Open a savings account- open a savings account on each of your children’s names and place within a designated amount of money. You can also, if you wish, place any family monetary gifts in the account. Let them see how much money can grow when it is saved but also reinforce that money doesn’t need to be wasted on items that won’t last but they can save up for something they really want and will treasure.
Start a garden- Kids take a lot for granted, especially basics like food and shelter. Buy some indoor plants and let them have the responsibility of caring for it. When the weather gets warmer, transfer the plants outdoors, or buy more and start a small garden. They will learn how to cultivate the earth and they will take pride in helping something grow that they can enjoy later.
Adopt a pet- although pets are not the best gift idea as they often become a parent’s responsibility once the holidays pass, you can adopt a pet in their name online. Many organizations accept donations to help pet shelters in business. Donate each month in their name and take a trip there to show them what their gift is doing to help make the world a better place.
Gifts don’t have to come with wrapping paper and bows. Sometimes the best gifts come from the heart.
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Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year and the Enduring Light Silver Medal, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Her first book with Leafwood Publishers, An Invitation to the Table, came out September 2016. She also teaches at various writers' workshops, such as the Montrose Christian Writers conference. She and her husband live in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, with their two children, Caleb and Leah. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.