Quite a few years ago I fell into the wonderful tradition of taking my niece and nephews (that live in the area) shopping for their birthday. I say “fell into” because it wasn’t an idea I came up with on my own. You see, I’ve never really been good with remembering birthdays and such! One year I totally forgot a birthday and offered to take them shopping so they could pick out their gift. And there the tradition was born!
While there are times that the kids would rather have cash because they’re saving for a big ticket item, most often they choose to go shopping! It’s fun for me because we get to spend great time together. It’s fun for them because they get to spend my money!
Before we head into the store they know how much they have to spend – and the amount I give them includes tax. As with this trip Elizabeth had money from another aunt and some extra cash of her own so she was able to grab a few extras! (Isn’t she a doll, by the way?)
Sometimes we go to a couple stores to compare prices. Elizabeth and I even meandered around the clearance section looking for great finds! (It’s a great time to teach them to spend their money wisely!)
I savor these moments because I realize that once they become teenagers (one already has) they’ll probably want the cash to spend! And, I’m just fine with that because we can find other fun things to do!