I don’t know about you but I’m already getting a bit anxious about all the ‘stuff’ that is about to come into my home in a little over a month’s time. You know what I’m talking about: toys. Plastic toys that emit random, repetitive, rage-inducing noises, toys that will break approximately one week after they are removed from their packaging, toys that will lay forgotten in the playroom corner by February, toys, toys, toys.
We know how overwhelming it is for our families to find just the right gift for our kids (heck…it’s hard enough for us to know what to get them) so this year we will encourage family members to offer gifts of experience rather than stuff. Here are a few ideas that might work for your family:
An afternoon with the gift giver – movie, mini-golf, bowling, skating, skiing, museum, pedicure, afternoon tea at the Chateau Laurier, etc.
My boys have been asking for karate lessons for months now (I suspect this has something to do with Power Rangers). This seemed like a good idea until I researched some options. Turns out karate is quite an expensive sport, as most sports are. Why not get family members to contribute to lessons? Other options: skiing, snowboarding, musical instrument, cooking, etc.
Skiing/snowboarding lift passes
There are many great hills in and around Ottawa, such as:
Recreation gift certificates from the City of Ottawa : Can be used towards literally hundreds of activities across the city (including March Break camps).
Movie gift certificates
Their very own star
Buy them a star and name it after them: https://www.starregistry.ca/ (my oldest son would think this is the coolest thing ever!)
A toy rental from PlaneteFun. Host a sleepover or fun party for a group of your child’s friends, and rent something really fantastic!