Less Toys, More Memories: Non-Toy Gift Ideas
If your house is anything like mine, then it is probably overflowing with too many toys that seem to never get played with or are missing pieces. As birthdays and Christmas come around each year, the toy box continues to grow, sometimes out of our control. I’ve compiled a list of fun, non-toy gift ideas that are sure to be a hit at Christmas or birthdays! Keep this list handy, and share it with your family and friends!
1. New Books
Books are wonderful gifts for children at any age! There are endless options in store or you could purchase personalized books online that include the child’s name. You could even purchase books that record your voice reading the child a story. How fun! I love purchasing a book and attaching a gift card to the bookstore with ribbon and a special note!
Has your child been asking to take a dance class or to enroll in golf lessons? Maybe they want to learn how to play the guitar or are in need of swim lessons? The gift of classes is a wonderful idea and a great way to encourage your child to learn a new skill!
One of the best gifts we have received is a membership to a local museum for our son. We are able to have lots of family fun days while my son has a blast exploring the museum. Memberships to local zoos or museums are an excellent gift that the whole family gets to enjoy for the entire year!
Whether it’s a weekend at grandma’s house or a long family vacation, children love having their own special bag for their adventures! A nice rolling suitcase, personalized luggage tags, a small duffel bag, or a new backpack with a favourite character are all practical gifts that children can use for years to come.
DVDs make great gifts for the whole family to enjoy at home on the couch or during long trips. You can make this gift even more fun by bundling it with the child’s favourite movie theatre candy and popcorn. You could also attach a movie theatre gift card with a fun ribbon and a special note.
6. Personalized Labels
With a new school year just around the corner, personalized name labels make a great gift for kids of any age. Personalized name labels can be used on school supplies, inside of shoes and coats, on water bottles and on toys. Name labels help keep track of personal belongings. Plus, labels are fun and great to have for childcare up through high school.
7. Baking Gift Box
This is a fun idea for children who love to bake at home. This gift box could include all of your baking needs such as cupcake liners, a child-size apron, colourful spatulas and mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, recipe cards, and lots and lots of sprinkles!
8. Nature Gift Box
For the little explorers in your life, this gift box could include a jar for catching bugs, a butterfly net, a magnifying glass, a flashlight and binoculars, and even a bug identifier book.
9. Activity Gift Card
This gift could be anything from a live kid-friendly show, to putt-putt, the local public pool, or laser tag! Activity gift cards are guaranteed to bring a fun-filled day of memories!
10. Favourite Restaurant or Ice Cream Shop Gift Cards
Going out to eat can be expensive, and typically the adults get to decide where to eat! Give your child the opportunity to choose their favourite restaurant and to use a gift card that’s just for them.
11. Large Outdoor Gift
This should be a gift that’s larger and something that the whole family can enjoy together, outside. Examples include a swing set, a playhouse, a trampoline, a basketball goal, or even a sandbox.
12. Science Experiment in a Bag
This gift could include all of the tools, ingredients, and detailed instructions for a fun experiment, such as making homemade slime! You could also fill the bag with fun science kits that can be found at your local craft and hobby store.
13. Tickets to a Local Sporting Event
What’s more fun than cheering on your favourite local team while enjoying a hotdog and popcorn? Pick up tickets to a local football game and include spending money for the concession stand and souvenirs.
14. Tickets to an Amusement Park
If your child is a thrill seeker who loves rides and slides then this is the gift for him! Don’t forget to include some spending money for a special treat, like ice cream, or a fun souvenir to take home.
15. Craft Supplies
Kids love to create, and they love to get new craft supplies! Fill a storage container or a craft cart with crayons, markers, paper, glue, scissors, coloured paper, paintbrushes, stencils, etc. You can even find craft kits that include a variety of materials for crafting. This is a wonderful gift for little artists at any age!
16. Bedroom Items
This gift is both practical and very helpful for parents! Bedding, room decorations, sleeping bags, and even furniture make wonderful gift ideas that will be used for years to come.
17. Subscription Service
There are so many companies that offer monthly magazine subscriptions for kids. There are also monthly subscription boxes that are shipped right to your front door. The options are endless and range from clothing and socks to toys and books that fit your child’s interests.
Article adapted from-Brittany L. on July 27, 2017 in Hospitality, Just for Fun, Parenthood