We don’t exchange gifts for Christmas. Instead, we enjoy a special candlelit dinner, decorate a (very wonky!) tree we tracked down in our woods with home made ornaments and feed the birds.
While our kids have had this experience since the beginning and thus are used to it, we still have to contend with the larger culture around us. Fortunately, both of their birthdays occur in the winter months. So this kind of helps cover for the absence of big gift-getting. Nonetheless we still don’t give lots for their birthdays – perhaps one or two gifts.
Over the last few years, however, we’ve been shifting to larger family fitness gifts for their birthdays combined. And we ask grandparents eager to give a gift to contribute to these.
The last two years we got a few month’s membership to a local gym so we can swim during the winter and play basketball. Before that we got passes to a rock-climbing gym.
Last week I urged you to focus your family resources strategically with what looks like tough-times ahead.
Earlier this week, I explained some of the problems video games pose to your children’s brain development.
So now I’m urging you – if you are spending your money on gifts – to give yourself and your children a family gift of fitness.
I’ve put together a great list of our favorite fitness tools – covering a range of prices. It’s not the prettiest layout but it gives you the scoop on them with related posts for more background info on how to put them to use.
I can’t promise you special Black Friday prices – they’re all available through Amazon so if you purchase them then, there may be a special. And perhaps on Cyber Monday as well.
Nonetheless, by investing in these items you’ll be getting the deal of a lifetime. There’s nothing that pays back more than an investment in your family’s health.
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Got a great family fitness tool you love? Tell us about it in the comments below!
This post is part of the Life As Mom Frugal Friday exchange.