This year instead of buying a bunch of small gifts consider instead an experience gift. Over the years several family members have given my kids the gift of experience and it has been wonderful. Thanks to them we have gone on many, many family adventures and one-on-one dates with the girls.
Memberships – Here in Columbus we have so many amazing places to visit. Our zoo is top ranked and my parents renew our membership every year as a family Christmas gift and we are so grateful. A zoo membership is the gift that gives all year long. COSI is another great place here in Columbus, we love taking one on one dates with the kids here (my sister gave us this gift last year and renewed it again this year). Franklin Park Conservatory is another great place to have a membership. Here in Columbus we have enjoyed this membership as it has come with a free weekly preschool class as well as many fun weekend special events like a Valentine’s Day date night and the new Children’s outdoor garden and even Christmas lights.
Classes – Consider giving the gift of classes. You can wrap up the needed items for the class so they have something to open. Here are some of my favorite classes to gift.
- Swim lessons – Giving the gift of swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School would be a great idea. My kids have really thrived at Goldfish and I cannot rave enough about the wonderful experience. This would be a great gift indeed for anyone to gift a child, plus it is a life skill every child should have.
- Dance lessons – Find a great studio near you and enroll your child in a session.
- Art Class – Find a local art class to enroll a child in and they can learn a new skill.
- Cooking Classes – it seems like these kid cooking venues are popping up all over! JoAnns even offers cake decorating classes.
Camps/Clinics – As my kids get older helping to send them to camps is a great gift. There are so many one day camps and clinics that can help kids enjoy their favorite sports in the off season. OSU has camps for every sport and my kids love going there, especially for field hockey!
Next time a family member asks what to get your kids for Christmas try suggesting one of these. This way your house doesn’t fill with stuff but your kids lives instead get filled with experiences.