I have written about this before, but I just have to do so again after reading this great article on Wellness Mama about giving experiences instead of ‘stuff’. My daughter and I were just ranting about kids differing expectations of Christmas. Some expect to get a ton of ‘stuff’, and I know of more than one mom who balked at the ‘4 gift guideline’ mentioned in the article: 1 thing they want, 1 thing they need, 1 thing to wear, 1 thing to read. The jury is still out on whether I have ‘grandma brain’ and don’t clearly remember the reality of how I raised my own kids, but I’m pretty sure the reality is that there were lots of years that my kids didn’t get as many as 4 gifts. Christmas around here always seemed to be filled with gifts and wrapping paper and lists…it seemed like we all got a million gifts. But there were six kids wanting to wrap and give a gift to each of their siblings… everyone got lots of gifts, even if some of them were little things like cute tins of chewing gum or candy or some little trinket or treasure. There really were times when the gift was a coupon for a service or a gift card to a favorite place. What could beat a gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure for a tired, young mom or a massage for dad? What teenager wouldn’t love a gift card for music or the movies? If you live in a big enough city, memberships to the museum are cool. There are so many ways we can give experiences instead of things…I just love this idea. Now, on to implementation…!