A dad and mum popped into the Stitchery Studio saying their daughter wanted to make a shirt. "Help! That sounds so complicated."
It's so great that she has this ambition, but if she starts with something hard, she'll get discouraged. "Start at the beginning,” I advised. “Learn some basic stitches. Attend after school classes to improve skills. A shirt might not be a this-year project but she could make hand-stitched felt birds to learn the stitches, and move up from there."
It turns out the dad had never been taught to sew by his parents and always wanted to. The son, the girl's brother, also wants to learn. Now the whole family is doing an activity together - learning a skill together.
It's an appealing aspect of Gen Z, our children today, that they are (compared to my generation at least) more interested in experiences than stuff. Gifts which are activities can lead to precious family memories. Activity-gifts appeal especially to today's waste-conscious shoppers, who can't stand the throw-away nature of Christmas gift-giving. Whoever the recipient is, there's an activity gift to suit them: my father-in-law is getting a renewed membership of the rec center (just don't tell him yet).
But my favorite activity gifts are those that allow us to be creative. So few of life's experiences these days engage our creative and tactile minds, a crafting kit, or a sewing class can be a unique escape back to childhood, or into a new world of making. Crafting is stress-reducing; crafting as a family is bond-building.
My top 7 creative activity gifts for 2018:
Pop into the Stitchery to find these and many more activity gift ideas including gift certificates for our classes!
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