Holiday 2018: The Challenges Of Gift-Giving And Grandparents

When it comes to the holiday season, few things can cause parents as much stress as giving gifts. It can be hard enough to find some of the season’s most popular toys, including if they still have that particular video game still in stock. Whether you choose to opt out entirely, by doing a no-gift Christmas or would prefer to keep things strictly to homemade gifts, let’s face it—everyone has their own style.

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In the gift-giving department, things can already be pretty stressful on their own, and that’s even before factoring in other people into the equation. While we absolutely love our grandparents, when it comes to the holiday season, they can pretty much break the barrier when it comes to the definition of “extra”. While most grandparents may be full of good intentions, sometimes giving the most extravagant gifts can also cause a different form of stress.

A new open letter published on Popsugar has the full details, and it’s safe to say that plenty of other parents can relate. In a hilarious post, the writer proceeds to give readers a full breakdown about what actually goes on when parents try to navigate the holiday season. For example, the writer explains how holiday packages and goodies from grandparents can be great, but they can also be rather stress-inducing, as well. In a seriously relatable twist, the writer explains that giving a gift that's bigger, better, or a virtually identical gift can be incredibly problematic. To cope with the solution, the author has listed out for simple rules for Christmas shopping and hopes that grandparents around the nation will keep them in mind.

First, the writer mentions that parents should provide a list of specific items to buy as gifts for their kids' grandparents. Obviously, this will avoid any doubling up of the same item, and will also help keep things a little more organized in the chaos and confusion of the holiday madness. As a follow-up, the writer emphasizes that grandparents should stick to the list, and try not to verge off into unknown territory.

Of course, there will be impulsive moves, and the writer encourages grandparents to check with them before buying an alternative item. In the letter, the writer paints a picture for the readers to imagine, citing an example of gifting a scooter to their child. However, if a grandparent decides to gift an electric scooter, things can get a bit hairy. In order to avoid any unnecessary arguments, let's try to keep things a little more simple this Christmas. As always, we wish all of our readers a safe and happy holiday season!

Can you relate to this writer’s open letter to Grandparents? Let us know!


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