Help Your Child Create a Holiday Wish List

Big Kid 23

holiday wish list helpWhether your kid has a standing date with Santa or seems to shun consumerism, it's time to figure out the best options for holiday gifts for the young ones. It may seem like just asking her to write down everything her heart desires is a good idea, but you want to be sure you get a gift that will last more than 24 hours after opening up the wrapping paper.

Sure some kids have their eye on their prize starting in September, but if your child is one of those "I want this, I want that, and I want this other thing too," you're going to have to figure out a way to not go broke and/or make sure he doesn't wind up with something he only wanted for five minutes of his young life.

Here are three ways you can help your child create the perfect holiday wish list.

1) Shop Around

You should have started two weeks ago, but it's never too late to throw down some catalogs in front of Jr. or take a stroll through the mall. You'll get a great idea about what catches his eye repeatedly, and what is just a flashy trend designed to open your wallet and your trash bin in a few months.

2) Get Specific

You've got to ask about the brand. Especially if it's clothes and your child will be embarrassed by a knock-off. (Ignore this if you have moral objections to paying for brand names.) But there is a difference between a store brand MP3 player and an iPhone, and everyone in your child's school knows it. You also need to know if any brand will do, or if they are counting on that one special gift.

3) Narrow It Down

Have your child assign each gift request a number so you're 100 percent clear that she really, really, really wants an American Girl Doll, but only really wants a Rapunzel wig. Choose high and low on the list, and you'll be golden come gift time.

How do you help your child make a wish list?


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Littl... LittleFrogsMA

We have a wish list on Amazon that whenever my son has a case of the I wants, we put it on the wish list.  Then before a birthday or whatever,we edit the list.   Family know the list is there so it makes life easy for them.


This is a wonderful time of year for families to celebrate and share.  But the best gift of all that you can give your children is the one of good health.  Please make sure they are up to date on vaccinations.  Having lost my 20 year old son to bacterial meningitis, a vaccine preventable disease, which I didn't know at the time, my life is now dedicated to raising awareness about all vaccine-preventable diseases.  There may be new recommendations or vaccines available, since the last time you took your children in to the doctor, especially for adolescents.  Check the National Meningitis Association or our blog,  Let's give our kids a gift of good health!

Kaina... Kainalu55

i just let her do her own list.  She's 4, so i'll help her with spelling, but thats it


My son just writes out his list. Two things on it this year.

Bmat Bmat

Mine see what they think they want on TV.

aneela aneela

we are always talking about things and discussing them and selecting only a couple

slw123 slw123

LOL, mine were making wish lists starting back in the summer.

iam4you2 iam4you2

My kids are not old enough yet. 

Chari... Charizma77

My kids enjoy making their lists by themselves, their own way!

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