Here at NTG, we love to hear what other parents have to say about their experiences with non-toy gift alternatives. We are so grateful to have Nicki Brunner, a mother of two with a lovely blog MinneMama Adventures who had nicely compiled testimonials from other moms whose kids have received non-toy gifts/ experience gifts.
In 2016 we will try again, but for now, the brainstorming can begin with some wonderful gift ideas from other (much more forward-thinking) parents…and a couple really considerate aunts (you know, the kind who won’t buy your kids a drum set) too:
The experience gift of choice: A subscription to High Five Magazine
The experience gift of choice: Concert tickets to Taylor Swift
The experience gift of choice: A pair of wristbands to Nickelodeon Universe
The experience gift of choice: A personalized CD filled with songs that contain my daughter’s name
The experience gift of choice: Valley Fair gold passes + food passes (new in 2015)
In your own words: “We love family time so what a perfect give for all of us. A summer packed with togetherness and fun! On year my youngest asked every single day if it was open yet. It became a running joke in the car. She would see a telephone wire and think it was a ride.”
More info: https://www.valleyfair.com/ticket-category/Season-Passes
The experience gift of choice: A pair of snowshoes for each family member
The experience gift of choice: “Animal Olympics” class at the Minnesota Zoo
The experience gift of choice: Annual pass to Como Town
The experience gift of choice: Day passes to an indoor waterpark
The experience gift of choice: A sewing machine and kids sewing classes
The experience gift of choice: A family trip to Florida
Thank you to these mamas for sharing their ideas. I am already looking forward to holiday season 2016 when I can stock up on gift cards, hotel overnights, homemade coupons promising road trips and day camps and out-of-state sunshine. Once my eyes have been opened, there’s no telling what will stop me! And I won’t look back. Experience gifts for the win! My tiny house will thank me. My husband will thank me. And, the one that matters the very most? My children and their lifelong memories will thank me.