Top 8, conscious December gifts for kids

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When it comes to minimalism, the December gifting month is a hard part.

It start stretching the ideals of your own minimalistic life style. Think it’s in our nature to spoil our loved ones, (and we love to be spoiled as well) The options to give minimalistic presents to grown ups are several. You can treat your beloved ones on goods that are less physical, like tickets to a concert, a theater play, some cooking lessons, a wine taste or ceramic workshop, or what about the nice treat of Courtney Carver https://bemorewithless.com/31-days-of-gifts-2017/

But what to do with the kids?

Our youngest one is a big believer of the old man. I still remember her disappointed face, when she thought that he loved her less.  Why? A friend of her received a bigger toy in her shoe*. Luckily a few days (and presents) later it was all fixed. But well you get the idea. Our oldest one, knows that the old man is not the one that gives the presents, but she still is sensitive and compares her presents to the ones her friends receive.

Although it’s good to raise kids with some awareness of our consumption industry, and educate them with some cultural background, it’s also good for them to just fit in with their friends and not raise them too exclusively.

That was the reason for me to start dividing the presents by 8 categories. The kids still get spoiled and there’s also room for the conscious heart. Of course you don’t have to give one present by each category ( would be a bit too much). As long as a present is ticking one of those boxes it’s fine.

TOP 8, CONSCIOUS DECEMBER GIFTS FOR KIDS

1. ONE FAMILY PRESENT
As Christmas is family orientated it’s nice to give something to enjoy for the whole family, likely an experience, but could also be a board game, tickets to Winter Wonderland, the opera house or a movie you all like to see.

 

2. READING
This can be a novel, a rich illustrated book, a child philosophy book, poems etc

 

3. MUSIC
This can go from an instrument,  to tickets to the child orchestra, to a listening cd of child fairytales, to a music workshop etc

 

4. SOMETHING FROM THEIR WISHLIST
I know, maybe not the most minimalistic option, but well…..

 

5.  A BAKING SET
A set of ingredients to bake delicious cookies, cup cakes, apple pie, cinnamon rolls, etc

 

6. ARTS & CRAFTS
Some small diy tools, craft paper, clay, masking tape, paint, pencils, sewing kit, screwdriver, wood etc

 

7.  SOMETHING PRACTICAL
Something they need anyway, like a school bag, pajama, indoor slippers, fancy sport socks, etc.

 

8. SOME FOOD FOR THEIR BRAINS
Think science experiments, 3D puzzles, Rubik’s cub, a chess workshop, etc.

 

* Shoe gifting: We live in Europe, therefore we have two December celebrations; Saint Nicholas and Christmas, both includes gifting. The celebration of Saint Nicholas runs from end of November till beginning of December. On several days during this period, kids get spoiled by candy treats and small toys in their shoes.

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