Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dollar Store Christmas

Every year, I take my munchkins to the Dollar Store to do their Christmas Shopping.  While I realize a dollar store is no place to find quality gifts, it is a place they can shop without me constantly over their shoulder checking prices.  They have the freedom to choose what they like, for who they like.

If they want to buy something for the mailman, they have my blessing.  I do not, if at all possible, sway them in any which direction on what to buy.

I silently follow them, always amused, as they peruse each aisle in search of that "most perfect" Christmas gift.  They fill their little shopping baskets with goodies for just about every person they know.

Luckily for me my kids don't know too many people.

Once all gifts have been thoughtfully and carefully selected, we set aside an evening for them to wrap their own gifts.  I set out cheap wrapping paper and stick on bows.  We play Christmas music.  They cut and tape until their tiny little hearts are content.

Every gift they give is completely from them.

If Hubby is to receive a pen that reads "#1 Uncle", wrapped almost entirely in Scotch Tape, then that is what he will receive.

This method of gift giving makes for a very interesting Christmas Eve.  Before bed, the munchkins set their gifts under the tree and walk every self-wrapped present to its recipient. Over the years we have unwrapped rocks, plastic flowers, whistles, stuffed animals, keychains, notepads, pens, hair clips and several gifts of the homemade variety.

And they are some of the most cherished gifts ever given in our home.
Christmas is about giving.  And about remembering those you love. 

Our "Dollar Store Christmas" allows my munchkins to do just that.  On their own terms.

Happy Monday!

6 comments:

  1. Great idea!
    Merry Christmas!
    Marcia :)

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  2. That is so sweet! My mom used to take me to Woolworths,I don't know if anyone remembers that!,LOL,And she would let me shop for my own christmas presents for members of the family.I remember feeling so responsible,like a big girl,being able to put something under the tree! I shopped with my daughter and we picked together,but i'm going to be a grandma in july,so I think I'll let her dollar store shop when it's her turn!Thank you for bringing back that memory!! Merry Christmas!!

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  3. This is a great post and idea- I think I will do this with my 3-year-old this year- she's getting to where she understands "giving presents". Thanks!

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  4. (Found you on Pinterest, by the way...:)

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  5. The best gifts aren't always the most expensive ones, I remember giving my mom some "odd" gifts as a child, but I picked them out and wrapped them myself. I have also been the recipient of some special gifts from my own daughter when she was younger, one of them still hangs proudly in the kitchen today, I wouldn't trade those gifts for anything! Diana

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