I kind of fell off the Christmas Gift Guide wagon, but I’m pulling myself back on!
As I get older, I am noticing a turn within my soul against clutter. It drives me nuts. My house may not reflect this new bent, but I’m having a hard time convincing the four small people I live with to feel the same way. There is a part of me that is dreading Christmas — not the experience or the focus on Jesus, but I am not excited about all the new stuff that will enter our home. Where will I put it all?
This is why I love the idea of giving an experience as a gift for Christmas. No clutter and lasting memories. What could be better?
Memberships to various children and family activities are the perfect “no clutter” gift. Here are some of our favorites:
OMSI: The place is huge and the preschool section is absolutely fantastic. This is a gift that will be enjoyed by the entire family. Use the code WEBGIFT when you purchase an online membership and save $20. Prices start at $70 for a family after the code.
Oregon Zoo: Again, great for the entire family. If you get a PLUS membership, you get to attend the Wednesday Zoo Concerts during the summer and ZooLights during December for free. Prices start at $79 for a family.
Portland Children’s Museum: A great place for families with small children! I really want to take my boys to the Tinkertoy exhibit (goes through mid-January). You can get 10% off a membership if an existing member buys it for you. Prices start at $85 for a family. You may qualify for a $10 Family Access Membership if your family participates in one of the following programs: food stamps, free or reduced school lunch, WIC, TANF, Section 8 housing, CHIP, Medicaid or low income energy assistance.
World Forestry Center: I’ve never been to the Forestry Center, so I’m curious if a membership is worth it. Prices start at $50 for a family.
I know this is an incomplete list. Leave a comment with places that offer memberships that would be a great gift idea!
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