How To Keep Gifting Simple


Christmas is such a special time of year. It is a time to reflect. A time to love and serve others. It is a time to wait and observe, and it is a time of celebration. It can also be a time of stress, busyness, and excess. When we started having children, Josiah and I decided that we wanted to be very intentional with our traditions and expectations during the holidays. We knew that we wanted to keep things simple,  and wanted to give our children things to look forward to, remember, and really appreciate in the years to come.

Living in a world of excess, we want to teach and show our children that more doesn’t make us happier. We want to teach our children to be thankful instead of always asking, “what’s next?” This can be especially hard during Christmas, since gifts, Santa, and wish lists are the focus of every Christmas movie, but it is something that I feel very convicted to try to keep under control. However, with that being said, the memories of Christmas morning, and feeling so loved by the gifts specifically picked out for me, are some of my best. Also, I absolutely love Christmas gifting, and finding that “perfect” gift for my loved ones, so we decided we needed to find a good middle ground.


Here are a few of the ways that we gift during the holidays as well as some of our favorite traditions:

  1. Want, Wear, Need, Read 

A few years back I read a blog about a family and their gifting philosophy. It’s as simple as this: Want, Need, Wear, Read. That’s it. Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. It’s intentional, it’s personal, it’s simple, and it’s enough.

This has been a guide for us for the past few years, and it has been something that I have been so thankful for once the holidays rolls around. It can be so easy to get carried away with all the stuff, and constantly find justification for “just one more thing.” As a mother, we want to give our children the world, so having some boundaries to stay within, especially during this time of the year is incredibly helpful.

(We also do a few small stocking stuffers. Chalk, crayons, candy, etc.)


Here are the things we are getting for the kids:

Shiloh – Want: Doll Highchair, Wear: Princess Dress, Need: Bean Bag Chair, Read: You Belong Here 

Jude – Want: Lavender Scented Warmable Animal, Wear: Burts Bee’s Jacket, Need: Pacifier Clip, Read: Jellycat Soft Cloth Book

       2.  Intentional and Convenient 

We try to keep it really simple with our other family members, but sometimes that can be hard especially when they live far away. I have a hard time getting anything that isn’t personal in some way, but those typically are the hardest gifts to find and ship. Incredibundles, Amazon Prime, and Target Red Card have been my best friends this holiday season.


Incredibundles is an excellent gift for that special baby in your life. Essentially it is a gift box for babies that either includes books, toys, bath toys, organics, or even diapers. You can either choose one of their beautifully curated boxes, or custom make your “bundle” depending on your specific preferences. One reason that I love this idea so much is because a lot of times I want to put together something a little more than just a book or a toy, but by the time I buy the gifts, wrap them up cute, and ship it, it ends up costing an arm and a leg and taking up way too much time. Incredibundles does all the hard work for you. All you have to do is choose what is going to go in the box, and a beautiful reusable box will show up on their doorstep in just a few days.

3.  Pajamas and Ornament

Every year Josiah and I get each other an ornament that signifies the past year, and then we also get the kids one as well. We open those, as well as a pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve, and then wear the pajamas and put the ornaments on the tree before we go to bed. This is one of my favorite traditions, because I did this all growing up, and it is so fun to be on the other side of it now.

These are the pajamas we got them.

4.  Family Game and Puzzle 

Every year we choose one game and one puzzle to buy for the whole family to enjoy. We typically do this early in the month so that we get to enjoy it all season long!

These are some of our favorite games: Bananagrams, Sequence, 7 Wonders, Ticket to Ride

So, Merry Christmas to you all! Hope that this post finds you in a place of peace and enjoyment as opposed to stress and busyness, and that you are able to just enjoy the rest of this magical season!

Photography by Samantha Brooks Photography and BareFootFotos

*Thank you to Incredibundles for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.


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  • Reply Angie

    Nicole, great traditions with your sweet family. God bless you and Merry Christmas!!

    December 21, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    • Reply NICOLE

      Thank you so much Angie! Merry Christmas to you too 🙂

      December 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

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