There has been a lot of talk and a bit of controversy amongst parents around the world about the “one gift rule” which Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are implementing for their children this Christmas. The question is – whether you are getting a Christmas gift for mom, your wife or for your children – should you limit yourself to just one this year.
This rule according to Kunis was imposed after their older daughter ended up with a truck load of presents for the holidays last year. The gifts were given to the three year old by her grandparents, but according to her famous mom – children no longer appreciate that special one gift with all of the attention and presents they are showered with on Christmas.
This year, the grandparents have been asked to get just one gift per kid or if they choose to donate money to a charity instead.
However much you love your grandchildren and want to spoil them, getting them all just one gift per child is probably the best thing to do in order to have them actually appreciate the spirit of the special holiday.
The same goes for the grown-ups as well. Just one Christmas stocking per person is what people are planning on doing this year. Plus, some people have set a cash limit per gift to make sure that they do not overspend or spoil their children and loved ones this Christmas.
But with the shops full of expensive toys and goods, many people find it very hard not to overspend. But according to child psychologists – splurging on gifts can lead to distracting the festive sharing and giving spirit to simply receiving more and more overly expensive gifts instead.
Other people who are against this frugal idea maintain their view that grandparents should be allowed to spoil their grandchildren as much as they want. Often it is difficult to convince your parents not to give your children so many expensive gifts, because with age they become like grown up kids themselves.
So, this year when you are getting Christmas gifts for mom, and talking to her about the gifts which you would like her to get your children, you should think about this idea given by the famous actress and focus more on spending time with your loved ones and appreciating what you already have rather than breaking the bank and getting them things which they might not even acknowledge or appreciate!
You have the best mom in the world and want to show her your true appreciation and love this holiday? Here are some ideas for perfect Christmas gifts for mom which are a bit on the high end but they will definitely impress even the most pretentious mothers:
Buy a Madame Alexander custom made doll for $8,000. You will receive a doll every month, and then at the end – you will get a custom-made one especially for your mom.
- Book a trip to Champagne, France
If you are ready to spend $150,000 for Christmas this year, you can book a trip to Champagne for your mom. She will enjoy a plane ride, followed by an amazing 12 course dinner and drink all the champagne she wants. At the end she will receive a personalized Armand de Brignac cuvee. Your mom will come home happier than ever after this exquisite experience.
- Gift your mom with a VIP pass for the Ryder Cup
If your mom enjoys golf, then this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to give her a special VIP pass for the one and only Ryder Cup this year. The pass includes a week for four people at the Ryder Cup and will cost you just $250,000.
- Get her a decadent issue of Winnie the Pooh for just under $40,000
If your mother loves this classic book, you can order her a set of fist edition Winnie the Pooh books, which are signed both by the author and the illustrator. Many of the pages of these books have not even been opened, so you can be sure that your mother will be the first one to read them.
- Gift your mom with a replica of the Downtown Abbey castle
This amazing jewelry box designed and made based on the Highclere Castle where the notorious Downton Abbey series was shot is the perfect gift for someone who is a fan of the show. It is made from maple wood and is lines with suede. There are only five of these made, so make sure you hurry up and order one for your mother now. The price is about $87,000.
Even though there are several months until next Valentine’s Day, you may want to plan ahead and think about choosing the perfect valentine gift for her – your loved one.
Believe me, the more thought and planning you put into getting her that special something for the most romantic of days in the year, the happier and more appreciative she will be.
Even if she is one of the girls who doesn’t admit to put too much thought into valentine’s day, it is very likely that your favorite lady has already something on her mind for that special gift for you, so you would want to match and exceed her expectations, don’t you?
You should carefully select the perfect gift for her depending on the status and stage of your relationship – is it a budding one, or have you been together for years already? Also, think about whether the time is right to plan to pop that special question to her. You can start planning now if you are ready to begin a new family with her, and look for the most beautiful engagement ring, or why not plan a romantic tour or make a reservation for that exclusive Micheline star restaurant you have been hearing about in order to create the perfect setting to ask her to marry you?
If you and your loved one are not into the classic romantic things, you can always think of another clever and cute way to propose, such as ask your friends or her coworkers to organize a surprise party, a fun spontaneous dance, or why not your own small or big flash mob to sweep her off of her feet on that special day? After all – the proposal is definitely something you will be sharing with your friends and family and in time telling your kids all about, right?
So, whether you are ready or not to take the next big step in your relationship, make sure you take the time to think about the perfect valentines present or surprise for your favorite woman if you want to make her feel the most special and loved lady in the world!
The best tip is to stay away from clichés or easy to find, store-made cards and gift packs. It is much better if you spend less and show her that you have taken the time to hand pick or why not make her present by yourself!