Vacation Gift Bags
I have one of the most thoughtful, creative sister-in-laws, especially when it comes to doing things for my children. She never misses a beat from care packages on Valentine’s Day to little trinkets “just because.” One of the most inspiring things she’s done recently is put together Vacation Gift Bags when we go away. The bags have been so well-received and contain incredibly thoughtful gifts. Each time she gives one to my children, I wish I could be on the ball and as creative as she is. Her ideas are so great, I’ve tried to build off them. Maybe these too will inspire you for your next trip…
Disney World Gift Packs: The first time my children received a vacation gift bag was when we went to Disney World. As we dropped the dog off at her house to watch while we were away, she gave OUR kids presents! Wasn’t it enough that she was watching our dog? She gave the kids Disney character bags filled with Color Wonder Markers and coloring books, Mickey and Minnie sunglasses, autograph books and autograph pens and snacks for the plane. I thought it was such a great idea that I replicated it when one of my best friends went to Disney with Make-A-Wish Foundation. I did almost the exact same items, except I added in Disney flashlights so they wouldn’t need to worry about nightlights in their room.
General Vacation Gift Packs: Our next big trip was just last week to Cape Cod. Again, we dropped the dog off at her house and the kids were greeted with awesome gift bags. My sister-in-law made a deal with the kids: behave on the ride down and help unpack and they could have the bags. I’m not going to lie, my kids must have asked to open the bags about a dozen times during the two hour trip down and when we got down to the house they were so excited to see what was inside they didn’t help unpack. But, they were pretty much occupied for the first two hours which gave my husband and I the time we needed to unpack and get settled. As the week progressed, we had toys for the beach, toys for when we came home from the beach and basically unlimited entertainment for our kids. I’m so thankful for these vacation gift bags and only hope I can repay the favor in the future.
Here’s what the most recent gift bags included:
- Drawing pad and pencils
- Silly Putty
- Scratch pads
- Toy Car
- Paddle ball
- Hidden Pictures
- Monkeys game
- Lego characters
- Coloring books
- Packs of gum
- Containers fill with M & M’s
- And much more
Whether you make these for your nieces and nephews or put these surprise bags together for your own children, they really can add to your own vacation enjoyment. What would you put in your bag?
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