Families with young children can quickly find themselves feeling buried in toys and clutter, especially at Christmas time! In response to this problem, many families have turned to gifting experience gifts instead of material items. This movement is a positive one for families and results in the opportunity to create lasting memories instead of accumulating more items that produce short term joy.
This Christmas season, if your family is wanting to begin making a shift towards experience gifts for your Phoenix preschooler we’re sharing a list of some favorites to get you started!
Taking a trip to the zoo, science center or children’s museum is a fantastic way to spend the day together as a family. It’s often much more cost effective for families to obtain an annual membership for these tupes of activities rather than paying an admission fee at each visit. These memberships are a great thing to ask to be gifted to your family at Christmas time, most can even be purchased online! Here’s where you can easily pick up a membership to a few of our favorite places to visit with young children in Phoenix –
There are so many amazing options for subscription boxes and magazines young children can enjoy! Many of these subscriptions are designed specifically for the developmental stages entered as your child develops. These gifts also give children the opportunity to get something in the mail that’s just for them – how exciting!
Kiwi Co – perfect for families and children interested in STEAM learning! Kiwi Co delivers monthly crates designed specifically for your child’s age group. Each crate is exciting and uniqe, designed with specifc learning objectives your child will love!
Little Passports – focussed on science and exploring the world – Little Passports is a fantastic option for kids who love to learn about the world around them! For families that are avid travelers, this subscription box would be a great addition to supporting their child’s learning!
Lovevery – designed for the youngest of learners – babies! Lovevery delivers beautifully crafted toys aligned with your child’s monthly developmental stages. This subscription transforms the toys in your home to ensure they each serve a purpose while being something your child loves to play with!
Literati Books – a perfect fit for the literacy loving home! With Literati you can explore new titles each month and fall in love with authors or topics your family enjoys the most. What’s great about this subscription is you have the option to send back the books when you’re done with them, or purchase any you just can’t part with!
Highlights Magazine – full of search and finds, stories, and practice activities to support what preschoolers are learning, Highlights is a fun addition to a family’s mailbox. Fun fact – Highlights magazine has been entertaining and motivating kids since 1946!
National Geographic Kids Magazine – if your little one loves learning about animals, nature and science – they’d love a monthly delivery of National Geographic’s Kid Magazine! Full of information, captivating pictures and real life stories – these magazines are sure to be something your child looks forward to each month!
The best gift we can give children is our time. Together with family and friends, create coupon book or ticket system full of quality time experiences your child can redeem. Things like camping with an Uncle, going to a movie with Grandparents, cooking dinner with Mom or Dad are all good ideas to get you started!
Giving the gift of an extra curricular such as a sports class, gymnastics, karate, music, etc. is a great experience gift choice becuase it lasts for months! This gives families the opportunity to do fun things together, build on developing skills and talk about gratitude as they attend each class, “wow, I’m so grateful your Grandparents gave you the gift of doing gymnastics – I love being here with you!”
When making the shift towards experience gifts for your Phoenix preschooler at Christmas time, a major challenge for families can be getting grandparents and extended family on board.
It’s understandable, it’s fun to give children a gift they can open!
A helpful strategy may be to suggest an item that pairs well with the experience gift you’re suggesting. For example, if you’re suggesting soccer lessons as a gift, a soccer ball with an attached note could easily be wrapped and placed under the tree. This gives children something they can open and will use later!
“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”
Whether your family is pursuing a more minimalistic lifestyle or simply choosing not to introduce more clutter into your home – choosing experiences over material items has incredible benefits. Research shows that our brains respond better when our environment is orderly, this applies to adults as well as children! These experiences will also lead to many lasting memories – and what better goal could we have when choosing gifts for our children at Christmas time?
Does your family prefer experience gifts? What are some of your favorites?
Established in 1967, Valley Child Care and Learning Center has continuously led the childcare, daycare, and preschool industry in Phoenix, Arizona. Our founder and Grandfather, Paul Emch, began with a simple mission to “provide tender loving care and education to each child.” Paul’s legacy lives on as we continue to uphold his original values and have grown to a well-established name in the Phoenix community. Today, we provide care for nearly 1,900 infants, toddlers, and preschool age children at a total of nine programs. Our convenient locations include North Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Glendale, Anthem, Surprise, El Mirage, Chandler, South Phoenix, and Tempe! At each of our program locations, you will find qualified staff eager to join us in ensuring children are receiving the highest quality care alongside a complete preschool experience. Upon graduation from our program, your child will be equipped to succeed in Kindergarten, and beyond!