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Non-Toy Gifts for Kids
The holidays are such a special time and it is so much fun to watch your kids open gifts that they love. I don’t know about you but I get overwhelmed with the amount of toys my kids already have…then pile on the toy gifts from family and friends? It gets to be like a toy store in our home.
We always do a winter cleaning right before Christmas to find the toys in our home that the kids no longer want/need so that we can donate them to kids who do want them. This helps a little with the toy overload but I like to do my part too. The gifts we give my kids are as much “non-toy” or educational gifts as possible because they will be receiving toys from others. We give each of our kids a Lego set because I truly love them and they stimulate pretend play, math and motor skills. We also gift our kids experiences. My mom made the choice a few years ago to give our family a membership to a local zoo or museum and then each of the kids a small gift to open separately and it was an eye opener for us. We saw how much more our children got out of the membership than any of the toys they received and we have moved in that direction ourselves.

If you’re looking to give gifts that are fun without being toys, here are some of the great ideas we’ve come up with for non-toy gifts that the kids will love:

MEMBERSHIPS

Zoo
Museum
Children’s Museum
Art Classes
Martial Arts Class
Indoor Pool
State/National Parks Pass
Aquarium
Tinker Crate Subscription
Local Amusement/Theme Park
Dance Classes

OUTDOOR

Sandbox
Trampoline
Bike
Swingset
Camping Gear
Playhouse/Treehouse
Bounce House
Water Bottle
Umbrella
Sled
Snowball Maker

 

DECOR

Bean Bag Chair
Poster
Bookshelf
Playmat/Rug
Sheets with their favorite character
Candles (for older tweens/teens)
Desk
Kids Table & Chairs
Wall Vinyl

EXPERIENCES

Restaurant Gift Certificate
Movie Passes
Bowling Passes
Family Vacation
Mani/Pedi Day

LEARNING

Book Series
Puzzles
Journal
Clock
Planetarium Projector
Personalized Book
iTunes Gift Card for Apps (or music)

INTERACTIVE

Cookbook & Accessories
Pamper Gift Basket
Build Your Own Fort Kit
Popsicle Molds/Maker
Experiments Book

CLOTHES + ACCESSORIES

Jewelry
Headband
Blanket
Purse
Wallet
Shoes
Slippers
Fun Socks
Hat
Mittens
Scarf
Shirt From Their Favorite YouTuber
Custom Sweatshirt
Christmas Jammies

Non Toy Gifts