With all of the buzz about Black Friday and all of the shopping sales going on, I can’t help but think that family time gets ignored just to save a few dollars. So I’m sharing some of my family’s favorite ways to make awesome memories that don’t include waiting in long lines for big screen televisions or fighting the crowds to get a discounted toy. I’m sure you will absolutely love our Black Friday Alternatives and they will inspire you, too!
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Take a hike. Don’t have a national park near you? Don’t worry. You can do a neighborhood scavenger hunt instead.
Build a fort.
Put up Christmas/Hannukah decorations. After all, Thanksgiving is over! Here are some ideas for effortless holiday decor.
Make wrapping paper. It is so incredibly easy! Simply get some craft paper or gift bags from the store (The Dollar Store has some great options) and choose what you want to paint with. My boys and I like to get really creative and paint with objects like acorns and snowflake ornaments…or even Legos!. Then paint to your heart’s content.
Check out local light displays. While some private homes might not be decked out yet, there are beautiful Holiday light displays at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Morton Arboretum, and of course Chicagoland’s two zoos.
Clean out the closets and make piles of things to donate this holiday season. Look for winter gear especially. Here are some great charities to donate your goods to.
Head to a local tree farm and cut down your family Christmas tree.
Have a board game tournament. It is a great way to get unplugged and learn how to have a bit of healthy competition. Here are some of our favorite board games.
Go see a movie. Or if your little one isn’t ready for the theatre just yet, have a drive in movie at home!
Start baking Christmas cookies and create a Christmas Charcuterie Board.
Create a scrapbook. I like to joke that Instagram is “The New Baby Book,” but it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead use the time to write down some memories from the previous day’s feast and draw some pictures to always remember the fun day and what you were most thankful for. I love using Write to Me for their beautiful and unique journal options.
Make “comfort bags” for those in need in your community. Click here for directions.
Get messy! As long as you are prepared with ample paper towels and keep the mess contained, being messy is oh so fun! Check out my messy sensory play fun options here.
What Black Friday Alternative will YOU choose?