Nov 4, 2015

"No Box" Gift Giving Ideas for #MetroDetroit Families #NoBoxXmas

Black Friday is quickly approaching.  While some families plan on venturing out to find the best deals on toys and gifts for their family and friends, I will be spending the day at home. Our family will be decorating the house and listening to Christmas music. I am not worried one bit about missing out on those great deals.

If your family is anything like mine, the last thing we need at Christmas is more stuff.  We have too many clothes, too many toys, too much everything.  Christmas becomes an overwhelming overload of more stuff.  Buying gifts becomes stressful.  Will they like it?  Will they use it?  The day after Christmas is even more stressful.  Where am I going to put all this?

This year we are asking our friends and family to think of gifts that are more about experiences rather than material things.  What is at the top of your "No Box" list?

A membership to the Detroit Zoo can be used all year long.

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Our trip to Macinac Island and St. Ignace was a fantastic experience

Just a day playing and spending time
together is a great gift. 
  • Museums
  • Ice Skating
  • Roller Skating
  • Bounce Houses & Trampoline Centers
  • Indoor Pools
  • Nature Centers
  • Indoor Play Centers
  • Gymnastic Centers
  • Photography Session
  • Bowling
  • Trip to Build A Bear
  • Spa Day - Pedicures/Manicure
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Fun Restaurant - Chuckie Cheese, Dave & Busters
  • A Night at a Hotel with Waterpark
  • Spending time helping others (helping at a shelter, delivering food, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House)
  • Cedar Point
  • Indoor Mini Golf
  • Horse & Buggy Ride
  • Train Ride
  • Ice Cream Vouchers
  • Special dinner out
  • A Trip to the Fire Station
  • Tour the Morley Candy Factory or other factory tour
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Zip Lining
  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Laser Tag
  • Paintball
  • Ford Rouge Factory Tour
  • Automotive Hall of Fame
  • Mother/Son Dance
  • Daddy/Daughter Dance
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Tea Party Castle or My Girly Party experience
  • Sports Clinic

Rosa loves her Dance Lessons
  • Swimming 
    • Mention Metro Detroit Mommy and get one month free when you buy a six month gift, or get TWO months free when you buy lessons for the whole year at Aqua Tots Swim School of Michigan.
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Theatre
  • Art
  • Ice Skating
  • Robotics/Lego Building/Technology
  • Karate/Martial Arts
  • Sports
  • Cooking
  • Roller Skating
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Craft - sewing, crochet
  • Yoga
  • Computers
  • Photography

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  1. Agreed with all of these. Sometimes it's more about memories/experiences than cost.

  2. Funny. We are doing the same thing this year and I was just writing a post about it. :) Im glad to hear that other people are grasping the concept of experiences instead of material things. :)

  3. Love this! I would much rather have experiences than things!

  4. YES love these ....this what I normally do I let the grandparent buy the toys My step mom is great at picking out things he stills plays with YEARS latter where as the one I pick not so much LOL

  5. I love this! I would take an experience over a gift any day. That's what we do the day after Thanksgiving also!

  6. I love this idea! I too won't be shopping on Black Friday or Thanksgiving or any time soon really. I feel like we have too many things already. Last night I went through my closet and put away an entire garbage bag of clothes I can give away to charity this season. I love the membership ideas and fun experiences you listed above. I will DEFINITELY be coming back to this list often.

  7. These are great ideas, Amber! I'm totally pinning this. Thanks!

  8. Awesome idea! Someone needs to collect great ideas like this and give for baby shower gifts, before it's too late!! Thanks so much for sharing!'

    'personalized gifts

  9. Besides not wanting to face the crowds, I stay home too. I've been to Black Friday sales twice in my 15 years in the state of MI. (originally from Ontario, I never knew what BF was about till I moved here!) I don't mind missing out at all. Thanks for the great ideas!

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