7 Alternatives to Store Bought Christmas Presents for Children

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alternatives-store-bought-christmas-presents-childrenChildren will naturally beg for the toys, games, electronics, and clothes they see advertised and sold in stores.

But parents and family members wishing to give more creative and unique Christmas presents will enjoy selecting from these alternatives to store-bought gifts.

RECORD YOUR OWN READ ALONG STORYBOOK

Pass on your favorite childhood books and stories to the next generation by recording yourself reading one of them out loud. Give a copy of the book and your recording as a gift. This gift idea can become an annual gift giving tradition.

The Velveteen Rabbit book and a stuffed bunny

THE MONEY BOX

The money box makes giving and receiving cash fun. Add a festive touch by decorating the box in Christmas wrapping paper.

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PASSING ON IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS OR VALUES

Get a small plaque or sign made with a quote that expresses an important life lesson, value or words to live by that is important to your family. Give it with the instructions to hang it somewhere where they will see it everyday before they go out the door.

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A SURPRISE FAMILY VACATION

Plan a memorable experience together by surprising them with a family vacation. Give clothes or gear they will need for the trip.

Hawaii Family Vacation Gift

MEMBERSHIP OR SEASON PASSES

Get them a membership or season pass to enjoy their favorite activity throughout the year, whether it’s the zoo or an amusement park.

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PERSONALIZED CUSTOM BOOKS

Everyone likes to see their name in print. Make a child feel special by making him or her the star of a book. It turns an ordinary book into a keepsake.

Personalized Custom Book Gift Idea

A HEARTFELT HANDWRITTEN LETTER

Life moves at lightning speed. Take the time to stop, reflect and remember all your child’s happy moments full of fun, love and laughter by writing about them in a letter. Writing a letter to a child is a wonderful tradition to start on their birthday or at Christmas time. You’ll be giving them something meaningful they will always treasure each and every time they read and re-read your heartfelt letters. Make sure to cover these five topics in your letter.

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This Christmas gift idea will be cherished far more than any wrapped present under the tree.

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.  – Andy Rooney

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