Looking for meaningful gifts for your children that don’t require more things? Grab 10 Gift Ideas for Kids That Aren’t “Stuff.” This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All festive opinions are my own.
10 Gift Ideas for Kids That Aren’t “Stuff”
Hurricane Irma has brought a lot of perspective to how I look at the things that reside in our home. When the Category 5 hurricane was barreling towards our house, we didn’t take things with us. I realized how much of what we own is just “stuff,” and more importantly stuff we don’t need.
With Christmas around the corner, I’m realizing that I don’t want to give my kids more stuff. They don’t need it. They need LIFE. They need LOVE. They need PEOPLE. Maybe that’s why we haven’t opened our wallets and wrapped as many gifts for our kids this year. Instead, we’re choosing to give meaningful gifts that take up more room in our hearts than in our home. In case you’re wanting to give your kids more than stuff this year, here are 10 last minute gift ideas for kids that aren’t “stuff.”
Theme Park Tickets
Experiences, experiences, experiences! What kid doesn’t love a visit to their favorite theme park? Giving your kids a family day riding rides, eating all of the things, and spending time together – I can’t think of a better gift…
…except maybe for a family vacation. Why visit for a day when you can extend your stay? Giving my kids family vacations over stuff – that is my goal for this Christmas. Shhh, we already have a family vacation planned!
Guitar, piano, singing! Little music lovers will love the gift of private lessons. I definitely want to invest in more music for these two! And with a little ballerina in the house, definitely more dancing will be found in 2018 as well.
My family absolutely adores going to the movies. Consider giving your kids a book of movie passes so they can see new movies as they come out! (BONUS – more family time!)
Zoo/National Park Passes
Our zoos and national parks can use our support more than ever. Consider buying seasonal or annual passes so your kids can experience the outdoors again and again.
I cannot express enough how important art is for kids. I want to give my kids more access to art and different ways they can express themselves through painting, pottery, and more. Give art!
And speaking of the arts, do your kids have a band they love? Do they enjoy orchestras or music from a particular movie?
My son is DYING to join a flag football league. Unfortunately, my faint heart cannot handle my little boy in such a sport. However, giving the gift of sports is really important to this guy. So giving him extended baseball seasons, focused soccer lessons and investing in more swim time is a great gift for the kid that loves sports.
Donation in Their Name
Are your kids passionate about saving animals? The stars? Conservation? Consider giving a donation in their name. Not only will your gift be making a difference but funding your child’s passions!
I am tearing up thinking about this, the gift of education. What could be more important or meaningful than that? Just a few years ago at Christmastime, we bought and paid for our daughter’s full college education through Florida Prepaid. A huge weight off our shoulders, we bought possibly the best gift for our child, 4-years of college education. At a time when so much in the world is uncertain, saving for college through Florida Prepaid is guaranteed and secure. It’s a way that I can ensure my child’s financial stability and future right now. Here’s the exact Florida Prepaid plan we bought for her:
4-Year Florida University Plan
- This Plan will start your child off at one of Florida’s 12 prestigious state universities and see
them through their four-year journey.
- If your child decides to start at a college (typically less expensive), the unused funds from this
Plan can be applied to a post-secondary degree or you can get the remaining money back
- Like all of our plans, use isn’t restricted to Florida schools; the amount covered by your Prepaid
Plan can be used at schools nationwide.
More than a bike or a doll or even a vacation, we gave our daughter the gift of the future. That’s not to say we left our son out. We’re investing in his 4-Year Florida University Plan as well. Giving the gift of education is so much more than what we are giving now, it will continue to affect not only our lives, but theirs forever. But maybe this isn’t the right college plan for you family. Florida Prepaid offers 5 different college plans to fit your family’s budgets and needs.
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My kids don’t need more stuff this Christmas. They need faith, hope and love. It’s never to late to invest in your kids this Christmas with these last minute gift ideas for kids. I’m giving them the gift of forever, thanks to Florida Prepaid. Give the gift of education now at MyFloridaPrepaid.com. And follow Florida Prepaid via Facebook.com/FloridaPrepaid and Twitter at @FloridaPrepaid for the latest updates. #StartingIsBelieving. It’s the gift that keeps on giving – and one of the best gifts I’ve ever given my children.