Christmas, the 7 gifts rule

Basically, the 7 gifts rule is a way to simplify giving gifts to children at Christmas. It consists of giving only 7 gifts, obviously 7 gifts can be a lot, and it can be adjusted to the available budget by reducing the cost of the gifts themselves or reducing the number of gifts.

How does the 7 gifts rule work? 

As mentioned above, this rule can be adjusted, as you are not obliged to buy so many gifts if you don't want to spend so much money, but essentially, the rule says that there are 7 categories of gifts that every child should receive at Christmas:

  1. Something you want
    Something the child has been asking for for a while, it doesn't have to be expensive, just something you know the child wants to have.
  2. Something you need
    An item that the child does not necessarily want to have, but needs/needs. This could be a jacket, school supplies, sports equipment for extracurricular activities, etc.
  3. Something to wear
    It's not a gift I'm looking forward to opening on Christmas Day, but it's something I'm sure I'll be using, and this category is very broad, as it includes all kinds of clothes.
  4. Something to read
    Whether she loves books or doesn't make much use of them, giving a book as a gift is a classic and she's sure to thank you for it.
  5. Something to do
    This includes gifts that keep children active, either physically or mentally: toys that need to be ridden, board games, etc.
  6. Something that stays
    While the rest of the gifts, although child-oriented, could be shared with the rest of the family, this category gathers gifts that children keep for themselves, such as bracelets, necklaces, something bigger like a bicycle or a console... A gift that makes children feel special and that belongs to them.
  7. Something for the whole family
    A gift that the whole family likes and that everyone can enjoy. A board game, tickets to go somewhere with the family, etc.


A rule to make it easier to give presents to children at Christmas, as well as to ensure a good amount of presents, which, although not the most important thing, children like to open a lot of presents.


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