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October 20, 2009


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Wendy Piersall :: eMom

With three kids that have birthdays close to the holidays, I hate how much clutter their gifts seem to create in the house. They don't play with half of their toys anyway - or lose pieces within days.

Here's what we are doing this year for Christmas:

They get a few smaller gifts, then 7 big family gifts. Each family gift is an outing for the week between Christmas and New Years. I buy tickets, get brochures, print out web pages, etc., and wrap them up as 7 individual presents. They are things such as museum and zoo outings, movie tickets, and indoor water park trips.

When the gift-opening is all over, instead of the letdown of it being all done, they are excited for the week to come.

I did this one year and intended on wrapping up the week by creating a scrapbook of the photos that we took on our trips. But I was so wiped out that it never happened. But the intention was exciting - to give the kids a book of Christmas week memories! :)

Jessica Duquette

Thanks, Ariane, what great resources! I usually give something practical to the beloveds on my list, but a more beautiful version than the person would normally buy for themselves. That way, I know the present gets used!

Last year, I gave a great fleece blanket to my daughter, she loves it and uses it every day. I really love the idea of giving a gift certificate or ticket for an event that happens the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, I am going to try that this year!




This is a great list.
Some websites let you buy one gift certificate that gives the person access to all different kinds of wellness services. These can be used for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc, and I found they make the best teacher gifts.

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