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50+ ways to give experiences instead of 'stuff'

My kids have more than enough ‘stuff’. They have less than they did when they were toddlers, but they still have plenty. I used to cringe when I’d find toys they’d hardly touched and boxes they’d barely opened. That’s when we decided to give ‘experiences’ rather than ‘stuff’. 

Giving a ‘gift experience’ can give kids more than just another object for their room. It can create life-long memories, help build new skills or hobbies and provide fun for the whole family.

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  1. Zoo, aquarium or wildlife park pass or yearly membership
  2. A farm stay experience
  3. Concert tickets
  4. Pottery making classes
  5. Favorite family restaurant gift voucher
  6. Trampoline jump passes
  7. Indoor rock climbing passes
  8. Skiing lesson
  9. Cooking class for kids
  10. Theatre or show tickets
  11. Sports holiday programme
  12. Trip to the bookstore to pick out new books
  13. Passes to an indoor playground
  14. Family pass to the movies
  15. Subscription to a children’s magazine
  16. A train ride to somewhere they've never been
  17. Golf clubs & lessons
  18. Musical instrument & lessons
  19. Flower or herb seeds to plant a garden
  20. Ballet lessons & a tutu
  21. Ceramic painting class
  22. Horse-riding lessons
  23. Art lessons
  24. Zip-lining adventure
  25. Cheese-making class
  26. Tickets to a sports match
  27. Miniature golf adventure
  28. Baby and Me Music classes
  29. Passes to the local swimming pool, waterpark or hot pools
  30. Whale watching day trip
  31. Materials to build a fairy house
  32. Adventure or bike park passes
  33. Binoculars & bird watching book
  34. Arts & crafts kit
  35. Go-carting voucher
  36. Court hire (basketball, cricket nets or indoor football)
  37. Digital technology classes
  38. Singing lessons
  39. Fishing adventure
  40. Ferry ride
  41. Double-decker bus ride or city tour
  42. Observatory visit
  43. Escape room voucher
  44. Community theatre season passes
  45. Ice-skating family pass
  46. One on one coaching clinic (for a favourite sport)
  47. Mini break to another city
  48. Teepee Slumber Sleepover party
  49. Tennis ratchet & lessons
  50. Swimming with dolphins
  51. Cubs, Scouts or Brigade membership
  52. Camera and photography lessons