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101+ Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

Sometimes the pile of gifts each year can be overwhelming. It’s stressful to buy, stressful to wrap, stressful to store, and often stressful to afford. So, if you’d rather avoid the hassle this year, try these non-toy gift ideas for kids!

And if you do want to give some small gift for your kids to unwrap, check out our STEM gifts.

Want to stop Christmas clutter? These non-toy gift ideas for kids will make this year the best Christmas ever with out-of-the-box Christmas gift ideas.

Why Choose Non Toy Gift Ideas for Kids?

Last week, I went into my girls’ room and it was a disaster. Clothes, toys, books, and random “treasures” were strewn around the room.

Toys were overflowing from every corner, behind the dresser, under the bed, and stacked nearly waist-high in the closet.

I told my girls it was the final straw and packed tons of random, junky toys into trash bags to throw away or give away. We ended up with about 6 black trash bags of stuff and they still had a closet full of toys. The whole process took two days and about eight hours.

When the room was finally clean, the girls were ecstatic. They played with toys they hadn’t seen in months.

After such an arduous cleaning adventure, I vowed that this year, we would not be giving our girls more stuff to get lost or throw away later.

This year, I only want to pick non-toy gift ideas for kids for my girls to use. It will save us tons of heartache in the future.

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Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

It’s easy to buy toys for kids because not only are non-toy gift ideas sometimes expensive, but they may also be difficult to find. But if you too, are tired of the clutter and want a bit less junk this holiday season, you will find use from this list of non-toy gift ideas for kids.

Experience Gifts

Experiences make great non-toy gift ideas for kids. I love giving experience gifts because it allows children to try something they may want to persue seriously later without pressure or a lot of expense on your part.

And it’s easy to tell if it isn’t for your child, too. Last year, Monkey begged for a real bow like Katniss has, so I got her one, but after skinning her thumb while using the bow, she hasn’t asked to do archery since.

  • Swimming lessons
  • Martial arts classes
  • Riding lessons
  • Flying lessons (for older kids)
  • Special trips (Disneyland, local attractions, camping trips, sleep-away camps, out-of-town trips with just one parent)
  • Dance classes
  • Enrollment in a sport (try shorter classes for unusual sports, like archery, polo, fencing, or gymnastics)
  • Music lessons
  • Tickets to a concert
  • Trip to see their favorite idol on tour (my eldest likes a lot of YouTubers, so we’ve made plans to see a couple when they go on tour)
  • Amusement park pass
  • Zoo pass
  • Aquarium pass
  • Train ride
  • Boat tour
  • Carriage ride
  • Cooking classes
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Ride in a sports car
  • Lunch with a fairy or princess
  • Tickets to a magic show
  • Tickets to see live versions of children’s cartoons
  • Visit to a local landmark

Subscription Gifts

Subscription gifts are some of our favorite non-toy gifts.

  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Subscription boxes (Groovy Lab and Austin Lloyd will be showing up at our house this year. We love Little Passports, MEL science, and Kiwi Crate)
  • Food subscriptions (these can either come as a subscription box or you can set recurring orders on Amazon for fun treats and foodsir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00INBQ8B8)
  • Book of the month club

Educational Gifts

As a homeschooling family, we love our educational gifts!

Virtual Gifts

No need for physical products- these gifts are all virtual.

Consumable Gifts

These non-toy gift ideas for kids are consumable and won’t take space on your shelf.

  • Fun snacks
  • Craft/art suppliesir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B008PE5VJI
  • Butterfly gardenir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00WE1BKDY
  • Fish (fish are consumable at our house)
  • Seeds and gardening toolsir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00LMJBPCK
  • Potted plant
  • Gift certificates (bonus points if the trip itself is consumable, such as to a special bakery)
  • Clothes (use your judgement here, some kids hate getting clothes. My girls love getting clothes, but I hated it when I was a kid)
  • Fun soap/shampoo
  • Nail polish or perfume
  • Glitter hair or body spray (at age 9, Monkey loves this stuff)
  • Band aids
  • Canvases
  • Hair tiesir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B007HBKYKQ
  • Wood scraps or building/whittling supplies
  • Coupon books
  • Chalk
  • Bubble bathir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B004813L0S
  • Bubbles
  • Calendar
  • Pajamas (bonus points for glow in the dark pajamasir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00V93IAW2)

“Needed” Items

  • Fun bedding
  • New paint/art for their room
  • Flashlightir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00S9C1DDY
  • Room organization items (cubbies, trunks, etc)
  • New pet
  • Piggy bank (my kids really like robot piggy banksir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00GYTKLVY for some reason)
  • Personalized chore tools (maybe an apron with their name on it or a child-sized rake)
  • Camping supplies (sleeping bagir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00RGBFYMK, etc)
  • Fun versions of essential items (underwear with their favorite character, silly socks, themed mittens, colorful rain bootsir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B006VA2AT2, etc)
  • Analog clockir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00PANPI1I
  • Watch
  • Alarm clock (I’ve had my eye on this Hello Kitty oneir?t=schomonk 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0052RT53E for my girls for a while now)

Gifts for the Future

I don’t recommend only giving this kind of gift to your kids, but these non-toy gift ideas for kids will definitely be useful in the future.

  • Educational savings account
  • Stocks, bonds, or other investments
  • Savings or checking account with money
  • Gold or silver
  • Money for college or extra-curricular activities

We’re taking this year to really cut down on our clutter inside the house. We’re using many of these non-toy gift ideas for kids during our Christmas this year.

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