I have a lot of friends with great ideas. On Monday, I asked readers to help me brainstorm for some Christmas gift ideas for my grandchildren. Gifts that aren't toys, but rather experiences that I can share with them. Instead of toys this year, I want to give the gift of a fun memory, time spent with Grandma and Grandpa. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas.
Some Reader Ideas....
"I took my little granddaughter to a tea room complete with afternoon tea cakes and feather boas and hats to dress up in. I also took her to a play put on by our local university when she was aspiring to be an actress." -- Misty E.
"I love your idea for your grandchildren and the making of memories that won't surely be forgotten. This past spring my daughter and I attended a cooking class together at a Sur la Table. We both love to cook. As we mixed, chopped, and stirred we laughed and ate some delicious fried chicken (a favorite of both of ours!), it will remain with us as a wonderful memory. I know this store (and others I'm sure), have cooking classes for children. It was nice to have the time alone together and not be responsible for cleaning up the mess." -- Maria M.
"...an afternoon in a large arts/hobby shop, personally choosing supplies and a project to do with your husband or you? (I do give a $$ limit, and they actually enjoy figuring out which is the better choice.)" -- Jo M.
"If I remember correctly your youngest grandchild is a girl... Since you sew I thought you could find directions/patterns online to make a stuffed animal--or making clothes for dolls or holiday outfits for already owned stuffed animals. She would then have something tangible as well as the memory." -- Jo
"There are a few things we have done with our grandchildren to carve out individual memories for them....build something together (we had a kit that built a robot out of a tin can), create art--we bought blank canvases and let each child, decide what they wanted to put on it, then we hung them all up as a gallery in our home--(they are still there.)" -- Karen
"One of my most vivid memories as a young child was a trip to a senior citizen's home with my parents. I remember walking down the hall and the smiles from the elderly people sitting in their chairs. One lady in particular who gasped when she saw me and exclaimed, 'A little girl!' Perhaps you could have a cookie baking session with your grands and then a trip to deliver treats to a nearby home." -- Leslie
"This is something my mom has resorted to instead of giving birthday and Christmas presents to my sister and me. Instead, she gives experience presents. Our favorites are tickets to go see a musical... For young ages, your local university or community playhouse probably puts on plays and musicals at a reasonable price." -- Justine R.
"Christmas caroling around your bubble machine!"--Carol W.
* Check out the photos to see my granddaughter's surprise birthday party and enter the giveaway for some homemade (by me) birthday favors.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
May this holiday season bring you joy...