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Gifts doesn't necessarily means that we need to buy toys for our children ain't it? All of us that have children, have too many toys scattered throughout the house, no matter how diligent we are at keeping them at bay, it seems to be a constant fight. It's especially hard when special days come and we want to give gifts to our children or as a grandparents want to give gifts.
Gifts are good things! But anything too much of anything isn't good.
I've stumbled upon an article HERE that I personally think it would be beneficial for me to share it out to all of you who's reading Bubblynotes.Com and giving you some ideas of a great way to combat too many toys...with alternatively shift all the gifts to non-toy items. ^_^... Therefore, let's role the list out together yeah???
Music, dance, riding, drawing, classes are a great way to encourage children in their interests and let them know that you can pay attention to them and what they enjoy. The nearest example that I could think of is Little Kickers Malaysia classes for Ash in few months time. *_^
Zoo, science museum, children's museum, library membership, etc. These are particularly great for family gifts! Many young families want to enjoy day outings, but affording them can be a challenge, so give them the gift of a yearly membership.
Kids enjoy getting things into their mail. Why not encourage their reading by getting them a magazine subscription for something they are interested in!
Movie tickets, tickets to a play, concert or sport event are really exciting! Having an event to look forward to makes the rest of life more enjoyable.
Mini golf, bowling, skating. These are so much fun! And a big part of the fun is going together. Children love spending time with the adults in their lives, they want to see you enjoying your time as well as enjoying them.
Recipe & Ingredients
Kids love cooking with their parents. So much!!! Baking something special or cooking dinner is an ideal time to spend together and learn life skills. Print out a recipe, purchase all the ingredients and set a date for cooking together.
Kids love making crafts, I do to, I really do enjoy the creative aspect. These crafting dates mean the world to our creative little ones. Keep a basket of craft supplies and get out a book for inspiration. ^_^.
Arts & Craft Supplies
If your craft box is running low, stock up a little on things you need. Add in something fun the kids haven't used before. A gift of art and craft supplies often brings on the imagination and kids can't wait to get to work!
An envelope of coupons that they can "spend" at any time whatever the child's interest is in.
Restaurant Gift Card
Dinner, ice-cream, coffee, cupcake - whatever suits their fancy! Give them the freedom of inviting whoever they wish: it may be mommy, daddy, grandparent, aunt or even teacher that they would like to spend more time with.
To encourage the habits of reading in them. ^_^
When kids only have a certai amount of clothes, they often enjoy getting clothes. Make it a point to get something that fits their style.
If your child is a foodie, they will love this! Some homemade cookies made just for them, is a special treat!
The average child these days doesn't know how to read analog, or finds it takes too long to think about it, so they search for a digital watch. Getting them a cool watch makes them want to be able to tell time on it. Boys, girls and even teenagers can be excited about this.
Games & Puzzles
Games and puzzles are great activities for when kids have to be indoors. It's a good practice to have individual quiet times during the day, and having a puzzle to sit and work on by themselves helps brain development and problem solving skills. Games teach a lot too!!
If you are an outdoorsy family, giving kids their own fishing tackle or gardening equipment can be a big deal. It's also something that gets left on the shelf in the store, so you always know right where to find it.
Many children like to know what is going on, what day it is, how many days until bla bla bla... These kids are the ones that want to know what the plan is for the day, in what order things will happen, what time friends are expected over, etc. They struggle with spur-of-the-moment and can be expected over, etc. But celebrate it! These have many strengths and make our world run smoother. Embrace their inner schedule and get them their own calendar. They can write down their own classes, appointments, play dates etc. And if they ask you, send them to their calendar so they can get used to being in control of their own schedule. You can even schedule "spontaneous days", so they know that something different will happen that day. Trust me, it will help them enjoy the spontaneous outings!!!
So, it doesn't necessarily have to be toys isn't it??? Doesn't necessarily have to be gadgets isn't it??? These things are the alternative for gifts for them... And at least give us some ideas as parents too...