This is our third year doing the "read, need, want, wear" gift idea. Have you heard of it? The idea is to get 4 gifts for each gift recipient- 1 in each category. It has worked well for our family. Our daughters know to expect 4 gifts from us. It has helped rein their sometimes unreasonable expectations. Also, it has helped guide our sometimes unreasonable purchases. I first read about this idea here. Since then, I read this post further making the argument for it. She linked to this post, which is pretty much how I feel.
Do you have any guidelines for Christmas shopping?