To keep costs down, we often turn to family and friends willing to help out as tour guides, hosts, or teachers. If a lesson or trip is a bit expensive, just one parent goes along.
Since that first Christmas morning, our kids have begun to think differently about giving and receiving. This year for their birthday presents, they each asked for an overnight stay at their aunt and uncle's house (where TV, soda, and candy intake are not monitored). That's quite a change. Our family is really learning the value of doing rather than having—and that's a true gift.
Tip from Kristin: Presentation counts! When you give an experience, write up a clever description ("Grab your snowsuit because you'll be hitting the slopes for a day!"), print it in a fun font, and tuck it into a colorful folder.
Kristin Bock and family do their adventuring in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.