Last year my husband and I were at a loss as to what to get our youngest son and his wife. They are very handy and very busy with two kids, jobs, and home projects. After watching their busy lives all year we came up with a unique gift idea.
A family adventure album. We bought a cute little scrapbook and filled that pages with gift certificates to all sorts of places. The pages were filled with family fun (and date night) ideas. Once we decided on the plan for the book, we went shopping… on-line and to the gift card aisle. Yep, it was a book of pre-purchased family adventures. Everything from a trip to the zoo, movie tickets, to ice cream nights (gift certificate for Dairy Queen), beach days (complete with gift certs to subway for lunches). On the trips that would take them a distance to get to, we added in gas cards. After all the point of this gift was not to add financial strain of accomplishing these adventures, but to make these things easy and obtainable for this kids (and gran kids) to do. This book was filled with all sorts of adventures from bowling to mini-golf to go kart racing.
To come up with ideas we scoured the internet to check out our local city and find fun interesting places to go. We also googled”date night” ideas to ensure they could enjoy time together without the kids. If you are thinking of giving a gift such as this, don’t forget the handmade gift certificates that include babysitting. It was a fun gift to make and a great way to get to know the city we live in.
I hope you think of a gift like this (or any variation of it) when you are planning your next celebration.
A twist on this concept is “Your year in review”. Make a scrapbook for your loved ones of their past year. This is a great idea for the little ones in your life. You can give it to them on each birthday as a memory of what they have accomplished in the past year. On the last page of the album make a list of that child’s goals for next year. This makes an amazing keepsake and helps each child accomplish things each year. Have fun! Happy gift giving!