Presents for birthdays and Christmas advice
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So me and my ex try to share what we get our kids for birthdays and Christmas but I am worried that they may get two of the same thing…my ex can be very hard work with her telling me the truth etc etc, what do I do if they get from her what I have got them?
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Or give them some cash to spend. Dont worry if they fritter it on what you might think is rubbish, it's their choice.
From when he was about 4 I stopped buying things, house was full of stuff. Instead we went out for the day somewhere. I would give him a few options so he could choose, he got to decide where we went for lunch.
We both had a wonderful time, generally tried to do it between Christmas and New year. He understood perfectly that was his present. More than 20 years later we both remember the steam fair at Warwick castle, it had much more impact.
So, you know your kids best - what do they really want from their dad? What sort of present can they deem special?
Cosnider organising days out of a shopping tip the first time they are with you after christmas, and maybe make a fin package for them to nwrap on the day (e.g. a big box with a small item like a chocolate orange inside, but also a home-made voucher for an activitiy or an ' IOU' for a shopping trip.)
Make up a box with crumpled newspaper or Christmas paper and put some stocking fillers hidden in amongst it. They can have fun opening that and finding some small gifts and then the trip out afterwards.