Am I the only one who LOVE my pocket knife? Not only could I whittle with it, it was a right of passage
We don't have kids, but we have do have siblings with 6 or more kids each. When we originally combined families, we made them each a gingerbread person. As the families grew and we moved aboard, we switched to experience based gifts for the whole family. Last year, we got one family a game
that everyone could participate in, even the 8yo with the reading skills of a 5yo; one family got a membership
to the local zoo (the only thing local I could find that allowed for a family with so many kids!); and the third family got a parking pass to a local park with tons of activities, but a $10 per car entrance fee.
There are many lists out there about this kind of gifting. Some of the suggestions that stand out in my mind:
-lessons for a new (or developing) skill. diving
, swimming, music
, painting, whatever your child is interested in.
-summer camp along the same lines
-an outing to an art camp/store/etc., like painting pottery
-if they are into animals
, a gift to WWF, Heifers International, or another animal based charity; you can also name a star after your child, if they are into astronomy, etc.
-a folding bike (OK, I made that one up myself)
-theater/ballet/concert tickets - even season tickets or a membership
, as mentioned above