Hilarious & Generous: The Holiday Gifts that Little Kids Want to Give

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Last year we discussed the adorably insane things that children request for Christmas, leading to the 68 funniest and most heartwarming comments the world has ever known. This year I'd like to discuss how fun it is to brainstorm gift ideas with kids, and the impractical hilarity that ensues...

It's the inconsistency that really cracks me up! The 7-year old and I sat down with his family meeting notebook to make a list of what he'd like to get everyone in the family for Christmas. (In general, I am staunchly in favor of kids making gifts, but our time will be limited this year. He'll think of the gifts, I'll order them, we'll wrap them together, and he'll make cards.) His ideas, produced with little to no hesitation, range from "a whoopie cushion" for his aunt to "green swim trunks" for his uncle to "a super-deep outdoor hot tub with a diving board" for his grandpa. The first two have been ordered, and I think the recipients will be thrilled. As for the third...I explained that though a hot tub you can dive into is a brilliant idea and obviously every home needs one, we can't just dig up his grandpa's yard, install it, and leave him with all of the hot tub upkeep. We talked about how it's usually not a good idea to give someone a gift that requires a lot of work on the recipient's part, unless you know for sure that they want to do that work.

As delighted as I think the recipients of all of his gifts are going to be, and as fun as it was to place the orders, perhaps the real value was in talking over our gift choices. When he suggested an Xbox for his dad, I gently pointed out that such a gift was too expensive. "But it's only $200!", he replied in the way that only money-oblivious 7-year olds can. I explained that a person has to work a lot of hours to make $200 (and actually they're more like $300), and that $200 is about what I have to spend on everyone's presents. We also talked about how you (usually) shouldn't buy pets for people as a surprise, especially alligators, and how it's helpful to come up with a few ideas in case one gift doesn't work out. This last little lesson sneakily applies to receiving gifts, as well.

How do you decide what your children will buy/make/find for their loved ones? I'm sure you all have some stories to tell...

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