DH and I (mostly me) have been getting rid of tons of old (plastic, noisy) toys and really don't want a bunch more for our girls for Christmas. I wrote a draft email to my family, DH hates it and says it sounds manipulative... he wrote version 2. What do you think? are either ok? Am I asking for a bunch of angry family members?
I know that some of you start Christmas shopping early, so I thought I would share our Christmas gift ideas early.
We have recently gone through the girls toys and books and clothes and we are lucky to have been given hand me downs of all of these items and are not really in need of anything from these categories. The girls, Matthew and I are so blessed to have such generous and loving people in our lives. Please feel free to forgo any gifts and instead send love and holiday wishes to us.
If you feel that you would like to buy them something, we would love for it to be 'expirence gifts'. For example, a certificate for a trip to ice cream with you, or a day at the beach when we are visiting San Diego, or a trip to the zoo, or something similar. We are enrolling the girls in swim classes in the spring at swim america, so could use certificates towards water safety. We also have started college funds for the girls.
We've gone through all of the girls toys and books (which was a lot!) and we've given away all of the stuff we don't want, but we still have a plenty.
If you want to give the girls gifts this Christmas, please think about contributing to their 529 college savings plan or helping with the swim lessons they'll be taking next summer. We also like the idea of 'experience gifts', like a certificate to take them to ice cream, a fun day at the beach, the zoo, a picnic... etc.
We know everyone likes to give gifts, but we really don't have room for more toys and books.
So MDC, let me know what you think.