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Last Minute Gifts of Time Together

This past week I wrote about no longer wanting to buy meaningless holiday presents for my kids just so they have packages to open. I refuse to waste time and money and aggravation buying things they won’t remember. I decided the only valuable thing to give them, or anyone, is time spent together. To this end, I have come up with the following list of ideas for last minute gifts that promise time together, and can be purchased without leaving your house, and don’t require delivery, packaging, or wrapping paper. In most cases, all that’s needed is a phone call or online form, and a print out or homemade certificate. There’s still time for time together.

  • Shall we? 1 of 11
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  • Take a class together 2 of 11
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    Whether art class or cooking class, a gift certificate for a scheduled learning experience is a great way to spend time with a loved one. These can be as inexpensive as things offered through your local community center or high school.

  • Video box set 3 of 11
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    How about an online Netflix series or DVD collection of something you can both enjoy, and the promise of time to sit together working your way through the series. Don't forget popcorn!

  • Food of the Month Club 4 of 11
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    Chocolate, cheese, and organic seasonal vegetables -- there are many food-of-the-month websites that will deliver togetherness to your door. Plan on preparing monthly menus together -- or movie night -- based on your delivery!

  • Museum membership 5 of 11
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    This is the gift that keeps on giving. When you give the gift of a museum, you enter the realm of endless conversation and debate, i.e. TOGETHERNESS! In my own city of Brotherly Love, the city museum offers many extras -- including free concerts -- on top of museum entry. Check into it!

  • Lifestyle Giftcard 6 of 11
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    Give the gift of your local home accessory store, and the promise to shop with your someone there. Include paint chip colors and the promise to paint a room! Work together to transform a space, a lasting gift.

  • Give the Gift of Play 7 of 11
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    Every town has theater, either local or professional. Buy two tickets for a season of plays and take your teen buddy. Everybody wins.

  • The Gift of Travel 8 of 11
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    Buy two train vouchers to the local city and pal around all day. Enough said.

  • Season tickets 9 of 11
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    How about season tickets to your local sports team? Not only will you bond with your teen, you'll bond with other season ticket holders in your row. Promise. So fun!

  • A mutual shopping spree 10 of 11
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    Go online and get a gift certificate to your teen's favorite store, and promise a fun day together to try on the loot! Maybe include your teen's closest friend -- on the gift certificate AND on the day of shopping.

  • A weekend rental 11 of 11
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    Don't do another thing. Go to a site like airbnb.com and select an off-season rental where you and your loved ones can go to read and cook and giggle and be together. What could possibly hold more value?

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