I just realized today that Thanksgiving is next week. Don't ask where I've been, but obviously not somewhere that has a calendar. Maybe in the laundry room?
We try to keep Christmas simple at our home - especially in the gift giving department. But we do like to find a special gift for each of our children. Our children also like to give small gifts to their siblings. This year for the first time, our four oldest children exchanged names so that they only have one sibling to buy/make something for. I admit that I suggested a name exchange mostly for my own sanity as I usually get the task of helping come up with ideas. Four children times four. Too much for this mom's brain.
Recently a Home Joys reader asked for some gift ideas for older girls. I thought I'd share some of my ideas in hopes that all of you would contribute some more ideas.
For our older children we have attempted to find gifts that would help build skills or give experiences. We want gifts that are not just going to add to the clutter of our house or feed the "gimmie" attitude.
I'm not sure how well we have succeeded, but here are some ideas we've done in the past.
1. Crochet hook and yarn with some directions for an easy project such as a scarf.
2. Binoculars for a budding bird watcher.
3. Wood working tools with scrap wood, paint, and nails for hours of creativity. (And this can be for both boys and girls.)
4. Leatherworking kits.
5. Whittling knives and whittling book.
6. Para-cord and knot-tying book.
(I wrote about our favorite whittling and knot-tying book here.)
7. Scrapbooking supplies with some photos.
8. Music instruments. We've given simple instruments such as a harmonica and a ukulele. Music lessons could also be given for an experience type gift.
Games are also a gift that our children enjoy and can be enjoyed by the whole family. But maybe I'll save our favorite games for another post.
Shari did a recent post on inexpensive gift ideas with a focus on younger children. Check out her list for some great ideas.
Your turn. Do you have any good non-clutter gift ideas for children?