23 Meaningful Gifts For Kids

I’m going to be honest with you; I have a love-hate relationship with the holidays. It’s so much fun watching my kids unwrap their gifts and get involved in the Christmas spirit. The traditions, seeing friends, family, and eating the yummiest food we only eat once a year really brings the Christmas spirit.

But I am not a fan of present shopping, present wrapping, finding hiding places in the house to put the presents, and being busy bouncing from one family to the next.

We wanted to give gifts that our children will remember in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and so on. Honestly don’t remember many gifts I got except my dolls when I look back on my life. I was OBSESSED with dolls! But I do remember decorating for Christmas, sledding, family parties, making gingerbread houses, and so much more.

So, if you are looking for some meaningful gifts to give your children this year or even nieces and nephews, here are 23 gift ideas:

Gifts of Experience

The Atlantic recently published an article discussing new research findings that shows experiences are more valuable than possessions. Here are a few ways parents can give their kids happy memories during this festive season: 

Trip: This doesn’t need to be something expensive or elaborate. A trip could be to the museum, zoo, or a one-night stay in a place not too far from home.

New Experience: This could be something your family has never done before. For example, there is a beautiful tree only 30 minutes from our house, and it’s called the “Tree of life,” and we have never been there before, so we went this year, and our kiddos keep talking about how cool the tree was!

Sporting Game: If you and your family are into sports, why not get tickets for a home game and make a fun family night of it.

Local Christmas Event: Google is pretty cool. You can type in Christmas events near me, and you will find a whole list of fun activities that are going on around your area. Another great way to find local events is on Facebook under Events, and you can change the filter on Facebook to search for paid events or free events!

New Christmas Traditions:

One of my favorite things about Christmas is our family’s Christmas traditions. We even started a new one this year, and it has been a blast so far!

Make Fudge: Baking together as a family can be something enjoyable. Plus, homemade fudge is AMAZING!

Gingerbread House: You do not have to buy fancy kits at the store. You can get graham crackers, icing, and candy from a dollar store. This is a fun and super inexpensive activity to do together.

Knitted Together: This is a new one we started this year. You get an advent calendar and write down a list of fun family Christmas activities you can do together. Here is our list for this year. Then you print out your list and put the activity in the pockets of your advent calendar, along with a small piece of candy. My kids every morning run down and check what our activity will be for that day! This has been a HUGE hit In our home.

Memory Ornaments: This tradition we started a few years back, and it’s been so much fun! Instead of giving pajamas on Christmas eve, we gift ornaments that we made. We draw names and then make an ornament for the persons whose names you drew. We like to do ornaments that feature a special accomplishment or fun memory you had that year with that person.

Then we hang the ornaments on our tree. We call our Christmas tree the memory tree because of all the years of memories.

The memories you create will last forever!

Gifts Of Education

Many parents want to give their children educational gifts but don’t know where to start. Here are a few ideas:

Math Games: These games can be for all ages and are so much fun! You can get them at any toy store or online.

Science Kits: There are so many incredible science kits out there now. The gift of learning is one great gift you can give your kids! I wish they were around when I was a kid.

Osmo: This is a fun and creative way to help your kids learn how to read, write and spell. It’s a game they can learn from and have so much fun with!

Orboot Earth: If you kids love to learn about other countries, animals, and about the earth in general. This is a super fun learning game that is interactive for both parents and kids!

Gifts of Charity

This Christmas, we have been talking with our children about the importance of giving to others who are less fortunate, helping those in need, writing letters to those who are away from their families, etc. In addition to different activities, I also like to get the kids a few gifts that they can give away.

Gift Cards: One thing I love about giving cards is that you don’t need to break the bank on them. You can buy a simple restaurant gift card for $15 bucks and have your kids choose who to give it to.

Homemade cookies or treats: One great way my kids like to give is by baking some goodies and taking them over to someone who may not have anyone else giving them a gift.

Small toys: Another great idea that costs very little money or time but much more. We always watch for small things we can buy in bulk at the dollar store and then wrap them up with a Christmas bow.

Write letters to children in the hospital: We wanted to do as a family this year. We found this great website called I See Me! here, you can write letters to children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. It is such a great way to put a smile on another child’s face for Christmas.

Gifts Of Creativity

One of my favorite gifts to give and receive is something creative. It could be a painting, a quilt, a sculpture, or anything you have put your personal touch into.

DIY Kits: Kids love to do crafts, and some great ones are DIY soaps, lip balm, and bath bombs!

Wooden Kits: These kits are pretty cool. You can get something simple like this wooden puzzle or something difficult like this wooden train.

Water Globes: These are just as they sound. It’s like snow globes but with water. Kids get to make unique water globes that they can keep forever!

Kinetic Sand: You can never go wrong with kinetic sand. It is very therapeutic for children, and it can unload creativity and imagination for your children.

Gifts Of Reading:

You can never go wrong with giving your child a new book for Christmas. It’s something they will use, and it encourages reading which is so important!

Book Subscriptions Boxes: Sometimes, these bo subscriptions can cost a lot of green. One my kids are a fan of that doesn’t cost an arm, and a leg is Literati!

Journaling Books: I know this isn’t reading an actual book, but there are some fantastic kid journals out there. Some of my favorites are Secrets of Storytelling, Creative gratitude journal, Blank comic books.

Audiobooks: These are great for kids who love to read and want to listen while doing something else. We like Epic! It has books that kids can read to themselves, audiobooks, and reading books. Plus, it’s just an app that you can download to your phone or iPad!

Gifts Of Change

One of the most meaningful gifts you can give your kids is to teach them about money. Teaching our children how to manage their own money and giving them a bit of responsibility with it makes all the difference in helping kids set goals for themselves, save up for bigger things they want, learn what it means to work hard for something, and most importantly learn about the value of money.

Greenlight: This app you can get on your phone makes it easy to pay your kids for chores or allowances. It allows kids to reach goals, save, and learn about money management.

This Christmas, keep in mind that your kids may not remember their toys but the memories created and the family connection they felt. Try one of these more meaningful gifts and see how much your family enjoys it!

Happy Holidays! From my family to yours! Merry Christmas! 🙂

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Kara is the founder of the Dollar Mommy Club and a full-momma and who loves every minute of it. Ever since she was a little girl (around two years old actually) she has wanted a baby of her own. She even asked her mom for “a crying and pooping baby doll” for Christmas when she was just 6 years old. Certain events took place to where Kara was diagnosed with Endometriosis, and doctors told her that having her own children might be impossible. She spent years trying to figure out her health by trying everything under the sun that you can think of. It wasn’t until a few years after she was married that both she and her husband figured it out, and they were blessed with their first baby girl! When Kara isn’t managing the Dollar Mommy Club and it’s wonderful members and contributors, she enjoys spending time with family, binge-watching The Office on Netflix, and creating art.

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