Gift Giving & Gratitude

With the holidays fast approaching, teaching children gratitude and to appreciate gift giving can feel like a challenge. TV and movies leave us bombarded with messages that more is better, so it’s important to take advantage of opportunities whenever you can.


However, as much as there is an emphasis on getting presents for these holidays, there are so many other wonderful activities that you can embrace and place importance on over the gift getting. Embrace the spirit of the season and warmth of family and friends by including children in gift buying for others. If your crafty, you can help your child to create beautiful handmade gifts that other family members will cherish for years. Grandparents especially will love framed drawings and painting from their grandkids -and you can let your kids decorate the frame, too.


Small crafts made by kids can make great stocking stuffers, and they make great decorations, too. And the holiday aesthetic is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season. Kids will love to help pick out the perfect tree and cover it with ornaments. You can try your hand at making traditional decorations, such as stringing cranberries, which can be hung outside to feed the birds after the holidays. Of course, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without cookies, and this can be a great way to take the focus off of presents and focused on giving -as home baked cookies are always nice to pass out to others.


With a little creativity and care to embrace opportunities as they arise, you can teach your child the greater importance of the holiday season, and detract from the “need” to get many presents.