My kids' elementary school has had a holiday shop where they can buy a little gift for a sibling, parent, grandparent, etc. Using that for inspiration, several years ago we started the tradition where my son and daughter are encourage to give a gift to each other, to Mommy and Daddy and to close family.
Most years, they make a gift - anything from a card to a drawing or whatever they come up with. When I'm really ambitious, a keepsake craft (like a handprint angel) is given to the grandparents at least. It's more about the child thinking about the other person and putting some creativity into the idea.
Each year, I am amazed by the thought and care and pleasure they have. They're still normal kids and still go on and on about what they want for Christmas, but they also seem to really enjoy giving and seeing how people will react to their gifts.
This year, I was surprised that on their own, my 10-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son hid in my daughter's room and spent hours making and wrapping gifts for me and my husband. They were so proud of what they had done. I still don't know what they made but I'm excited to find out.
We also plan to make a few special items for family and teachers - inspired by some great ideas on Pinterest. Sometimes our crafty gift ideas don't work out as planned, but I love spending this special time with them and have really enjoyed the smiles they have when they hand their presents out. They may never say it's bettter to give than to receive but at least they're having nearly as much joy in giving as getting.
What are your holiday traditions?