It’s not the latest toy.
(We don’t even know what the hottest toy is this holiday season.)
It’s not ANY toy.
It’s not more clothes.
They have plenty. And, for once, their drawers aren’t overflowing and I’d like to keep it that way.
We have enough shoes. And boots. And snow gear (true, we’re not in a snow zone, but last year’s stuff still fits.)
What they’re most interested in isn’t easy to wrap and put under the tree, and that’s okay.
They want to go out and do things. They want people to spend time with them. They absolutely LOVE it when family and friends come over to see them.
We’re really trying our best to raise grateful children who are appreciative and respectful. It’s hard to do in a society that values things over people 11 months out of the year, and it seems to be more true in our state than others. And, while we’re extremely fortunate that we have everything we need and then some, our children don’t “want” for much, so they don’t understand what it’s like to do without. This is nice, as not everything needs to be learned or experienced before the age of 4, but does make teaching things like being thankful and gratitude more difficult.
And, if I’m being perfectly honest, I don’t want more stuff. More stuff means more things to put away. More things to keep track of. Do you remember what you got for Christmas or from grandma when you were 3? How about when you were 5?
I know I don’t. I remember that one year, my brother and I received matching flashlights. I’m not sure if that was from Santa, our parents, or someone else. I don’t remember opening them up on Christmas morning, but I do remember all the fun we had with the flashlights. The same goes for our matching tricycles, which I think I remember more of because my mom has a really cute picture of us on them. 🙂
Yes, those are “things,” but it’s what we did with them that I remember. The memories. And, there aren’t many other “things” I received as a kid that I remember much about. But, I do remember the memories. Camping, trips to the lake, learning to tie my shoe on the beach, walking the dog around the block and tricking her when she got old by only walking part way and crossing the street, playing hide and seek, backyard soccer games…
Give children (and their families!) the gift of memories and experiences this holiday season. Parents will thank you because it’s one less thing for them to plan on doing (and may even result in an hour or two “off”!), and it’s nice to see our children having fun with others, experiencing new things.
The same thing! Use the list above and turn it into a family gift. Or, do things that will save Mom and Dad time or make their days a little easier.
Well, there you have it. 25 gift ideas that aren’t about more THINGS. 25 ideas that help create experiences and make memories. Sometimes we know there’s a need or we just really want to buy something the children can play with. If that’s the case, you’d be interested in this post, which is a list of toys and things my children enjoy and play with often. Read the Gift Guide for 2 and 3 year olds here.
Simply put, it is THE best way to start off your December!
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