By Sarah Lyons
Does it feel like your kids already have more toys than they could ever want? I love the holidays and the spirit of gift giving, but every year I wonder what toys my kids could possibly want and where they will go in our already crowded home.
Experience gifts are great gift options that have benefits for kids, parents, and other gift givers. With an experience gift, your child will create great memories while enjoying something they may not have had the opportunity to try otherwise. An added bonus is that there is no need to store the item after the child has grown tired of playing with it. Here are some great experience gift ideas for every child on your list.
One of my family’s favorite gifts are seasonal family passses to local attractions. This not only saves us money, but it also encourages us to get out, enjoy our city, and make memories along the way. Some attractions to consider are zoo admission, a local museum (consider a children’s museum), amusement park tickets, or season passes to the area pool.
A subscription box is a great gift idea for those— especially tweens and teens— who are hard to buy for. They are now available for any age, interest, and price range. If your child loves science, reading, art, games, or sports, chances are there is a subscription box that will fit their interests.
Classes and camps
Consider giving the gift of prepaid classes or camps that fit your child’s interest. Some ideas include dance, gymnastics, sports, cooking, art, or music. Classes and camps can be really expensive but are worth the money because they give kids the opportunity to try something new.
Consider combining your holiday and vacation budget to take a family trip. Whether it’s an overnight trip to a nearby indoor water park or a cross country trip, traveling is a great way to expose your child to different places and build family memories at the same time.
Tickets to a favorite sporting event, concert, or show are all great gift ideas for the whole family. Combine the gift with a T-shirt to wear to the event or a backstage tour to make the day more memorable.
Box it up
If your budget is a little smaller, try putting together several things in a box for your child to enjoy. Create a movie box with a DVD or a rental gift card, candy, popcorn, and a warm blanket so the family can enjoy a movie night at home. Combine art supplies, a sketch book, paints, and other craft items for an art box. You could also put together a cooking box, ingredients for homemade playdough with cookie cutters, or a gardening box with seeds, gardening gloves and tools. Get creative and combine your child’s interests to put together a customized box.
For the adventurous child, look for experience gifts that give them a chance to try something they wouldn’t normally get to do. Some ideas could include horseback riding, fishing, camping, rock climbing, indoor skydiving, or a day at a gym with an obstacle course or trampolines.