How Many Presents Is Too Many?

December 8, 2010 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

Last month I pretty much decided I was only getting my daughter 1 or 2 gifts for Christmas. No, she wasn’t naughty this year–she’s just 2 and I don’t really think it’s necessary to go crazy with toys.

But over the course of the last few weeks, she’s gone from getting 2 gifts to getting 10…. and counting. Her dad and I agreed to just buy 1 gift each, but then both sets of grandparents called to ask what she wanted. And then her godmother, her uncle, 3 of her aunts and 1 of my cousins all said they wanted to get her something, as well. Whoa!

Don’t get me wrong–I am so thankful for my family’s thoughtfulness. But really? 10 Christmas gifts for a 2-year-old just seems like too much to me. If she gets 10 gifts when she’s two, how many will she expect when she’s 6? It scares me to even think what she’ll ask for when she’s a teenager…

So I need some help from all you moms who’ve been doing this gift-giving thing a little longer than me: how many gifts is too many? Should we limit how many gifts our children receive during the holidays or is it okay this one time to let them have a toy free-for-all? Let me know what you think in the comments.

As a way around this little dilemma, I’m thinking of just telling everyone to get my little girl a book. 10 books seems much more manageable than 10 new toys. What do you think? I’ve got my eye on Of Thee I Sing, the new children’s book President Barack Obama wrote for his daughters:

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