It's the first week of school here in Texas! So here it comes again - all the stuff: school supplies, gifts for birthday parties, new back to school clothes, sports equipment and uniforms, lunchboxes and backpacks... We love our kids, but boy do they require a lot of, well, stuff.
Some of it you have just got to get and there is no way around that. But wouldn't it be nice to pare down the rest? Your solution: Give Experiences, Not Stuff.
Research shows that when you spend money on experiences, not material possessions, the happiness lasts longer. You gain a wonderful memory of what you did to add to your mental scrapbook. Plus, it's less stuff cluttering up your house - you know we love that.
So, when the next birthday rolls around, why not consider giving a membership to a museum, movie tickets, or even a gift certificate for bowling. If you are in need of a teacher gift, gift cards to purchase classroom supplies (at Walmart or Target) are nice, or ask if they are participating in a Donor's Choose project and donate money to the class. If the baseball team has an end of season party, bring tickets to the Dell Diamond (lawn seats are $7) instead of little toys and junk. Job well done on their report card? Reward your child by signing them up for an art or cooking class.
If you are stumped for a gift, then go ahead and ask what the person would like. What did Kate give Olinda's son for his birthday? Gift certificates for haircuts.
Oh yes, we did.