It’s the holiday season and practicing conscious parenting can become slightly more difficult. There are stockings to be filled, traditions to be honored, gifts to be given. Before you give into the gift buying craziness, consider taking a more conscious approach this year.
As a reminder, to your child, there’s no better gift than spending quality time with you. A fun activity, a unique experience, something that you can enjoy along with your child while creating lasting memories. (Sign up here to be in the know about the best trips, tours and activities for families.)
We also understand there’s something magical about watching a child unwrap that special gift…. We totally get it. But how about making it a meaningful one? A gift that is fun and educational and that will do more than just add more clutter to our busy lives?
The question we should ask ourselves is: Are the gifts we give to our children aligned with those important lessons we want to teach them as conscious parenting advocates?
In this post, we saw how there’s usually a significant disconnect between what we say we want our children to learn and what our children perceive we want based on our words and actions. I believe the same applies when it comes to the gifts we choose. How often do we just buy into marketing campaigns and the latest trends?
How about making a conscious decision this year and finding gifts that nurture the values we want to instill in our children?
Here are a few gift ideas that will foster the very traits we’d like our children to express and are perfect for conscious parenting advocates hoping to spread some holiday cheer:
Gifts that nurture KINDNESS and COMPASSION
If your child is anything like mine, she’s begging for a puppy or pet hamster. Pets are an amazing way to teach these lessons, but it’s certainly not for everyone. Should you not be ready for the commitment of a pet, there are other gift ideas that nurture kindness and compassion.
Save the Children is an incredible organization dedicated to ensuring every child, everywhere, has a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. They are a top-rated nonprofit organization, with 87% of their funds going directly to program services.
*When you sponsor a child before December 31, not only is your gift tax deductible, but your first gift can be MULTIPLIED X 10 to support their mission. An anonymous donor is matching first gifts up to $1 million so your gift will go even further to help children around the world survive and thrive.
We’re in love with these dolls! They’re hand-knit by artisans in Peru, and they help curb childhood hunger around the world. Each Cuddle+Kind doll provides 10 meals to children in need through partnerships with the World Food Program USA and the Children’s Hunger Fund. They’re also super stylish and absolutely adorable!
These backpacks are fun and stylish. Best of all, the company was created to address the immediate needs of American children. Through their #GiveBackPack campaign, for each backpack purchased, a bag filled with essential “tools for success” is hand-delivered to a U.S. child in need.
Gifts that foster INDEPENDENCE
Yes, you want your child to make their own bed, brush their teeth, and shower on their own, right? Here are other gift ideas that are incredibly fun, educational and are sure to foster independence.
Gifts that stimulate CURIOSITY
Kids have an amazing sense of wonder. It’s up to us to keep that curiosity alive and give them wings.
Books are always a great bet. We’re avid fans of the National Geographic Readers collection. This fun series taps into children’s natural curiosity, covering planets, volcanoes, animals and more. And the images are, of course, magnificent.
Here are a couple of other gift ideas for curious children:
Gifts that promote RESOURCEFULNESS and INGENUITY
It is never too early to start learning coding skills or basic electronics. There are great games out there who are entertaining and enriching for little and big kids.
The Snap Circuits Electronics Discovery Kit offers kids 8 and up a hands-on introduction to how electrical circuits work to run the everyday devices.
The Robot Turtles Game teaches programming fundamentals to kids ages 4 and up
The Osmo Genius Kit bridges the gap between the iPad and physical play
Gifts that teach PERSEVERANCE
Games and puzzles engage children in the thinking process, improving their logical thinking and analytical reasoning. They are also a wonderful tool to teach kids to persevere and have a growth mindset.
Here are a few examples that are challenging for kids and adults alike:
Gifts that promote CREATIVITY
Wooden blocks, craft sets, Kinetic sand or a funky ukulele? There’s no shortage of ideas in this category. Anything and everything that will spark your child’s imagination and let their creative juices flow.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Magna tiles last a lifetime and provide hours of creative play.
Q-BA-Maze 2.0 helps children embrace their creativity while designing engineering wonders.
3D Doodler allows kids to “draw in the air” and bring ideas to life in 3D!
Gifts that inspire MINDFULNESS and CONNECTION
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Newman, author of Conscious Bedtime Stories. His books have been a hit at our household. They inspire valuable lessons and are filled with love and wisdom. A perfect way to connect with your child at the end of the day.
A fun and bright kids yoga mat is also a great addition to any child’s room.
Gifts that promote GLOBAL AWARENESS:
It is never too early to expose kids to the world and different cultures. A few ideas for inspiration:
Maps and globes encourage global learning and a sense of wonder.
This one transforms into a constellations map at night for double the magic.
A Little Passports Subscription is also a perfect gift for little explorers.
Each month, your child gets a kit that includes letters, souvenirs, stickers, activity sheets and photos about a specific country. Kits are geared towards kids ages 5 – 10 and subscriptions can be ordered for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or a year.
And, of course, National Geographic books, like this Little Kids First Big Book of the World
Conscious parenting doesn’t have to take the back burner this holiday season.
Do you have any other ideas? We’d love to hear them. What is the best gift your child has ever received? What other ways do you practice conscious parenting during the holidays?
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