As a new mom, part of me is dreading the accumulation of stuff that comes with having kids. We currently live in a two bedroom condo that doesnt have much of room for storage. Ideally, my husband would love if all of her toys fit in our coffee table/ottoman. We were thankful to get all the baby necessities as gifts from our registry and managed to only spend $150 of our own money to prepare for Noras arrival. Now I feel our new challenge is to think of kind ways to tell people we dont need more stuff!
If youre planning to get a gift idea for a friend or family member, I recommend considering their lifestyle. Some folks love having a basement full of toys and have the space for it. In our case, we enjoy simplicity and appreciate gifts of experience more than the usual store-bought gifts. Ive listed some examples below of gifts weve either given or received that dont come from the store. Some apply to kids but are still great ideas for adults since hey, at what age do you stop enjoying fun stuff?
529 plan/ college savings
This is ideal for those with young kids who dont even know what a toy is yet.
Groupon is a great resource for finding offers for all sorts of recreational gifts.
– Rock wall climbing
– Laser Tag
– Shooting Range (I got lessons for my parents as their Christmas gift last year!)
– Relaxing massage
– Beer brewing basics class
– Cooking class
– Wine tasting
Use your talents (or Pinterest)
My grandma crochets and made us blankets for a wedding gift and baby shower gift. My sister found an easy quilt pattern on Pinterest and made a blanket for Nora. My aunt sewed her own version of a play mat for Nora. I also had two artsy friends contribute to the décor in Noras room with a painting and 4 frames that each had a letter to spell Nora.
Technically these would be store-bought but theres a creative spin to it. In a storage bin (or appropriate storage container) you would add various items that go with the theme. For example:
– Movie theme: popcorn, a gift card to a movie theater or a classic movie, milk duds, and a bottle of wine.
– Beach theme that includes a towel, sunscreen, fun sunglasses, a CD with your favorite summertime tunes, a blow-up beach ball, flip flops, and a fun drink (a few bottles of a unique beer for adults or Capri suns for a kid).
Ive seen some popular subscription options these days. Stitch Fix sends you five hand-picked clothing items once a month based on the style profile you provide and you can choose to buy whichever you want. A Birch Box subscription sends a box of sample size beauty products so you can try new items. Barkbox is the same thing but for dogs of course! There are plenty of other subscription ideas you can try like beer, wine, or tea-of-the-month clubs.
With a little planning ahead you can get creative with your gift giving without having to be a creative person! Store bought gifts are still a kind gesture but if youre stuck in a rut trying to come up with a gift idea I suggest you try one of these options.
What is your favorite gift youve either given or received?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.