Over 50 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

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Christmas is just a few weeks away and the more I think about the toys that will be invading my house, the more I start to twitch. I know that grandparents and other relatives mean well, but after the carnage of Christmas morning my house looks like a Toys R Us exploded in our living room. So in an attempt to curtail all the stuff that the kids acquire over the holidays I’ve come up with over 50 gift ideas that aren’t toys.

Give an Experience – The memories made attending at a special event or taking a new class will last a lifetime. You can plan your experience at Christmas time or give them something to look forward to later in the year.

NonToyGifts2Give the Gift of Discovery – In lieu of traditional toys I always appreciate educational gifts that my kids will enjoy learning and discovering with. Consider some of the following.

NonToyGifts6Give a Membership – Consider giving a family membership that can be enjoyed all year long. Prices vary widely, but most family memberships for a museum or the zoo start around $100.

NonToyGifts3Give the Gift of Creativity – Keep those creative juices flowing all year long by inspiring your young artist with these gift ideas.

NonToyGifts5Give a Fun Day Out – If an annual membership isn’t want you were looking for, consider tickets or a gift certificate for a fun day out at some various attractions around Jacksonville.

NonToyGifts4Give the Gift of Outdoor Play – We’re lucky to live in Florida where the kids can play outside almost year round. Activities and games that can be used outside are always a big hit at our house.

  • Swing Sets
  • Bikes & Scooters
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Jump Ropes
  • Sand & Water Table – Check out my post to see all the cool stuff you can do with one of these.
  • Slip & Slides
  • Fishing Rods & Tackle
  • Kid Friendly Garden Equipment & Seeds
  • Sporting Equipment – Soccer Balls, Bat & Glove, Surf Boards, Kayaks

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Give a Gift that Helps Others – I have found that most kids can benefit from a lesson in giving to those less fortunate around this time of the year. Consider making a donation in a child’s name, or as a family.  These are just a few of my family’s favorite charities.

  • BEAM – You can donate off their wish list, or sponsor a garden box for the year. They’ll even give the kids a tour and talk about what they do there.
  • The Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville – Purchase a brick, donate items from their wish list, or collect pop tabs for donation.
  • Family Promise of Jacksonville – Donate from their wish list, make a financial contribution, or participate in their cardboard city event to help raise awareness of homelessness.
  • Heifer International – Get kids involved in selecting an animal to donate, a flock of chicks starts at just $20.
  • Smile Train – A donation of $250 covers the cost of 1 surgery for a child born with a cleft lip or palate.

NonToyGifts1Other Gift Ideas – Here are a few more ideas outside of the traditional toy box to round out the list.

So moms, what are your favorite non-toy gifts for the kids?

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