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Manage your Christmas Budget with the 7 Gift Rule

You may have heard about the “7 Gift Rule” but what you may not know is just how much time and stress it can save you, as well as providing some fantastic gift ideas.

Whether it’s January or November, Christmas always seems to be around the corner. The 7 Gift Rule lets you plan accordingly without breaking your budget or brain and prompts you to think of unique and fun gifts.

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What is the 7 gift rule?

It is the concept of buying only a set amount of gifts for each individual, with each gift falling into a specific category.

As you may have to guess, the specific number of gifts for this rule is 7.
This is an awesome way to help you stick to your budget, not overload your little one with gifts, and it also helps you think of some glorious gift ideas!
You buy one gift to fit in each category and by the end; you have 7 gifts to give your loved one.

The 7 gift rule is often targeted at children and young adults, but we can apply it to anyone you wish for it to apply to.

There are several variations of the rule – the 4 gift rule, the 5 gift rule, the 10 gift rule.
It all started as the 4 gift rule (Which are the first 4 on our list today), but it has slowly developed as other people have added to it.

For today, we will be looking at the 7 gift rule

I am here to help you think outside the box, and make the most of your 7 gifts!

Who is the 7 Gift Rule good for?

The 7 Gift Rule is excellent for anyone, especially for those who has a huge compulsion to just buy every.single.gift.they.can (like me).
It is also a brilliant way to stick to a budget and not feel you have over-spent on your kids.

It may be a fear that sticking to 7 gifts may lead to your child not getting as many gifts as you’d like. When this rule is done correctly, those 7 gifts can hold greater value than 70 gifts – without breaking the bank!

If you aren’t keen on getting 7 gifts, this guide can still source some incredible ideas and build your own gift-giving traditions!

Personally, I feel that you should go with the number of gifts you can financially afford and feel comfortable with, there is no right or wrong number.

Last year Luna had so many gifts we are still drowning in the clutter months later! If this is an issue you face, you absolutely need this guide.

Why I am doing the 7 Gift Rule

Christmas day is awesome, lots of food and gifts, spending time with loved ones and watching your search for that perfect gift pay off.

Christmas isn’t just about that one day, it is an entire season of kindness, laughter, crafts, baking, singing, dancing and movie watching.

It is celebrating our achievements through the year and making bigger and more exciting plans for the following year. 

And this is what I want Luna to experience fully, without solely focusing on gifts.

I want Luna to focus on everything I just listed, and teach her the importance of giving, showing gratitude and taking care of those less fortunate than us or who have struggles around the holiday season. 

While she is only 3, and too young to grasp all of this yet, I will start with the 7 gift rule to help grow her gratitude. 

Everyone is different. With their own unique values and ideas – and, as always, that’s okay!

This is why I will follow the 7 gift rule this year, and for years to come. 
I want Luna to get what she wants, and what she needs, without getting caught up in Christmas gift comparisons and feeling like I’ve not done enough. (Good old Mum Guilt!) 

Basically, I want my baby girl to grow up grateful, happy and balanced.

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What are the 7 categories in the 7 Gift Rule?

1. Something They Want

Something they want is the easiest place to start.
It is when you get your child the thing they want the most – the “Big Ticket” item.

For us, at the time of writing this post, it was a dollhouse for little miss.
She is at the age where all she wants is absolutely everything she sees, which is a bit too big of a gift haha.
So we narrowed it down based on her likes.

As your kids get older, they will definitely tell you what they want. So note their big wish list, and that is where you will find your first gift for the 7 Gift Rule!

2. Something They Need

Something they need can be just about anything.
Whether it be a new toothbrush or a new set of paints for their favourite hobby.

Because it’s Christmas, try to stick to things that your child will enjoy, while it is still something they need.

Something they need gift ideas

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3. Something To Wear

Every year, my grandma would buy us heaps of new clothes for Christmas.

I think all of us have gotten socks and shirts for Christmas at some point!

So that is where “Something to wear” comes in!
Get your child something to wear. It doesn’t have to be socks and shirts, it can be something special and/or to accessorise!

All you have to do is to be creative, and the options open up!

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4. Something To Read

The thing I love the most about the 7 Gift Rule is that it really encourages yoThe thing I love the most about the 7 Gift Rule is that it really encourages you to be innovative, so you don’t get boring cliche gifts that the list may suggest.

Something to read gift ideas

5. Something To Do

“Something to do” is a brilliant way to give a gift that encourages outdoor activities and fresh adventures.

Think of something they love to do and go from there.

Do they love movies? Or going to concerts? There are heaps of amazing ideas to give the gift of something to do!

Something to do gift ideas

  • Movie ticket/voucher
  • Concert ticket
  • Room escape booking for them and some friends
  • Monthly or Annual pass to a theme park
  • Membership for their favourite sporting team (Football, Soccer etc)

6. Something For “Me”

The idea behind “Something for me” is to get them something special, that is just for them. Such as a handmade gift or keepsake.

This can be difficult depending on the age of your child/giftee, but there are still plenty of options.

For our “Something for me” this year, we will make ornaments with Luna’s handprint. While it isn’t necessarily something for her this year, it is something that she can keep forever and put on her Christmas Tree one day!

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Something for me gift ideas

  • A scrapbook you made – I found this amazing Scrapbook kit for young girls that I kind of want for myself!
  • Letters from you to open throughout the year
  • Special ornament or accessory with their name on it
  • A photo album or photo frame
  • A custom bobblehead (love these!)
  • Personalized jewellery
  • One-on-one time with mum & dad doing something they love

7. Something For Family

For our last gift, we have something for the family.
This is my personal favourite because this is where we really get down to the importance of Christmas – spending time with the ones you love.

This gift can be something that you give each of your kids or one gift for the entire family to enjoy. Whichever it is, it will be great.

Something for the family gift ideas

  • Trip to the zoo
  • Movie tickets
  • A board game the family has been talking about
  • A day out in a rural area of your state
  • Theme park adventure
  • A trip to see awesome family members
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Jess is an aspiring blogger, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. After relocating to remote Christmas Island, Australia, to be with her fiance, she became a mother for the first time. As a long-time sufferer of anxiety, Jess knew that as a mother she couldn't keep letting it take control of her life. Using the power of planning, Jess has learned how to use her passion for organisation to minimise anxiety and maximise her self-worth. Now she runs her blog, Mindful Galaxy, to bring all of these lessons straight to you so that you can live your best life.

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