When it comes to gift giving sometimes I think more is less. My parents had a tradition I am passing down to my son. We do 3 gifts. Something we want, something we need and something special.
Something we want. This was a gift that varied with the changing of age. From Barbie’s to clothes to house hold items.
Something we need. This was often clothes when were young and we grew older it was often some practical thing. The year I graduated from college I received a nativity set. Another year I received a box to store my collection of ornaments and a calendar. This category can bend into a number of different ideas.
The third category, something special was always my favorite. It is hard to remember all the wants and needs through out the years, but I can probably tell you almost every special gift we received. Why? Because they were always special and most often were a family vacation.
One year my parents picked us up from school and let us open one gift early. It was tickets to Disneyland. I still remember my surprise and excitement. Other places we traveled to included the San Diego Zoo, San Francisco, Sea World, Jelly Belly Factory, just to name a few.
One year my parents did a fun scavenger hunt to find our final present. We ended up with water and slide. I remember my dad’s excitement as we tried to figure it out. It was obviously water slide, but my head could not wrap my mind around something so amazing. Season tickets to the water park. Probably one of the coolest gifts and I loved the scavenger hunt that went with it.
This is how my family did gifts growing up. Do you have any family traditions related to gift giving?