I never thought that I could love the Christmas season any more than when I was a kid, but when you become a parent, you realize there’s a whole new level of love for the holidays as you experience the season with your children. In our family, it’s double the fun with our twins.
It’s magical watching their eyes light up when they see Santa Claus or seeing them open up their gifts on Christmas morning.
Getting to that moment can be a task in itself. The Christmas Wishlist is a nightmare for many parents, myself included. I almost allowed myself to get caught up in the hype of ‘this year’s hottest toy’ frenzy, all because the girls had mentioned that they wanted it once or twice.
As parents of twins, we tend to get them a few practical gifts like clothes and art stuff, along with one (or two depending on the size and cost) items on their Wishlist.
If you have twins on your holiday shopping list, there are a lot of things to consider:
Buying clothes: find out if the twins you’re buying for dress the same, similar or different. As cute as it might be to see twins dressed the exact same, not all parents go this route. For us, we’ve either always dressed the girls in similar patterns with various colours or completely different outfits altogether.
If we get matching outfits, they wear them from time to time, but in most cases they prefer to dress differently, because when you ask them, they don’t think they look anything alike.
Buying toys: don’t always feel that you need to get two of everything. It’s not always black or white. For instance, if you get them a princess doll, they both don’t need a Cinderella. Yes, they’ll both need one each to play with, but perhaps a Sleeping Beauty and a Cinderella instead of two of the same. This might not fly in all twin households, but in ours, it seems to work.
Sharing is Caring: if you’re going to purchase a bigger item, like a toy car that they can both sit in, I would say one is plenty. They can take turns being the driver or the passenger. Sure, there might be fights from time to time, but it will be a good life lesson for them in terms of sharing. Another example is a dress up kit; most come with a few different outfits to choose from, so one kit shared between the two of them is perfect.
I never want anyone to feel that they need to ‘break the bank’ for me or my kids and besides, it’s very easy to accumulate ‘stuff’ being a parent, especially a parent of multiples.
So, my advice? Weigh out the situation and the gift that you’re thinking of giving. When in doubt, ask the parents for insight. Twins may look alike but their personalities and preferences are all their own.