Is it Christmas yet?

If you have young children their eyes will no doubt be drawn to the lavish high street shop window displays.  From the corner shop to the larger chain stores each will be competing for your business and even more so in the run up to Christmas.

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Christmas can account for over 50% of all children’s toys, games and gadgets sold during any financial year and therefore companies will utilise every avenue to ensure their product is in the forefront of both children and parents minds.

On top of all the high street decorations and window displays children will have been bombarded with television adverts for the latest must have toy, game console etc.

However it is not just children that are drawn in by such commercialisation, many parents feel under pressure to give their children everything they ask for.  Some parents will even go into debt to ensure they fulfil their children’s desires for the latest and greatest must have.

Don’t panic there is an easier and cost effective way to give your little ones a merry Christmas without breaking the bank, just follow these few simple ideas and you’ll survive Christmas and see the New Year in without denting your bank balance too much.

1. Buy a few inexpensive gifts for your child to open on Christmas day along with an envelope containing pictures of the gifts he or she will be able to choose during the sales immediately after Christmas.
2. Explain to your child / children that by purchasing the larger expensive items in the sale they will be able to have extra games due to the difference in price.
3. For older children and teenagers ask family and friends to club together and give a monetary gift, that can be used during the sales to purchase that expensive must have item that he or she has been pining for.
4. Do not impulse buy resist the urge to splurge.
5. Be creative, there are various websites with tutorials that will show you how to make various hand made gifts, encourage your children to join in and make it a family affair.
6. Remember Christmas is not about gifts or parties. Reflect on the deeper meaning of Christmas and enjoy giving what you can.

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