My Family’s Holiday Gift Giving Traditions

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Opening Chanukah present6

This is a throwback picture of my daughter opening some of her first Chanukah presents- BOOKS!  Both of my girls have always loved books.  My daughter will be 11 years old tomorrow.  Where does the time go?

We celebrate Chanukah in our family.  When my girls were younger we would get them 8 presents (which were usually toys) for Chanukah, one for each night.  Now that they are older we don’t get them 8 big toy gifts any more.  They both have December birthdays so that is when they usually get a bigger gift from us.  For Chanukah we get them smaller gifts each night.  I started a tradition a few years ago of having a theme for each night’s presents and I am going to do that again this year.

The tentative themes for the 8 nights of Chanukah this year will be:

1st Night- Toys

My girls love Barbies and other dolls, figures, etc. so they will probably each get one special doll.  I haven’t totally figured this one out.

2nd Night- Art Supplies

Walmart has a great selection of arts and craft supplies so I will either buy them each a kit to make something or I’ll buy a bunch of art supplies for them to come up with projects on their own.

3rd Night- Movies (DVDs/Blu-rays)

I score some great DVD deals at Walmart on Black Friday.

4th Night- Clothes

I got them really cute pajamas with their favorite characters on them at Walmart on Black Friday plus I will be getting them some other cute outfits.  They love dresses so they will each probably get a new dress, too.

5th Night- Books

My girls are both bookworms, thankfully, so they LOVE getting books.  There are a few books that I knew they are both hoping for so they’ll be getting those.

6th Night- Games

This year I want to have more family game nights in our house so I am going to get them some games that we don’t have.

7th Night- Building Toys

I’ll be check out the K’NEX® Amusement Parks at Walmart’s Toyland event on Friday.  My girls love Disney World so I think my girls would like to build their own amusement park ride with K’NEX® .

8th Night- Jewelry

I bought them each a special necklace that says “You are my Sunshine, My only Sunshine” because I always sing that to them.
You Are My Sunshine Necklace

Growing up my mother used to give my sister and me our main gifts but the first night of Chanukah we always received a gift bag filled with small goodies like nail polish, stickers, lip gloss, and other small things my mother knew we would like.  It was her version of giving us stocking stuffers.  Now I do the same for my girls.  It is one tradition that I have always loved.  I hope my girls do the same when they have children.

What are your family’s holiday gift giving traditions?

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  1. This sounds so awesome! My kids would love 8 nights of gifts!

  2. We celebrate Christmas, but I have always been amazed by Chanukah! I think it is so awesome to have multiple days of gifts. And I love how you have a theme for each night. Such a great way to establish a holiday tradition!

  3. You are so organized! I wish we’d have a system too. This year is even more chaotic as we let kids choose their gifts, which seems to never come to an end lol

  4. I love that you have a different theme for each night’s gifts! I was actually trying to explain Chanukah to my four year old earlier this morning. I love that he is interested in the traditions of different religions and cultures.

    • That’s great that your little one is asking about other cultures. If you need any questions answered for him I’d be happy to help. 🙂

  5. I love the idea of themed presents for each night during Chanukah! I hope you have a wonderful holiday this year!

  6. Super duper idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us, your little one is so darn cute!!

  7. Love the themes, how fun!

  8. Elizabeth Rodriguez says:

    What a great way to celebrate! I love themed gift giving, it makes finding a gift so much easier. Happy Chanukah!

  9. I am LOVING how organized you are! The themed nights for Chanukah is awesome =)