Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gift Ideas: Want, Need, Wear, Read

Sweet Turtle Soup - Gift Ideas: Want, Need, Wear, Read
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I love the idea of the want, need, wear, read gift giving philosophy. It helps you narrow your focus, it helps you limit your desire to buy all the things, and you end up giving a well rounded gift. For Aria's Birthday/Christmas last year she got a ton of toys, a lovely selection of books (my fave), a sprinkling of clothes, and a few essentials. The essentials may be boring, but I appreciated the ones Aria received. We've gotten a lot of use of them, while some of the toys are collecting dust months later. So, I find the four different categories to be a fantastic guide for both the receiver and giver. And, since gift giving season is right around the corner I thought I'd put together a few ideas! I'm helpful like that. Now if only I was actually that on top of gift buying...

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18 comments:

  1. I think I'm going to use the want/read/wear/need method for Christmas shopping for my three kiddos this year!

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  2. Cute cute stuff! And it's really smart to narrow it down that way. Otherwise the toys can get way out of hand like you said!

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  3. what a great way to organize things! I never thought of it that way. Might have to steal this idea :) I'm also loving that Travel fork/spoon set in the case! genius!

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  4. I love your list! And I love that "motto" too. While it's always fun to buy and play with toys, Mason has an over abundance of toys and I would much rather get something practical than just more toys. I am guilty of pinning and Amazon favorite-ing lots of toys, but I'd love more books and clothes for him. He's starting to outgrown his 18-24 month stuff and as we "transition into fall" (I use that term loosely as it will be hot here for... forever), I need more cooler weather stuff. That sweater in #1 is to die for! I forget about H&M for toddlers!

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  5. Aww, I love this post - so fun! I would definitely take almost all of these things for my boys as well, ok maybe not the dress.. ;)

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  6. Cute list! To bad you aren't closer I have some of those snack cups in my cabinet and I keep thinking I need to find a new home for them :). That bear look crazy snuggly to. Is it weird that I noticed that?

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  7. What a great shopping philosophy! I'm pretty sure between Christmas and his birthday, Wyatt only received one "need" item. I think I'll be subtly mentioning this philosophy this year! ;)

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  8. I love that plaid dress! And yep, I'm thinking of doing Chickie's gift giving this way this year. She gets so much stuff from both sets of grandparents and it's just TOO MUCH. Love this post!

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  9. Never heard of this way of shopping and I love it! And those wildflower leggings? ADORBS!

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  10. Love this idea! Scott and I have actually toyed around with the idea of giving only 4 gifts during the holidays to our kid(s)… It's really hard to do when they're so young, but hopefully we can really implement this awesome idea when Marcus (and perhaps other little Mackes) is a little older.

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  11. I just came across an article detailing this philosophy and I plan to use it for Connor for his birthday and Christmas from here on out. I'm also going to create an Amazon Wish List for things he needs so when folks ask me, I have an easy go to.

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  12. I seriously LOVE this idea. I admit it. I have a shopping problem and always go wayyyyy overboard. The older kids get the harder it is to stick to this too because they are always comparing what their friends get. That plaid dress from Gap is adorable. I NEED IT. and of course, you are super helpful as always. ;)

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  13. Adorable gift guide! :) Great minds must think alike because several of the stuff you have are already on Grey's list for this year! Love keeping things simple & making the holidays not just about gifts!

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  14. LOVE this!! I just added a few of your ideas to the list I've been making for Mia! Her birthday is just 5 days before Christmas so it's hard not to just overload her with a bunch of crap all at once. I love the idea of mixing up the toys with the books and puzzles and clothes! (I do hide most of her gifts and pull them out throughout the year so that she doesn't get bored of all of her new things all at once, ha!)

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  15. Love this idea and those are some really great picks!

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  16. I stumbled across that saying last year sometime, and applied it to our gift-giving last Christmas. I think it's a great way to keep presents from getting out of control, and also encourages more than just toys. I'm definitely guilty of buying something for Reese just because it's cute and it's so easy to go overboard when it comes to your kids. Love your picks - we have quite a few of those things! :)

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  17. Love, love, love this list! We'll take one of everything please!

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  18. What cute gift ideas! Want, need, wear, read, what a great idea!:) Love them… thanks for sharing at WYWW!

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