In the past, it’s been very popular with you guys when I post the gifts that we’ve chosen for Annie and Andy. As you know, we have a 3-Gift Christmas here – meaning we give three gifts to each child. One of gold (a treasured gift, usually a toy), one of frankincense (something for worship), and one of myrrh (something for the body).
This has become a very interesting topic to a lot of people – so much so that we were interviewed for The Today Show blog and also for WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas. We are so tickled to be able to share this idea (one we heard of ourselves) with others – so that we can focus on the true meaning of Christmas…and keep our budgets intact. 😉
Let’s go with Annie first! (PS – some links are affiliate links, because the FTC doesn’t take a Christmas break.)
Gold: V-Tech Camera
We waited for a good sale for this one and were able to get a really great deal. Annie has been asking for a camera forever, so we know this is something she will squeal in delight over.
We could have gone with a more expensive camera that would take fabulous pictures – but really, she’s 4 years old and I want her to have a toy camera. I won’t get these pictures printed – she just wants something that “takes real pictures, Mama.”
Frankincense: A nativity snow globe
I found this on Etsy for Annie – and I hope she loves it! She has a thing for snow globes and has already started a collection. Since she isn’t reading yet, I thought this would be a nice gift for her to leave out all year – because we like to celebrate the birth of Jesus all year long! 🙂
Myrrh – Stick-On Earrings
Annie has recently become interested in earrings, but she has no desire to get her ears pierced – which I’m TOTALLY cool with. So, I thought having some that would stick on would bring her joy. I know that my sister and I used to wear them when we were little and I just LOVED them!!
Now on to Andy!
We found this on a great sale via Amazon with free shipping! So, we got this for only $10. Andy loves wooden toys…or maybe I love giving him wooden toys. 😉 Either way, he loves trucks already and I like giving him something that won’t break in two days.
Frankincense: Little People Noah’s Ark
It’s hard buying a frankincense gift for a small child – and I already purchased his nativity last year. So, we decided on this. While, yes, it is a toy, we can also use this to teach the Bible story – and the fact that God always keeps His promises. I hope to get him a Bible of some sort next year.
I just love Little People, don’t you?
Myrrh: Ministar Shoes
Andy really needed these, as his pair is getting worn out FAST. I love the soft soled shoes. I looked for them used, but I guess they are so popular they are hard to find. So, we went with a new pair from Target. Not gonna lie – it was hard to pay $14 for a pair of shoes. I almost passed out in the aisle…but I made it. Shew.
Total, we spent $106 which is WAY MORE than we would normally spend. Even finding a few things on great sales, we still were a little spendy – but we didn’t go over budget or use a card to buy these things. I usually try to find things used, but we didn’t have much luck with that this year – I guess people are hanging on to their stuff. 😉