I think you will love these non-toy gift ideas for kids! Give your kids gifts that won’t clutter up your home! They’ll feel loved, and you’ll not go crazy cleaning up after them!
At least once per day I find myself muttering to my husband (or saying to myself): “Our girls have too many toys!”
And honestly? We do. Even with our 3-gift rule at Christmas, we are often overflowing with toys and things. Our girls really have plenty.
Besides giving old toys away when new toys come in, here is a list of non-toy gifts I’ve been mulling over. Some of these are making our Christmas list this year!
Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids
I could not be more excited about this one! I met the owner of Little Passports at a conference in the fall, and I absolutely love the concept.
We want to instill an international worldview in our children. We want them growing up loving and learning about other cultures and countries.
Little Passports is one way to do this!
Little Passports is a subscription service that sends “travel kits” to children each month. Kits includes stickers, activity books and lessons on culture, a bit of language and more! Little Passports offers 3 different kit options:
Early Explorers are for preschoolers age 3-5 and includes a different theme each month that helps give children a broader view of the world as a whole.
World Edition is for 5-10 year-olds, and each kit includes a new country to explore.
USA Edition is for 7-12-year-olds and focuses on the United States.
Each kit option builds on the other, so that by the time your children finish the USA Edition at 12, they should have a very broad impression of the world (without ever leaving your home–but I can bet it will give them the desire to travel to these places one day)!
Among out non-toy gift ideas, I believe Little Passports is perfect for homeschool families who want to add to their social studies curriculum, but they are also great for any family who want to instill an international worldview in their children.
And the best part? It’s a non-toy gift!
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Now through 12/2/16, Little Passports is offering $20 off any 12 Month subscription!
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2. Bath & Body Products
What child doesn’t need bath and body products? There are tons of fun products to choose from on the market today, so your children will feel like they are getting toys, even though this is a very practical gift!
This Bundle of Suds gift set comes in four different scents, and it’s comforting to know that it’s non-toxic!
Couple it with a new new washcloth set in your child’s favorite character or with a decorative loofah sponge, and you have gifts for your kids that will stay in the bathtub and aren’t toys that will clutter up the whole house! Plus, they makes bath time fun.
This is among one of my favorite non-toy gift ideas because it’s practical to boot!
3. Museum or Zoo Memberships
Oftentimes, a zoo or museum membership will pay for itself in just a few visits. If you have either local to you, it might be worth your money to get a membership.
We used some birthday money from friends to purchase our girls a children’s museum membership a few years back, and it was well worth it! We actually got an additional discount because my husband is a teacher, so be sure to ask if they offer educator, military, etc. discounts!
A membership gift will not add to the clutter in your house, making this one of the greatest non-toy gift ideas on the list!
4. A Craft Box Subscription
With a craft box subscription, I don’t have to be crafty. I don’t even have to come up with craft ideas on my own.
All the work–the planning, the ideas, the instructions and even the supplies–are all in the Green Kid Crafts box for me!
Green Kid Crafts has a variety of boxes to choose from:
Discovery Boxes offer a more variety of themed crafts.
Creativity Kits are for more-on-the-go crafting, perfect for holiday travel!
5. Extracurricular Art, Music, Dance or Sports Lessons
Extracurriculars can get pricey, but why not gift them as part of Christmas?
This is something we have done in the past with grandparent money, and our girls have loved it!
Check my post on how to afford extracurricular activities for ideas on how to make this a more affordable gift.
6. Online Cooking Classes (+ an apron!)
Our girls have been LOVING Mrs. Kimball’s Mrs. Kimball’s Kids Cook Real Food eCourse. We got it back in the summer, and they’ve been begging to finish it over Christmas break.
The course is only open to enrollees a few times per year. You can check out the curriculum map for the course here to see if it’s something your kids would enjoy. Check out enrollment information for Kids Cook Real Food here and sign up for the waiting list if enrollment is closed when you are reading this.
If you get something like a cooking class for your kids, you can always couple it with a small physical gift, like a cute apron! We gifted my girls matching aprons one Christmas a few years ago (ones that matched mine as well!), and they still love using them.
Bonus: Books or Magazine Subscriptions
In my opinion, books are some of the greatest gifts you can give–not just to children but to anyone! (OK, I might be just a bit partial since I’m a bookworm!)
We have just started delving into read-alouds, and this Christmas my parents are giving my girls a set of the Boxcar Children books.
Some of my favorite books for the different age ranges include:
Eric Carle books (really, any of them!)
God Gave Us You (any of the books in this series)
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (any of the books in this series)
Corduroy (a favorite of mine from childhood!)
Going to Sleep on the Farm (We picked this one up at a Goodwill Bookstore when our firstborn was an infant, and it’s become one of our all-time favorites!)
Tea for Ruby (teaches manners)
The Bernstein Bear books (any of them)
The Way Home: A Princess Story (a little too advanced for preschoolers but definitely good for elementary)
Read-Alouds for Elementary/Older Elementary or Middle School Chapter Books:
We’re in this season right now, as my oldest is now in second grade, and our middle is in kindergarten. I love the sweet time of chapter book read-alouds together!
American Girl books
Boxcar Children books
Anne of Green Gables books
Bobbsey Twins books
Hardy Boys books (my hubby’s suggestion)
Island of the Blue Dolphins (my hubby’s suggestion)
Stormy (my hubby’s suggestion)
This Children’s Puffin Set 10-book collection is pricey but would be amazing!
What kid does not like getting mail?!
Also check out our favorite Christmas books for kids in this post.
But what if I want to give my kids toys?
There’s no shame in giving your kids toys! We do a combination of both toys and non-toy gift ideas for our kids.
If you want to check out some of our toy suggestions, my husband Will has curated an incredible Christmas gift guide with plenty of toy options. Check it out here.
What are your non-toy gift ideas for kids?
See all of our previous gift guides HERE