5 Meaningful Gifts to Give Your Child (Hint: They're Free)

Home Stager with Healthyhappyimpactful.com

The other day, I was reflecting on what I wanted to pass down to my children.

I grew sad thinking about how our culture focuses so much on material goods, when in truth, it's the moments that matter most.

Later, my kids won't remember what I got them for their birthday. But they'll remember the way I read to them, told them I loved them, and cuddled when they were scared.

In the end of childhood, here are the gifts I hope I've given them. The ones that truly serve them.

1. A Thurst For Learning

I hope my children remember how much I read, read to them, and encouraged their interests through learning. It took well into adulthood for me to realize that a love of learning is one of the strongest indicators of success in the real world. If I can give them this gift as kids, they'll be far ahead of the game.

2. Love & Memories

If I achieve nothing else in parenthood, it would be enough for my kids to know that I love them. And to give them beautiful memories they can take with them wherever they go.

*I believe this can be achieved best by giving kids experiences instead of piles of toys.

3. A Healthy Lifestyle

Encouraging my family to take walks, participate in movement, and eat their vegetables is a gift you give your kids for life. Saving them from disease and self-esteem issues later is no small achievement in today's industrialized food world.

4. Kindness & Empathy

Things like caring for a neighbor, helping an employee in need, or holding the door open are something kids see modeled for them. If they turn into kind people, they'll be happier and more successful too.

5. Grit

Finally, sometimes I fear that kids today lack the resiliency of generations past. If I can give them the gift of determination and teach them to take on challenges, they'll turn into adults who never stop growing. And bounce back when times are hard.

In Conclusion

Sure, I'll be getting my kids gifts this year. But dang, I hope these five gifts come first. The rest can wait.

What are the gifts you hope to pass down to your kids or grandkids? Leave a comment and let me know :)

Comments (8)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I like your list and that you lead with reading. Reading provides an escape, a place to dream and inhabit when things may not be going well. My sons are all grown now, as I look at them I think we passed on some good traits. They are very loving, they respect others and their property. They have a strong work ethic. They also know how to relax and enjoy life. Overall, I am happy with what we left them with and proud of each one of them.

Aug 09, 2022 08:16 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Jennifer Kropf Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 Agree 1,000% with Nick! Lauren

Aug 09, 2022 02:49 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love your list of gifts and totally agree with all of them.

Aug 10, 2022 05:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jennifer- I do love your list!  I agree with you that the material things we give our young people pale in comparison to the five you mentioned above. One of the things I've tried to give my nieces and great nephews and great niece is a sense of self-worth. This is especially needed as they go through the teen-age years, so that they are not easily influenced by other but will do what they know is the right thing to do. bbbbbbbbbbbbb

Aug 10, 2022 07:22 PM
Jennifer Kropf

This is such a great point Kathy! Thanks so sharing!

Aug 16, 2022 06:44 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Aug 13, 2022 06:46 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jennifer. If you give these gifts first, the other gifts you give will be better appreciated. Enjoy your day.

Aug 14, 2022 05:12 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Jennifer - I agree and think I have done that with our grown children.  i see them doing it now with their children.

Aug 14, 2022 06:36 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Jennifer,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week as I missed it. Your 5 meaningful gifts are exactly the ones I try and give all year long to my children and grandchildren.

Aug 14, 2022 07:07 AM