This year consider giving experience gifts. Not only are they naturally clutter-free but they create memories your family will cherish for years to come.
I’m one of those people who is strictly against Christmas anything before Thanksgiving. We don’t decorate, listen to Christmas music or do anything of the season until Thanksgiving is over.
The reason is I adore Thanksgiving and the fall season so much and I don’t want to rush it. I love all that Thanksgiving stands for — good food, family and a season of gratitude. So for that reason, I wait until after the dishes have been cleared to start pulling out the decor.
The one pre-Thanksgiving Christmas prep and planning I DO work on is shopping for gifts. I plan my Christmas budget long before the season begins, in fact, we set money aside all year long. I use my intentional gift giving guide and scout for good deals throughout the year, many of which usually come between September and November.
If your house is anything like mine, your children probably have a lot of toys, more than they really need. Trying to stay on top of the toy clutter is an ongoing battle and the truth is that our children really don’t need all those toys. In fact, I have found when I pack away or do a massive toy purge leaving only a few well-loved toys, they actually enjoy playing with them more.
I want to cultivate a season where my children’s focus isn’t on the gifts but rather on the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas. When I think back on my own childhood Christmas, I can really only recall a few knock-out gifts but I remember almost all of the time spent together as a family. So to help keep the excessive toy clutter at bay, I’m directing my children’s very generous grandparents to gifts of experiences.
Experiences really are wonderful gifts because not only are they fun and enjoyable but they also provide memories you will cherish together as a family for years to come. Below are some ideas of different experience gifts that I know just about everyone will love.
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