So, let me guess. You're the one who makes the tough, unpopular decisions that keep your family and your family's resources safe and sound. You're wife has that compulsive emotional tug that leads her to make irrational decisions sometimes, often to the detriment of hard-earned savings.
Or maybe I'm just projecting my experience onto yours.
I say this:
Give the kids some stuff that makes Christmas fun and opening presents a joy they will remember -- but not at the expense of major savings. If you're going to save a ton by buying after the holidays, then buy after the holidays.
Here's a solution:
Make a fun website or blog that features what your kid's gonna get when the sales kick in. Or just make a card with some fun facts pictures and about the product, with an official sounding promise. Maybe even make up an official looking coupon for a "free" whatever. Then put the money you save toward their college, or toward other little gifts (see above), or toward your groceries for the week (you gotta survive...).
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