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Give the Gift of Experience: 25 Activity-Packed Present Ideas

Say “enough” to stuff!

Writer author Allison Holm and family on a ferry in Puget Sound

Published on: November 24, 2021

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Enough stuff!

’Tis the season for festive lights, holiday cheer and, for some families, extra-long wish lists. According to one survey of more than 6,000 parents, U.S. parents spend an average of more than $270 on each of their little elves. This expenditure, and its resulting pile of stuff, has prompted some families to want to find ways to replace some must-have toys and gadgets with experiential gifts for their kids.

In the spirit of creating meaningful memories this holiday, we’ve rounded up more than 25 experiences that will be sure to inspire, thrill and excite your little ones for this year and, we hope, for many years to come.

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