As our grandchildren get older, we plan to give them practical Christmas gifts just like we did for our children. Last year, we gifted Abby (11), Bethany (9), and Christina (7) with Hobby Lobby gift cards along with an outing, including lunch, to use them. Since that was extremely successful, we decided to it repeat this year.
Our shopping trip happened the Monday after Christmas. In our travel conversation, each girl discussed how she planned to spend her gift card.
Abigail was interested in acrylic paints and canvases like Bethany bought the year before. Bethany said she had begun doing sewing projects and wanted her own sewing supplies. Christina was happy with the card making supplies she purchased and used last year so she was excited to get more of those.
Grandpa added a bit more to the shopping trip by challenging each girl to see how close she could come to spending just what her gift card was for. To facilitate this, we brought clipboards with paper on them and pens for the girls to write down what they were getting and the cost of each item, adding them up as they went. That was challenging because some things were on sale and there were other coupons that could be used.
Then it was a drive back to Leavenworth and stop in at Taco Bell for lunch. Steve and I had our salads waiting at home so we sat and talked to the girls as they ate.
We thought the girls did a wonderful job of shopping, keeping within their budget, and being content with what their gift cards purchased. We were blessed by the gratitude the girls expressed multiple times for their Christmas gift cards, shopping trip, and lunch.
Trusting in Jesus,
“The law of thy mouth is better unto me than
thousands of gold and silver” (Psalm 119:72).