GRANDMA’S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE BOX
Looking for something out of the box to give for your kids or grandkids for CHRISTmas this year? I saw this idea on FB last year and was so excited to do this for our granddaughter, Stella. I am certain that this Grandma’s CHRISTmas Adventure Box idea or “Experience” Box idea will put a smile on her face (as well as my face) all year long.
We have tried to simplify CHRISTmas each year, by doing the 3 CHRISTmas gift idea with our own children. We found that this has been a bigger hit than all the boxes of toys and gifts they used to get that a week or so after they played with them would end up in the toy chest. I also think the kids became so overwhelmed with the amount of gifts that it was stimulation overload.
Grandma’s big adventure!
One very clever Nonna came up with a brilliant Christmas gift for her grandsons and that is where my idea stems from. It doesn’t involve toys, batteries, or a wrapping paper, but it’s something that the entire family can enjoy throughout the year.
Meet the Adventure Box – It is a standard box filled with 12 brown paper envelopes, each labeled and decorated. In each envelope there is everything the family needs to enjoy a monthly activity. There are so many different things you can choose to do with your kids or grandkids.
The Gift of Time
One month it’s a movie and out to lunch, complete with gift cards so the adventure is prepaid. Another month is Build-A-Bear workshop. There’s a trip to Cedar Point, a manicure, a trip to the book store, Chuck E. Cheese, camping, a picnic at the beach, pumpkin patch, baking cookies with GiGi, and the African Safari. I left her birthday month a date where she can choose what we do – she will decide on our adventure.
But here’s the FUN part – the kids don’t open every envelope on CHRISTmas Day. They open one envelope on the first day of each month, meaning every month they get a surprise and a FUN adventure with GiGi (and sometimes grandpa and the whole family).
We included a note explaining that, “this year, I give you the gift of time.” Because, let’s face it, the best gift of all is the gift of spending time with the ones you love. I don’t want to just give her presents to unwrap but the gift of my presence.
Darlene Howell Waller shared her idea on Facebook and the world has gone mad for it! And rightfully so – what a brilliant way to bring the family together, not just for Christmas, but for every month of the year! I am so excited about this new tradition.
Looking for more ways to make Christmas extra special this year? Check out the 25 Books of CHRISTmas tradition.
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