If your kids’ bedrooms already resemble a fully-stocked aisle at Toys “R” Us, it can be tough to stomach the idea of adding even more to the mix. But, even if your kids have all the things they could possibly want, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on gift giving. Instead, give the gift of a unique experience that will make memories they’ll have long after the battery-operated toys have stopped working. Click through to see our favorite ideas.

Adopt Something Huge

No, we’re not talking about bringing home a St. Bernard, but you can adopt some amazing things that won’t fit in a gift box. If your kids are animal lovers, consider gifting them a symbolic species adoption through the World Wildlife Federation. Everything from an elephant to an okapi can make the perfect addition to your family, without actually coming home with you. Animals aren’t the only family additions you can adopt. Give your kids the gift of a greener future by planting trees in their name. With the National Forest Foundation, just a one dollar contribution is all it takes to plant one tree. If you’ve got a mini-Galileo to shop for, you can adopt a star or even an entire planetary system with a donation to the non-profit Adopt A Star. You’ll get a certificate and the proceeds support astronomy research.

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

 

What unique gifts have you given your kids that don’t necessarily fit inside a box? Share your ideas in the comments.

— Shahrzad Warkentin

 

 

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