Printable Christmas Wish List Templates to Mail to Santa This Season

Make sure your kids fill out their Christmas wish lists so Santa knows exactly what they want this year.

Updated November 14, 2023
Boy writes a letter to Santa Clause

It's officially time for your kids to start filling out their wish lists for Santa. And as we all know, the more detail, the better! After all, Santa has to prepare presents for a lot of boys and girls, so we wouldn't want any confusion. Thankfully, these Christmas wish list templates make things easy. Simply download and print a Christmas wish list for your kids to fill out so that jolly Old St. Nick can get started filling his sleigh!

Free Christmas Wish List PDF Printables

For the kids who have a very specific set of presents that they are hoping to find under the tree, the first two open-ended Christmas wish lists can do just the trick. However, for the good boys and girls who are undecided on what gifts they would like to receive, we have some more detailed options to help the elves deduce what the best gifts may be.

Helpful Hack

If you need help downloading any of the Christmas wish list printables below, check out our Adobe Guide.

Rainbow Lights Christmas Wish List

For the families like mine who are a sucker for rainbow lights on their Christmas tree, this Christmas wish list is a bright and cheerful option!

Color Your Own Christmas Wish List

For the younger kids who want to personalize their list, break out the markers, crayons, and colored pencils so they can color their own. This is a great Christmas activity for a cold day.

Christmas Wish List With Space for Notes

This list leaves some room for your kids to specify clothing sizes, favorite colors, or other details that certain individuals may not know — perfect for parents who might accidentally buy a video game for the wrong gaming system or an accessory for the old version of their smartphone.

Maybe the recipient wants a specific clothing brand or a gift purchased from a particular store. This a spectacular way to avoid buying a gift that the recipient doesn't want or can't use.

Christmas Wish List With Explanations

Sometimes, it's a good idea to prompt kids (and adults!) to think about why they actually want something as a gift. Is it because it will be a useful or fun thing to have, or do they just want it because "everyone else" has it?

If a gift is going to be particularly useful — such as a new tablet that will allow a student to do homework on the go or a kitchen tool that will help an amateur baker take their kitchen skills to the next level — it can make the gifts more enticing. This is also a magnificent mindfulness activity for kids.

How to Use the Christmas Wish List Templates

Once you've printed your list, help your child brainstorm gift ideas. You may want to have a toy catalog nearby if they're likely to have a hard time coming up with anything (or something Santa can actually be able to bring them, considering kids can get quite creative with their requests when Santa is involved).

Then, offer to mail the list to Santa or address it and put it in the mailbox. Snap a photo of the completed list for family members who will also buy gifts to make it easier for everyone.

Keepsakes for Memories

Looking back on what kids want as they grow up can be a fun memory, so consider keeping a copy of the list in your scrapbook or memories box. When they're older, your kids will get a good chuckle out of what they so desperately wanted as gifts when they were young.

Christmas Season Goals

We all think about what we want for Christmas, but it's important to remember the reason for the season. The open-ended Christmas wish lists can also be used to help your kids come up with different ways that they wish to give back this season. These ideas can be as simple as decorating cookies for a friend, helping an elderly neighbor shovel their snow, or even volunteering at a dog shelter or soup kitchen. 

They can also use the wish list to come up with fun clothing items and toys to get a child that your family selects off the Angel Tree or to drop off at a Toys for Tots location. 

Christmas Wish Lists Make Shopping Easy

Not only is it fun for kids to complete their Christmas wish lists, but it also helps out parents, grandparents, other relatives, and Santa Claus. Snap a quick photo of the completed list and send it to everyone who wants to know what your child is hoping for this holiday.

Printable Christmas Wish List Templates to Mail to Santa This Season