Giving children the chance to do their own Christmas shopping

We are well into the festive period now, children are full of excitement during the last few weeks of term before breaking up for Christmas. I know this was my favourite time of the school year, it was always full of doing crafts, decorating the classrooms and watching the odd Christmas movie. The girls have both been out and brought Christmas cards for their class friends and we allow them to buy a gift for their best friend too.

Many people who celebrate Christmas exchange presents on this special holiday. But where does this tradition come from? And why do we do it? It is a big part of our family, we save up a little bit every week so we can spoil the kids at Christmas and not worry about the finance of it.

Different countries and different families who celebrate Christmas often have their own reasons for giving (or sometimes not giving) gifts. We are not a religious family, so for us it is about showing each other how much we love and care for them.


Today Harriet took some pocket money to school to to buy her own gifts for us and her big sister and little brother. She was so excited to make her own decision about what gift to buy us, and then wrap it all by herself. Our school PTFA ( Parent, Teachers, Friends Association) organise it and buy gifts in bulk for the children to pretend they are shopping. Not only is it a great activity for role play, it also aids their learning with mathematics and adding the costs together.

The type of gifts available are tea towels with drawings of the children’s faces on, cooking books full of recipes written by the children them selves, and mugs printed with a special Christmas message, these are available at a great price printed from Promotional Plus. Other great items could include jute shopping bags, keyrings, calenders, mouse mats, which can all be made with a Christmas message perfect for loved ones.

A nice note pad with a Christmas poem or recipe printed on the front cover would make a great present for grand parents, they like practical presents.

A Christmas Poem:

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself.


A Christmas Recipe:

Simple Fudge


  • 350g dark chocolate (chopped, minimum 70% cocoa solids)
  • 1 x 397g can condensed milk
  • 30g butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 150g pistachios


  1. Put the chopped chocolate, condensed milk, butter and salt in a heavy-based pan on a low heat, and stir to melt.
  2. Put the nuts into a freezer bag and bash them with a rolling pin,
  3. Add the nuts to the melted chocolate and condensed milk and stir well.
  4. Pour this mixture into a foil tray 23cm – smoothing the top.
  5. Let the fudge cool, and refrigerate until set.


How do you celebrate Christmas, how important is buying gifts for your loved ones? Maybe you prefer to make all your own presents? I have in previous years tried to make all gifts by hand, but I have very little time with the 3 children now.




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1 comment

  1. Etelka Player

    What a lovely way to let children buy their own presents. It will encourage them to think about what they want to give as a present and teach them that you can only buy what you got money for. And they are having fun at the same time. Excellent idea.
    I love the Christmas poem, it so very true. We should be loving, sharing and giving every day of the year.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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