We still think that the best gifts our children will receive and remember, are the times spent together as a family - playing and just being present, in the moment.
We have always been a fan of gift experiences, especially for our children's generation, where toys and screen stimulation is so readily available.
We know how busy life can be and it’s easier said than done. We decided to make printed 'experience gift certificates' to give the children on Christmas day. These certificates are not just for the kids but also to give us, as parents, a nudge to sit down, leave the washing for later and to be present.
The gift of experience does not need to cost you an arm and a leg and you don’t need to bring the kids to exotic places - it’s your time with them that matters. Here's our list of simple ideas that will make wonderful memories:
Painting with your children
Setting up an easy experiment - wonderful ideas here
Going to a local ice cream parlour
Watching a Christmas movie all together with popcorn
Playing a board game together
Giving the gift of a late night
Going to the cinema
Playing pass the parcel
Trip to the playground
Extra long bedtime story
Hot chocolate with marshmallows & sprinkles
Baking cakes and cookies together
Try this free printable for the certificate - you can easily change and personalise it to suit your activity. They make fantastic stocking fillers and make a nice change to the usual gold coins and socks!
The gift of experience does not need to cost you the earth, it’s your time with them that matters.
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As always, hoping you are safe, happy & looking forward to a wonderful, relaxing and fun filled Christmas.
Much Christmas love,
Keelly & Arianne x