The number one response I heard when gathering information for this post was “We keep asking family and friends to gift experiences, but they still send stuff anyways.” For the love of all things holiday, give the gift of family memories by gifting experiences—not more things to clutter the house!
As a mama with multiple boys, a husband who is in the Air Force (this requires us to move every few years), I fully resonate with the idea that the gift of giving experiences, memberships, and activities so we can create memories together.
Need help thinking of ideas?
Here are some local to Omaha suggestions!
Culinary Kidz: They offer cooking classes for adults and children, birthday parties, and have a walk-in Snack Spot where you can make and bake or decorate an item on the spot.
HyVee: They offer multiple courses during the month. You can find a course listing on their website. The Simple Fix Freezer Meal Workshop is a make-and-take event where you end up with several meals for the month.
Flying Timber Ax Throwing: Axe throwing is an up-and-coming trend. They offer gift certificates, a trained professional to teach you how to throw. Come for an hour or two or join a league.
Ax Games: Gift vouchers are found on their website! Throwers can be ages ten and up. This is fun for a date night or family outing with your older kids.
The Backline: The Backline offers a variety of shows each week from improve to stand-up comedy. If you’re looking to become a comedian, they offer classes as well.
The Funny Bone: This is another comedy club with a variety of events each month. Book events or go see a show of your choice.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium: This is popular with almost everyone in Omaha. Membership makes it totally worth it! Gift a membership, the Wildlife Safari Park add-on, or Zoo Camp.
Fontenelle Forest: This is a popular spot to spend your Omaha days. Gift a membership or tickets to the new Adventure Park.
Omaha Children’s Museum: This is a fun spot where you’re sure to see families with little ones hanging out, especially in the winter months.
State Park Pass: Nebraska is a beautiful state, especially in the Omaha area. We are lucky to have access to many state parks. Some of our favorites are Mahoney, Schramm, and Platte River. Gift a state park pass so your family members can hike, sled, and swim year-round.
Occasionally, it can be challenging to find one gift that works well for the entire family, especially if you span a wide age range. Consider doing a fun gift basket with a few items.
Wine and Dine: Give a basket of favorite drinks and restaurant gift cards to local favorites.
Get Creative: Several places in town offer the artistic and creative sides to shine through. The Makery offers open craft times, classes, and party times. Create DIY Craft Studios offers projects for youth and adults with different themes. It’s Yours Pottery offers paint-your-own- pottery, glass fusion, candlemaking, and more.
Sporting Event Tickets: Omaha has many different sporting venues, so a basket with snacks and tickets would be perfect! The options are endless—basketball, football, hockey, etc…
Le-Go: Treat your family to a trip to Kansas City. Provide tickets for Legoland, a hotel, and a nearby restaurant.
Families are often involved in many activities or are limited in activities that they can do because of cost restrictions. Consider purchasing a session of classes for one of your family members.
-Cub Scout dues
-Golf Lessons: The First Tee is an organization with the mission to introduce the game of golf to young people. There are many different programs offered through their website.
-Tutoring or Standardized Prep Courses
Finally, here are a few more ideas that any family would really enjoy!
-Membership to a local gym
-Summer Pool Pass
-Volunteer to Babysit
-Come for a visit
-Chores coupon book (children to parents)
-Gift box subscriptions