Oh Christmas, it's a love-hate relationship. I will be the first to admit I love Christmas. I can’t get the Halloween decorations put away fast enough. The beginning of November brings Holiday music playing softly all day, Christmas movies on repeat and smells of peppermint flowing through the house. Thanks, essential oils! I’m not even ashamed of this- it’s the most wonderful time of year as they say. But what I can’t stand is the "stuff". You know what I’m talking about right? The random stocking stuffers that end up in a pile on your living room floor for a week. What do you even do with those anyway? What about the toys your children had to have, so much noise! And I’m almost positive I saw them stashed in their closet once our tree came down. If you are like me, sick of the endless toys and clutter everywhere, then you’ll really appreciate experience gifts. Let me explain.
Experience gifts are gifts that people can use to go do something, learn something and make memories. Think classes, memberships, events, and even gift cards. I’ve included a list of ideas below but great experience gifts include memberships to local children’s museums, zoo, fun events, concerts, classes and movie tickets. These types of gifts are beneficial because they are unique and promote family time and bonding. Sounds great right?! They make great memories as well. As opposed to material gifts, that let’s face it, just add to all the clutter in your house.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with getting your child that special toy they’ve been asking for every single day for two months. I’m not a Grinch! But as a Mom who had eleven lego sets given to her boys last Christmas (Yes, eleven!) I strongly encourage you to look into giving the gift of experience instead.
Tips to get you started
Ideas for Experience Gifts
Keep in mind gifts that will always be cool: STEM, cooking, arts and crafts, puzzles and board games. You can't go wrong with these and they encourage learning and family time.
I truly believe experience gifts make people happier than material items, it creates less stress for everyone involved and promotes more family time. It's a win-win all around. Plus making memories is so much cooler than getting stuff.
Or just get a puppy and call it good!
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