It’s Not About the Toys

The unending barrage of Christmas ads aimed at kids keeps pushing the idea that a heaping tower of toys will provide untold satisfaction. It seems to me that it’s gotten much worse from when I was a kid, [and that was pretty rough], but a shift towards alternatives to toys is growing..

More people are looking at other choices to playthings that might get either broken, or eventually tossed in the vortex of Toys Forgotten. Of course, I’m not saying that toys are bad—but the overkill of buying more and more certainly is.

So, why not consider something other than toys as gifts for the kids in your life?

With a little less than a week left, here are a few ideas that will give less stress, plus add a few more dollars in your pocketbook. Many are appropriate across several age ranges, from pre-schoolers to teenagers:

1. Books, books, and more books
2. Music – CD player with favorite CDs, or an mp3 player loaded with tunes
3. Easel/chalkboard/whiteboard
4. Dress-up clothes
5. Sleeping bag
6. Flashlight
7. Gift cards, e.g. Amazon.com. iTunes
8. Audiobooks
9. Binoculars
10. Colored pens/pencils
11. Digital camera – inexpensive
12. Easel/chalkboard/whiteboard
13. Stationary
14. Puzzles
15. Wristwatch
16. Magazine subscriptions – like Cricket, NatGeo Kids, Highlights for Children, Ladybug, Muse, Discovery Girls. Check out Amazon.com for other titles
17. Posters & giant vinyl wall decals, like Fathead
18. Netflix subscription
19. Activity box subscriptions, for example, Little Passports, and the Happy Trunk
20. Lessons: art, dance, craft, cooking, horseback riding
21. DIY kits: sewing, scrapbooking, gardening, knitting, craft, science
22. Clothes/shoes
23. Funky socks
24. Drum, maracas, or ukulele
25. Bedroom makeover
26. Cooking and/or baking supplies
27. Piggy bank & coins
28. Cash [ presented creatively]

CREATING MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES
29. Tickets to a performance: theatre, concert, or sporting event
30. Museum membership-great for the whole family
31. Family night at a bowling center
32. Visit a local orchard or children’s farm
33. Special dinner out
34. Train ride
35. Night at an area hotel—especially with an indoor pool
36. Coupon book – with monthly “time” gifts customized for the child
            Variation: a year of monthly “Adventure Dates”
37.  Day trip to a specialty museum, maybe one specializing in the child’s interests
38. Nature up close—butterfly garden, bird feeder, magnifying glass, notebook and pencil

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About got2care

A Midwest, big-city Cultural Creative feminist, who believes that caring and creativity go together. Interests in my blogs can include: the green lifestyle, writing, educational reform, literary topics, and being creative.
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