10 Experiences to Give Your Child Instead of More Stuff

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This post is part of the 2018 Homeschooling Through the Holidays series.

Whether you are preparing for an upcoming birthday, Christmas, or just looking for a way to get your children away from the materialistic mentality, finding a suitable replacement can be difficult.

Giving the gift of an experience will not only give your children memories that will last a lifetime, but they will also be less attached to material possessions. Here are 10 Experiences to Give your Kids instead of More Stuff this year.

10 Experiences to Give Your Child Instead of More Stuff

Season passes

Season passes can be a great way to give your child the gift of fun. Find a nearby water park, amusement park, or somewhere else that has a season pass. Make sure if you get the season pass that it’s to somewhere you can actually frequent to get your money’s worth.

Donation on their behalf

Is there a cause your child is passionate about? Teach them about the gift of helping others. You can even let them pick the cause if you like, so they can feel more in control of their gift.

Movie tickets

You can purchase movies ahead of time for a new movie or get them a movie theatre gift card. This can be used as a family movie trip, or if your kids are older, they can go with their friends.

National Park pass

If your family likes the great outdoors, consider a national park pass and go for a camping trip. You can also go hiking at a nearby park, or just take a scenic drive at some of them. Check out how your 4th grader can get your entire family in absolutely free!

Concert or event tickets

Event tickets can be a convention, concert, or even the theatre. These can be great memories and great experience gifts to have with your child.

Classes or lessons

Give them the gift of swimming lessons, karate classes, or something else they’ve been wanting to give a try. If you want, make a little gift certificate on the computer and give it to them in an envelope to open.

Amusement or attraction passes

Do you have a theme park or big attraction nearby? Consider buying a day pass for them and take them there one afternoon. Season passes can be pricey, so this is a more frugal option if you don’t live near a big attraction.

Vacation or trip

Give the gift of a fun family trip. You don’t have to go nuts here, in fact, you could even do a simple camping trip if you wanted. You can even have your child help decide to make it more of a gift for them.

Subscription box

Is there a hobby they might enjoy or a subscription they might like? Consider doing a subscription box or service. Netflix counts too!

A bucket list item

Is there something they’ve been really wanting to do? Consider making it a gift! The cost of going parasailing or seeing the statue of liberty is worth so much more than a toy they’ll soon outgrow.

You don’t have to completely give up gifting things to your kids but having a few experiences into the mix can help make them appreciate the things they have that much more.

250profileAnnette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her 9 angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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