Have you heard of the 4 gift rule? We were first introduced to it last year by Squirrelly Boy’s preschool teacher and absolutely love the idea. You get your kids 4 items: something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. That’s it. It cuts down on overspending/giving and really focuses on gifts a child may actually want for longer than a week. Some people have changed theirs to swap or add an activity gift, but however you approach it, the 4 gift rule is a great way to cut down on overspending/giving.
This printable 4 gift rule christmas wishlist are a great way to keep christmas memories over the years. We plan to print these off each year and write the year in the little ornament/star. It’ll be so fun to see how each kids’ interests change! It’s also a fantastic conversation piece. It was tricky trying to explain ‘need’ to a three year old last year, but he totally got it. (He asked for a suitcase last year and a soft lunch kit this year).
There are two versions, one starry version for an older kid (or adult!) and a colouring version with printing lines for the young ones. Just print, fill it out (date in the star or ornament if you want to keep them) and go shopping! To keep the element of surprise, you can always have your child write more than one item under each heading. But remember, they only receive one of those items! (or whatever, it’s your Christmas!).
Click on the “Download” bar above (or right here) to download the zip file. When printing, be sure to have ‘fit to print’ selected to avoid any edges being cut off by your printer.
And in case you’re curious what Squirrelly Boy asked for this year…