Why I’m Going Minimal This Christmas

Do the words minimal and Christmas go together?

Let me start off by saying that I love everything about Christmas. I’m that weirdo who’d listen to Christmas music all year if it was socially acceptable. But this year my husband and I have decided to take a different approach towards Christmas and that’s going minimal (with gifts). It’s nothing serious, but the money that was allocated for Christmas had to be spent on other things. Consequently, my current motto is it is what it is because that’s life. The show must go on. And it will, just a little more modestly.

I digress, but a couple years ago I read something on Instagram about Christmas presents for kids. And it talked about giving your children ONLY three gifts. Yes, three gifts.

Something you want. Something you need. Something educational.

And stocking stuffers of course. But yes, only three gifts. The idea behind it is very simple. You give your child: something they want (mini drum set or a doctor kit), something they need (rain boots, a pair of jeans) and something educational (books, leapfrog toys or building blocks).

By limiting your child to three gifts, they’re not over indulged with materialistic items. And it forces you to be more mindful about your gift selection. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t want my children thinking Christmas is synonymous with gifts.

And don’t be offended but I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Babies don’t need presents. A couple gifts is more than sufficient since their focus will be on the wrapping paper.

Obviously our current situation is impacting our attitude towards Christmas.

Could we rack up some charges on the ole credit card? Of course, but I don’t feel like it. And I’m sharing this because it’s perfectly acceptable to have a simple Christmas. Because let’s face it, do you remember any of the gifts you got on Christmas as a kid? Probably not, so three very thoughtful gifts should do the trick. We’ll still be having a holly jolly Christmas, but with a lot less wrapping paper.



  1. December 7, 2018 / 6:01 am

    Yes! A minimal Christmas is the way to go! We’ve always had a minimal christmas and bought kids gifts just like you mentioned (educational, want, and need). I’m always shopping throughout the year lol so the kids get something new here and there. Plus with a blended family (8 kids total) we have to make sure no one gets left out.

    • December 7, 2018 / 11:02 am

      I think so too! I’m actually really excited about. And we’re the same way, the kids get things occasionally throughout the year so there’s no need for an extravagant Christmas. It’s not what it’s about anyway. And with 8 kids, you know more than I do. You’re on it!!!! Wise beyond your years lol!! But really!!!

  2. December 11, 2018 / 7:42 am

    I never even considered this but the reasons you state are actually really valid. Very interesting concept and sounds appealing as I haven’t even shopped for gifts yet. But this idea…I know my husband would approve. Lol. So do you have a price point you try to stay around for each kid?

    • December 12, 2018 / 10:55 am

      Well thank you, I’m so happy you like it! And I’ve yet to start shopping for gifts either. My goal is this weekend though. What husband wouldn’t approve?! Price point? THat’s hard. I’m trying to stay around $60-$75 for each kid which may seem low but I think I can make it work!

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