As someone who will be on the recieving end this year its quite an eye opener when I was told the funding has been cut yet there is more need. We have had a very rough year with medical bills and such and Im so thankfull this service is here.
I even said I dont want presents but grocerys as our budget is stuffed and we need extra for bills (that we are behind on) any little bit helps
A nice wallet is a good idea for a boy, a brand name one. Soaps, body wash, etc are good for girls of any age, shaving packs are good for teen boys or adult men.
He is still too little to get it but when we donated some of his toys recently we told him that he has lots of toys and some bubbies dont have lots of toys so he is sharing then everyone has the same amount of toys.
We will also be trying to instill in DS that the naughty or nice thing is just for stories and songs. I dont want him to think that kids who dont get santa are 'bad' or 'naughty' kids.
I'd say books are always good for kids, teens and adults
My favourite presents to give are things that have multiple uses, the marketed use, or can be used in everyday life if necessary, so things like:
If your budget is a little bigger, for teens I also have done a bike and helmet and once, for teens or adults, a queensize quilt, cover and two pillows.
AliG, Im entitled to receive items too. This is the very first time I have had no money whatsoever. Not until the next Centerlink payday which isn't until Wednesday next week. Most of that will go to paying my excess after I accidentally backed into a car that was parked on the driveway even though there's a huge sign saying NO parking on the driveway. Not to mention it's my son's birthday in 2 weeks as well. Yet I have declined to receive a gift. Would be silly to give a gift and then get it back again lol.
Anyway, currently I am just borrowing off my parents. Hopefully I can pay them back when I get the parenting payment at the end of this financial year.
I had to pay my electricity bill and they were threatening to cut me off, so yesterday for the very first time ever, I asked for assistance with my bill and groceries. Its a very humbling experience, thats for sure
Yet I promised the Salvo's to somehow pay it back. As I make sock monkeys for my friends and other people, I got paid for one of them today, so I used some of that money to pay for these little gifts. As I said, I will make a few monkeys to be put under the tree too.
If its not inappropriate for you to answer - how do families 'get entitlement' to receive these gifts (I'm not sure that's the best wording - but I'm sure you get my drift).
i read somewhere (think it was on here) about what to say to kids re 'why cant santa give the kids presents?'
it was something along the lines of that santa knows the family really needs food so he gave them that for xmas instead of a toy and this is so the kids still get a toy.
i thought it was a really nice way to explain.
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