Whether you are trying keep your house less cluttered with neglected toys, or just wanting to switch up the types of gifts you typically give your kids, here is a list of non-toy gift and stocking stuffer ideas to put in your back pocket for the upcoming month of Christmas shopping.
Instead of heading straight to the toy section for a gift that might bring excitement for a few hours, why not give something educational, useful, AND fun?
40 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids
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- Magazine Subscriptions: Our personal favorite is Highlights. You can get age-appropriate subscriptions that come each month, filled with educational stories, crafts, puzzles, and recipes. Other great subscriptions for kids are Zoobooks, or National Geographic Kids.
- Subscription Boxes : Little PassPorts sends a monthly box filled with adventure from around the world. There are also Groovy Lab boxes for your science gurus, and surprise book boxes for the kiddos in your family through Story Box.
- Memory Books: Our kids love looking through pictures of when they were smaller. Taking the time to get the pictures off of your computer’s hard drive and into a beautiful, colorful book makes a meaningful gift that your child will enjoy their whole life. (You can use any photo site like Shutterfly, Picaboo, or Mpix.)
- Butterfly Kit: You can have a Butterfly Kit (a cup of caterpillars and a habitat) sent to your home and your kids can experience the life cycle of a butterfly first hand.
- Zoo Membership: If you had a zoo membership you could pop in and out whenever its convenient and let your kids have plenty of time to really explore everything your zoo has to offer.
- Swing Set: A swing set is an awesome family gift that will get hours of use, and you don’t even have to pick it up! You can order a swing set off Amazon and have it shipped to your front door. (Winner, winner, chicken-dinner!)
- Classes or Lessons: Buy a few music or Karate lessons, gym sessions, or art/craft classes. This is a great gift that can get kids more involved in their interests.
- Play Mat or Rug: Instead of buying more cars, trains, or action figures buy them a rug or play mat that would coordination with the type of play they like to do.
- Chick-fil-a Gift Card: Give your kids a little extra spending money for a milkshake or one of those chocolate chunk cookies. (Maybe they’ll even share it with you.) 😉
- Cooking or Art Apron: Every thing is more fun with an apron on. Plus it might save a few more outfits from the untimely demise due to paint and food.
- Gift Certificates for Books: Scholastic or Barnes and Noble offer gift certificates that your child can redeem throughout the year on books that are fascinating to them.
- New Movie and Snacks: Get a gift the whole family can enjoy together, and don’t forget to include snacks.
- Coupon Book: You can use your creative skills to make a coupon book for your child. (A trip to the playground, read me a book, or free cookie.)
- Hobby Kit: Introduce a new hobby with a kit that includes everything they need to get started. Some ideas might be a Sewing Kit, Cake Decorating Kit, Rock Tumbling Kit, or a Wood Working Kit.)
- New bedding: You can update their existing bedding with a new duvet cover, or go all new with a set that will match their personality. Also soft blankets and pillows make a great gift, as well.
- Wall decor: You could take this opportunity to hone your crafting skill and make something, or you can visit places like Etsy to purchase an adorable new wall piece.
- Growth Chart: Make or buy a growth chart so your kids can have fun keeping track of how much they’ve grown.
- Mini Golf or Laser Tag Gift Certificate: Give the gift of fun and time with a planned day out.
- Craft Supplies: Put a bag full of their favorite craft supplies together. Add things like paper, pencils, markers, glue, yarn, or stickers.
- Kitchen Tools for Kids: If your kids like to help out in the kitchen you can get them some kitchen tools that they can learn with and still have an element of safety.
- Calendar Already Filled with Activities– Make or purchase a calendar board and fill it with fun activities for the next month. Include things like family movie night, mini golf, story hour, special snacks, or later bedtime.)
- Board games– Find some age appropriate games that your kids will enjoy and use frequently.
- Clothes and Shoes– Kids are always growing and always in need of clothing of some kind. Give them a gift while meeting a need. (Pants, shirts, socks, shoes, underwear, tights, jackets, or coats.)
- Sleeping bag: If your family likes camping or any overnight trips that require bedding, give them their own sleeping bag.
- Personalized Camping Chair: Camping chairs are so convenient when you are spending the day away from the house at sporting events, camping, or a day at the lake. You can get your child their own Personalized Chair.
- A Pet: If your kids are up for the responsibility, get them a pet. (Fish, hamster, kitten, or even a little puppy.)
- Busy Books: Busy books are hands on activity books for toddlers and preschoolers. These interactive books are great for quiet time or travel entertainment.
- Rain Boots: Depending on where you live, Rain Boots are a necessity. (For us, it rains here over half of the year, so we always make sure each of our kids has a working pair.)
- Nature Journal: Nature journals are a log of all our child’s outdoor discoveries. It’s an awesome learning tool with lots of useful information, and is something they can look back and enjoy for years to come.
- Water Bottle: Give your kids their own water bottle or Sippy cup that is available to them whenever they get thirsty. You can keep it filled at home and also take it with you when you go.
- Plant: Get your child a low maintenance plant to learn about and take care of. Consider a succulent, bamboo, or and herb plant to begin with.
- Tool Box: Start off with the box then add new tools as they get older.
- Musical Instrument: If you child is already taking lessons or is showing a genuine interest in an instrument, this may be the perfect time to get them their own. (Keyboard, Guitar, Violin, or possibly a Harmonica.)
- Sports Equipment: Ball, bat, glove, or cleats make great, practical gifts that you know will be well used and appreciated.
- Camera: If your kids love taking pictures, you can get them a kid-friendly camera that they can practice their photography skills with.
- Bike: This is one of those bigger tag items but you know they will be used. Their eyes will definitely light up when they see a girl or boy bike waiting for them by the tree.
- Beach Towel: If you live near a beach or travel often to the coast, a new beach towel might be a great option.
- Bird House or Feeder: If your kids are like mine, they love watching the birds from the windows. Adding a bird feeder might boost the bird traffic for your little bird watchers.
- Microscope OR Telescope: whether your kids enjoy looking at the stars or observing the hairy fibers of a bug, a telescope or a microscope would be a neat tool to get them.
- Backpack: Our kids regularly use their backpacks for overnight stays at their grandparents house, library books, and play.
More Christmas Ideas
Looking for some more fun ideas for the Christmas season? Here are some other Christmas crafts for kids, as well as, gift ideas, and printable resources to get you started!
- Experience-Based Gift Ideas for Kids
- DIY Fingerprint Ornaments
- DIY Wood-Slice Ornaments
- Scandinavian Fruit Soup
- Christmas Counting Busy Book
- DIY Bird Feeder Ornaments
- DIY Stocking Christmas Countdown Garland (Cricut Craft)
- Printable Indoor Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues
- DIY Scented Dried Orange Garland
Can you think of any more non-toy gift ideas for kids?
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