Creating Memories


Selecting the right gift for loved ones can be a real chore. We want to be thoughtful, but there is only so much stuff people really need or have room for. Pamela Settle, editor of GoodLiving Magazine, is here to talk about some different gift ideas. Ones that are more about time than things.

I’ll talk about the trend toward experiences as gifts, and also the value of sharing one’s time as part of that experience. Also ask the hosts if they actually remember the gifts they received as children, or do they instead remember the time spent with family. So then, gifts that ARE time, are going to be meaningful memories well beyond Christmas day.

Again, we can move down a table with visuals as we talk and I’ll start with the simple and move to the more elaborate.

Time: Digital technology has made life LESS interpersonal. So this year, be intentional about being MORE personal. So whether a parent or a grandparent, give the gift of your time. A meaningful way to do this is to make a certificate for a monthly game night, a monthly old movie night, or read aloud nights where you commit to one adventure novel a quarter. These face to face traditions are guaranteed to be remembered by your kids. (visual: set of books)

Making Things: Making something tangible with our hands is hugely rewarding, and a welcome break from our digital screens. Give the gift of arts and crafts and explore it together. This can be as simple as coloring together, learning to sew, building a birdhouse or making jewelry. Children today desperately need these kinds of activities to build their coordination skills.

Culture: This is a wonderful gift idea to explore for grandparents who don’t live nearby. Research theaters and museums near your grandchildren and get them passes or tickets. This is an expense that can be challenging for growing families, so to make sure your grandkids get the chance to see a symphony, a ballet or a play with tickets as a gift, or passes to the local science or children’s museum. This experience is all the more better if grandparents can go too!

Travel: Many families today are planning trips over the winter break in lieu of gifts. Some popular getaway options for Florida families are trips to New York City, a ski resort, the cabin in the mountains or a cruise. Also popular is a multi-generational trip to Walt Disney World. These kinds of experiences will last a lifetime. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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