How to give "Experiences" that matter to long-distance family and friends

How to give "Experiences" that matter to long-distance family and friends

(This is Part 2 of my series on experiences-based holiday gift-giving. Part 1 can be read here.)

 

I was preparing to hit “publish” on "Why and How to choose Experiences over stuff this holiday season", when my husband read through it (as per my request) and voiced a stunning caveat to my argument.

“What about people that give others a physical gift in order to give them an experience? Especially for loved ones who live far apart from each other. Sending a gift creates a shared experience because they cared enough to select and send something they thought the receiver would enjoy.”

Why & How to choose "Experiences" over stuff this holiday season

Why & How to choose "Experiences" over stuff this holiday season

In 2017 my husband and I turned a corner in our emotional maturity. Granted, we have always been “old souls” intellectually. But like everyone else, we have our share of emotional baggage that has, on occasion, driven our consumption decisions. This particular corner came down to not equating stuff with a life of richness.

How we do Unstructured play time in summer. Your budget will thank you!

How we do Unstructured play time in summer. Your budget will thank you!

Unstructured playtime...

What does that even mean?

It means that I’m not in charge of entertaining my children.

That’s not harsh or heartless. And I’m not a lazy mom either. I’m just recognizing my long-term goal for raising kids.

I’m NOT raising kids. I’m raising adults.

The easy, no-stress, low-cost Summer survival plan for MOMS

The easy, no-stress, low-cost Summer survival plan for MOMS

If I’m being honest, I dread summers just a little bit.

I am in charge of keeping five human beings engaged and active. Otherwise, they’ll melt down on each other and me. The yelling, crying, fighting, and complaining is what causes most (Ok, ALL) moms to jump for joy on the first day of school.

Add that I work from home and that my productivity tanks during the summer, and it’s easy to see why moms clamor for camps and outsourced activities to keep sane.