I am a momma of three boys, and with that comes a lot of toys and games. With only having boys in our house, the toys and games can become redundant or it is inevitable that duplicates will happen. All three of the boys also have birthdays pretty close to Christmas, which can make it a little challenging when it comes to gifts. A couple of years ago my husband and I decided to gift our boys experiences instead of presents from us at Christmas and birthdays. They still receive a couple toys from Santa or family, but we don’t gift toys.
We feel that an experience is more personable and memorable. It is a fun activity that the boys are interested in, but also enjoyable as a family. We have found that the boys are more excited when they receive an experience as a gift and the memories tend to last longer then that of playing with a toy.
This past Christmas we got the older two boys tickets to a WWE wrestling show that they would attend with daddy. They literally screamed with excitement when they opened it and ran over to us, gave us a huge hug, and said we love you and thank you thank you! I got teary eyed with how excited and happy they were.
The other day was the WWE wrestling show and during the whole event my husband would send me pictures and videos of the boys. They were having the best time and created amazing memories with their daddy. It was neat to see them so excited and happy, and they talk about it almost daily. We also have watched the WWE wrestling event on tv a couple of times because the boys made it on camera with their signs several times.
So when it comes time to buy a gift for Christmas or their birthday, consider getting an experience instead of a toy. I promise the memories and the smile on their faces with be well worth it. Plus, you might get to have some fun too!
If you have bought an experience or activity, what did you do? Please share your ideas in the comments.