Am I the only person getting sick of buying plastic toys that never get played with?
As a child I remember getting a lot of Christmas presents, but I don’t really remember what they were. Just lots and lots of lovely parcels to rip open. Very exciting at the time but unfortunately I remember very few of the actual gifts (poor me I know).
What I do remember from my childhood are experiences. Things like hanging my freshly washed dolly clothes on my own little washing line in the garden with my mum. I remember visiting Windsor Castle and trying to make the guard laugh with my sister. I remember going to see a magician, being taken on exciting days out, and mum patiently trying to teach me to knit time and time again. What I remember most is spending time together.
Things fade and break and most kids gifts end up discarded, stored at the back of cupboards, or on their way to the charity shop or car boot sale.
Memories however, last forever.
Collecting moments and not things is really precious, so we are working on some gift vouchers for the kids for Christmas which they can redeem when they wish. I hope they provide some special memories they can cherish for years to come.
Here are a few ideas (and favourite memories from this year).
Unusual days out
Make up or facepainting lessons
Hire a boat
Cocktail classes at home (non alcoholic)
Craft sessions (create something amazing together)
Climb a mountain together
A trip to the beach
Teach a new skill
Sleeping under the stars
Trips with friends
Try a new sport
Home cookery lessons (they choose what to cook)
Just a few ideas. I would love to hear some of your ideas for home made gift vouchers for the kids.
Have a fabulous Christmas.
Read my latest guest post at We Love Brighton on Sussex gift ideas.
Inspired by the 1 Million Women campaign for a waste-free Christmas
Give moments not things.