7 tips for holiday wish lists

November 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager, Flyerland.ca

Many of you may remember the excitement of receiving the Christmas “Wish Book” in the mail, a catalogue filled with holiday toys and treasures straight from Santa’s workshop. You would peruse every page, trying to narrow down your present picks to send in a letter to Santa Claus. Now, as you sit down with your own children to help them write their letters to the jolly old elf, you can take this opportunity to teach lessons about budgeting, the value of a dollar and the spirit of giving.

  • Plan a “prepare for the holidays” day. Getting ready for the holidays can be a fun family event! Put on festive music, then decorate the house, bake cookies, address cards and help your kids write their letters to Santa. Michael’s has all the supplies you need to transform your home into a winter wonderland.
  • Set expectations. Before the kids begin their holiday wish lists give them a limit on the number of gifts or the dollar value. This can encourage them to keep their requests simple and ask for reasonable items. They can help Santa by comparing prices online at Flyerland.ca.
  • Search for gifts online. The Internet makes the perfect wish book! You and the kids can gather around the computer screen to search for specific items, check out what’s new, and easily compare prices to find the savings of the season.
  • Clear out their toy boxes. To make room for the new gifts on their wish lists, have your kids clear out their bedrooms, closets and storage boxes to find the toys and games they no longer use. Donate gently used items to charity or the local holiday bazaar.
  • Encourage the spirit of giving. While writing their own wish lists, have your children choose a gift to donate to a child in need. Bring the kids with you to the organization to deliver the gifts in person and experience the spirit of giving. Toys ‘R’ Us offers a big variety at even bigger savings.
  • Buy for teachers and friends. Make a list of teachers and friends your children want to give gifts to this year and set a budget. Watch for good deals and if you find one, buy a bunch! Walmart has affordable choices for their favourite teachers and BFFs.
  • Don’t forget mom and dad. Parents can write their own wish lists too. If they’re dreaming of a big ticket item under the tree, Flyerland.ca makes it easy to find the best deals by setting up a Price Watch Alert. When the item goes on sale, they’ll be notified by email.
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