Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Rein-ing myself in...

Did you see what I did there? Did you? No? Gah. This is a Christmas blog post about stopping myself buying too much and that was meant to be a pun, you know, reindeers. These things shouldn't need to be explained, huh?

I've started my Christmas shopping. So far I've only bought for the kids but oh my life, there is so much out there that I want to buy I'm having difficulty holding myself back and I'm wondering if this is a problem for anyone else? It's not helped by the fact that I love to see a huge pile of presents under the tree on Christmas morning. Mr M is starting to suspect that I get more out of this present-buying malarky than anyone else...

What have I bought? Fur Real Friends, Barbies, Sylvanian Families, Playmobil, board games, remote controlled spiders, make-up, DVDs, books, magic wands and tricks, Hot Wheels tracks and Huggle Buddies. Then there are the things I haven't bought yet - remote controlled dinosaurs,  letter writing sets, rubber stamps, the obligatory socks and pyjamas, Hex bugs, spy planes... My kids are spoilt. RUINED. (I've drawn the line at Zhu Zhu Pets).

Thankfully my kids are still young so it means I can get them lots of presents. I dread the day when they want one expensive item like an iPod or Nintendo DS. That will be no fun for me at all! I like shopping, I like wrapping presents and I like watching them being opened. One little box under the tree on Christmas morning just won't do it for me.

I realise with over two months to go I need to slow down a tad, at this rate my house will rival a ToysRUs store by Christmas Eve, plus it's getting mighty expensive - those Sylvanian Families are not cheap! However I do still feel compared to some of my friends that their children get bought way more than mine - I still think I am being quite restrained. (My husband says otherwise).

Please tell me I am not alone in my present-shopping obsession?! There must be other freaks kind and generous mothers out there.

love & kisses
Mrs M x


  1. I love Christmas, adore it in fact. The only bit I hate is the present giving/receiving. If I had my way I would ban all presents for anyone over the age of 13.

  2. I love Christmas more than anything and like you, I'm also quite addicted to buying presents - and I'm not even a mother yet so I'll probably only get worse!! Of course getting presents is fun too but buying and wrapping them is definitely better! I also put a lot of pressure on myself to get 'good' presents for everyone, the ones they really like and hope for.

  3. My 5 year old son has just had his birthday and like you I just love buying him stuff!! I know some people will call it spoiling him (got a few comments like that from the in-laws) but I love him and want to make sure he has everything he wants, whats wrong with that? Now I just need to start planning for the Christmas present mountain!!

  4. I wish I had the cash to but the boys loads. I am aware that this year they will have so much less as mum isn't here to give them presents. But Christmas shouldn't be all about the commercialism and that is what I am focusing on

  5. If you are kind and generous, then I must be a miserable and miserley mother. I have no idea what to get my boys for Christmas. Oldest mainly wants LEGO related items, but youngest just wants a Nerf gun. I gave him the Smyths catalogue and that was all he chose. He plays with a lot of eldest's old toys and there's no point in buying him more as he won't play with it more just because he has more of it, IYSWIM.

    I'm looking into some sort of family experience as this is the thing they like best. Legoland would have been perfect but is unfortunately closed for the season.


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