I read this over at OhDeeDoh today and it really resonated with me:
In the end, all presents either get well loved and then discarded, garage-saled, or given away to friends or family. It might be shortly after they're given, or not until later on in college or adulthood, but sooner or later it happens to everything. That is unless you give experiences as gifts instead of stuff and things.
My parents immigrated to the U.S. when I was really young, and we never had much in terms of things. I remember maybe two or three toys I was given on Christmas. But my memories are rich with the many family car trips we took to the beach, and to see the autumn leaves change colors, and swimming every weekend in the summer and ice skating every weekend in the winter...Those are the things I really treasured, and I hardly ever think about what few things I had.