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Visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton with Kids

Picture of the waterfall in Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park & Grand Teton National Park with Kids

If you missed our post on the Glacier National Park portion of this trip, here are the general details before we dive into how Yellowstone went down.

This vacation to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park was incredible! It was beautiful, peaceful, breathtaking, hard, awe inspiring and just so good.

Hopefully these tips will help you plan your trip! Included is when we went, where we stayed, and what we did at all of the parks.

As we talk about hikes and activities, it will be helpful for you to know that my kids are age 10, 8, and 5.

The planning for this trip started with wanting to make a trip to see my sister in Washington. If we were going to drive that far, we figured we might as well turn it into a long road trip and see some sights along the way. A long road trip it was – we finished having driven 5,400 miles. Our first stop, Glacier National Park, is 23 hours of actually driving from our home.

For tips on taking road trips with kids, check out this post!

National Parks have been getting busier over the last years. We decided to wait and go right after Labor Day. We hoped maybe slightly fewer people would be there. We didn’t want to go any later because mountain weather is unpredictable and we wanted to still have pleasant temperatures.

a bison at Yellowstone National Park

We ended up loving the time of year we took our trip. We arrived to Yellowstone September 21 and left for home September 26th. The nights and mornings were cold but the afternoons were perfect (60s and even a few days in the 70s).

We needed to do this trip on a bit of a budget. Our nights at hotels were a travel day on the way there and home and then for 4 nights at my sister’s. Otherwise we tent camped. A huge hit with the kids!

That also meant, we didn’t go out to eat except for pizza in Jackson. We packed lunch each day and ate late suppers back at the campgrounds with plenty of snacks in between. Because we didn’t have long in these parks, it also meant we had more time to explore instead of having to eat in restaurants.

We only had 5 nights total, between Yellowstone and Grand Teton. That means, nope, we didn’t see everything and we went from area to area rather quickly but I felt like we got a good overview of the area!

Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Lodging:

Night 1: I managed to find a cancelation and we stayed at Mammoth Campground in the park. It’s near Gardiner/the north entrance. This was my son’s favorite place to stay. It was dark, animals were around us, and they loved exploring & finding animal scat. No showers, but there were bathrooms with running water. If I hadn’t found a site at Mammoth we would have stayed at Yellowstone RV Park or Yellowstone Hot Springs.

Night 2: We stayed at West Gate KOA which is a few miles from West Yellowstone. The pool was already closed for our stay. It was a nice campground, but the highway noise was a bit loud. We preferred West Glacier KOA over this one, but again it was fine.

Nights 3,4, & 5: We stayed at Headwaters Campground at Flagg Ranch. It is on the very north part of Grand Teton so was a great location to go to after being at Yellowstone. I also looked for places at Jenny Lake and Colter Bay in the park, but was unable to find any cancelations. We enjoyed staying here. At the lodge they have a gas station with small store, gift shop, a great water bottle filler we took advantage of many times. Our campsite was good sized and the bathrooms clean. (Not as new as the KOA in Glacier, but still good.)

Areas and Sites to Explore at Yellowstone with Kids

Please, make sure, with little kids especially, everyone knows how important it is to stay on the path and to be sure to hold onto all your belongings. We saw many hats and masks that had blown into different geothermal areas. 

One other note, during our trip the road from Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Village was closed so this order of sightseeing made the most sense for our trip and where we wanted to end up.

Day 1:

We drove from Washington to Yellowstone and entered the park through Gardiner and set up our tent. Afterward we stopped at the petrified tree and drove through Lamar Valley. On our way back, we walked around at Mammoth Hot Springs.

The petrified tree was a quick stop, but my son thinks petrified wood is cool, so it was worth it.

Driving through Lamar Valley we say a ton of bison, elk, and mule deer.

Old Faithful Erupting

Mammoth Hot Springs was a great introduction to the geothermal activity we’d be seeing the next few days. The little town of Mammoth Hot Springs was also fun to drive through. A lot of original buildings.

We finished our day taking pictures at the Roosevelt Arch and Gardiner entrance sign.

(We would have done the Boiling River as well, had we had time.)

Day 2:

We started our morning taking the short walk to Sheepeater Cliff. Again, this was a fun and short hike for the kids to see a geological feature they never had before.

Afterward we headed to Norris Geyser Basin. This is an easy, boardwalk, trail. We walked the small loop and the bigger loop and were here over 2 hours. While at Norris, I realized I greatly underestimated the amount of geothermal activity at Yellowstone! Wow, this place is incredible. Almost like being on another planet. Lots of bubbling and little eruptions. The kids loved this.

Next up was a very short drive to Sulpher Caldron followed by Mud Volcano which is just across the road. This is a quicker stop than Norris Geyser Basin but still a lot of fun and impressive. Sulpher Caldron is 10 times more acidic than lemon juice and Mud Volcano was probably the smelliest area we went to. We were probably at these 2 areas around an hour.

A bit of a scenery change for our next stop at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This was beautiful. We did lots of looking at over looks at the canyon and waterfalls on the north rim and south rim. Definitely drive around this area and makes stops to hike. We didn’t do any long hikes here (2-3 miles was probably the longest), so there is definitely a lot more we can do when we return. But the short ones for all the canyon and water fall views were worth it!

We finished our day hiking the 1 mile trail at Artist Paintpots. Another fascinating area to explore. the kids loved watching and comparing all of the bubbling. Then we headed to West Yellowstone to set up our campsite and have supper. We went into the town of West Yellowstone after dinner to check out some gift shops. (It was my least favorite of the towns we were in.)

Day 3:

We started off at Grand Prismatic which is Yellowstone’s largest hot spring! Next time I would definitely take the time to climb the overlook.

Afterward we explored Upper Geyser Basin which is where you find Old Faithful. This is probably what everything thinks of when you say Yellowstone, so don’t miss out on this. Plus, with Old Faithful, you are guaranteed to see a geyser.

We happened to arrive shortly before Old Faithful erupted, so we waited for that (glad we saw it first, because it would have been less impressive at the end of the day) and then spent a while walking around the geyser loop. This is a short walk, so a must do. There are so many geysers and we just happened to be there when Beehive Geyser erupted, which the kids though was amazing (one of their highlights of the trip)! It shoots 150 feet into the air and being close to the path meant they ended up soaked!

One of the barns on Mormon Row in Grand Teton

After spending over 3 hours at the Upper Geyser Basin (and seeing Old Faithful erupt 3 times) we drove to West Thumb Geyser Basin and walked the path there. This is right next to the lake and is gorgeous.

Because we consulted the geyser scheduling before leaving, we knew we wanted to head back to Old Faithful  to see 2 of the other predicable geysers erupt. Returning to see Castle and Grand Geyser erupt was definitely worth it.

We finished the day grabbing an ice cream bar at the gift shop and went to our last campsite of the trip, Headwaters Campground at Flagg Ranch.

(Had we more time, we would have explored at Yellowstone Lake as well.)

Areas and Sites to Explore at Grand Teton with Kids

Day 4:

First things we went to Jenny Lake and played in the water and hiked. This area is popular and the parking fills up fast. Get there first thing in the morning or wait until later in the afternoon. There are some great hikes to do in this area and are on my list to do when we go back, but since I pushed so much to get my must do hikes in at Glacier I felt like it was better to let the kids lead on the Yellowstone and Grand Teton portions of our trip. (Cascade Canyon and Jenny Lake Trail being 2 of them.) So we ended up just walking partway around Jenny Lake and turning back and detouring down to Moose Pond.

There is also a boat you can take across the lake, which would cut down on hiking distances.

After this we went to Craig Thomas Visitor Center. This was the best of all the visitor centers we were at on this trip to Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton. The kids enjoyed looking around and completing a scavenger hunt.

We finished our day driving to Jackson and explored some of the shops and got a pizza for dinner.

Day 5:

On our way to String Lake we stopped at a few pull offs to enjoy the views. Once at the lake we completed the String Lake Trail (rated moderate and 4.4 miles on AllTrails) and we let the kids play in the lake for a long time at the end. (Playing in the lake was probably another highlight of the trip for the kids – and it was relaxing and beautiful to watch them.)

Mormon Row was up next, and the kids loved this more than I thought they would! They loved exploring outside of the buildings and walking down the road and all wished they could go inside.

To finish our day we went to the Snake River Overlook (more pretty views and fun signs to read) and then to Schwabacher Landing. The kids loved getting to see a massive beaver dam. It was a another quick stop, but worth it for the kids!

We finished our day with supper at the campsite and prepping to head home then next day.

That ends our family trip to Glacier, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park! It was a great experience and we’d all do it again. Worth every hour spent in the car. I feel like we barely hit the surface on what there is to explore in these areas, but it’s still definitely worth even a day or 2 if that’s all the time you have or explore for a week or 2 if you are able.

For another fun family vacation destination, be sure to read this post all about the Black Hills area including the Badlands and Custer State Park!

picture of the mountain range in Grand Teton National Park


The Best Benefits of Meal Planning

menu plant, cash, and pen on the counter

Have you ever wondered, “Why menu plan?” Someone recently found their way to this blog searching that exact thing and we all know if one person asks a question, someone else out there has the same one! So today we are going to talk about the benefits of meal planning!

People talk about menu planning all the time but does it really make a difference? What exactly are those benefits?

Strangely enough, this subject is something I actually get excited about simply because I strongly believe it has made a huge difference in my life. Meal planning is something that has been a part of how I run our home for 13 years now.

The time that I set aside to plan the menu and shopping list are a must do on my list for several reasons. Sure, if you are single or there’s just you and a spouse in the mix, you might be able to pull off not planning. However once you throw kids into the mix, which not only meals extra mouths to feed (and trust me, they never forget about eating) but also additional activities in your days, it just doesn’t work not to.

Let’s get to the benefits of meal planning and just why you should bother to take time out of your busy life to get it done!

close up of a meal plan, cash and pen

3 Benefits of Meal Planning

Menu Planning Saves Money

Budgeting is something else that’s been so important in our house – it has enabled us to live within our means and save money. One great way to save money, is watching what you spend on groceries.

There is no way I’d be able to keep my grocery budget so low if I didn’t plan!

When making a menu plan, I primarily do 3 things:

  • Check the fridge and pantry for ingredients that are going to need to be used.
  • Check the grocery ads to see what’s on sale.
  • Try and plan for the ingredients I purchase to be used in more than one meal to get the most bang for my buck.

Having a grocery list also means you spend less when you are at the store.

A menu plan means you avoid the 5pm “what’s for dinner” stress that causes a last minute grocery or restaurant run.

Menu Planning Saves Time

Let’s take this a step further. Meal planning saves me time (and stress). I’m not spending time every day (or every meal) trying to figure out what I’m going to make. Instead, I do all that thinking in an hour or so and then know exactly what is going to be happening for food each day.

Not only does planning once a week (or every other week if you prefer) save me time over having to come up with a plan daily, but I also spend less time on trips to the grocery store.

The third way menu planning saves time is because it allows me to use the tips in this post on how to spend less time in the kitchen! I can do the kitchen prep work in bulk over the weekend when I have a little extra time and can have leftovers built into my week.

Menu Planning Helps Me Eat Better

Without a meal plan, I would be much more likely to grab some pre-packaged freezer or convenience food. The chances for that unplanned run for take-out or fast food also increases! Neither of which are great on the budget or your health!

Obviously, we have nothing against restaurants. We indulge in a take out pizza on occasion and my husband enjoys Chick-Fil-A. But the majority of the time, I try to cook from scratch and avoid heavily processed foods when I feed my family. Isn’t it better to save those “cheat” meals for a real emergency or purposely plan them into your menu?

Throughout the year, I try to incorporate plenty of seasonal produce and the produce sales! When you plan your meals, you can see when you need to up your fruits and veggies! Planning also allows me to buy the basic, unprocessed ingredients in bulk and know that we will actually use the items up.

Feeding you family more nutrient dense food, saving money, and saving time and stress are 3 huge benefits of meal planning! Over the years I’m sure I’ve saved thousands of dollars by meal planning and many, many hours of time. Not only that, I don’t have the energy or creativity to pull off making an impromptu menu each day. 🙂

Has menu planning made a difference in your life? What other benefits of meal planning can you think of?

If you have yet to menu plan, I highly recommend you give it a try! Let me know if you have any questions!

recipe box, meal plan, and pen on a counter

Originally published March 26, 2015. Rewritten and updated graphics April 2020.

Must Have Kitchen Tools

Stainless steel skillet on a cutting board with a cooked egg

Don’t we all have those favorite things in our kitchen? Those must have kitchen tools that we always want to use? Sometimes, using them even makes you happy! Typically they make your life easier or work so much better than most.

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In my last post I shared my list of kitchen essentials. These are the things that are pretty much a necessity, even if you kitchen is tiny. I also tackled my favorite kitchen appliances here.

Today I’m filling you in on my favorite must have kitchen tools! Most of them are all essentials and some of them are brand dependent. I use these items week in and week out and often times day in and day out. (Be sure to check out the list of small kitchen appliances to know what else I use often!)

Good Pots and Pans

Several years ago we upgraded our pans to a stainless steel Calphalon set from Bed Bath and Beyond. I love them. They can also go in the oven (with the lids) up to 450 degrees. My set has 8 pans and pots plus lids. So much better than the really old, falling apart set we were using. 🙂

If you don’t cook a lot or are limited on space, I’d recommend an 8 and 10 inch skillet, 1.5 quart sauce pan, 3 quart sauté pan, and a 6 or 8 quart stockpot depending on your family size or if you’ll be cooking for groups. You can always add more later, but if you have limited cabinet space, these are the essentials. If you get a non stick pan, get an 8 or 10 inch skillet.

I recommend buying good quality cookware. You are going to have these things for a long time so you want to love them. Cheaper pans tend to warp and not cook evenly. When we were shopping, our top brands we considered were the higher tiered Calphalon products and All Clad. They are expensive so that did mean it took us a few years to purchase them.

Rubber Spatula

I have the classic scraper from Pampered Chef and love them. Would recommend having two. (Don’t tell anyone, but I actually have three and there are times when they are all dirty at once!) Don’t buy the cheap ones. They will fall apart way easier and not work nearly as well. I use them for cooking, baking, and scraping.

Kitchen Tongs

Buy the ones that lock (by pulling up the head not with the sliding ring)! These are great for flipping meat on the skillet, serving salad, removing corn on the cob from hot water and so much more. I have this one from OXO.

Kitchen Shears

I love using kitchen shears. They are perfect for snipping fresh herbs, green onions, or chives. They are also used weekly to cut my daughter’s pizza into bite sized pieces. You can use a pair for cutting meat into chunks and another for slicing your homemade cinnamon rolls to put in a pan.

Mini Cutting Board

This gets used all the time in our home. It’s perfect for a small job – cutting an apple or grapefruit in half, rough chopping a small amount of veggies, mincing just a clove or two of garlic. I love how little space it takes up. Great size to put in the cooler or slide under a car seat to take on a road trip.

wooden spoon and whisks on a counter

Cheese Plane

The cheese planes for hard and semi hard cheeses are awesome! You can slice cheese in a perfect thickness. No more overly thick slices of cheese for sandwiches, grilled cheese, or crackers. A block of cheese will go much further. This gadget might just save you money.

Flat Risotto Spoon/Saute Paddle

This wooden spoon is perfect for sauteing, browning meat,  and stirring anything you are cooking. The flat edge helps scrape the bottom of the pan much more effectively than a spoon.

Good Knives

You don’t need a block of knives. Instead get fewer but better quality knives. This is something I’d do over again if I could. We registered for a knife block when we got married and they are all very dull. We started replacing our knives with the Wusthof brand. Next I need to get a good sharpener. I would buy 2 Chef’s knives, a paring knife, and a bread knife to start. Do you have a favorite knife brand to share?

Mini Serving Spatula

These are the perfect size to serve any dessert made in a pan. We use it all the time for sweets and main dishes. When mine broke a few years ago it was something that I immediately replaced.

Pancake Turner Spatula

This gets used for pancakes, quesadillas, grilled cheese and other such items in our house. Whether you get stainless steel or silicone or nylon will depend on if you use non stick surfaces to cook your pancakes on.

Pizza Stone

If you make homemade pizza, this is a must have! I have two and they make the best pizza crusts. Well worth the investment. I have the large round stone from Pampered Chef but you can find them many places.

Salad Spinner

This in an item I’d say depends on your salad eating habits. If you make large quantities of salad, you are going to want this. Getting your lettuce dry is so much simpler and it lasts longer. I prepare a large quantity of lettuce for us to use for salads during the week every Sunday and this makes it a breeze. My spinner is one of the push knob kinds.


Use this to add garlic, ginger, or nutmeg to a dish. It’s also perfect for zesting citrus fruit. If you don’t do a lot of cooking with fresh garlic or nutmeg you can skip tool and simply mince it with a knife and cutting board, but the microplane is amazing. 😉

USA Pans

I only discovered these a few years ago but I am obsessed! They use a silicone coating and are nonstick. I first made egg muffins in these and was amazed when the eggs popped right and I hadn’t treated the pan at all. They are more expensive that your basics pans, so I have been building my stash slowly. I have the mini muffin tin, regular muffin pan, mini loaf pan set, and one larger loaf pan.

What are your go to, must have kitchen tools? I have one I’m wanting to try and honestly, I hope I get to update this list with it.

Between this list, the kitchen essentials and favorite kitchen appliances, you’ll have a pretty stocked kitchen that you’ll want to spend time in!

Sharp knife on a wooden cutting board

My Favorite Kitchen Tools! You will want to make sure you have these in your kitchen: cheese plane, rubber spatula, good pots and pans and more! Great ideas for my kitchen or a wedding registry.

Originally published April 3, 2014. Updated August 29, 2019.

Aldi Finds

We are back again with another meal plan that uses the produce and meat sales in this week’s Aldi ad. I love shopping at Aldi – the bulk of my purchases come from there and then a will pick up a few items that are on sale at other stores. So an Aldi meal plan is the best!

aldi meal plan

If you struggle with coming up with ideas for what to eat this week, I hope this post gives you some inspiration.

I’m a huge fan of using menu planning as a way to keep grocery costs down (my first point in this post on drastically reducing your grocery budget). No matter how many of these recipes you use, I highly recommend you get your downloadable menu plan template and put it to use. It has saved me so much money over the years:

This week, I’m not only going to include the sample Aldi menu, but I will also share what I’m feeding my family for the next week on my $170 a month grocery budget. This means twice as many ideas.

Aldi Produce and Meat Sales to Check Out (10/17-10/23):

These prices are in my local ad – your prices might vary.

  • Bartlett Pears – 1.79 for 3 pounds
  • Grape tomatoes – .99 per pint
  • Raspberries – 1.49 for 6 ounces
  • 12 ounces chopped organic kale – 2.19
  • Honeycrisp apples – 2.19 for 2 pounds
  • Ground beef – 9.95 for 5 pounds
  • Pork chops – 2.19 a pound
  • Ricotta cheese – 1.49
  • Tortillas – .99

Aldi Meal Plan


Taco Tuesday (using the ground beef and tortillas that are on sale – or make your own)
Skillet Lasagna
Baked Garlic Pork Chops (I’ve never made pork chops, these sound like an amazing first try)
Cheese Pizza (these are the dough and sauce recipes I use)
Pancakes and scrambled eggs (add some bacon or sausage if your budget allows)
Protuguese Chourico and Kale Soup 
Fend for yourself/leftovers/freezer meal

Snack and Side Ideas:

Apples and pears
Carrot and celery sticks
Roasted Kale
Kale Salad

Frugal Lunch Ideas:

Kale Salad (same recipe as above – also uses the grape tomatoes that are on sale)
Rice Cakes (with peanut butter or meat)
Beans and Rice
Roasted Vegetables

Frugal Breakfast Ideas:

Cinnamon apple toast
Southwestern Oven Omelet

$170 per month Menu Plan for this Week:

Okay, and now for my family’s menu for the week. I plan using the method I outline in my menu planning template:

Pancakes for lunch
Steak Salad

Eggs and hashbrowns for lunch
Small groups for supper (bring sides and desserts)

Monday: Chili

Tuesday: Leftover Chili

Wednesday: Kids eat at church

Thursday: Chili Baked Potatoes

Friday: Pizza night

Breakfasts: Oatmeal, leftover pancakes, eggs

Lunches: Soups from the freezer, PB sandwiches on homemade sourdough, veggies, fruit, salad, deli meat

Snacks: Cuties, pretzels, homemade orange juice Popsicles (my oldest’s request)

What’s on your menu this week?

Experience Gifts for Kids that They Will Love

Christmas and birthdays. They always lead to more presents and more stuff for the kids that you don’t have room for in your house. What’s another alternative? Experience gifts for kids!

wrapped presents for experience gifts for kids

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Experience gifts mean not only no clutter but your child gets to make memories and do something they normally wouldn’t.

Sounds like a win-win!

Coming up with the perfect experience gifts for kids can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here is a great list to get you brainstorming. You will find something perfect for your child.

Not only are experience gifts great for parents to give a child, they would also be a lot of fun to receive from a grandparent.

Wrapping the Experience Gift:

If you are worried about how this idea will work not having a gift under the tree or at a birthday dinner for them to open, there are a couple of easy options.

  1. Make up a certificate/letter with all of the details (use pictures for younger kids) and print in color. Place that in a box or gift bag and wrap like you would a present.
  2. Come up with a small gift that goes along with your experience gift and wrap it along with a note. Or wrap the small gift and note separately, having them open the physical gift first.


Experience Gifts for Kids:

Movie Theater

If your home is anything like ours, a trip to the movie theater only happens once every couple years. How fun would it be for your child to receive a ticket to a movie they would love. You can also do a bundle with tickets to a few other movies coming out the next year.

Small Gift Idea: Popcorn or movie theater candy.


The science museum and children’s museum are always a hit! Consider a day pass or even a season membership to a local museum.

Small Gift Idea: A book about science.


Once again, you could do a gift of a day trip to the zoo or a year membership.

Small Gift Idea: A book about animals

Trip to a Ballet

My aunt and uncle took my sisters and me to see the Nutcracker when we were kids. Such a special trip. Dress up fancy and take your child out for dinner before hand and they will feel like royalty.

Small Gift Idea: Book, movie, picture of the ballet or a dress to wear.

ballet slippers

Broadway Show

Maybe you have some musical lovers in your house. Getting to see a favorite Broadway show  live in your nearby big city could even be a favorite gift for a teen.

Small Gift Idea: Book, movie, poster of the show or a dress to wear.

Baseball/Sporting Event

Maybe sports are more down your kids’ alley. Whether it’s a college basketball or football game or going to a minor (or major) league ballpark, this would be a memorable outing with your child.

Small Gift Idea: Peanuts, cracker jacks, ball, baseball cap

Tea Party

The little girls in your family would love this. How fun would it be for them to dress up and experience a tea room and scones and other pastries?!

Monthly Mom or Dad Dates

Put together a bundle of monthly (or you could just do quarterly) dates with mom or dad. Come up with a fun selection and write them down on separate cards with all the details and have each redeemable in a specific month.

Rock Climbing

Adventurous kids? They would probably love a certificate to the local climbing gym!

Small Gift Idea: Rock climbing chalk 

Horseback Riding

Horses are expensive. If you have a horse lover in your house they will probably think this is the coolest gift ever.

Small Gift Idea: A book about horses, an apple, horse brush, appropriate footware

Ice Cream Vouchers

What child doesn’t like ice cream? Again, if this isn’t something you normally spend your money on, trips to the ice cream shop when your child wants would be very enjoyed.

Small Gift Idea: Ice cream scoop

Train Ride

My son loves trains. He’d be over the moon knowing that his presents was going to be riding on a legit train.

Small Gift Idea: Book on trains or a toy train.


The options here are countless. Look to see what is offered in your community and compare that list to the interests your kids have.

Here are some ideas to look for:

Cooking Class
Art Class
Pottery Class
Any of interests

Small Gift Ideas: Any little gadget or accessory that would go along with your class of choice.


Another great idea for the adventurer in your house.

American Girl

If you have a child that loves dolls, a trip to the American Girl Cafe and store could be a special experience.

Small Gift Idea: New accessory for their doll


Again, if this isn’t something you normally do your girls will feel pampered. Whether it’s a special hair cut or getting her nails done, she’s sure to feel special.

Small Gift Idea: Hair accessory or nail polish

What are your favorite experience gifts for kids? Have you seen unique ideas for gifting them before?

Be sure to check out these other gift guides for more ideas:

Best Experience Gifts for Kids
Educational Gifts Kids Will be Excited About
The Best Craft and Art Gifts for Kids
Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything
Gifts for Teen Girls
Gifts for Teen Boys
Gifts for Preschool Boy
Gifts for a 2 Year Old
Gifts for Preschoolers
Gifts for a Home Cook
Gifts for a Fitness Lover

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