Giving Time Instead of Gifts

Giving Time Instead of Gifts

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Some of the best — and most memorable — gifts for kids don’t come in neatly tied packages. This year, you might consider giving your kids the gift of experience. Brainstorm ideas and then create a card or handcrafted “coupon” to wrap up for your child. Think of your child’s interests and then incorporate something you two can do together.

For the budding artist

A trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art + cupcakes at the café

The museum is FREE to roam and explore. Take your time and then pick up pastries at the in-house Provenance Café afterward.

For the outdoor enthusiast

Hike at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park + snacks at Nosh Eatery

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park also is FREE and has as plenty of programs going on in the winter — snow shoes, anyone? Pair your visit with lunch just outside the park at Hudson’s Nosh Eatery (I highly recommend a slice of quiche).

For the animal lover

A trip to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo + trinket from the gift shop

Even in the winter months, there are still plenty of exhibits open at the zoo — and it’s less crowded than the summertime. Maybe after your visit, you can find a stuffed animal or other trinket to buy as a memento.

About the author

I’m a freelance writer, recipe developer, and—most importantly—mother of three. My work has appeared in KIWI, Parenting, Parents, Relish, USAA Magazine,,, and Yahoo Shine!. I’m currently a contributing editor for MetroParent magazine, the regional parenting publication of the greater Detroit area.

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