10 Terrific Last Minute Gift Ideas

Time is running out to get your presents purchased! Here are 10 Terrific Last Minute Gift Ideas for Edmonton Kids that aren’t toys. Bonus: most of them can be purchased online! Ho ho ho indeed!

I’ll be the first to admit, we have too much stuff. Like way too much stuff. And a lot of it is mine, but a lot of it is toys. Toys that are played with for a few weeks, then make their way to the bottom of the mountain of toys in our living room or basement rec room and played with in intermittant spurts and mostly neglected, until of course it comes time for the seasonal purge, at which point every single toy becomes the only thing my children have every truly loved.

So, in the run up to birthdays and Christmas, I start searching for things we could give as presents that are things to do instead of things to break and collect dust. Here are 10 great ideas for non-toy presents in the Edmonton area!

Tickets please! A concert or a show is always a good time! The Arden Theatre has a fantastic line up of family friendly shows coming up, and tickets would be very welcome in the houses I know! If you’d rather leave the choice up to the giftee, Ticketmaster offers gift cards and e-gift cards that you can purchase on-line.

Big Screen Learning Do you know someone who loves movies in a big way? The TELUS World of Science is offering a movie fanatic pass this year. For $50 ($25 for members,) the pass holder gets unlimited access to educational  IMAX films all year long, plus some other sweet perks, like discounts for friends and $5 tickets to Hollywood IMAX films.

Keep it natural  The City of Edmonton offers gift cards to all their recreation centres and attractions, and the 3 in 1 Nature Pass is our favourite. The Valley Zoo, John Janzen Nature Centre, and Muttart Conservatory are 3 of the best year round nature attractions in town, and the City of Edmonton Nature Pass offers unlimited access to all three!

Play all Day Winter can be long. If you are an active little person, the prospect of being stuck inside makes it all the worse. Luckily there are tons of indoor playgrounds in and around town that definitely merit a visit. Several of them offer multi-admission punch cards and gift certificates that make a perfect present.

Oh Canada! 2017 was a banner year for Parks Canada. In celebration of 150 years of Canadian Confederation, entry to national parks and historic sites was free for all. To follow up in 2018, they are offering free admission for youth. That means the gift of adult passes will cover the whole family!

Green Thumb Gifts: Salisbury Greenhouse offers courses and workshops to give green thumbs of all skill levels and ages chance to shine! Put your creativity to the test by making a fairy garden, a Jurassic dino garden, or even a Hobbit garden. Reserve your space in class with a $10 deposit which can be put towards the purchase of plants and supplies.

Dinner and a Show: A night out at a Jubilations Dinner Theatre show is fun for the family, but to really get the kids excited, why not check out the new Jubilations Junior series? The Saturday morning shows feature a brunch buffet and a fun 2 act show that’s perfect for younger audiences.

Hometown Tourists: You know Edmonton is a great place to live, but a tour with Big E Tours can give you a look at our city in a new way. Learn some of the history of the City of Champions, or take a spring day trip out to Elk Island National Park. Big E offers a grandparents rate for tours if Granny and Gramps are looking for something to do with the kids.

Get Cooking! The Superstore at the Meadows on 17th Street has a cooking school upstairs that hosts classes and  demonstrations at a reasonable price.  The only drawback is that the kids’ classes are held Thursday afternoon, meaning if you don’t have early dismissal, you are out of luck. If you can, why not book a class or two for your aspiring cook, or set aside some time to do a class together?

Giant Mall, Giant Fun: Love it or loathe it, you have to admit West Edmonton Mall has a major fun factor! “Multi-play” passes are available that grant unlimited entry to all the WEM attractions, for 2 or 7 consecutive days, 3 months, or even the whole year! You can also purchase attraction passes individually. If you purchase them online, you save 10%!




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