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
1. A Box Subscription
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.
All the subscription boxes run great sales around Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas!
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!
Couple it with a new new washcloth set in your child’s favorite character or with a fun 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. 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.
5. Online Cooking Classes (+ an apron!)
Our girls have been LOVING 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.
Right now, You can even get the FREE 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make!
If you get something like a cooking class for your kids, you can always couple it with a small physical gift, like handmade apron or other 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.
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!)
- Goodnight Moon
- Guess How Much I Love You
- I Love You More Than Rainbows
- God Made You Nose to Toes
- 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 Pumpkin Patch Parable (as well as The Sunflower Parable, The Pine Tree Parable, and The Parable of the Lily)
- 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 where all of our kids are reading. I love the sweet time of chapter book read-alouds together!
- American Girl books
- Little House on the Prairie 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)
- Wingfeather Saga
This Children’s Puffin Set 10-book collection is pricey but would be amazing! A set of Little People, Big Dreams would also open a world of possibilities as children read how other people have impacted the world.
In addition, kids love getting magazines in the mail. we gifted our girls with Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazine subscriptions last Christmas. They love getting them in the mail each month! 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