I read about the 4 gift rule over the holidays in regards to how parents should approach spending on their children and I really loved the concept. It breaks down as;
1 thing that they want.
1 thing that they need.
1 thing that they wear.
1 thing that they read.
The holidays can truly get crazy with gift giving and this simple but potentially really thoughtful and useful buying guide could be just the trick to reeling in the unnecessary spending...especially when it comes to kids. Let's face it--it's not hard to go overboard when we're pressured to create that picture perfect Christmas tree look of presents galore spilling out from underneath.
I challenged myself to keep the same rules when using the super $100 Amazon gift card my sweet friend Tim sent to me and I have to say it really forced me to be more mindful of my purchasing. And, I ended up getting way more bang for my buck! Here's what I was able to snag....
Want: Valeo Neoprone Hand Weight ($17.83). Now that it's finally cold in SF (boo), I've turned to spending more time in the comforts of my (warm and cozy) apartment. These little 5lb weights are used in many stationary work out videos (hello, Comcast OnDemand) and will come in handy when I can't seem to drag myself to the gym. Also, I pretty much have the boniest arms on the planet. While I'm not looking to be cut Madonna style (do her arms freak anyone else out?) I think it'll be a great addition to my routine.
Need: Schultz All Purpose Plant Food ($5.71). I have two darling plants at home I've noticed aren't getting enough sunshine these days. They are so cheery to have around--gotta help your babies grow big and strong, ya know?
Wear: Lucky Women's Emmie Ballet Flat in Leopard ($39.99). The perfect addition to my wardrobe! Jenny already put together 2 or 3 looks from my closet that will go perfectly with these fun flats.
Read: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer ($9.99 for Kindle). I very much enjoyed reading his novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close for my book club last month and look forward to following his journey of exploring vegetarianism.
And, after shipping costs I still have $14.33 left over! Decisions, decisions...
Thank you again, Tim!!