It is a fun way to get the kids involved, because we usually make some decorations and give a small gift every day. We do sometimes get tangible gifts, if there is something desired. But most often we enjoy giving gifts of consumables or experiences.
For instance, this year for my husband's birthday, we are staying on a houseboat. It is something he has always wanted to do, and the Netherlands has plenty of houseboats to choose from. The whole family will have fun celebrating together, and it will serve double duty as a mini vacation.
Giving an experience is a great way to let your loved one try something they wouldn't normally do, and it breaks the cycle of bringing more unnecessary clutter into the home. What kind of experiences make good gifts? Anything!
- a class or lesson (horseback riding, dancing, cooking)
- a visit to a spa
- a favorite meal
- a night in a hotel or bed and breakfast
- a ride in a unique vehicle (hot air balloon, steam train, race car)
Some of these ideas can get a little expensive, but you can always go in together with another family member. So, what are you waiting for? Get creative and have fun. Oh, and