Giving gifts can sometimes be hard. What do you do when you are invited to a party for a kid who might just have everything already? Maybe it’s your own kid’s birthday coming up, but you don’t want to add to the collection of toys in their playroom that’s already overflowing with toys barely played with.
It’s time to think outside of the toy box and consider giving a child a non-toy. There are plenty of non-toy gifts you can give a child, such as an activity or experience as a present. A gift can be something that is both fun and useful—and definitely to get use up!
Activities and experiences can be the perfect present for a child and creating lasting memories, so check out these 12 non-toy ideas for kids.
1. Tickets to a Show
Whether it’s a ticket to a concert, a play, or a dance performance, giving tickets to an event gives something for the children to look forward to. Often these experiences can leave great memories and something fun to look back on.
2. Art Supplies
There is just something fun about art for kids. Whether the child is an up-and-coming artist or someone who just loves having fun with creating, art supplies is the perfect gift. Fill a basket or bucket with creativity items like paper, markers, googly eyes, stickers, glitter glue, and more!
3. Magazine Subscriptions
There are endless amounts of magazines to get a child a subscription of. Choose one that fits their interests and help them foster a love for reading. It’s also always fun to receive mail and the kids will be thrilled to get a new issue every month.
4. Gardening Gear
If the child loves taking care of living things and like the outdoors, gift a gardening package together. Put together package of seeds, seedings, kid-sized gardening gloves, gardening tools, and a watering can.
5. Movie Tickets
Give a gift card for two tickets to the local movie theater. You can even plan on bringing them to the show if there is a must-see kid flick in theaters. If you plan on giving the gift card, consider getting the child’s favorite sweet treats too!
6. Music Lessons
If a child loves music, consider giving them a music lesson or even a series. It can be a real gift not just for the child but to their parents too. If the child is under toddler age, consider gifting a mommy and baby music class.
7. Subscription Box
Sign the child one up for a one-time monthly kids’ subscription box. Try Kiwi Crate for crafters, KidStir for those interested in cooking, or Tinker Crate for STEM. Children will love this gift because they get a package in the mail plus a cool activity to do too!
8. Sleepover Kit
For older kids, gift them the necessary gear for a fun sleepover. A sleeping bag, personalized pillow case, a small toiletry kit with travel-sized accessories. Add any other items you feel would be fun for a sleepover kit.
9. Activity Passes
Gift passes to indoor trampoline parks, rock climbing gyms, swimming pools, or bounce houses for kids who love to be active. Parents of energetic kids will love them out-of-the-house activity that will tire their kids out!
10. Cooking Class
If the child loves to look, give them a gift certificate to a local cooking class. You can also give them their own cooking apron and cooking tools.
11. Cultural Outing
Buy a day-pass to some fun local places that can also be a cultural outing too. Some ideas are a butterfly garden, planetarium, science museum, children’s museum, or a zoo.
12. Bedroom Decorations
For older kids, gift them some fun bedroom decorations. They will love to decorate their own space, so what do they want for their room? Try items like a poster of their favorite things like music artist and band or a rug featuring their favorite thing like a sport.