Holiday Gift Ideas without all that STUFF! Memberships are a wonderful gift to give to a child or family. Whether it's to a zoo, museum, or indoor play space, a membership means that your child's favorite place can also become a place he gets to go to frequently. (See Savvy Source Places page for local ideas.) Tickets to special events make thrilling gifts. Sporting events, a musical, circus, children's theater or ballet are very special occasions, even more so if it's a one-on-one outing, or, alternatively, if you offer to take your child with a friend. (There are lots of local possibilities in Savvy Source Events listings.) Another concept is to give a child a private lesson (or lesson with one or two friends) in something they are passionate about. Skating, trapeze, pottery, magic tricks... for inspiration, follow your child's interests. If you want to stay with something "homemade" and inexpensive, there are other fun options. Using your child’s art as a gift, framing it in a gently used frame. Creating a collage or calendar from family photos, making cookies, or creating a hand made ornament. You can give "coupon" for a doll hair styling appointment or a non-toxic pedicure at Mom's beauty salon. A themed sleepover for a few friends is another special treat. We always love to give children stories, but their bookshelves can quickly get overfull. A good alternative is a subscription to the wonderful online library of picture books, One More Story. And for older kids, a gift certificate to Audible.com offers access to an amazing selection of digital audiobooks. Giving a gift to a charity in your child's name may be challenging to explain, but still gratifying. Heifer International, which gives farm animals to impoverished families worldwide, is a good choice for young animal lovers. Donating to your local animal shelter is another appealing idea, especially if you can take your child to visit the animals that her gift will help. There also lots of non-profits like CoolMom that are doing environmental/climate change work.