We started a new tradition last year with our girls. Christmas shopping at the Dollar Store! We have a Dollar Tree near us, so that’s where we go, but you can also go shopping at the Dollar Spot in Target or Five Below. We just wanted a place where our 5 daughters can shop for each other, but still stick to their budget.
My daughters get so excited to pick out things for their sisters. They’re always asking me or their grandparents to take them to the store, so they can get Christmas gifts for family, friends, etc. As much as they love receiving gifts, they also love giving them.
Since my girls are ages 12 to 4, the younger ones don’t really have a lot of money. And I do not have the money to buy 20 presents for the girls to give to each other, especially with their caviar wishes. So last year we decided to take them all to the dollar store, told them they could choose one gift for each sibling, and bring it up to the register. It was a success! So we did it again last night.
Dollar Store Christmas Shopping
I get a kick of seeing the girls grab their carts or baskets and try to be sneaky while the other ones shop around them. They cover their items when they see a sister pass by or duck into another aisle. The youngest pleads with each sister to please buy her a jump rope.
This year we bumped up the allowance to include a dog and parents, too. The older girls use their own money to pay for their items, and they’re proud that they can afford it. I don’t want them spending a fortune on gifts for us, because really gifts don’t need to cost a lot to mean a lot. I want them to know that, too.
My 6-year-old is going to squeal when she opens her $1 selfie stick. My 4-year-old is going to lose it when she gets her pink jump rope. My 9-year-old will proudly wear her soft mittens in the cold. My 12-year-old will write tons of stories with her new gel pens, and my 8-year-old will love that Captain America giant eraser. All chosen by sisters with love.
They’ll also add their homemade bracelets, cards, poems, drawings, or whatever strikes their mood, but the girls look forward to the shopping extravaganza, too.
I peeked at one of my presents, and I’m gonna enjoy my candy bar by the fire, thank you very much. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to help the littles wrap some gifts! Happy Holidays!
How do y’all do sibling gifts? Any fun traditions?