As a parent, it’s common to feel inundated by...stuff. The necessary and unnecessary, it’s everywhere! It’s so easy to accumulate, and when you factor in well-meaning relatives who like to spoil your children with presents, it’s overwhelming.
No matter what holiday you celebrate, we all know that material goods are not necessarily the focus of the celebration. It’s important to remind our children that there are other things in life besides presents. That being said, there’s no shame in wanting to give gifts to your child! I love the excitement on my daughter’s face as she plays with something new. Who wouldn’t want to see that? We’ve rounded up some holiday gifts that focus on the entire family. Not only will it cut down on clutter, but these toys will create priceless memories in the months and years to come. What gift is better than that?
Playing games as a family is so much fun! This activity is perfect for all ages. Young kids can opt out of using the mallet, and they can roll the ball. Older kids and adults can use the mallet. I love how this set can accommodate up to six players! This is a great opportunity to be active as a family, without it being too time consuming or strenuous.
I love this concept so much! You pick two golden cards and one red card, and it’s your job to craft a story based on the cards you draw. How cool is that? There is so many articles these days about how kids could use some more time to exercise their imagination and be more creative. I picture a family playing this game next to a cozy fire with mugs of hot chocolate!
How adorable is this apron? Kids always want to be just like you, so give them their own little apron! Williams-Sonoma has a great selection, whether you’re into Harry Potter, Star Wars, or cupcakes. They will feel like such a big helper wearing their apron alongside you. You can even add a monogram to make it extra special.
This gift takes me back to my days as a teacher. Every week, my students would write a letter, in a notebook, to their parents. Then, during the week, their parents would respond. This would go on for the entire school year. Every year, I had parents come up to me to say that they will treasure this notebook forever and that they were so grateful to write letters back and forth to their child. This book set is something that’s meant to be extra special. The bond between a mother and a daughter (or any child) is unlike any other. This gives you a chance to create something together that you will hold near and dear.
I don’t know about you, but we definitely get into a rut of going to the same parks, doing the same activities, and going to the same places. Bucket lists are so fun because they get you to do things you otherwise wouldn’t do! This kit comes with prewritten activities for you and your family to do (phew - you don’t have to do any thinking!). Once you do the activity, you write the date on the back. It’s a fun way to try something new and create memories with your family.
I have an older version of this ice cream maker, and I can’t wait to use it with my daughter. She’s very into cooking and baking, and she uses her play kitchen every day. She insists on helping out with whatever I do, and this activity is very kid friendly, even for young toddlers. If making ice cream intimidates you, you can always buy a Williams-Sonoma ice cream starter. I can personally vouch for the fact that their chocolate starter made the best chocolate ice cream I’ve ever had (and normally I’m not a fan). Pro tip: keep the bowl in your freezer year round so you can make ice cream at a moment’s notice! I plan to whip up a batch of peppermint ice cream ASAP.
The holidays really are about family time and making memories with the ones you love. With these gifts, your child(ren) can have something to unwrap, but it won't give you a headache (see: 100 piece lego set)!