To be honest, I had never heard about the "four-gift rule" until this year but it makes sense to me. Growing up my parents every year laid on the "Christmas is going to be small this year" act, as they attempted to make each year bigger and better for my four siblings. And every year they gave us much more than we ever needed, adding stress to their lives, all to make us happy. Of course, we appreciated it as kids but now we wish they would have never put that stress on themselves.

Many families are like mine growing up trying to pile up as many gifts as possible under the tree. But there is a new "four-gift rule" that is gaining traction and for good reason. It's a way to save time and money.

It is exactly how it sounds, each kids gets four presents:

  • Something they want
  • Something they need
  • Something they wear
  • Something they read

It's a way to move away from how materialistic the holiday has become, and makes the gifts about quality not quantity.

Would you try the four-gift rule with your kids?