We live in an extremely fast-paced consumer society, where we are encouraged to shop, shop and shop some more. Only to drop the item we bought a few months ago in favour of the latest model.
While many of us like the momentary satisfaction of ripping open a birthday present to find what’s inside, giving an experience is much more valuable. Studies have shown that experiences are more likely to lead to happiness than material goods. They broaden our view of the world, give us cherished memories, and often allow us to spend quality time with loved ones.
If your kid’s birthday is coming up and you’d rather treat them to a new experience than clutter up the house with yet more toys, then here are some fun ideas.
Get Active with Outdoor Adventures
It can be a tricky task to peel our children away from all-consuming technology nowadays, so why not encourage them into the great outdoors? There are loads of options here depending on what your kid enjoys. You could treat them to a mini-golf course, take them Segway racing or go camping for a weekend. Go Ape is often a popular choice for families with children. Master the tree-top challenge, fly through the sky on a zipwire or bounce on suspended trampolines. The possibilities are endless!
Plan an Alternative Party
For many parents, gifts and a party are a given. Instead of throwing your usual party this year, why not plan a fun trip for your kid and their friends? For example, you could take them to a big show, like Disney on ice or their favourite musical. If they have loads of energy, plan something active such as paintballing, rock climbing or laser quest. Make sure you invite all their best friends and plan your travel arrangements. Doing something like this will give them and their friends life-long memories.
Gift Them a Hobby
Want to gift your little one something that’s fun and educational? Then why not buy them a term of lessons for something they really want to try? Whether its gymnastics, dance, football, swimming or teaching them how to play a musical instrument, they’re sure to love it. It will give them long term skills rather than the momentary satisfaction of a new toy. Or if they like drawing, you could give them a book of ‘tokens’ that lets them buy a new arts and craft item each week for a specified period of time. It will encourage them to keep practising by stopping them from getting bored.
Why not give your child an experience this year?