Mum shares genius tip which means she never overspends on kids’ Christmas presents – and they still get what they want | The Sun

IT'S EASY to get over excited when it comes to buying your kids Christmas presents.

We get it – you want to spoil them, but you've probably got a budget to stick to and going overboard might not be the best move.

Luckily, one savvy mum shared her clever tips which means she never overspends but her kids still get exactly what they want – so there's no sad faces on Christmas day.

Kirsty Collins, who is a mum-of-one revealed the trick on Facebook and it's so smart your kids are bound to love it.

Kirsty, 25, said: "I just wanted to give some advice to those struggling with birthdays, especially with the massive increase in cost of living!

"It's my son's fourth birthday today and at that age a lot of the toys are overpriced plastic tat and take up so much space in their bedrooms!

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"I’m also the type of person who will say ‘okay yep that’s everything for his birthday’ and then go into another shop and say ‘oh he’ll love that, just one more present won’t harm’ – I’m sure many can relate!"

Kirsty posted a picture of five presents on Facebook, each with a different label wrapped up in his favourite rainbow wrapping paper.

Each present fell into a different category:

  1. Something you want
  2. Something you need
  3. Something to wear
  4. Something to read
  5. Something to do

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The mum explained: "Last Christmas I trialled doing a five present rule and loved it so I’ve done it again for his birthday.

"This stops overspending, overcrowding of toys in his room and (hopefully) stop him becoming spoilt.

Kirsty explained the trick would also be great for parents who are separated to avoid any competition with gifts.

She continued: "It really gets you thinking about the gifts and doesn’t have to be expensive at all, my sons ‘something to do’ for his birthday is a trip to Legoland that I got on the Sun Savers deal, 2 tickets for £2!

"Also second-hand gifts are amazing! You can get some good condition toys out there in charity shops or Facebook marketplace!"

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Kirsty told Netmums: "Obviously if you can’t afford five presents it’s important for parents to realise that is okay too!

"But it was mainly for the over spenders (like me!) to help keep costs down going forward now the cost of living has gone up!"


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