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These Non-Toy Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids Fairy are going to blow you away! From experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime to an educational present that can expand their horizons, there are PLENTY of ideas to make your child not missing their toys.
Non-Toy Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids


First of all, let me start off by clarifying that toys are a good thing!

Play is essential when it comes to a child’s development, so I would never discourage playing with toys, but too much of anything isn’t good. A great way to combat too many toys is to add in some non-toy items or experiences to the gifts.

There are so many different things you can give your child that isn’t toys. From experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime to an educational present that can expand their horizons, a fun practical item that can be used every day, or just about anything that isn’t a toy!

In this post, you’ll find +30 non-toy gift ideas that are going to blow you away!



Popular Non-Toy Gifts for Kids

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Non-Toy Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

Instead of buying toys to refill our playroom, here are some ideas of gifts that are not toys we’re considering. These are perfect for Christmas gifts for kids, Easter gifts, Valentine’s Day gifts for kids, or birthday gifts!

1. Memberships

If there’s somewhere you go on a regular basis?

Zoo, science museum, children’s museum, YMCA membership, online memberships, subscription boxes, etc. These are particularly great to give as family gifts!

Bonus! A lot of museums participate in a sharing membership. This means that if you belong to one, you get access to hundreds of other ones for free or reduced access. 


2. Classes

Classes are a great way to encourage children in their interests and if they learn to play an instrument, you’ve literally gifted them a Christmas gift that lasts a lifetime!

From music lessons to riding and dancing or art – the options are endless!


3. Instruments

Giving your child the gift of music is mind-expanding! Whether it’s a guitar, keyboard, ukelele, or some other instrument, playing instruments stimulates different parts of the brain simultaneously.


4. Sporting Equipment

What activities you do as a family or something you would enjoy doing? If your child needs equipment for that activity, now is a great time to splurge for their own skis, snowshoes, trampoline, etc. 


5. Something for their room

Do they need a lamp, alarm clock, mini couch, or a new shelf to display their LEGO creations or favorite books? Many older kids enjoy displaying their LEGO creations on a shelf where younger siblings can’t reach.

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Perhaps they’d like an organizing caddy to help keep their hobby supplies under control. 


6. Books

Books are always a great option and reading stimulates the imagination and opens up new worlds for kids in so many different ways.

Early readers also tend to become lifelong learners and get better grades than their peers.

For pre-readers, I recommend BOB Books or The Adventures of Otto Collector’s Set.

Fun read-aloud books for preschoolers’ recommendations include Mercy Watson series, books by Mo Willems or any of the Seuss Learning Library books.

For books that teach lessons, I recommend The Berenstain Bears or The Best Behavior Series books.


7. Kindle

If you want to minimize the clutter of a bookshelf, you can get a bunch of books loaded on a Kindle.

Having a bunch of e-books stored on one device allows kids to have access to their favorite books at all times, making traveling a breeze and you won’t have to deal with the hassle of bringing paperbacks.


8. Audiobooks

Audiobooks are great for all ages and are perfect for quiet time or for keeping siblings occupied when you need to focus your time on your other child.

I recommend downloading Audible which is part of Amazon and is an app on your phone, iPad or Kindle.

Here are some good stories collections for young kids: The House at Pooh Corner, Thornton Burgess Bedtime Stories, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, and Peter Rabbit.


9. Events

Movie tickets, tickets to a play, concert, or sports event are all great gift ideas! Having an event to look forward to makes the days or weeks after Christmas more exciting.

Whether you are going to see a live performance or simply going to the movies, going to an event is a mesmerizing experience! 


10. Activities

Activities like mini-golf, bowling, or going to the skating rink are also a fun gift idea!


11. Arts and Crafts Supplies

A gift of art and craft supplies often brings on the imagination, and kids can’t wait to get to work.

Stock up on craft supplies that your little one need or get something fun that they’ve never used before.


12. Clothes

I’m sure we’ve all opened up our fair share of socks and underwear on Christmas morning, but clothes can be a welcome gift to the right child. 

Make it a point to get something that fits their style and can be worn in many ways.

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13. Dress-Up Clothes

Kids love to dress up – my son practically lived in his Spiderman costume between the age of 3-4!

There are plenty of princesses, superheroes, and Disney costumes to choose from for the child who likes to dress like the people they see on screen.


14. Puzzles

Puzzles are a great gift to give kids and having a puzzle to sit and work on by themselves helps brain development, builds concentration muscles, while practicing fine motor skills, and improve problem-solving skills.

Puzzles are a great activity to keep kids busy, quiet, and engaged indoors. ABC puzzles are great for young kids who are just starting out with puzzles before moving on to different or maybe harder puzzles.


15. Games

A well-designed game can provide hours of entertainment all together as a family. The right one will get the family sitting down together, the competition flowing and the laughs never-ending.

Some of our family favorites are Monkey around, Zingo! and Eye Found It!


16. Watch

My son got his first watch when he was 3. And although he didn’t know how to tell time yet, he felt so cool wearing it!

Getting kids a cool watch makes them want to be able to tell time on it.


17. Swoop Bag

This is a huge help for children and parents alike. Great for Legos or sets of small toys that the kids like to play with, the swoop bag makes cleanup and storage so simple.


18. Shoes

My kids love getting new shoes, which is great since they go through them so fast!


19. Jewelry

Pretty necklaces or bracelets will be much appreciated if your child loves jewelry. You can also get them their own jewelry box so they have a place to store jewelry without losing them.


20. Personalized Stationery

Who doesn’t like having something with their own name on it?

Encourage reading and writing skill development with personalized stationery.


21. Real Tools

Yes, there are play tools, but using the real thing is so much more fun!

Construction Supplies: Give them a box of nails, a hammer, and some scrap wood. Be sure to supervise, but it won’t take long before they pick up this important skill.

Fishing Supplies: Give them high-quality supplies that are easier to use than the cutesy supplies they market to kids. You will have way more fun It’s much more fun if they don’t have to fight the equipment and if you get a telescoping rod, it means the kids can transport their own to the fishing spot and not worry about damaging it.

Camping Supplies: Higher-quality supplies are easier to use and will last them their entire lives, even if they aren’t as “cute” as the play pretend stuff. Having their own sleeping bag can make little ones pretty excited about sleepovers, trips, or camping-out family nights.

Gardening Supplies: Having their own set is so much fun and with real tools, they can actually help out in the garden. Add the tools to a pot with some dirt and seeds, and they can grow something fun right away.


22. Personalized Backpack

Does your child need a new backpack? A personalized backpack makes a great Christmas present that’s not a toy! 


23. Umbrella

Umbrellas are perfect for rainy days outside and your kids will have so much fun being in the rain with their new umbrellas.  


24. Bedding

Pick out some beddings or bedspread with your kids favorite colors or characters on them for a cozy non-toy gift idea.


25. Pajamas

Get your kids some cute, new pajamas with their favorite character, or why not give the whole family matching pajamas? This would be so cute!


26. Piggy Bank & Coins

Start teaching kids the important skill of saving money by giving them a piggy bank.

All kids I know absolutely love putting coins into their piggy banks, starting their own savings!


27. Science Experiment

Add in some STEM learning to the gifts with fun science experiments! With kits covering so many different types of experiments, you can find one that interests your child.


28. Fun Socks

No one likes getting socks for Christmas. But fun socks on the other hand are, well, fun! Kids love to express themselves and fun socks are a great way to do that!


29. Calendar

Most children like to know what is going on, what day it is, how many days until __. Give them their own calendar so they can plan everything out and keep track on the days.

Pick a calendar with something your child likes, kittens, pusheen, or why not a homemade calendar with family photos?


30. Digital Camera

See the world through your kids’ eyes and watch them thrill in discovery with a camera of their own!

A point-and-shoot is a great to start out developing good photography skills.


31. Photo Album

Create a photo album with pictures of your family members or of your child at special places or a trip.

Or simply give them an empty photo album that they can fill with photos of their own!


Other great non-toy gift ideas are those that encourage them to get exercise and stay active. You can find a lot of fun gift ideas for kids that encourage them to be active here!


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