We have a trip scheduled shortly and I started thinking today about something I normally do, which is wrap up small surprises and let the kids unwrap one at the start of the trip/rest stop/lunch break etc. It is a two day, 16 hour plus journey for us. This is something that has been fun and makes the trip a little faster/easier to take, for the kids. Well, our first trip was when the kids were 4 and 6. Now DS is 10 and DD is 12. The cute little toys and gadgets from the dollar area at Target just don’t have the same appeal.
I have no idea what to do. I know they would enjoy unwrapping SOMETHING. But in this era of digital everything, I’m not interested in telling them they can buy more Robux for Roblox at each stop. I did get DD an awesome pair of ears; I figured I can give them to her for one present. But this trip will quickly be way too expensive (haha, like it’s not already…it’s a split stay with the Poly on the back end) if I try to do that for each stop. DS is into scratch-off lottery tickets, so I could just buy a bunch of those…kind of boring, but I guess it could work, and they’d both be into seeing if they won something.
Any suggestions? Is it time to give up this tradition?