I am a big believer in getting a list of what the kids and other family members want the most for Christmas. I may ad lib some but at least I know I am getting them things they really want. (I haven’t had a case yet where I’ve had to delete inappropriate or expensive things from their lists.)
I like the lists especially now because I don’t have any money to waste on gifts someone might like or only kind of like!
I handed Rose a notebook to write down what she wanted but Walsh jumped on the computer to type his list. After he typed and printed it, he cut it down to wallet-size, which I thought was pretty smart. He also looked up the items and noted prices next to some of them.
I’m still trying to get a list from Michael. He’s tough to buy for so I really need him to tell me what video games he is interested in or if he needs dress shirts or sweaters. Also it helps to know what technology he wants. I want to get him specifically what he wants.
I am trying to get a list from my parents but so far no luck there. My dad says I don’t need anything and my mom isn’t much more help than that. (More on this in a later post.)
Now my mom is a total freelance shopper. She likes to go and look around for the kids and buys what she thinks they’ll be interested in even if it’s not on their radar screens currently.
Do you want lists from family members? Do you like to think of things? Do you like to just look around to come up with ideas?
Do your kids do wish lists for you? How do they present them? Are they reasonable or unrealistic?