Christmas gifts that keep on giving
Columnist, Natasha Marais, shares classic Christmas gift ideas.
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It’s that time of year again. While my son works at compiling his wish list in terms of what he’d love to get for Christmas, I’m putting together bags of clothes and toys he’s outgrown or simply no longer feels like playing with. Although we always pass it on to charities and orphanages it still feels like a monumental waste. There are a few gifts that we've bought over the years that never seem to get old though and a bit of poking around on Pinterest has given me a few new ideas, too.

1. Lego

Yes. It’s expensive, but from the mixed up container of blocks we bought at the Milnerton Market back in 2011 to the Jedi Scout Fighter that Santa dropped off last year, not a week goes by that the Lego box doesn't get pulled out from under the bed. Moms, take note: a new set can keep both father and son busy for hours on Christmas morning, or any other given day. 


2. Book and CD sets

The Roald Dahl and Horrid Henry sets are particularly popular in our home. We play the discs in the morning while our son eats his breakfast and gets ready for school and they are pure gold for when we hit the road en route to our holiday destination come December 26.


3. Experiences

We all know it’s true and we all feel guilty of not giving them enough of it. The one thing all kids want the most is time with us, their parents. So mix in a little of your time with something like a ticket to a concert or a play and you’ll have yourselves all the makings of a lifelong memory. Things like tickets to play mini-golf or memberships for the museum or the zoo, are great too!


4. Anything that gets them outside

Bicycles, a swing ball set, table tennis, boogie boards, skateboards, a fishing rod, camping gear. These kinds of things are fun for the whole family to enjoy together and gets everyone outside.


5. The gift of giving

Projects like The Santa Shoebox project are a great way for both parents and children to get involved in spreading a little joy over the festive season. Teaching our children how to be giving of themselves is one of the greatest gifts we can give them.

These are some of the gifts that I've found don’t get put into the ‘donation’ box at the end of the year in our house.

What gifts keep on giving in your home? 

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