If you’re looking for new and different Christmas gifts for your kids, try thinking experiences rather than the newest gadget or the latest toy. I’m all for toys, gadgets, clothes, electronics, etc, but how about changing things up a bit and giving a gift that will not only be a gift NOW, but will also be a gift that provides quality time and memories for your children?
Here are a few ideas:
Choose their own adventure gift card. Give a gift card allowing them to choose their own adventure, perhaps listing a price value to keep it reasonable.
Have a song written for them. I did this for my husband’s anniversary last year. I used Songfinch.
A day at their favorite theme park. Either with you, the family, or a friend.
A monthly club subscription. Whether it’s special toys, a book,socks,a magazine or any other subscription, it will give them something to anticipate every month. Here are a few ideas.
Tickets to a special concert, show or play. One year my girls gave me tickets to go see Wicked with my husband. I looooved it!
Subscription to a streaming service. Obviously you don’t want them to binge, but maybe give them a subscription that comes with guidelines. This year, I’m gifting my daughter access to our Netflix account for one year, which simply means that we go from one user to two on our account. It only comes out to about $40-50 for the year.
Gifts to build or make. Whether it’s a model airplane or a paint-by-number set, give them a gift that you can work on together.
Games you can play as a family. Pick games you know THEY like, not necessarily what you would choose.
A class, clinic or camp. Is there a basketball camp your child has wanted to attend? Are they interested in photography and would like to take a class in it? Or maybe it’s cooking or painting they like. Give a gift that will help them develop their skills and interests.
Take them to do something they’ve always wanted to do. Like a hot-air balloon ride, horseback riding, train ride–something you’ve heard them say but perhaps never took seriously.
A room makeover. What kid doesn’t want an awesome new bedroom?
Create a coupon book. Give them coupons good for an ice cream date, getting out of a chore, extra time on their screens, etc.
Membership. To a children’s museum, local zoo, gym/fitness center, trampoline park, etc.
Experience gifts give you shared time, hopefully quality time, and memories to talk about for many years. I’ve got a few under the tree and in the stockings this year for my kids and I hope there’s some there for me!
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