Christmas is coming! Are you focusing on finding the perfect toy for the little ones? Are toys the main focus of those Christmas wish lists? Unfortunately, many of these trendy toys are often quickly forgotten. They are cast aside and left to gather dust balls. It is time to be creative and look for more ecofriendly Christmas gift ideas!

Gifts of Experience 

Gifts of experience do not involve any toys, but instead utilized different materials as part of the gift. 

  • Subscription boxes: You can print out a picture of the subscription box and wrap it up. Print out the information about it so the receiver knows what to expect. For example, greenbox is great for eco-friendly inspirations.
  • Magazine subscription: Another great idea for friends that live a bit farther from you is a magazine subscription to their favourite one. Little ones will enjoy magazine subscriptions like Chickadee or Owl Magazine.
  • Postcards: Are you an avid traveller? Instead of collecting little toys from your travels, you can collect different postcards from different places. Perhaps even visiting the local post office to see if they have any used stamps….Or purchase some special edition ones to bring home.
  • Journals: Look for locally made or stationary that uses recycled or upcycled materials. 
  • Music: Look for a cute USB ( looks like a toy) and you can make your own playlist for a little ones dancing party on the go!

Gifts of Time

Gifts of time are gifts that help inspire us to make more time for connections. We are often so busy at our work and jobs nowadays.

  • Conversation Starters: First, you can upcycle a mason jar. Then, you search online for some conversation starters. Write them down on some recycled paper and fill up that jar.
  • Go on a Date: Plan to go on a date once month to a new ice cream parlour, bowling alley or watch a movie.
  • Coupon book: Coupon books are the best for special details like getting to stay up 30 minutes later or what to choose for your next dinner!

Remember that the most important thing about presents is actually being present yourself . That is the main focus of this Christmas holiday.

 


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12 thoughts on “Beyond Christmas Toy Lists

  1. Reply
    Rio
    December 12, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Great ideas for alternative Christmas gifts! As for an expectant mom like me, I think a gift certificate for a 3-month post-partum confinement will be the best! LOL

    Advanced Merry Christmas!

    – Rio, http://www.rioribaya.wordpress.com

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    Elizabeth
    December 12, 2018 at 4:12 am

    Love, love, LOVE this! I don’t buy toys as Christmas gifts for other people’s kids. I buy books. Our boys grandparents often gift them experiences- memberships to places they love. They just don’t need a ton of toys!

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    Telia
    December 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    This is a great post. I think that so often people get caught up in the material things for Christmas that we always forget that even the small things like time and experiences are just as precious. Awesome post.

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    Aimie
    December 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Love the gift of time! What a lovely little read ?

  5. Reply
    Nicola
    December 12, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Lovely post. I always prefer to give people experiences instead of gifts.

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

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    Suzanne -FibroMomBlog
    December 12, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I love these ideas! It does seem like it is getting more and more expensive to get the latest gadget the kids want. I really like the subscription ideas- I might do that!

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    Pints, Pounds, and Pate
    December 13, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Love this! I particularly love the gift of time – my family and I used to largely exchange a lot of coupon books and events when I was a child and it meant so much to me! Happy Holidays! xx

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    Kerry Thomas
    December 14, 2018 at 11:36 am

    There are some great ideas here. Thanks for sharing. Mummythomas.blog xx

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    Kari?blogLove2018
    December 14, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    This is a really great way to tackle that gift list! There are a lot of great suggestions! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Holidays!

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    kerry robinson
    December 14, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    This is a really interesting idea. xxx

  11. Reply
    Grace
    December 15, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    What a great post! Love, love the spin on gifts and what is truly important!

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    Deandra
    December 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    such cute ideas! I’ve seen the coupon book be used before and I think it’s the cutest. Great post

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