Collectables – the Gift Answer for Road Warrier Parents

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 small gift while you’re away, because the act of giving them anything is mostly all they care about.

But as the kids get into late elementary school, it gets progressively more difficult to find something.  And then there are the times when you’re rushing to/thru the airport to catch your flight and still don’t have a gift.  Oops, no time to really shop and, therefore, either a crappy gift or no gift that 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 the town you’re visiting or in the airport gift shops.

Examples include lapel pins, ceramic thimbles, key chains, etc.  Something with the name of the city or country you’re visiting is great.  When you travel to a new place you haven’t been, or one your child doesn’t have a collectable from, you get to 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 for their own travels.

These collectables might 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.

See my other blog posts on parenting here.

Author: Gordon Daugherty

Gordon Daugherty is a best-selling author, seasoned business executive, entrepreneur, startup advisor and investor. He has made more than 200 investments in early-stage companies and has been involved with raising more than $80 million in growth and venture capital. From his 28-year career in high tech, Gordon has both an IPO and a $200-million acquisition exit under his belt. Now, as co-founder and president of Austin’s Capital Factory and as author of the book “Startup Success”, Gordon spends 100 percent of his time educating, advising, and investing in startups.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: