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The Best Gift Idea

Short and simple–the best gifts are often experiences, rather than things.

Most of the kids I know & work with don’t need any more THINGS.  They have too many already.  But what they do need, and want, are more connected, loving, fun, adventurous, memorable experiences–especially experiences with their parents.

Next time you have a gift-giving opportunity, consider giving an experience.  You can pre-pay, put the gift card, description, or photo of the experience in a box and wrap it up, just like a toy.  But when your sweet child opens it up, they get the promise of horseback riding, or a trip to the ice cream shop, or a special Mommy & Me spa day, or the guitar lessons they’ve been asking for instead of one more item to own & store.  Those are truly gifts that last.

PS.  Have you read this book?  It’s a hilarious kids’ book that makes fun of having too many toys.
PPS.  Check that book out from the library instead of buying it!  Otherwise this post ends up sending mixed messages.  ;^)

One more note:  What experiences have you given your kids before?  Leave a comment and share some of your great experience-gift-ideas.  Here’s a few more to get us started:

  • music lessons
  • pottery-painting together
  • ride in horse-drawn carriage in downtown Austin
  • dinner out at fancy (very “grownup”) restaurant
  • pedicures together
  • laser tag with a couple of friends
  • daytrip to a cool mountain biking park
  • daytrip to the dinosaur park

3 Comments on “The Best Gift Idea

  1. When my daughter was on bed rest, my brother sent a box of a bunch of random garage sale rejects left behind by his neighbors who moved. All it cost him was shipping, and she played with the stuff for hours. We’re purging right now for our own garage sale, and I feel awful about the recent Christmas gifts in the pile, but not so much about some of those gifts from my brother in the pile. Many of the items (like what appear to be handmade wooden bowls) ended up being keepers!

  2. We bought a membership to the San Antonio Zoo for the family last year as our big Christmas gift. And we’ve made sure we’ve gone often enough to make it worth the cost–so far it’s been four lovely daytrips!

  3. Aw c’mon, Katie! We’re addicted to books! I can go to recycled reads and get 10 books for $5 and I don’t have to worry about returning them. (Priceless!) 🙂
    Seriously, I just want to add to your list and I hope that others do, too, because I’m always looking for new ideas.
    Making home-made play-doh
    Making any kind of food together
    Using tempra paint to paint the sidewalk
    Hunting for roly-poly’s and making a habitat for them
    Playing chase, hide-and-go-seek
    Exploring a creek
    Going to the stone refuse pile at the graveyard to look for fossils
    Planning and planting a garden
    Climbing trees
    Making a tent in the living room