Here are some Christmas gift ideas for your kids this year that cost nothing- but will mean everything:
As much as kids want things and candy (they do), what they want even more but just don’t know how to say is-
to spend time with you, their parent, their hero.
They want to know that they are WORTH it, that you care about listening to them and that you love them.
A gift doesn’t say I love you like you actually looking into their eyes, hearing what they have to say and just being present with them.
Get down on their level, play games, play toys and give them attention while they still want yours.
2. TOBOGGANING TOGETHER
Bundle up and hit up a local hill to go sledding with your kids!
3. NO PHONES
We are trying to be a lot more careful as to how often we have our phones in our hands. I think if we could actually see ourselves, we might be appalled at how it looks from our kids eyes.
For Christmas, just turn them off. Lock them up if you have to.
And think about the rest of the year too ❤
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4. BAKE COOKIES TOGETHER
This is so simple and so fun for kids. Make it a wonderful tradition to bake some cookies on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.
Smells and tastes make such a lasting impression in your memories. Fill your kitchen with the warm scents of Christmas cookies, the stickiness of sprinkles and icing and decorations.
Your kids will love to bake with you, regardless of how the cookies turn out!
Fill your children up with warmth and love ❤
4. TAKE TIME TO BE GRATEFUL
Talk about how much you love spending time with your kids, how lucky you are to all be there together. Talk about the less fortunate and keep things in perspective.
5. BUILD A SNOWMAN
Do you have memories of building a snowman with your parents when you were younger? I don’t know if it gets any better!
6. WATCHING A CHRISTMAS MOVIE TOGETHER
Really truly watch a Christmas movie together. Sip some cocoa, make some popcorn and snuggle up together on the couch.
My kids love to make a ‘nest’ on the floor with a million blankets and pillows. Make it fun and cuddly!
7. GO SKATING TOGETHER
Grab your skates and get out the door! It’s so fun to go out and move together. And then you can reap the rewards of steaming hot chocolate when you come back inside!
This is a good one if your kids are a bit older. Spend some time at your local shelter, the animal rescue or soup kitchen. Teach your kids about giving back to the community.
This truly is a priceless gift to give your children. Not only are you making memories together, they will remember this and carry it forward for the rest of their lives.
Don’t save this just for Christmas time, this can be done throughout the year!
This list of free Christmas gifts for kids is meant to inspire you to take the focus off of the material gifts. Of course, let your kids be kids and enjoy getting presents.
But focus on PRESENCE while they are still young enough to want your attention. The things listed here are far more valuable than any thing you could possibly buy your child!