But kids will be the ones who get the present, with this year's festival once more featuring top-quality shows and activities especially designed for babies to eight-year-olds.
We've been to our fair share of Out of the Box performances in the past, both as a family and on school excursions. I have fond memories of a show featuring spectacular dinosaur puppets, plus the many free activities that we've enjoyed over the years.
This year my younger son is eight, and there's still plenty to entertain him. I have my eye on The Flying Orchestra, which features innovative puppetry and live music, Hello Spaceboy!, a physical theatre show, and Digital Play, a workshop that allows kids to make their own 'sound story' using digital technologies and gaming.
We'll also be rocking up for free activities like the Tongue Twister tent and the very cool Sticky Maze.
Other festival highlights are likely to be the Dinosaur Petting Zoo -- where kids can get up close and personal with reconstructions of the big dudes -- and a massive cardboard city, which will be built by children and their families. These ticketed events will be held on the QPAC lawns.
If you have real littlies, this year's Out of the Box includes a tent especially for 0-5 year-olds, featuring baby yoga, baby music, a teddy bear concert, and other gentle entertainments.
Bear with Me for 3-6 year-olds
At the other end of the scale, a few events are advertised as being 'all ages', so you can take the whole family along.
There are around 30 different events on offer, so you really need to check the program yourself to see what might appeal to your children.
While prices for ticketed events are not super-cheap (generally $15/child for workshops and $20/child for shows), the quality is usually far superior to what you find at other children's events.