At my house Christmas gift giving has gotten a bit out of control. There is so much going on at once that it is hard for my kids to focus on enjoying the gifts and not making it a race of who can rip through the wrapping paper first. Can you relate? This year I’ve decided to focus my gift giving into practical gifts that will last all year long. Here are some ideas:
Subscription Boxes or Magazines
- Here’s a list perfect for children: 10 Monthly Subscriptions Geared Towards Kids
- Some great ones to consider for adults: Amazing Clubs (lots of options such as BBQ sauce, dessert club, hot sauce club, pizza club and tons more) or Dollar Shave Club.
- And for your dog: BarkBox
The benefit of some of these is you pay buy the month so it allows you to stretch your spending throughout the year.
Season Passes or Memberships
Examples: Zoo pass, skiing, Science Center, Costco, Gym Membership or Netflix Subscription.
Have your kids been begging you to try something new? Perhaps horseback riding, art classes, guitar lessons or dance? Get them lessons as a gift!
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Give someone a product or service you love and use and think they will find useful too.
Here’s an example of a practical item I love: Sleepy Time Headrest
Gift of Time
House cleaner (I’d really enjoy this one!) or Errand Runner (many services are popping up in local communities where they will run errands for you.)
Consider presenting a vacation as a gift. When my sister was going to Jamaica she got each of her kids an item that represented the country and then had them guess where they’d be going for Spring Break. It helped to build excitement and anticipation for months leading up to the trip.
Lots of options with this one: picture frames, picture books created on sites such as Shutterfly, calendars, ornaments, coffee mugs and the list goes on and on!!
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It’s hard to believe the Holiday Season is quickly approaching! I’m pairing up with some spectacular bloggers to bring you a variety of holiday ideas AND an amazing giveaway valued at over $1,500 dollars. It’s a mixed collection of gift cards and products from awesome companies. Be sure to check out the various sponsors, hop around to all the blogs and enter the GIVEAWAY. You’ll get lots of ideas for this holiday season!
Ten Tips for a Joy Filled and Stress Free Holiday with Your Family from Bare Feet on the Dashboard
The Ultimate Guide to Having Kind Kids This Christmas from Bits of Positivity
Christmas Sensory Play Ideas from Adventures of Adam
Gingerbread Play Dough from The Gingerbread House
Raising Charitable Kids from Peace But Not Quiet
10 Exciting Toys To Encourage Learning for 3-4 Year Old Kids from Play Dough and Popsicles
Christmas Crafts for Toddlers from Kidz Activities
DIY Hot Chocolate Kit from Taking Care of Monkey Business
Gifts Kids Can Make from Simply Vicki
Christmas Yoga from Kids Yoga Stories
Gifts That Last All Year from Local Busy Bees
10 Idea for Festive Table Decoration from La Cité des Vents
Christmas Tree Decoration and Card from Castle View Academy
Book-Toy Gift Sets for Preschoolers from P is for Preschooler
DIY Gift: Science Kit for Kids! from Preschool Powol Packets
Christmas Poems to Color from Are We There Yet?
5 Things to Make For a Christmas Stocking from Peakle Pie
The Frugal Family Gift that Keeps On Giving from Kimie Pruessner Photography
Christmas Hand and Foot Print Crafts from Play & Learn Everyday
20 Non-Candy Stocking Stuffers for Boys and Girls from Non Toy Gifts
10 Silly Gifts For Your Kids this Christmas from Witty Hoots
Mom’s Holiday Wish List (Give This To Your Husband) from The Realistic Mama
You’ll find all of the details for the Blog Hop here: Barefeet On The Dashboard. The giveaway runs from November 2-19, 2015.
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Many of these ideas I shared in my post Gifts That Last All Year help to build memories, focus on family fun and reduce the amount of gifts that aren’t used. For the pricier gift items consider going in as a group to get one larger and meaningful gift rather than numerous lesser-priced items. I know I would appreciate that! Enjoy this holiday season!