Finding the perfect gift for a child can sometimes seem impossible. Not knowing what they like or what they already have can lead to duplicate presents or toys that are never played with. Some children just seem to already have everything! There is a new trend in gift giving now and let me tell you, I am here for it. Have you heard of experience gifts? Rather than taking a chance with a toy, book, or stuffed animal that may get minimal use and them be tossed aside, give the gift of an experience.
What Are Experience Gifts?
Experience gifts are just what they sound like. Giving a child who already has everything an opportunity to go out and make a memory. This is probably the most unique present a person can offer. Experience gifts can range from being small to large depending on your budget. There are very few limits to what this can entail and you can use your imagination to make it even more fun and exciting!
Make a Day of It
Depending on the age of the child you are “shopping” for, you may be able to turn their whole day into an adventure. Creating a scavenger hunt around the city for clues and then ending up at the location you’ve selected is a great way to extend the fun and build excitement. Maybe the child is directed to a seafood restaurant, followed by a boat ride, and then off to the aquarium! Use your imagination and get creative.
Other Experience Gift Ideas
- Sign the child up for lessons in an activity they enjoy (ballet, soccer, swim, music, etc…).
- Take them to a movie or show.
- Give them a membership to a trampoline park or other child friendly and age appropriate location.
- Gift passes to a local science, children’s museum, or planetarium.
- Pay for a camp experience over the summer or during a school break.
- If it’s a Winter time gift, go for a day of snow tubing or skiing!
- Take the child to see Disney on Ice.
- If it’s closer to Summer, a beach or pool membership is a great idea.
- Give them tickets to a local water park, zoo, or aquarium.
- Rent a trampoline or bouncy house for them to use for the weekend (with parent approval, of course!).
- Take them to the beach or fishing at the lake.
- Sign them up for art classes.
- Set up a movie projector outside and host a movie night for the child and their friends.
The list of ideas is endless and can be tailored to the specific ages and interests of a child. Experience gifts will give the child something to remember for years to come. As well as help parents to cut down on the amount of “stuff” in the house!
Ask your nanny, caregiver, or grandparent to come and watch the sibling. This way you can have worry free one-on-one time.
About The Author
Sarah Proctor has worked with young children for over 25 years as a teacher, childcare director, nanny, and mom of two girls. She has her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration from UMass Amherst. In addition, Sarah has her Director 2 certification from the Department of Early Education and Care.