Piles of gifts under the tree or around the menorah are an integral part of many families’ holiday traditions, and watching your kids unwrap the “best toy ever” is truly priceless. But too much of a good thing can be a bit overwhelming for everyone. This year, why not encourage your family to celebrate the true meaning of the holidays by giving the gift of togetherness? Give the together time gift ideas below a try, and share your memorable moments with us on Facebook or Instagram. We’re guessing you’ll have just as much fun and make even more meaningful (and lasting!) memories than with traditional gifts.
- Story Time – Encourage each family member to choose a book (maybe their own favorite story?) for your child.Make sure to find some quiet time during your holiday visit for each gift-giver to read their story to your child. Consider snapping a photo of the two of them together and pasting it into the inside cover of the book, with an inscription that reads “Together time with ______” with the holiday and year.
- Baking Bag – Gather the recipes for your family’s favorite holiday sweets, print them out, and pack them into a bag with a child-sized apron and a few fun cookie cutters. Encourage the best baker in your group to spend some time in the kitchen with your kiddos, whipping up some good old-fashioned family fun.
- Cinema Magic – Surprise your little one with a new DVD or digital movie for their collection, maybe an old classic or the latest animatedrelease. Box it up with a bag of popcorn and a cuddly new blanket and pick a night to spend together, just the two of you.
- Craft Corner – Gift the gift of creativity with a set of arts and crafts supplies. From Popsicle sticks and pom-poms to modeling clay and pipe cleaners, new materials will inspire your little one to get crafty and your holiday visitors can join in the fun!
- Take a Trip – Consider forgoing individual gifts and blowing your holiday budget on travel instead! Whether a weekend away at a nearby hotel or a more exotic vacation, a trip provides endless opportunities to spend quality time together, as a family.
- Tickets – If your extended family is local, encourage them to give experiences, rather than tangible gifts. Your kids will cherish a day with their grandparents at the zoo or children’s museum and your parents will have a blast, too.
- Coupon Book – Some of the most special things can’t be bought. If your dad is a lifelong fisherman, ask him to gift your little one a day on the water with him. If your sister-in-law loves to sew, set up an afternoon for the two of them to spend stitching a doll pillow or simple skirt. From a coupon for a cousin sleepover to a day searching for sea glass with Grandpa, these gifts may just be the most meaningful your child receives this holiday.