The amount of “stuff” that most middle- and upper-class American homes would be a bit astounding to someone foreign to our culture. But it’s true: we have the odd problem of having too much. This is especially pertinent to households with children. When my kids were toddlers and babies, I lived in the land of large plastic items and lots of toy variety so that I could manage to do tasks like make dinner. Now we (mostly) live in the land of electronics. My youngest, who turns 8 soon, still has a number of toy “collections” that I need to purge a couple times a year. One of those times is before Christmas. The purpose is to make room for new things.
In addition to purging toys before the holidays, I have compiled a few examples of consumable gift in my most recent GLO Guide. You can find it under the GLO Guides tab or use the link below.
A consumable gift is an event or a shared activity that creates memories instead of clutter. To make it successful for children, you need something they can enjoy now plus a hint of the big thing they can enjoy later. An example is placing a baseball and team schedule in a gift basket with the promise of tickets to a summer game. Fun now + fun later = togetherness + less stuff! That’s an equation I can endorse.
Hope you are inspired by these ideas. Please share your own ideas for consumable gifts. -Kate