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Gifts that go beyond “more stuff”

It’s so exciting to receive new gifts – both for the giver and the receiver. But too often, the very same item that induced anticipation and delight, very soon turns to clutter and remorse. Why is it lying around the house, getting tripped over, broken or untouched within weeks if not days? And our children, and ourselves, are onto the next shiny thing to give us our next dopamine hit.

Materialism, entitlement, clutter… these first world “problems” seem to be a mainstay in our industrialized, privileged lives. But there are many steps we can take to ensure that the gifts we buy for our children truly facilitate a healthy, creative and deep play and that they last again and again (or that they’re not designed to last in the first place).
Here are the four types of gifts that can help intentional parents, like you and me, put our money where our values are – without giving up the joy of giving.
To view these ideas in a visual format, and to send out to friends, family or share on social media – here is a PDF gift guide. I hope this helps make the holidays more mindful and beautiful for you!
The gifts in this guide are divided into “Big Gifts”, “Family Gifts” and “Stocking Stuffers” but of course, you’ll use them in  the way they apply to you.
You should know, as in many of the product links I use, the links below are Amazon affiliate links. Using them supports my work and helps me keep doing what I do – without extra cost to you. so if you’re using this guide, I would be super grateful if you do your gift shopping through these links, but if you’d rather not you can always just do a cold search for them on Amazon or other platforms.
  1. Perishable: gifts that ‘run out’
    Gifts that are used, and then used up make excellent choices for promoting creativity without accumulating clutter. My personal favorites for this style of gift involve the raw materials themselves, rather than elaborate kits that are designed to be built or played with in only one particular (and “correct”) way. I prefer to have materials like clay, beads, and paints at home, and primarily offer them to my children in an unstructured fashion to promote their own exploration and creativity. Of course, if we’re really stuck for ideas we get our inspiration on Pinterest, but we start with open-ended art.Big GiftsBig Set of Pastels
    Paint kits
    Sewing Machine
    3D PrinterFamily giftsModeling Clay
    Kinetic Sand
    Play Dough
    Peg Dolls for Painting
    Glue Gun
    Biggie Perler Beads Set

    Stocking Stuffers

    Colored Pencils
    Markers that crystallize on windows
    Chalk Board Markers
    Jelly Beads

  2. Heirloom: Gifts that ‘last forever’
    The second type of gift I love to give and receive is an heirloom piece. Something that might last forever, or at least be used for years and in many different capacities. A key thing to look for is something that can be enjoyed by different age groups and genders, something that is really well made, and stands the test of time. You also want something with a timeless design and purpose (nothing faddy!). Consider… would I have played with this as a child? Will my grandchildren play with it in the future? If so, it’s a winner.Big giftsPlan toys dolls house
    Wooden rocker boat
    Reindeer Recycled Tire Swing
    Vintage ride on car
    Toy kitchen
    Rocking horse
    Balance bike
    Climbing dome
    Family giftsLego (classic box)
    Chess Set
    Tegu Magnetic wooden blocks
    Mirror Blocks 
    Plan Toys Family Dolls

    Dressing Up Costumes
    Train Set

    Stocking Stuffers

    Wooden Whistle
    Doll House Items
    Finger puppets
    Pull along toys

  3. Experience: Gifts that ‘happen to you’
    Experiences are incredible gifts to bestow because they really have the capacity for transformation. Plus there is zero clutter (win!). Experiences aren’t always the first thing we think of with gifts, because we like to have a tangible, touchable item in our hands. And for kids receiving the gift of an experience, it might seem too abstract. But I think it’s important to get our children used to the fact that we should feel grateful and lucky for the opportunity to see a show, hear a piece of music, have quality time together, or take a trip. Even reading books together can be categorized as an experience, and I’ve included some of my all-time favorites here.Big giftsTickets to a special show
    Tickets for a trip
    Special outing

    Family Gift

    Museum membership
    Subscription to music or podcast
    Audio books (Stewart Little, Charlotte’s web, Winnie the Pooh, Ramona)
    Books (Llama LlamaPiggie and Elephant, Iggy Peck Architect, Madeline)

    Stocking Stuffers
    Tickle match tokens
    Tickets for a bus or train ride
    Extra books at bedtime tokens
    Reading Marathon
    Game of tag


  4. Tools: Gifts that ‘enable your learning passion’
    Just as adults enjoy receiving exciting tools to advance their hobbies or trades, I believe tools make an excellent gift for children. I personally don’t favor any plastic pretend tools because there’s no reason that children can’t use the real thing – of course in an age appropriate, safer, smaller version. Tools as gifts send the message: you are capable, your work matters, you can create and I believe in investing in you.Big gifts:

Family Gifts:

Stocking Stuffers:

Go ahead and download this beautiful gift guide, you can use it to send to friends and family who want ideas for what to gift your children. I hope this holiday season brings you true, mindful joy and connection with those you love most.
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