We always do the angel tree. Each of my kids gets a child their same age/sex to shop for and we try to spend $100 on each one. That doesn’t really buy that much! The angel tree is not even up yet this year! I asked the other day and no one knew why.
I think it’s good for my kids to get the list and work out how to spend the money (with guidance of course). One year my oldest son had to learn about giving instead of receiving when he got a DS & game on sale (crazy good sale) for his angel & he really wanted to keep it. It was better than his. Overall they get really excited about angel shopping. They love it when we take their trash bags in.
Sometimes we have angels from the nursing home & we’ve made lap blankets but I’m thinking about a doll this year. I think I’d just have to give it to the coordinator. But I’m so scared someone would just steal it. I know that’s always a risk but what I’d a patient really got attached & then it disappeared?? Does anyone else worry about that?