Wish List and Gift Tags

dear santa printables

Several years ago I was introduced to a great method of making Christmas wish lists with the kids that keeps things simple and makes the holidays special. We’ve been using this idea ever since and I love it! We tell our kids they get to make a Christmas list that includes

christmas list 1(I love a good rhyme to keep things easy to remember!)

They also get a big gift from Santa and we buy things for the whole family, like board games and movies. Our kids also buy small gifts for each other and the grandparents always come bearing gifts, but from mom and dad they get 4 things under the tree and we call it good!

I created this simple Christmas wish list that I print off each year and help my kids fill out. Feel free to use it if you’d like!



This list helps me keep everything organized, simple and fair. Plus it adds variety to the presents under the tree- I love it!

Here are some gift tags we made if you’d like to use these too!

christmas tags

(Right click on the image above, save it to your computer, then print as needed!)


This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in December 2012.

Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Jenny says

    I try to get my shopping finished up as early as possible but if I need to go out for something I do it on weekdays and before school and work gets out if I can. Trying to shop on a weekend with so many people out takes away all of my holiday cheer!

  2. valerie says

    i simplify by not worrying about getting it all done. starting early on projects helps, but if my cookies never get baked, it’s still a merry Christmas!! :)

  3. says

    I try to simplify by getting as much gift buying/wrapping done before December as I possibly can! It’s much more fun to buy gifts without being stressed about it :)

  4. Staci Rae says

    I focus my planning on making the holiday special for my daughter. Everything else can fall by the wayside. It’s all about the magic of it for her :)

  5. says

    I simplify the holiday season while still making it a special time of year by planning in advance. I try to keep my eyes out for sales of good gift items throughout the year. This way I don’t get caught in a last minute rush and can get gifts that people really enjoy!

  6. says

    I simplify the holiday season by doing my Christmas shopping throughout the year. I try and buy things when they go on clearance, even if it is a year or two before they will be big enough to play with them. It makes it so I am able to spend the season going to all the fun things around the valley with my family.

  7. Raejean says

    We’ve been using the 4 gift rhyme for years, it helps simplify the shopping and the bill paying in January!

  8. April V says

    My biggest thing is do as much as I can before the actual week of christmas so its not so busy then!

  9. Sharon M says

    Love your site – Great Santa Wish List idea. I keep the holiday simple but special by making as many gifts as possible, saves money and yet delights those receiving it. When the kids were small we opened one gift christmas eve which was a PJ set – then we sat around eating finger foods and had a great story telling night. Now that kids are gown, we get on our PJ’s, fill our cocoa cups, and drive around looking at the beutiful Christmas Decorations in our community – return home to finger food and a night of chatting and catching up on everyone. Merry Christmas everyone!

  10. Kathy Weeks says

    We draw names instead of buying gifts for everyone. It simplifies the gift buying tremendously!!

  11. stephanie B says

    For the holidays we like to put our tree and decorations up right after thanksgiving and wrap presents as early as possible so that we can spend as much time possible spending our holidays with family.

  12. Bridget says

    I really like the want / need / wear / read idea, but I am bowled over by the “from mom and dad they get 4 things under the tree”.

    My kids (7 and 5) make a list each. I circulate it amongst relatives and honorary relatives who want to give them something and need ideas. (And for overseas ones I often get to buy and wrap the gifts as well.)

    The kids get one big present each from Mum and Dad. They get a Christmas stocking from Santa, which keeps them occupied and reduces pressure to open main presents until the grownups are good and ready and any visitors have arrived. (The stocking has small things such as puzzle or colouring books, bouncy ball, the kind of things you’d put in a party bag, stickers, pens, plus an apple, chocolate, nuts and always a coin for the piggy bank.) Then they get whatever other people give them.

    And they write thank you letters, which is a task in itself but worth it. The first year we did it my youngest just got to sign her name on a letter I wrote, then she graduated to ‘Dear xxx’ and her name, and now they are both big enough to do the whole letter themselves, although I provide a sample to copy.

  13. says

    Thanks for sharing! I love this and have re-pinned, shared and printed! Really helps to have a list like this to keep things simple and meaningful for Christmas! And we like to give new PJ;s each year- so that will be our something to wear!
    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  14. Faith Gaubault says

    I saw this last year but had already purchased kids Christmas gifts. This year will be the first year to do this. It seems like my kids get so much that they don’t appreciate what they have. I want them to realize that Christmas isn’t about how much stuff you get and that they don’t get things just because they want them. My boys are 6 and (almost) 3 years. This printable is very cute and I do like the extra line for Santa to bring an extra gift. :)

  15. Meredith Andrea says

    My 10 yr old stepson used to compare the number of gifts he got to my daughters gifts and even though it was even, he would ‘price’ each item to see if he got more or less. Christmas was always stressful and hectic trying to match up gifts and prices so that he wouldn’t feel left out and my daughter didn’t feel like we were denying her requests to appease him.

    We simplified things by getting them each two identical gifts each from mum & dad – not gender specific and getting one thing each from Santa. Granny always brings them stuff in pairs and anything else will be a surprise. We used to have gifts stacked up against the wall under the tree and it seems they took it for granted and would say what they really wanted was…and the price matching went on for hours.

    These days its much simpler and I think DSS is finally getting the message we’ve been saying that Christmas is not about how many gifts you receive and how much they cost.

    I do like this wishlist idea though!

  16. says

    I’m a grandma and I have a Grandson he is 4 years old my oldest daughter passed away. Have a 5 year old Granddaughter she stays here with me and a 1 year and 9 months granddaughter my Daughter lives with me I can,t work got fired cause I couldn.t stay focused I lost my 15 year old daughter she was murder. Don.t have the money too get them Christmas need help to get them Christmas.