Last year my sister kick-started this idea for me as she gave both of my kids a super cute certificate for a date night with Aunt Ra-ra. It included dinner at a restaurant of their choice, arts and crafts, special dessert, and a sleepover. BEST GIFT EVER. The kids LOVED it and it was so memorable for both of them. It adheres to the old adage that kids spell love T.I.M.E. So, thought it might be great to make a helpful list of LOCAL ideas to pass along to family members that are beginning to request a “list”.
*Downtown Boone Footsloggers Climbing Tower Passes. (The tower is operated by Rock Dimensions). You can find more info here
*Ski Passes/Lessons: I would suggest App Ski Mtn for the closest slopes and most family-friendly atmosphere. http://www.appskimtn.com
*Children’s Playhouse Membership: This is an idea that I recycle year after year. The membership is so incredibly reasonable considering the mileage you can get out of it with your little ones. http://www.goplayhouse.org
*Mystery Hill Pass: a great place to take them in the winter months to engage their curiosity. http://www.mysteryhill-nc.com
*Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Membership: The calendar of events changes each month but always includes great children and family programs! http://www.blowingrockmuseum.org
*Fun factory passes: The kids always leave exhausted! http://www.funfactoryboone.com
*Caving Trip: This is a great activity in the winter. River and Earth Adventures provides a phenomenal service exploring Worley’s Cave! http://www.raftcavehike.com/caving/
*Emerald Village Gem Mining: Such a cool place to visit and a unique experience. http://www.emeraldvillage.com
Outside of this shopping local theme, a list of memorable “home” themes could include: baking date, arts and crafts, movie date, spa day, “build” day….the list is endless!
My family has also hosted a “theme” each year which you can have a lot of fun with. I’ve heard of many that do an “alphabet” theme where the letter gives direction to that year’s gift ideas. Feel like you are in one of those families where everyone already has too much? Think about a “food and game” theme! You typically exchange names for this and spend the day eating yummy food and playing all the new games!
I hope these lists give you a few ideas to get the ball rolling with your family. Do you know of a local experience I missed as a non-traditional gift? Or another fun theme you have done before others should try? I would love to hear them!