Tis the season of love, joy, good will, and GIFTS.
You would be hard-pressed to find references to this holiday season that didn’t overwhelm you with the gift ideas at every turn.
But what to do when as the parent you could just do without more STUFF? Whether you are trying to reduce clutter, your carbon footprint, or just for practical reasons, like you don’t want to give a kid a gift they will grow tired of in a week, there are lots of reasons to give kids gifts other than more stuff.
But where do you begin?
I got you covered…
Kid Cooking Classes. How cool would it be to give your kids the experience of of chopping, mixing, and seasoning all without the cleanup? Kids looooove to cook and the experience will be one they won’t forget. If you are here in the great state of New Jersey like I am, this link might help you locate a kids cooking class near you. If not, a quick google search should do the trick!
Movie Tickets. Any parent knows that taking the family to the movies can be a costly event. Between tickets and snacks, prices add up. So how about making the movies on you? Holiday breaks are the perfect opportunity to put those gifted movie tickets to good use. AMC, Regal, and other theaters all have gift cards available. (Hint, look for special holiday promotions that are sometimes available.)
3. Classes. Dance, Art, music, photography, riding, gymnastics, fencing,... the list goes on. There are so many amazing classes available to children, you only have to look. As the gift giver, don’t put too much pressure on yourself, you don’t have to find their next true passion, just something cool to have a try at.
4. Museum Passes. Even if it is a short train ride away, pick a really neat museum that will peak your child’s interest. Maybe even choose a museum your gift recipient might not visit with your encouragement. Giving the gift of a museum pass is such a cool opportunity to open brand new worlds for your child.
5. Time. With a handmade coupon or grand certificate you can grant your gift recipient quality time. You can spend your time anyway you choose: go out to eat, take a hike, try rock climbing, or leave it up to the kiddo in your life. The most important thing here is spending time with a very important person in your life.
And if you absolutely insist on wrapping a little something to go along with your thoughtful gift, a book will always do! Here are some of your favorites and one really adorable coupon book I had to include….
Our list of gifts to give other than STUFF is just the beginning! You can totally tell that you CAN give an awesome gift without adding to the anyone’s collection of, well, “stuff”.
But you know what?
I bet you have some pretty neat ideas for non-“stuff”- type gifts, too. Share your ideas below in the comments or in our free mom community on Facebook, The Real Moms Collaborative.
Together we can grow this list!
And hey! Let’s talk soon. xo
Hey, I’m Michelle. I am a busy mom of 3, a certified holistic health coach and owner of Real Moms, Real Health. I studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and I am Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In addition to giving workshops and lectures, I work with busy moms to find a healthy weight, have more energy and inspire health in their household. I have simple strategies that any mom can use to make healthy living EASY. Learn more about my programs by checking out my website. And don't forget to follow me on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.
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