It's no secret that teens have rather specific taste! So unfortunately, the ugly sweater from Aunt Dot will always end up in the charity shop pile. Have you ever felt like you simply give gifts because that's what is expected? (I'm pretty sure that's what Aunt Dot does!) In that case, why do we do fall into the same trap every year? A surprising discovery was made in a recent informal study of children/young teens. When asked which they would prefer, time together or a gift, the children/teens almost unanimously chose time with their parent. It's clear this is a message that we should all take to heart... even our young people can see the most valuable gift is time. So, come on... let's trade in the mindless spending for some real meaning in our gift giving this year.
We've come up with 5 meaningful ways that you and I can share the joy of the holidays with our teens, without materialism, all while creating lasting memories. If you'd like more suggestions for each of these ideas, we've included them in our article 25 Meaningful Holiday Gifts for Teens.
- Give the gift of time. Investing in one another is obviously more meaningful than Aunt Dot's scary knitting. Set aside time to take a learning vacation together.
- Give the gift of knowledge. Find your teens a subscription to a course about something that they have always wanted to learn!
- Give the gift of preparedness. Your teen is getting older, and more independent. From financial courses to travel emergency kits, there are many ways that you can help them to prepare for the future.
- Give the gift of heartfelt sentiment. Show your teen that you really were listening when they shared the story about their favorite toy. Frame that favorite item, or turn it into a keepsake memento that will be cherished for years to come.
- Give the gift of inspiration. Teens are usually fallow ground waiting for inspiration to come along. From inspirational books to personal encouragement in helping others, finding joy this season comes in many packages.
Jamie - one of your LHSHS Admins