1. Scavenger Hunt. Write down several clues (or when the boys were younger, I printed pictures clues), wrap the clues in separate boxes all under the tree numbered, or I like to put one box under the tree and lead them to boxes hidden around the house with clues. Imagine the excitement on their face's when they discover the last clue is tickets to: Whale Watching in Hawaii, Wine Tasting in Italy, Swimming with sharks and rays in Bora Bora, Zip lining in Caribbean or YOU fill in the blank. Be sure to have your video camera ready-these are priceless moments.
2. Travel Gifts. Buy a few things that pertain to your trip. Books to build the anticipation of the destination they will be visiting soon. Or more tangible gifts pertaining to the destination: If you are taking them to the Caribbean or Costa Rica, some water shoes, snorkel mask,
sunscreen; National Park passport or national geographic books of Grand Canyon, if visiting National Parks; golf tees if golf trip, Lei if gifting Hawaii or Tahiti, Bora Bora; etc.
3. Gift Certificate.
WARNING: I gave John a GIFT OF EXPERIENCE about 10 years ago (Golf Trip with his buddies), and he won't accept any other gift except that one each year. On the bright side, I don't even need to think about WHAT to get him, its a given.