“No Box” Gift Giving Ideas for #MetroDetroit Families #NoBoxXmas


Black Friday is quickly approaching.  While some families plan on venturing out to find the best deals on toys and gifts for their family and friends, I will be spending the day at home. Our family will be decorating the house and listening to Christmas music. I am not worried one bit about missing out on those great deals.

If your family is anything like mine, the last thing we need at Christmas is more stuff.  We have too many clothes, too many toys, too much everything.  Christmas becomes an overwhelming overload of more stuff.  Buying gifts becomes stressful.  Will they like it?  Will they use it?  The day after Christmas is even more stressful.  Where am I going to put all this?

This year we are asking our friends and family to think of gifts that are more about experiences rather than material things.  What is at the top of your “No Box” list?

Memberships to: 

  1. The Detroit Zoo
  2. The Michigan Science Center
  3. The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village
  4. Cranbrook Art Museum
  5. Cranbrook Institute of Science
  6. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  7. MetroParks Pass
  8. State Parks Pass
  9. Detroit Historical Museum
  10. Legoland Discovery Center in Michigan
  11. Sea Life Michigan

Tickets to: 

  1. Cirque Du Soleil Jan 10th – 13th, 2019
  2. Rock of Ages Jan 18th – 19, 2019
  3. US Figure Skating Jan 22 – 27, 2019
  4. Paw Patrol Feb 28th to Mar 3rd
  5. Disney on Ice March 21st to 24th
  6. Movie Tickets
  7. Sporting events (Red Wings, Pistons)
  8. Concert
  9. Detroit Puppet Theater



Just a day playing and spending time
together is a great gift.
  1. Museums
  2. Ice Skating
  3. Roller Skating
  4. Bounce Houses & Trampoline Centers
  5. Indoor Pools
  6. Nature Centers
  7. Indoor Play Centers
  8. Gymnastic Centers
  9. Photography Session
  10. Bowling
  11. Trip to Build A Bear
  12. Spa Day – Pedicures/Manicure
  13. Horse Back Riding
  14. Fun Restaurant – Chuckie Cheese, Dave & Busters
  15. A Night at a Hotel with Waterpark
  16. Spending time helping others (helping at a shelter, delivering food, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House)
  17. Cedar Point
  18. Indoor Mini Golf
  19. Horse & Buggy Ride
  20. Train Ride
  21. Ice Cream Vouchers
  22. Special dinner out
  23. A Trip to the Fire Station
  24. Tour the Morley Candy Factory or another factory tour
  25. Hot Air Balloon Ride
  26. Zip Lining
  27. Indoor Rock Climbing
  28. Laser Tag
  29. Paintball
  30. Ford Rouge Factory Tour
  31. Automotive Hall of Fame
  32. Mother/Son Dance
  33. Daddy/Daughter Dance
  34. Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  35. Tea Party Castle or My Girly Party experience
  36. Sports Clinic


  1. Swimming
  2. Music
  3. Dance
  4. Gymnastics
  5. Theatre
  6. Art
  7. Ice Skating
  8. Robotics/Lego Building/Technology
  9. Karate/Martial Arts
  10. Sports
  11. Cooking
  12. Roller Skating
  13. Horse Back Riding
  14. Craft – sewing, crochet
  15. Yoga
  16. Computers
  17. Photography

Subscription to: 

  1. Magazines for Children like:
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Amber Louchart

Amber is the proud Homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (23), Rosaleigh (9), Carlyn (6), Naomi (3) and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. Her family also includes three cats. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy.

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