Giving is such a tricky procedure, especially when it comes to your children. Jenn Choi has a wonderful perspective on this problem. Instead of a solution, she has an approach. Except in crisis relief (and maybe even then if it's not cruel), thoughtful giving needs to be matched with thoughtful receiving. I recommend reading this short article about how she got her kids to thoughtfully receive a basket of Lego bricks.
Quartz: How to give your kids everything but a sense of entitlement, 2014-Jan-4, by Jenn Choi
[An article recently read] encourages families to make their children do chores and express thanks for their meals and other gestures. But I have young kids and those tactics felt too abstract.