Buggy and Buddy
Make presents for siblings or friends
This tradition takes a little more creative capacity on the part of the parents, but it can really encourage gift-giving. The idea is that your child makes a present for their sibling or friend — something they can play with or use in their daily life.
First, you have a little brainstorming chat with your child about what their sibling or friend likes or might need. Then, you work out something you can reasonably make together without having to buy up the whole DIY store. Framing it as a secret elf-like mission can encourage initial enthusiasm for the project!
A project like this hand-painted fabric bag from Buggy and Buddy is a fun and easy idea for young kids. The key is to help build a tradition where each child is actively thinking about others and appreciating the art of giving.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in December 2019, and updated in December 2021.