My kids are totally overloaded with toys. In fact, they are so overloaded that they don’t know where to begin in terms of what to play with. Recently a friend of mine asked me for some suggestions on what to get her kids that are in the same boat. We have recently started giving experiences over things.
Why give mere things this holiday season, when you can give your children an experience instead – and even share it with them? Here are some ideas that we have come up with in the past that my kids have really enjoyed.
A Membership to Your Local Zoo
My kids were given a membership to our zoo about four years ago. Each year when it is time for renewal my mom asks if they want her to renew the membership. The answer has always been a resounding YES! Because the cost of admission to the zoo is covered under our membership, it has been totally fine to only go and see the lions, tigers and bears. My husband also has a very flexible schedule and is with them quite a lot during the summer, so they have been known to go multiple times in a week.
A Membership to a Favorite Museum
Much like the membership to the zoo, a museum pass is nice because there are exhibits that rotate through on a very regular basis. Our local children’s museum also offers a dual membership option, meaning for a slightly higher membership price you receive annual passes to both the zoo and the museum. Plus, it is a fantastic way to sneak in some learning without your kids realizing it! Score!
A Gift Certificate to a Pottery Place
My kids have been to the paint your own pottery type place before and they love it. The end result is a beautiful keepsake in the form of pottery that will last for years to come, or until your kids break it! However, my wallet doesn’t love as much, as it can get pretty pricey depending on the masterpiece that your child decides to create. It is a fun way to spend the afternoon, and it comes with a keepsake to remember your day!
Hear me out on this one but my husband and my son love to hike at a spot that is located about an hour from our house and the hub’s car is a total gas guzzler. So there are some weeks that spending the extra to fill up his giant tank just doesn’t fit in the budget. So while this is more of a gift for my husband, my kiddo benefits as well.
Tickets to an Event
The event could be just about anything: tickets to the theater or a sporting event and everything in between. My kids love going to our local dinner playhouse that offers children’s programming. My son tells me regularly that he feels very grown up doing that.
My husband and son went to a NFL game and I was lucky enough to snag inexpensive tickets! I got bonus points because both of their teams were playing. My son’s team won so he had a fun time heckling his dad!
This next last idea isn’t going to make lasting memories necessarily but for my family, it isn’t something that we do on a regular basis.
A Gift Certificate to See a Movie
Movies these days cost upwards of $50 between the tickets themselves and the candy and popcorn. Sometimes it is just nice to have an outing like this covered!
Gift giving can be hard and coming up with unique ideas year after year gets very tiring! Keep in mind that it is all about the thought behind the gift!