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The ABC's of Organizing Kids: G is for Gift Giving

This is a good time to discuss gift giving as we approach the holidays. Thinking about the shopping now ahead can be of great help in our overall enjoyment of the holidays. When trying to decide what to give children as well as others and what our children can give others, think about what is really important to you and to them. This may not be as obvious as we would like and therefore not as easy. Take time to hear what people are saying. Think about what they want versus what you want. Make a list of all those on your giving list and what their interests are. This is a great way to help your holiday anxiety by putting boundaries on who you are shopping for. Remember to list the things you get as you go so that you can remember them. I used to be amazed and astonished at how my parents could forget that they bought a gift for us at Christmas and then not remember it until weeks later because they "hid" it somewhere. One day, I woke up and I was my parents and my kids were equally astonished. Isn't it amazing how that works?

Allow your children to go through their toys, books, games, etc. and see if there are things that they don't use or don't like. This will not only give them a chance to do some giving over the holidays to those let fortunate, but it will also give you some insight into both what they have already and what they really like and use at this point in their life. It is very important for our children to think of holiday time; however your family celebrates it, as a time for giving not just receiving. This is a great lesson any time of the year, but can be a really great impact during holiday seasons. In this process you will also allow your children to make room for the new things coming in. Wouldn't it nice for gifts received to have a home when they are received, rather than sitting in piles wondering where they will fit in a bedroom, playroom, den, etc.
Also help your children think about gifts that are not traditional but that they would really benefit from; for example fun bed sheets that they would otherwise not have; rechargeable batteries for the numerous electronic games that they have, tickets to a family play or movie to enjoy together, photo opportunities. Photos can be so much fun and so much appreciated as gifts. Allow your children to create original works of art that can be made into cards, calendars, other great gift ideas. Giving or receiving collages of pictures of childhood in general, sports, vacations, other events are always a great joy to receive. Keeping a family history of annual newsletters and/or family group pictures is a great way to give an older child leaving home a cherished memorable gift. Depending on the age, children's gifts might also include organizing tools; that can be of great help to them though-out the year; such as a desk, coordinating drawer units, colored hangers, label makers, colored files etc.
One more thing that I will add and you will find me saying at every opportunity, a gift is a gift and we must really think about that when we give and receive one. Give others permission to do whatever they wish with a gift you give. There are millions of people that hold onto things in their home that they no long use or have never used and they keep them because of guilt that the person who gave it will not be happy with them or feel they didn't appreciate it. That is a terrible injustice to others. Let them know!!!! Use it, exchange it, return it, or give it away but DO NOT feel you have to keep something you never use. Set that example for those you really care about and you will really be giving a special gift to them. There are so many people who struggle, squeezed by the things that they have accumulated and cannot part with in their life. You can lead the way to release those around you from such burdens and teach your children a great lesson in the process.

posted on: 11/19/2007 9:00:00 AM by Rosanne Larkins
category: Family

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Rosanne Larkins, Defining Time & Space Professional Organizing, Helping people put peace into their life through simplifying things around them. Reduce stress through creating order, save money knowing what you have, save time knowing where to find things.

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