My husband and I have lived a very simple life for the past five years of our marriage. Besides a blue wall in our living room, our home is simple, neutral and quiet. Few things adorn the walls, and we joke that at any moment we could move furniture from one room to another because it’s pretty much all the same.
That’s intentional because we enjoy the little things. We value experiences over possessions. This same concept will be woven into our 9-month-old daughter Kalil’s first Christmas.
Many people ask us what we will do and what we will get her.
And when I answer nothing, we are met with surprise, confusion and sometimes looks of disappointment. Very few people ask why but most often we share that anyway. She won’t know if we get her something or not, and when she does come of age to remember, we want to have a holiday season full of memories not toys she probably won’t play with through the new year.
So for all the amazing friends and family who are thoughtful enough to ask what to get Kalil for Christmas, here’s my list of gifts and experiences we would love to share with her in our home city of St. Louis.
My husband and I love reading to Kalil, so a book from the black-owned bookstore Eye See Me would be an extra special treat.
Infant Swimming Lessons
St. Louis Zoo Membership
Although daily admittance is free, a St. Louis Zoo membership will allow Kalil to engage in special events and activities for her age. The parking passes are another wonderful perk for hot summer days.
Playtime is not only fun but an essential educational experience for young children. So I would be forever grateful for passes at Urban Fort Play Cafe, a local small business, or the retail chain Gymboree.
Mommy & Me Yoga
As you can probably already tell, I love supporting small businesses and teaching Kalil to do the same. So a mommy and me class at Southtown Yoga, a local small business, would be right up our alley.
Yummy Food ( Vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free options available)
If you want to explore some delicious vegetarian options or indulge in baked goods with your little one, SweetArt Bakeshop and Cafe is the place to go. Kalil’s 1st birthday cake will definitely come from SweetArt.