50 Non-toy Christmas Gifts for Kids

Over the last few years I have started to come up with some ideas other than toys for my kids.This year we downsized from a 3 bedroom house to 2 bedroom apartment due to a move. So the need to get creative with ideas became even more necessary. During the move I went through the toys several times and lets just say we still have way too many. It’s actually quite impressive the amount of toys they do have because we don’t buy them  on a regular basis. The boys are lucky and well loved, so come birthdays and holidays they get gifts from so many people.

I have talked to many other moms who feel the pain of just too many toys and nowhere to put them, then the thought of Christmas time is enough to make you want to cringe.Now I’m not saying no toys for Christmas, but I’d like to even it out a bit. The quote that I try to remember “Collect moments not things”. It’s equally important to give our kids experiences and our time.

Are you out of ideas to tell relatives? Or like me , can’t imagine squeezing any more toys in your house? Or maybe you’re a grandparents or relative looking for something different to give this year. Whichever it is,  I hope some of these ideas will help you out.

  1. Magazine subscription such as Highlights, Boys Life, or American Girl
  2. Gift cards for bowling or mini golf
  3. Gift card to favorite fast food restaurant
  4. Subscription box (Kiwi CrateDoodle Crate or Little Passports) We haven’t tried these yet but look forward to trying Little Passports this year!
  5. Gift card for favorite Ice cream shop
  6. Maybe the child would like to try karate, jiu jitsu or some kind of dance class
  7. Gift card to movie theaters
  8. Sleeping bag
  9. I tunes card, my boys love getting their own card to use towards apps and songs
  10. Membership or tickets to the local zoo or aquarium. Prices for a family trip to either of these places adds up quickly, even by buying a ticket for just one child can help tremendously.
  11. Their own umbrella
  12. Bluetooth wireless speaker. My oldest has his eyes on a Star Wars one for his room.
  13. Camera If they aren’t quite ready for an actual digital camera there are quite a few out right now for kids. We have the V-Tech Kidizoom Action Camera which comes with mounts for the bike, an underwater case and a lot more. It’s actually a very good little camera and he’s used it at the beach and pool! It’s fun to see what they would take pictures of.
  14. Tickets to an upcoming event. Maybe Disney on Ice, Disney Live, a children’s play at a local school or theater.
  15. Tickets to a concert (great gift for a pre teen or teenager)
  16. Bike or scooter, this is a great idea especially if the child has a fall or winter birthday.
  17. Trip to or tickets to the ice skating rink
  18. Gift card to Michaels for the kid who loves arts and crafts
  19. Kids cookbook and apron
  20. Gift certificate to a pottery place where they can make their own
  21. Tickets to the bouncy place
  22. Overnight stay somewhere fun. Not thinking anything crazy but maybe there is a Great Wolf Lodge not too far from you. Just somewhere fun and feels like a getaway!
  23. Their own watch. If your kids are anything like mine they always want to know what time it is. Time to get them their own watch 😉
  24. Museum tickets, could be an art museum, history museum or just a children’s museum! We loved Port Discovery and Please Touch Museum when we were in Maryland and can’t wait to try the ones here in Florida.
  25. Bath paint, crayons or color drops
  26. Snow gear
  27. Snorkeling gear
  28. Online membership to abcmouse.com
  29. Science experiment kits
  30. Sports equipment
  31. Tickets to a sporting event
  32. New sunglasses or hat
  33.  How to Magic kit
  34. Child size tent
  35. Hammock for your backyard ( we found some at Five Below and the kids love them)
  36. Gift card for an upcoming trip ( Disney, Legoland, Hersheypark, Sea World etc)
  37. A one day ticket or Annual pass to a  local amusement park
  38. Gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure
  39. Their own kid sized suitcase
  40. Book about somewhere they may be visiting soon
  41. Dressup clothes
  42. Movie or cartoon themed calendar for their room
  43. Savings bonds
  44. Art supplies
  45. Travel pillow
  46. Modeling kit (Jo-Anns has a good selection)
  47. Adopt a pet. Not the kind you’re thinking 🙂 Our local marine life center has sea turtles you can adopt. You get updated on your sea turtle and it’s rehabilitation. They send you a picture and certificate as well.
  48. New pajamas
  49. Board games
  50. Headphones My boys love having their own headphones for road trips.

That wraps up my list. Please feel free to leave any other ideas you have in the comments.


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