Heading to the Edinburgh Christmas Market? Check out my fun things to do and top tips.
The Edinburgh Christmas Market is one of my all-time favourite places to visit in Edinburgh at Christmas. Actually, it’s one of my top things to do at Christmas just in general.
My uncle used to run a coach tour company, and each year he’d run multiple tours to the Christmas markets of Germany. Now Christmas markets in the UK are so good that you don’t have to travel to the continent to have a great time and make long-lasting cherished memories. I’ve been to the Edinburgh Christmas Market every year I’ve lived in/around Edinburgh. Now nothing says Christmas to me more than spending the day there with my family, a glass of mulled wine in hand!
My Favourite Things to Do in Edinburgh
Of course, apart from the Edinburgh Christmas Market, the city is full of other great things to do at Christmas. Edinburgh is such a great place to visit, whether you’re local or have travelled a bit further afield. So when Premier Inn invited me to spend the day in Edinburgh, to share with you my favourite things to do in the city at Christmas, I jumped at the chance.
Looking for some non-gift ideas this Christmas time? I’ve come up with a load of ideas for a less consumerist Christmas, for both kids and adults.
Christmas can always easily turn into a consumerism fest, but as an alternative to the gift guides I shared last week, I also wanted to share some non-gift Christmas ideas.
I hadn’t really understood the excesses of Christmas until we had our daughter. Prior to having her, our Christmases were always quite modest. Our budgets for Christmas have always been small. We don’t spend a great deal on each other – typically less than £50 – and for us Christmas Day has mostly been about spending it together and the food – all the food!
And then 2 years ago we celebrated my daughter’s first Christmas and then her first birthday a couple of days later. Our tiny house was like an explosion in a toy factory, packed to the rafters with thoughtful gifts from well-meaning friends and relatives. My one-year-old was a bit overwhelmed and my partner and I fretted about where to store all of the stuff.
What Can I Get For Kids That Aren’t Toys?
Since then I’ve started to think about non-Christmas gift ideas for both kids and adults that are still full of thought and love and will be seriously useful without taking up space or eventually contribute to landfill. Some of the ideas won’t even cost you any money!
Here are my ideas but I’d love to hear yours, and add it to the list!
Free Non-Gift Ideas
A day at ______’s house
A trip out to feed the ducks
A trip to the park
Pass along a skill day – e.g. teaching a musical instrument, sharing a craft, teaching a kid to bake cakes, teaching a kid to sew/knit. Whatever your skill is it’s always fun to pass on. Some of my very best memories are of my gran teaching me to knit, sew, bake and play cards. My gran is no longer with us, but every time I make scones or sew anything I think of her.
£ Non-Gift Ideas
A trip to the zoo
A trip to the cinema
A trip to the swimming pool
A trip to soft play
A day out at the local museum
An afternoon out bowling
Contribute to an after school activity they do – swimming, dancing, football, karate, or whatever they enjoy doing. These things cost a surprising amount of money so a small contribution towards their cost would probably be well appreciated by the parents.
Money for savings accounts
A magazine subscription (I’ve always liked the idea of Okido Magazine!) – kids will appreciate this every month!
The ideas are all about sharing experiences and making memories that will hopefully last longer than some toys!
Don’t Forget The Adults
Of course, we shouldn’t forget the adults. I’ve got some ideas if you’re wondering what can you do instead of physical gifts for Christmas, or what you can give for Christmas with no money.
Completely Free Ideas
A card offering your babysitting services for a few nights over the course of a year
A card offering your pet sitting services for a few days over the course of a year
Home maintenance help. Got some friends who have just moved into a new place? A card offering to help strip wallpaper, paint, put up shelves, tile, or whatever fits your skillset will be warmly appreciated!
Access to your skills – whether it’s photography, web design, gardening, or whatever you’re great at, why not offer a day or two of your skills.
If you’d like to spend money, then here are some gift ideas for experiences, not things:
Certificates to a favourite restaurant/cafe
Make a meal for their freezer
A spa treat
Any you want to add? Let me know in the comments below!
If non-gift Christmas ideas aren’t up your street, and you’d rather go down the traditional Christmas gift route then don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Check out my ethical Christmas gift ideas on the blog. And here are some zero-waste Christmas decorations you can make. Top tip, they’re more fun if you make them with a friend!
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