Do you post the monthly countdowns on Facebook as to how many months until Christmas? Do you love the Christmas season? It won’t be long before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season will be here. As we enter this season of giving and giving thanks, I start to think more about the Christmas “experience”.
It is never too early to think about Christmas and start planning on what gifts you want to give. Maybe you shop a little all year or maybe you put aside money each month for gifts for your loved ones. I vividly remember going to the bank each week and my mom putting money in a Christmas Club account so she was ready for the Christmas shopping.
As our family has grown each year, adding two sweet grand-babies so far this year with another around Christmas time, we have had to change how we do Christmas shopping and how we allocate the funds we save for Christmas. We have 4 big kids, and they have spouses and then two little kids, so there are a wide range of wants and needs for Christmas.
We’ve done the 4-gift strategy: 1) something you want, 2) something you need, 3) something to wear, and 4) something to read, and I wasn’t really a fan. We’ve done the family gifts, and that works but doesn’t give me the freedom to buy for the littles. We have even tried very practical gifts, and well, our kids can buy those things for themselves.
My favorite year of gift-giving so far has been the giving of the gifts of experience. This would have been THE best if it did not fall on the year that COVID decided to rear its ugly head and shut down all museums, theaters, cooking classes, etc. My husband and I sat down and discussed what each couple liked to do and what they may not do for themselves and decided on cooking classes for two couples, a museum membership for another couple, and movie and restaurant gift cards for the other couple. This provided them with the opportunity to experience something.
I’m attempting the same EXPERIENCE gifts this year even though our family keeps growing. The couples stay the same, but what they experience may be different. When I think back to some of my favorite gifts, I think of the zoo membership my husband’s parents have gifted us or the Kiwi boxes that we got to do together and experience together.
Maybe your experience gift is passes to an amusement park or a trip for your family to go on together, or maybe a day out at the zoo. It doesn’t have to be expensive or break the bank for the Christmas season.
Be creative and create an opportunity for an EXPERIENCE; it will be remembered long after the toy has broken or the Lego set has been assembled. Creating experiences are memories that last a lifetime.