What I remember are parties and family trips and vacations. 

And as a mother,  I want to celebrate with my baby.  I will teach him to be grateful for the gifts he does receive (and to write a thank you cards. I'm a huge TYC advocate!).  He doesn't need too many tangible items to feel loved or to be happy, although sometimes he will get those.  What he needs are celebrations and memories to cherish forever. <3