Do you have to travel a lot for your work? If so and if you have kids, you’ll know where I’m coming from on this one. When the kids are young, it’s pretty easy to get them a present while you’re away because the act of giving them anything is all they care about. But as the kids get into late elementary school it gets progressively harder. And what about the times when you’re rushing to/thru the airport to catch your flight? Oops, no time to really shop and therefore no present this time.
One idea to consider is establishing a standard collectable item that you give you kid(s). If you have more than one kid, they each can have a different collectable. I’m talking about things that are readily available at most souvenir shops around town or in the airport gift shops, including lapel pins, ceramic thimbles, key chains, etc. Something with the name of the city or country you’re visiting. When you travel to a new place you haven’t been, or one your child doesn’t have a collectable from, you add to their collection. Lapel pins can be attached to a small towel to display the collection and key chains can be strung together and hung from the ceiling of a bedroom. And when your kids get older, maybe they will continue the tradition themselves.
These collectables become your standard gift but, of course, don’t always have to be the only gift. If you have extra time to shop or find something really cool, it becomes a nice surprise.
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