More and more families are looking for memories and experiences for their children and families to receive instead of physical gifts. Take a look at this list for ideas for Christmas gifts this year.
Before I start, I just want to throw out there that my family and I have been extremely blessed. I am also a minimalist at heart so our house is not cluttered with too much and even toys get rotated and donated at least twice a year. There are a couple of small boxes with toys in storage that have been rotated out and a room in the basement with some toys but not too many because I can’t handle it when the toy room explodes with toys so I limit the amount of toys available.
Most of the furniture we have is because my mother-in-law gave it to us. We have good plans to replace it but if it works for now, why replace it? After 8 years of marriage, we finally got a real bed that wasn’t a mattress on the floor and both of our children finally have bed frames as well. We’ve been meaning to replace our couches that we’ve had almost 9 years that have all sorts of rips and tears from our multiple moves over the years but we love our couches and aren’t quick to replace them.
Why am I telling you all of this? It’s only so you get a sense of what our Christmas mornings must be like. They’re not full of presents. In fact, it might take 10 minutes or less to get through presents because the kids buy for each other, we buy a couple gifts for the kids and they buy a couple for us. Present giving is not a huge factor in our Christmas morning because we would rather give memories and experiences instead of physical gifts.
More and more of our family and friends have become intrigued with how we run Christmas and we love to share how well it has worked in our home. We have tried our best to turn Christmas away from retail shopping and more towards family and remember the true reason we celebrate Christmas (as we are a Christian family).
If you’re looking for memories and experiences, here’s a list that many moms contributed to that they have enjoyed giving to their families:
- Museum membership/tickets
- Aquarium membership/tickets
- Zoo membership/tickets
- Vacation or staycation
- Time with grandparents
- A day out as a family
- Mom or dad dates, time for one-on-one
- Theater tickets
- Sporting events
- Classes (sports, dance, art, music, etc.)
- Volunteering together
- Creating something for donation (tying fleece blankets, cookies, etc.)
- Jumping gym admission
- Geo caching
- Treasure hunts
- Lunch dates
- Outdoor experiences (camping, hiking, boating, etc.)
- Family game night
What gifts have you given that are memories or experiences? What else would you add to the list?