Do your Christmas shopping differently this year – treat the kids to experiences, rather than stuff!
Christmas may be the time for giving, but like many of us, you may already feel like your house is bursting full of toys and ‘stuff’.
So, if you’re thinking about moving the focus more towards gifting time and memories this year, we’ve curated some ideas to help you along the way. These ideas can be adapted for your kids, grand kids, friends kids, and you can scale the cost of the idea to your budget.
Make your own gift experience vouchers
Why not create your own little book of coupons for special treats that your kids can redeem and enjoy throughout the year? You can personalise it to include the things that your kids love doing with you like a night at the cinema, bowling, lunch at their favourite restaurant or a trip to the seaside.
You could even call it the 12 months of Christmas. Each month you could arrange an outing or an experience, where the kids get to open the envelope on the 1st day of the month.
If you’re feeling crafty you can make them yourself (see image, have a look on Pinterest for some ideas!), or you can download and edit a digital version online and just print them yourself.
Give the gift of kids classes
There are so many classes available locally for kids of all ages to get involved in – and if your kids are like mine, they want to do it all!
Why not gift a term of music lessons, dance classes or a sports club? Often you can even buy gift vouchers for kids classes and clubs, check out our listings of baby & pre-school classes, or school age classes for ideas depending on what your child likes.
Plan some special days out
Make plans to create some fantastic family memories in 2020, by giving tickets or passes for days out.
If you’ve got a little thrill seeker in the family, why not head for a day out at a local theme park such as Flamingo Land or Light Water Valley . Or if you’ve got younger children, why not try Sundown Adventureland near Retford. It’s specifically for children under 10 years old and annual passes are available.
Further afield ideas include Legoland, Harry Potter Studios, How Stein Gorge, Nidderdale Llamas experience/walk
Take in a show
If your kids love the big screen you could give them a special ‘date’ trip to the cinema just 1:1 with you to see a film of their choice.
Further afield, Harewood House does some good animal experiences for children 7 years and over, including penguin feeding, alpaca walking, be a zookeeper for the day. You can also adopt a bird in the bird garden!
Or if you’re thinking about an adoption package, Guide Dogs For The Blind has a lovely sponsorship package which allows you to support a puppy’s training to become a qualified Guide Dog. They’ll give you regular ‘Pupdates’ following your puppy’s journey and lots of photos to keep.
WWF also offer a range of animals to adopt where you get a cuddly toy, fact pack, and regular updates.
Cook up a storm
If you have a budding MasterChef at home, why not plan some 1:1 time running your own home cooking sessions? Find some family favourite recipes and help your child build some skills in the kitchen. They will love getting messy and feel proud of sitting down to eat what they’ve made.
There is a lot of choice out there, from comic books to activity-based magazines such as sport or a hobby. And there are even some options where the monthly subscription comes with a treat and can change from month-to-month. Ideas suggested by fellow Mumblers include: