Non-toy gift ideas for kids
Whether your house is overflowing with toys or you are just trying to simplify your gift-giving, here are my favorite non-toy gift ideas for kids.
My kids can go through craft supplies at a completely crazy rate. Construction paper, tape, markers, envelopes, and stickers are all hugely popular. For older kids, higher quality art supplies and a sketchbook would be nice.
Magazine subscriptions are gifts that keep on giving; who doesn’t love getting something in the mail regularly? In our house, our kids have been gifted subscriptions to Highlights, Highlights High Five, Highlights Hello, Ranger Rick Jr, National Geographic Little Kids, ASK, American Girl, and Clubhouse Junior.
Gift cards for food
My cousin gets my kids a gift card to McDonald’s for their birthdays — they love it! They get to go and order a happy meal, which I never buy them. A gift card for food or ice cream is always a hit in our house!
Tickets or memberships
One year for Christmas, a family friend gave our family tickets to a local zoo. It made for such a fun outing that spring. Passes to zoos, aquariums, amusement parks, railroad and museums are always fun.
My sister has taken both of my older kids to a pottery-painting place. Not only do they get to do something fun — like paining pottery — they also get to have special time with their aunt.
Dance class, gymnastics, karate, art classes — there are classes for most interests.
Coupons for cookies, a clean room, a family game night, dinner of their choice. The options are limitless!
No matter what age, a book is never a bad idea.