Megin of GNM Parents has asked parents to share their families’ toy and game “hits” — the stuff that’s loved and gets played with for a good long time. Jump on over and join the conversation, or, possibly, pick up a tip or two yourself.
Megin also shared some of her ideas for good no-clutter gifts:
I have some ideas for gifts this holiday season that WON’T clutter up your home and WILL enhance your family life all year long:
- Museum passes: the Children’s museum, the Science Museum, the Animal farm, the Zoo, or the Aquarium. These are places that our family would enjoy popping into all year round. The benefit of having a pass is that you don’t have to exhaust the family with a long visit so that you feel as though you are getting your money’s worth. You can pop in for an hour or so and have a great time.
- Gift certificates for fun! Paint your own pottery places, bowling, a summer water park, mini-golf, gymnastics, kids’ gyms, indoor rock climbing…
- Kids’ magazines: Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic Kids, Highlights, Ranger Rick, Babybug, Cobblestone, Creative Kids, Ladybug, Turtle, Your Big Backyard, or Zoobooks just to name a few. [To be fair: kid mags are a definite source of clutter BUT may be worth it. See my note below. — Ed.]
- A State Park Pass for long days of swimming, hiking, and exploring!
On kids’ magazines: I grew up reading Ranger Rick and Children’s Digest (which, until this moment, I had no idea was still in circulation). In fact, my first published work appeared in Children’s Digest — a poem called “‘Twas the Night Before Hanukkah” I wrote when I was …7? 8? I can’t remember how old I was, but I can tell you that experience set me on the path to becoming a writer. Hence why I think the clutter of children’s magazines may be worth it. This is just the sort of stuff you want littering the kitchen table and taking up space on the bathroom counter.