Instead of another piece of commercialism that they have been brainwashed to believe they need and will play with and forget shortly after the holiday season is over how about considering a gift of travel. Children learn a lot from a travel experience. The memories and lessons learned during travel last a lifetime where as material objects come and go as quickly as the first winter snowflake.
Ask a 10-year-old what he/she received for Christmas two years ago and chances are they will have no idea. But does he/she remember the year you took a trip to Disney World? Or the year you took them to a mountain ski resort. What about that family cruise?
There are so thousands of different options in the form of travel. My belief is that travel should be both fun and a learning experience. When I took my Girl Scout troop to the Bahamas before we left the girls had to learn how to snorkel and some tropical fish identification. When the girls traveled on our trip to Mexico as we climbed the pyramids we learned about the Mayan civilization. My bet is that all of them remember those trips!
When my granddaughters went to Jamestown Virginia they learned that Pocahontas is more than just a Disney princess. And recently they discovered the grandeur of Niagara Falls. Living in Florida they both have discovered the importance of saving the gentle giant better known as the Manatee. While in Washington D.C. they learned a bit about patriotism when they located a friend’s dad’s name of the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Wall.
So think twice before you buy that new “must-have” fad object, new MP3 player, Furby or new Lego set. Remember most of them will probably be forgotten it in a few weeks. But the promise of a trip to Yellowstone, the NASA Space Center or hundreds of other sites will be a gift for the entire family.
Oh and by the way, many adults in your life would probably like a travel adventure as a gift too! Hint, hint!!