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Mum saves money by giving her kids the gift of time instead of presents

A year of memories – the parents wanted to give the children time rather than objects (Picture: SWNS)

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By admin , in England , at September 22, 2019

Family gives gift of time to their children for Christmas

A year of memories – the parents wanted to give the children time rather than objects (Picture: SWNS)

For some Christmas is a time of mistletoe and wine, for others its logs on the fire and gifts on the tree, but for this family it is all about giving their time to each other.

This thrifty family has turned their backs on pricey objects and instead are sharing gift of time.

Last Christmas Hayley Parker, 34, surprised her children Daisy, eight, and Freddie, four, by giving a letter explaining her plan.

The nursery nurse and husband Barney, 40, gave the children 12 envelopes each containing a family day out or experience.

Hayley, from Patrington in Holderness East Yorkshire, said: As I was thinking of what to get the children last year I felt that they already had plenty of toys and couldnt think of what we should get them.

Hayley Parker, with husband Barney and children Daisy, 8, and Freddie, 4. See SWNS copy SWLEtime: A thrifty mum has told how she no longer gives her kids pricey presents - instead giving them the "gift of time". Last Christmas Hayley Parker, 34, surprised her children Daisy, eight, and Freddie, four, by not giving them endless piles of wrapped up gifts. Instead she gave them a letter explaining she was giving them the gift of time to spend together as a family - away from work, phones and other distractions.

Hayley Parker, with husband Barney and children Daisy, 8, and Freddie, 4. make photo montages of each outing (Picture: SWNS)

I realised I would be buying things for the sake of it.

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I came up with the idea after seeing something on Instagram saying: Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.

I just knew I wanted to create lovely memories for our family and it has been fabulous.

And it gives the kids something to look forward to each month. Its the gift that keeps on giving.

After each outing I create a little photo montage so we can see all we have done together.

One of the boxes of 'time' from mum Hayley Parker to children Daisy, 8, and Freddie, 4. See SWNS copy SWLEtime: A thrifty mum has told how she no longer gives her kids pricey presents - instead giving them the "gift of time". Last Christmas Hayley Parker, 34, surprised her children Daisy, eight, and Freddie, four, by not giving them endless piles of wrapped up gifts. Instead she gave them a letter explaining she was giving them the gift of time to spend together as a family - away from work, phones and other distractions.

One of the boxes of time from mum Hayley to children Daisy and Freddie (Picture: SWNS)

The beauty of this is that it is actually things we would have done anyway, but it makes more of an event of it and makes up appreciate it.

You could make your gifts as cheap or expensive as you like, Ill try and do free things when I know money will be tight – like after Christmas or our summer holiday.

I even timed one of our trips for when we were in Cornwall this year. The kids have loved it so much that this year Daisy has asked for it again and thats a win in my book.

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