I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! This year, Bobby and I wanted to do something different. We are giving back. In lieu of gifts for our family, we adopted a family of 5 through the Share Your Christmas program at The Triangle Volunteer & Leadership Center. We adopted a mother with 4 children: 11-year-old twins (boy and girl), 8-year-old boy, and 2-year-old girl.
The mother’s list included pots and pans, household items, or cleaning supplies. We tossed around the idea of getting her a crockpot, but figured she might not have ANY pots or pans. We decided to get her a brand new 20-piece cookware set with utensils. We’re hoping that these pots and pans help prep the meals that bring this family together every day.
The 11-year-old male twin wanted gift cards to DTLR, Foot Locker, or Old Navy, and a tablet. It was pretty clear he was into fashion…specifically shoes. He was probably the most difficult one to shop for. We looked at the price of shoes at DTLR and Foot Locker and they were pretty expensive. Since we knew we couldn’t cover the cost of new shoes, we didn’t want to give him just a gift card. Keeping in mind that these might be the only gifts the kids receive, we wanted him to receive something. We decided to play it safe with an athletic outfit and gift card. What 11-year-old boy doesn’t wear athletic clothing?
The 11-year-old female twin wanted gift cards to Bath & Body Works, DTLR, Justice, or Target, and nail polish and lip gloss. Luckily, there are a TON of beauty gift sets this time of year. We found a nail polish set and shower gel set that screamed preteen girl! We threw in an Ice Cream Pouf and a gift card.
The 8-year-old boy wanted wrestling toys/action figures (WWE or Smackdown) and games. There wasn’t a big WWE section at Target, so we were limited in our choices. We saw a really cool ring playset that we knew the boy would love. The floor of the playset bounced like a real WWE ring. We had a little extra budget, so we got a WWE Action Figure set.
The 2-year-old girl wanted educational toys (V-tech), puzzles, tricycle, and dolls. Immediately, Bobby and I decided to get the tricycle. Plus, learning to ride a bike is educational! We also got her a new baby doll. We think she’ll be so happy with her gifts.
Lastly, we wanted to get something extra for the family to do together. As my readers know, I’m a fan of gingerbread houses so we decided to give a mini village set. One house for each kid. We also gifted the game Exploding Kittens. This game is really popular right now and fun to play. It’s 2-5 players ages 7+.
Bobby and I kept telling each other we wish we could be there Christmas morning to see the family’s reactions to the gifts. We had a great time shopping, wrapping and delivering the gifts. Nothing beats the feeling of volunteering or giving back.
We hope you have a Merry Christmas!