It is no surprise that children love the newness of objects just like the rest of us. When children play together they often prefer the toy of the child next to them above their own, just for the sake of discovering something new and exciting. When the holidays roll around and kids are asked what they would like, most of their requests are for toys or games. Creative play and toys are a major part of healthy child development and there is no harm in buying them, however why not steer their focus and expectation on their experience instead? Sure, sometimes we take our kids on outings to celebrate their birthdays, but often times the anticipation lays on that cool item that they have been talking about for months.
Have you ever bought someone tickets to a show or movie as a gift? Well, this is the same idea but with the intention of instilling value on experience. This year for my son's birthday, there are a couple of fun toys his grandparents are getting for him, but one gift my husband and I are really excited to give him is a semester of art classes. The key to experience gift giving is to listen to and observe the things that make your child’s face light up. We all have an idea of what our children’s interests are, so with this knowledge we can work experience into their gifts. By enrolling your child in a sport or an activity, you are helping them to understand that gifts go beyond things that they can hold; they are memories that may last much longer. One of the best gifts you can give to your child is an unforgettable experience.