You know, many days, I will say to the kids, “today is a gift-let’s savor it and enjoy it, consider it a present”.
But how many days do I show my child or friends the delight of a gift? How often do I hand them a surprise complete with ribbons and bows to untie, treats to enjoy?
When I downloaded Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others, I thought about this quite a bit. In all my practical, frugal homeschooling, I can be very efficient. I can make healthy meals and pay attention to my children…I can teach my children.
But, I know that, if asked, my children would not remember me as a marvelous, spontaneous gift giver.
My dad’s father died when I was very young. I remember just a bit about him. And, the one thing I remember is that he always had a surprise for me when I saw him. He would have a bit of candy or something—and would play the “which hand is it in?” game with me. Such a simple little thing—but to a four year old, it was magical, in a world full of busy adults. Of course, Grandparents often do this. But, at some point, it seems like we often lose that ability to give a good gift. I’ll do that at Christmas, or birthday…
And, what most often stops those of us who don’t give sparkly, fun, unexpected gifts? Personally, I think it is because it takes a lot of creativity and often, money. And, I often do not have an abundance of either!
Oh well. Now, I can do better. Now, I have some creative tricks up my sleeve.
Now, this ebook I downloaded is entitled Travel Kits: a Simple Way to Bless Others….and the basic concept is that you can do some special little baskets and surprises and such for an upcoming trip.
You can do tons of things to help keep kids occupied on a long trip and for a lovely surprise… Carpe Diem!
I think it is a magical idea. And I was really pleased to read the ebook. What really shocked me was HOW MANY great ideas were in the book. There are 93 pages full of ideas! There were pages on choosing a theme for your gifts…to making this work for large families and big groups…and so many of the ideas made me say, huh. Why didn’t I think of that already?
One little idea I especially liked had to do with candy treats. I really try to give kids healthy food when traveling, otherwise, mine get so restless…but this idea is a gem—you can give the children candy, but in little containers where they are in charge of eating a bit every once in a while…and the way you package these makes the child want to do it!
I also love the idea of wrapping a bunch of small gifts and letting a child open these at certain points on the trip. You can decide when they can open the gifts using fun criteria, like:
You could open presents when you . . .
- Cross a state line.
- Stop for gasoline.
- Spot a certain type of sign (speed limit sign, McDonald’s sign, sign with a state name in it, etc.).
- Spot the name of a certain city on a sign.
- See the odometer reach a certain number.
- Hear a certain song or advertisement on the radio.
- See a particular animal (e.g., horse, cow, eagle, dog, possum, goat, etc.).
- Can recite a designated Scripture verse without error.
- Finish reading the next chapter in a book.
Bingo with presents!
Anyway, I recommend this ebook. Use it as it is meant to be used (for traveling) or even use it to jump start your gift giving skills, like I am!
Here is what my little one is getting next time we have a big trip in the car–I am saving it for now and will be wrapping the items and doing a real surprise! I got all the little things at Target in the dollar bin. Some were even 50% off the dollar. I did not come up with a mighty theme, but, hey, I got it started and stored…..
OK. There really are too many ideas for me to tell you all about it. But, you can go to a sample of the ebook and check it out—and this includes the index!
Or, just go and download yours for $12.45. To download or read more, go to The OldSchoolhouse Store, here.
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A download of Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others was provided to me for my review and I have given my unbiased opinion.