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Old 10-08-2012, 08:28 PM   #1
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Christmas presents that aren't just more "stuff"

What are some creative gifts for young people that are not just more "stuff"? The older kids have cell phones, Ipods, etc. and I really don't want to spend a fortune on the newest gadget on the market.

Guess it's because it's only October, but I'm not feeling too imaginative right now. The most I've come up with so far is movie tickets.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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What ages are you shopping for?
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:35 PM   #3
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A few we have done, or are doing this year:

A family date night..dinner and a movie
A beach week-end (we are 4 hours from myrtle beach)
A night at great wolf lodge
gift cards to movies, restaurants, build-a bear
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:37 PM   #4
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:40 PM   #5
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Concert tickets
sporting event ticket
ski/snowbaord lessons
paintball or lazer tag session

Just saw their ages
Car wash tickets and gas cards for the older ones
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:29 PM   #6
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Netflix subscription
magazine subscription
food--popcorn tin or fruit basket, cookies, baked goods
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:36 PM   #7
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Segway tours
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Last year all the nieces and nephews (10 - 18) recieved footie pj's from an aunt. They were a hit much to my surprise. They all pu them on for a group pic.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:47 PM   #8
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I may get my teen girl who loves fashion and makeup a birchbox subscription.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:29 PM   #9
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What are some creative gifts for young people that are not just more "stuff"? The older kids have cell phones, Ipods, etc. and I really don't want to spend a fortune on the newest gadget on the market.

Guess it's because it's only October, but I'm not feeling too imaginative right now. The most I've come up with so far is movie tickets.
A family trip to Disney of course!!! I am in the same boat, although mine is only ten so it is much easier. For her birthday she got tickets to Beauty and the Beast from the Broadway series and tickets to an American Girl Fashion show. The fashion show is done for a local children's hospital so it does double duty as a charity contribution. HMMM...now that I think about it it may be a tax write off?

Anyway, I haven't read all the post but amusement park tickets, theater tickets, dinner and a movie night, a weekend getaway. I know that I love to get gift certificates for massages that is something I love but don't always want to splurge on for myself. I know that people have mixed feelings about giving groupons but sometimes you can get great deals for spas and weekend getaways.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:57 PM   #10
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Clothes
Shoes/boots
Purses (a nice Coach or whatever they are into)
Perfume/Cologne
A really nice watch

All of these require them to give you a pretty specific list (my mother once bought me an "outfit" without any input from me around that age - please don't do that!!!). But I'm sure they'll help you out if you drop a hint or two
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I'm 27 and my sister is 24 and our favorite thing in our stocking every year is the $100 grocery store gift card. Lol. My mom still buys presents also, usually expensive things that I want but won't splurge on for myself, but usually other than 1 or 2 big items, it's gift cards for every day useful things like the grocery store, Panera, Starbucks, iTunes etc. I also agree with the poster who mentioned making things more about the tradition. The thing I miss most now that I'm a grown up is waking up early on Christmas morning and seeing what Santa left under the tree with my sister.
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