Note: I’m a member of the Target Inner Circle and Target provided the gift card for this post.
At our house we keep gift giving simple by using Want, Need, Wear, Read as our gift guide. The need, wear, and read are usually pretty straight forward, but the want can be difficult to figure out.
My kids, and I suspect some of your children, have no problem at all rattling off a gift list when asked. Sometimes my kids will want something and we know about it for months ahead of time and that makes it easy to shop for them.
The tricky part is when the items on a child’s wish list change constantly. Depending on the day, their mood, or most recent commercial influences, or what cool things they saw at a friend’s house, sometimes their most wanted item changes. It is hard to know exactly what to give them in the face of such indecisiveness.
Or maybe one of your kids is like my daughter Jillian was when she was a preschooler and knew exactly what she wanted but wouldn’t spill the beans to anyone but Santa himself.
Because we keep it simple, I want to make sure that their wanted item is something that they really want and I need to keep the secret from being discovered until Christmas morning. This is where the fine art of being a gift detective comes in.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is do to some intelligence gathering and 1) find our what your kids really want and 2) keep it a secret until Christmas.