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Non-Toy Gifts

Started by Jamie , author of hands on : as we grow 7/10/2011 5:47:55 PM

In an effort to lessen the toy chaos in our house and the cousins - we're going to try to do non-toy gifts this year for Christmas.


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Reply by Larri @ Seams Inspired

author of Seams Inspired 7/19/2011 9:59:04 PM

We made blankets one year. Everyone loved them and the kids still use theirs to cuddle.

A magazine subscription to National Geographic Kids has always been a big hit with our niece and nephews. They love getting mail. Give them a reading light so they'll have something to open Christmas day. :)

Last Christmas, we had a Thrifty Challenge. Every gift had to be handmade, or purchased from a thrift store or tag sale, or it could be a re-gift. We had a blast opening presents! The kids had fun too. My oldest received a Cookie Jar filled with homemade cookies. :)


Reply by Mikaela

7/20/2011 8:30:17 AM

For the kids that you live far away from, how about starting a share diary? Get an exercise book and write a letter to the birthday boy/girl. Include what you have been doing and photos/ drawings and ask them questions. Include a basic outline of the 'share diary' idea and ask them to design/decorate the cover. Then pop it in the post to their house. Kids LOVE getting mail. Then they can write back to you, including the info about their day/week, pictures, photos, jokes, stickers etc. Keep it going until the exercise book is full and then they get to keep it forever. 

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