Short on time and ideas for Christmas gifts this year? We pulled together 10 non-toy Christmas gift ideas that I am sure your kids will enjoy receiving this holiday season. Is it just me or is anyone else feeling like the older the kids get the more difficult if not down-right impossible it is to Christmas shopping for them? Either they want something that is too expensive or not available or we are left scratching our heads in bewilderment wondering what the heck the item even is. Or am I the only one? When the kids were little Christmas shopping was so easy. But now that the kids are older and teddy bears, baby dolls and trains just won’t cut it. What’s a mom to do? Between the two of us I am really getting tired of forever being asked for a kitten or a puppy and the older ones don’t really want toys for Christmas this year. My eleven year old son’s Christmas lists is full of electronics starting with a PS4 and oodles of games to go with it. He’s even asked for a t.v in his room but we all know that’s not going to happen.When the kids were little Christmas shopping was so easy. But now that the kids are older and teddy bears and trains just won’t cut it. What’s a mom to do? These 10 non toy christmas gift ideas will make both parents and kids happy .
Non- Toy Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids that don’t suck
Don’t think kids can’t enjoy things like magazine subscriptions! My kids love getting their Lego club magazines in the mail and best of all it’s free! Many of my friends have gushed over their love of subscription boxes. Most offer a one-time option in addition to a 3,6,9, and 12 month plan so there is something for every budget.
1.) A Book-Of-The-Month Club! Just the right book mails hand-picked books chosen by a literary expert based on their reading tastes and individual preferences. I love that idea because you can choose from all ages, including read-aloud family books!
2.) Monthly Craft Kit. Kiwi Crate is a monthly craft club for kids. Each month you receive a box with supplies and instructions to make themed crafts that encourage creativity and learning. For kids under 4 their Koala Crate is fantastic and they also have Tinker Crate for older kids.
3.) Monthly Learning Kit. Little Passports is a monthly travel adventure kit. It’s for an older age range maybe 7+ but it is so cute! You can do the world edition or they “visit” different countries/states each month!
4.) Memberships to the zoo. We took our youngest Jessica to the zoo nine times this year and she talks about it all the time. Seriously. ALL THE TIME.
5.) Paint Your Own Pottery. Abigail has done this for a friends birthday party and it is so fun!
6.) Tickets to the movies, theater production, or concert. I know that both my son and I would love a movie ticket gift! Especially with the new Star Wars movie hitting theaters next month.
7.) Gift certificates to a favourite ice cream. Because we all scream for ice cream.
8.) Gift certificates for a family outing, such as ice skating or mini golf.
Right now our eleven year old son, Noah, is in fencing class because he asked to be. With four kids involved in a multiple of different activities it can get a little pricy! Now as a little hint for any family members that may be reading this post… fencing classes for a gift would be really special.
9.) Classes. Encourage what your child loves or is good at. Be it dance, art, athletics, horseback riding, music, storytelling, or carpentry, give your child a chance to enhance their skills doing something they love or want to learn.
10.) A Piggy bank. Help your child begin to learn important budgeting and saving skills by giving them a piggy bank.
I hope you find this list of ideas helpful!
Thinking about other options has definitely been helpful for me and I hope to use some of these soon.
Do you have other great non-toy Christmas gift ideas?
Please share them in the comments!