Alternative Gift Ideas Instead of Toys
Many parents and other relatives are considering alternative gift ideas for the 2007
holidays because of the recent mass toy recalls suffered this fall. Many families are
looking at the possibility that they may be offered a chance to look “outside the box” at
the whole gift-giving scene. There are many good alternative gift ideas that they can look
at. Here are listed some great kid-friendly choices for alternatives you may explore.
One kid pleaser is the idea that they can receive a gift certificate to someplace fun, like
camp or ice-skating lessons paid for by a favorite aunt or uncle.
The Gift of Time:
Sometimes the best gift of all is the gift of time. Make a thoughtful collection of items
that represent activities that you and your child can do together during the next year and
wrap these items up and tell your child that this year they are going to receive a gift of
time; time spent with their mom or dad. An example would be that a small child's
baseball would represent one baseball outing with dad, a package of marshmallows
would represent the opportunity for a whole weekend camping at a favorite campsite, and
a peanut would represent one afternoon spent at the circus as a family. Make sure you
follow-up and actually do these activities with your child.
Make a coupon book that contains fun family activities. Each coupon would be one
activity. One might be for a family taffy pull, another may be a night of camping out in
the family living room on sleeping bags where you all tell ghost stories and play games,
eat snacks and tell jokes. Another coupon could be for baking chocolate chip cookies
together or visiting a nursing home in the area and singing Christmas carols. Think of
activities that the kids would like, for example hiking on a local wildlife trail, going to the
zoo, making and flying a kite, or visiting a chocolate factory. You can create and print the
coupons on your computer.
Consider making a craft together. You can pu