The couple is cutting down on the gift-giving madness with a sweet plan.

By Marisa Cohen
October 04, 2017

While Mila Kunis was making the talk show rounds this week promoting her new movie Bad Moms Christmas, she told a reporter from ET that she is eliminating one of the high-pressure holiday rituals the moms in the movie rebel against: Fighting the crowds to find the must-have toys for her kids. “Our tradition is no presents for the kids,” Kunis said. “We’re instituting it this year. We’d like to make a charitable donation to a children’s hospital instead.” Don’t worry that little Wyatt, 3, and Dimitri, 1—her children with her That ’70s Show costar Ashton Kutcher—will be left without any goodies. Kunis pointed out that the kids will be indulged with plenty of gifts from their grandparents.

Inspired by Kunis’s charitable spirit, we asked some other parents how they add the spirit of giving to their holiday celebration.

Give gifts, but also give back: Instead of eliminating all holiday gifts, simply make it a regular part of your celebration to give forward. “One night of our Chanukah celebration is designated as ‘give back,’ night, when the kids go through their toys and select ones to donate to children who are without,” says Daniel Katz, a dad of two. Donate new, unwrapped toys to a Toys For Tots toy drive.

Give to a needy classroom: One way to get kids excited about making a donation instead of getting yet another Lego set or coloring book is to let them choose from the list of classroom wishes at DonorsChoose.org, where teachers in underfunded schools can ask for donations to go toward books, musical instruments, art supplies, and more.  

Give an experience rather than a gift: “Instead of gifts or a fancy meal, we all go out and do something fun during the holiday week,” says Jennifer Ritter, a mom of two. We've done laser tag and the circus, and the kids love it!” No pushing through last-minute-shopper crowds required.

Give gifts—to another family: “This year, instead of buying each other presents, we’re going to adopt a family through a local organization and purchase them gifts and gift cards for dinner,” says Stacy Ferrante, a mom of three.

Give of your heart: “Every Christmas morning, my family and I help out at a church that serves holiday meals to the homeless and less fortunate families,” says Heather Weir, a mom of three. “The kids can help set up the tables and stuff gift bags, and the adults help shuttle the food from the caterer to the church and other bigger tasks. We all can contribute, and it’s a meaningful way to spend the holiday.”

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