6 Great Reasons to Take a Trip with Your Family Instead of Exchanging Gifts This Year

6 Great Reasons to Take a Trip with Your Family Instead of Exchanging Gifts This Year

If you want to reduce clutter or just have an adventure with your family, here are 6 great reasons to take a trip with your family instead of exchanging gifts this year!

The holiday season will be here before we know it. And that means planning your gifts, setting your budget, and spending hours looking for the perfect present for everyone on your list.

But what if the holidays could be different this year? If you’re hoping to get away from all the gift giving this holiday season, why not consider taking your family on a trip instead? There are so many wonderful advantages to family travel that giving a gift of a trip to your family this Christmas makes perfect sense.

take a trip instead of exchanging gifts

Sunshine Whispers participates in the Amazon Associates and Amazon Influencer Programs. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned on this site and in this post. 

Taking a family trip instead of giving gifts is a big decision, especially if it’s not something your family has done before. If a Christmas with no presents seems extreme for your family, there are ways to compromise and still enjoy a family trip.

Whether you set a small budget for gift buying, decide to only give handmade gifts to each other, or stick to a simpler gift giving tradition this holiday season (one gift you need, one gift you wear, and one gift you read, for example), downsizing your gift giving along with a family trip is a simple way to ease into the tradition.

Still not convinced? Check out these six great reasons to take a trip with your family instead of exchanging gifts this year. I might just change your mind!


Less Clutter in Your House

After all the gifts have been unwrapped and the tree has been put away, you’re going to have to find a place for all those new things you purchase for your kids. That means your home is going to be cluttered with new toys and clothes after the holidays are over. Instead of spending your holiday budget on things that will only add more clutter to your home, why not purchase an experience your entire family can enjoy together? A trip doesn’t take up space in your family room – but a bunch of new toys surely will.

ocean city boardwalk

Less Waste

In addition to all the space those new toys will take up, think about all the waste that comes along with gifting those items to your kids. Wrapping paper, ribbon, boxes, gift bags…there is so much waste associated with the holiday season. In addition to the extra waste, think about who has to clean up the mess of wrapping paper and toy boxes when the holidays are over (hint: it’s you).

Instead of buying new things to give your kids and wrapping the gifts to put under the tree, consider giving your family the gift of a trip. You won’t need any wasteful wrapping paper to give that gift this Christmas.

boston children's museum

Trips are Educational

No matter where you go for your holiday trip, you’re sure to find some educational aspects of your destination. A winter beach vacation gives your kids a chance to experience nature and wildlife. A trip to your favorite city will provide your little ones with interesting historical sites to visit. On top of the educational sites to see, taking a trip to a new location also gives your family the chance to experience new cultures, try new foods, and learn new things about themselves and their family members.

iconic 4th of july in dc with kids

More Time Together as a Family

The holiday season is all about love and family. Make the most of the spirit of the season with a fun family trip. A family trip gives everyone in your family a chance to enjoy each other’s company for an extended period of time without the everyday distractions that tend to push us apart. No matter where you go or what you do on your family trip, you’re sure to have plenty of quality time together as a family on your vacation.

how to start hiking

Make Lasting Family Memories

Your kid’s interest in toys and games is fleeting. In fact, the toys they have on their Christmas list this year might night keep them entertained until next Christmas. But a trip is something they can take with them forever. Memories created on family trips will help your kids create lasting bonds with one another that they can bring with them into adulthood. Those memories will be things your family talks about around the dinner table for years to come.

family adventures


Takes the Focus off Material Things

It’s so easy for kids to get caught up in the materialistic aspects of the Christmas season. With commercials advertising all the new Christmas toys and all their friends talking about their Christmas list, your kids are bombarded by the need for material things throughout the holiday season. But going on a trip instead of getting toys they don’t need this year will help them understand the importance of the holiday. Instead of receiving material things, they can create a stronger bond with their family members and create memories that will last a lifetime.

fantastic family day trips

family fun free printable resource library

Christmas Traditions Your Family Will Cherish

Christmas traditions are some of the most powerful bonding opportunities for your family. I know the memories I made as a kid at Christmas-time are a strong anchor for me as an adult. 

There are so many ideas though. It’s hard to keep track, isn’t it? Well, these Christmas family traditions are fantastic. Hope you like these ideas!


Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.