If you’re scrambling to think of some last minute gift ideas for kids, then I have good news. In this post, I give you 5 gifts that you can purchase in minutes–without leaving home!
I must admit: Left to my own devices, I’m a last minute gift getter.
(Thankfully, my gift-giving husband is more on the ball, or our kids might never have gifts under the tree!)
I don’t know what parents did before the advent of digital gifts, but I’m thankful we now have that option.
Whether it be for your own child or for a niece, nephew, or one of your children’s friends, the following are my top 5 picks for last minute gift ideas for kids. As a bonus? All of these gifts are all clutter-free!
5 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Kids
1. Subscription Box
With a box subscription, I don’t have to be crafty or “sciency” or look for materials. I don’t even have to come up with ideas on my own.
All the work–the planning, the ideas, the instructions and even the supplies–are all in the boxes for me!
With Little Passports, we can instill loving and learning about other cultures and countries. With boxes like Kiwi Co and MEL Science, we can encourage interest in STEM and science. With Green Kid Craft, we can promote creativity and art.
Kiwi Co and Green Kid Crafts and MEL Science and Little Passports all have a variety of boxes to choose from.
This gift will take some parental involvement unless your kids are quite a bit older, but it can be a fun gift for parents and grandparents to partake in with their kids.
With the increase in online learning has come a plethora of educational and entertaining online courses for kids!
My top 4 recommendations are:
I’ve written about Fit2B many times in the past because I love this online fitness studio, and it’s been my exercise of choices for 5+ years.
I was thrilled when Fit2B creator Beth Learn launched an e-course just for tween, pre-teen, and young teen girls several months back!
Fit2B Girls is holistic, non-sexual body education that empowers girls to respect their bodies and keep them healthy.
If you want to teach your kids or grandkids how to cook, then I highly recommend Katie Kimball’s Kids Cook Real Food e-course.
This comprehensive cooking course is for kids age 3 and up (and even adults can learn from the course as well!).
View the curriculum map for Kids Cook Real Food here.
From quilting to sewing to cake decorating and more, Craftsy offers online classes for every craft-lover in your life. My oldest daughter is a crafter, and I am keeping these courses in mind for her in the future.
3. ABCmouse Membership
We recently gifted our girls with a membership to ABCmouse, and they LOVE it.
ABCmouse is a leading and comprehensive digital early learning resource for preschool and early elementary school age children. The program now has over 8,500 standards- based learning activities and 850+ lessons across 10 levels.
Our family is using ABCmouse as a fun supplement on our homeschool days and as a reward for our girls when they get their other schoolwork completed.
My three girls are never bored with the games. There are read-aloud digital books, games, music, puzzles, and even online drawing and “crafts” on the site.
The site allows up to 3 child profiles, and you can set the profiles to include games, etc. of only certain skill levels. For example, I set my 5-year-old’s profile to offer beginning kindergarten skills, and my 7-year-old’s profile to offer 1st grade level skills.
Even my 9-year-old loves ABCmouse and begs to use it daily, although the skills are a bit too easy for her. I actually requested that they add some upper-level skills to the site, and my contact told me they are working on it!
4. Gift Certificate
My older two girls are just 7 and 9, but they already know how valuable gift cards are–and they love using them! We’ve been getting gift cards for our 10-year-old niece for the past couple years. Kids love to be able to pick out their own gifts!
Our girls particularly like Toys ‘R Us and Amazon gift cards.
Our kids love getting mail, and a magazine subscription is an affordable gift that keeps on giving! We gifted our older girls Clubhouse magazine in the past. Some magazine subscriptions that kids love include:
Clubhouse: ages 7+ (Christian perspective)
Clubhouse Jr.: ages 4-7 (Christian perspective)
Brio: for teen girls (Christian perspective)
Highlights: ages 4-8
American Girl: ages 7+
What are your favorite last minute gift ideas for kids?