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What do I get spoiled children for Christmas?
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Dec 10, 2017 19:30:13   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
Lots of great ideas, I like the one where you buy some chickens for a family in need....that gift of chickens can keep a family feed for quiet awhile
Dec 10, 2017 19:30:14   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
Dec 10, 2017 20:07:41   #
Movie tickets! Coldstones gift card for after. This has been a hit to many kids we give presents at Christmas or birthdays.
Dec 10, 2017 20:11:01   #
Becca (a regular here)
From age 3 on my children learned to write thank you notes because I insisted. Courtesy never goes out of style which means saying "thank you" and writing thank you notes. Now some of us must remind our children and grandchildren about this courtesy.
Dec 10, 2017 20:19:29   #
nitnurse (a regular here)
judyb9 wrote:
My mother had a similar problem; she never got a call or note from her 5 grandchildren. (BIRTHDAY AND CHRISTMAS) 2 from my sister and 3 from my brother. He lives about 5 min. away. She finally did what I suggested and gave checks. No response from the 3. The following year, she did not sign the checks. The 3 gave the checks to my brother and he brought them to her to sign.
i was there and I let him know about what was happening, why and what would happen in the future. No gifts. Well, mother passed 9 months ago and not one of the 3, from that family, have called my sister to see how she is. (She was Mother's Primary Care Person) She is going away for Christmas this year and there will be nothing for the family at the house-food, decorations, gifts, etc. Hooray to my sister.
My mother had a similar problem; she never got a c... (show quote)

I think it is down to the parents to teach the kids manners to say please and thank you and to thank people for gifts. If they are younger though and truly believe that Santa brought those gifts, then don't burst the bubble and spoil it for them as they grow up so fast these days anyway. Let them believe for a little longer.
Dec 10, 2017 20:20:02   #
A donation to Heifer International would be my choice. They might be interested in finding out more about the organization and what animals are included.
Dec 10, 2017 20:25:38   #
nitnurse (a regular here)
bunnee3742 wrote:
Give them a gift of your time. Give them a Christmas card with a note that says it's good for a trip with you to the zoo, a show, a buffet, whatever. It would be something 'different'. You could even make it beneficial in some special way.

I like this idea. If kids have too many 'things' then spending quality time together is much better way to go. That or making them aware of those that have nothing and assisting a charity. I don't think either of these options could be considered as being mean or spiteful.
Dec 10, 2017 20:33:12   #
NH Gal 2
I would donate to a charity for children and explain to them that these children have nothing or
to a hospital or foundation that helps children who need assistance, early lesson but may be an
eye opener....just in time.
Dec 10, 2017 20:34:31   #
NH Gal 2
Duplicate post.
Dec 10, 2017 20:43:34   #
susandkline (a regular here)
[quote=5th Angel]Okay, first off, I want to say, I won't knit them anything. Both young children wouldn't appreciate it.
In years gone by, I have always purchased a top type item from Nordstrom's, so the parents could take it back if it didn't fit or didn't like it. During this time the children's ages were birth to seven years old.
The last year I did that was in 2015, when the kids showed no respect for the gifts and throw them down on the ground and walked on them. Yes, the parents did nothing. Just let the item be trampled on.
Last year, since we weren't seeing them, I sent each child a box of different kinds of candy in the mail. Not surprised I never heard a word. Did they get it? Your guess is as good as mine.
Okay, this year, we will be seeing them again. Boy is 9 years and girl is 6 years old.
Please provide your suggestions on gifts. Both children are extremely spoiled and want for nothing.
No, I can not get them nothing, since they are my husbands grand nephew and niece.
Don't like or need the stress of this situation!

Start small bank accounts for each of them and hope that they straighten themselves out as they grow older since their parents have abdicated responsibility for teaching manners. Make the bank accounts 'In Trust For' then add their names. They will need you to withdraw the money.
Dec 10, 2017 20:48:14   #
Many of us have been rebuked in this post---including myself. We're being critical of these young children with no manners or sense of gratitude, etc., but it's the way they have been trained. And who is responsible for training them but their parents??? The contagious "it's all about ME" attitude is present these days not only in spoiled children, but also in many self-centered adults.
Dec 10, 2017 20:48:48   #
susandkline (a regular here)
jvallas wrote:
Buy them each a pack of thank you cards.

Dec 10, 2017 20:57:34   #
susandkline (a regular here)
beachknit wrote:
I think I would buy a gift, take a photo of it and then donate the gift to a charity. I'd take the photo, wrap it in a box and enclose a card stating that you knew they would be pleased and honored that you have donated the gift in the photo in their names to a child who has nothing. I'd hope that the message would be one of kindness, both in your acknowledgment in a nice way that they have loves of plenty, and that in the spirit of Christmas, share with those who have little.

Good idea!
Dec 10, 2017 22:03:52   #
Mad loch (a regular here)
You could buy them an ornament each to hang on their 🎄 Christmas Tree.
Dec 10, 2017 23:26:11   #
Make it easy on yourself and just purchase a gift card or give cash or donate in their name. It seems as if nothing will please them so don’t try, after all that takes the fun out of the holidays.
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