I know that part of the fun is receiving a package, wondering what’s inside, and opening it with abandon. But here’s a green idea: what about giving the gift of experiences this holiday season?
Experience Gifts for Adults
Gift certificates to favorite local restaurants. My mother-in-law pays attention to the restaurants we frequent or mention wanting to try when she visits us–then we’re surprised with gift certificates to them months later!
Gift certificates to local grocery stores. This might not seem like much of a present, considering people spend money at the grocery store all the time. I personally love to get gift certificates to places like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, and I make sure to buy something special for myself with them, because it’s a present–not a coupon!
Memberships to museums or theaters, movie theater tickets–anything to give parents a night on the town. These combined with some free babysitting would surely be appreciated!
A good old homemade coupon book. You know the kind: you scrawl out promises to take your loved one to a movie, on a walk, or to a favorite restaurant.
Experience Gifts for Babies and Kids
Children’s Museum or Zoo Memberships. A little friend of Audrey’s gets treated to a zoo/children’s museum membership by her grandparents. They live close to both locations and make good use of it.
Parents could make their kids homemade coupons promising trips to the park, bike rides, or other favorite activities. If you’re not the child’s parent, a coupon promising to take the lucky recipient on some sort of adventure would be great gift–and it doubles as a gift of babysitting for the parents!
Is anyone giving “experience gifts” this year? Do you have any other brilliant ideas for babies, kids, and adults? This post is a part of Works for Me Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by Rocks in My Dryer.
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