50+ Non-Toy Gifts for Kids
Parents everywhere are saying it. “Our kids have TOO MANY TOYS.” In our quest to have less stuff, we are looking for unique and mindful gifts for kids that won’t just become another broken toy and cluttered floor. Parents are asking grandparents, aunts, and uncles to only buy presents that aren’t toys. To make things easy, I’ve compiled a list of non-toy gift ideas for kids of all ages, babies to teens! Scroll down to see 50+ non-toy gifts for kids that they (and their parents) will love this year!
Some of the products listed below were sent to us to try out and review. I only recommend products that my kids and I truly love and believe you will too!
Non-toy Gifts Kids Can Wear
Pediped Shoes – Pediped are great shoes that support kids’ developing feet. They are designed differently for early walkers to big kids who run and jump! Aren wears the Flex Force style and Rowen is wearing Grip n Go.
Watch – Kids love to wear watches like the adults. This VTech Paw Patrol Watch is good for 3-6 year olds, while the VTech KidiZoom is a smartwatch for 4-12 year olds. Teens will love the Fitbit Versa or the Apple Watch.
Q for Quinn Socks – These organic socks from Q for Quinn are fun for kids to wear! They are also seamless for kids who have sensory aversions to bumpy toes, and can be worn matched or mismatched. Q for Quinn makes Mommy & Me and Daddy & Me socks too! They also donate a meal to a child in need for every pair that is sold, which is pretty awesome.
Aden + Anais Pajamas – If you’re familiar with Aden + Anais super soft swaddles, you can imagine how soft these pajamas are! This print spells LOVE and I just LOVE when Aren and Rowen wear matching PJs!
Books and Educational Gifts for Kids
Personalized Book – Kids love reading books that feature them as the main character! Aren is getting this personalized book from UncommonGoods. Last year she got this big sister book and loves it too!
Personalized Christmas Book – Another personalized book option, this one from Stuck On You has a Christmas theme. This would be great for a gift or a book to read leading up to Christmas Day.
Photo Book – I have made personalized photo books for my kids and they are so much fun! These books can have any theme – a book of family members, a book of the child’s favorite toys, or memories from the year.
Puzzles – We love handmade wooden name and alphabet puzzles from This & That Etc. (Read more about how we encourage reading at home.) My little kiddos also love simple puzzles from Melissa and Doug, while the big kids have enjoyed more challenging puzzles.
Personalized Christmas Puzzle – We have an activity in our annual advent calendar for putting together Christmas puzzles. This year we are adding to the fun with personalized Christmas puzzles from Stuck On You!
Ancestry DNA Kit – We gave Kaiden the Ancestry DNA: Genetic Ethnicity + Traits Test for his 10th birthday. He loved learning about where he was from, and the traits was pretty educational and fun too! Great for tweens and teens.
Melissa & Doug Cleaning Sets – Aren and Rowen both have the most fun helping me clean, and I enjoy every minute of it. This sweep/mop set and the spray, squirt & squeegee set are perfect for little helping hands.
Non-toy Gifts for Kids’ Bedrooms
Vanity – For the girly girl who enjoys playing dress-up, this white vanity from Guidecraft will be her new favorite furniture. With 3 mirrors and storage in her seat, she can sit pretty and transform into a princess for the day.
Personalized Wooden Sign – We love personalized things around here, if you couldn’t tell! Kids like decor that is just for them, and a sign from Nesting Seasons will be one of a kind.
Aden + Anais Blanket – As we’ve already mentioned, Aden + Anais is more than just soft swaddles! This Harry Potter blanket would make any kid want to snuggle up in their pajamas with a good book!
Blabla Kids Mobile – Aren and Rowen both have adorable mobiles from Blabla Kids. They just add a little extra flair to their rooms. Blabla Kids actually has a LOT of cute things for kids, but the mobiles are our favorites!
NERF Armory – After years of finding NERF guns and bullets all over the floor, Kaiden is finally getting his own armory. While he is visiting his dad, I will build an armory like this – using peg boards and pegs. Sounds easy enough! He will be excited to have a super cool armory and I’ll enjoy not having guns and bullets everywhere. (Hopefully.)
Personalized Chair – A personalized chair is perfect for kids to sit and read or have their own space for family movie night!
Toy Box – A captain’s toy chest from Little Colorado is not only a fun place for a kid to store his precious treasures, but also loved by minimalist moms. Once the toy chest is full, there’s no more room for new toys in the house! Before anything new can be bought, something old has to go (that’s our rule anyway!).
Bedroom Makeover – Check with mom or dad first, but some exciting new wallpaper can transform any boring bedroom into a beautiful escape! We used rainbow wallpaper from Anewall to create a dream room for Aren. They also have less permanent vinyl options!
New Bedding – Another fun way to make a bedroom feel new again is new bedding! We love Beddy’s bedding with the zipper sides (that makes it super easy for them to make their beds!)
Weighted Blanket – Perfect for kids who have trouble sleeping or who deal with anxiety or ADHD, this weighted blanket from TRU Blanket is super soft and adds just enough weight to help relax and get better sleep. My older kids love them.
Non-toy Gifts for Kids’ Bathrooms
Hooded Towel – Not just for babies! This organic hooded towel from Lilyseed is big enough for preschoolers and big kids too.
Bathrobe – A fun animal bathrobe is enough to coax even the biggest bath lover out of the tub. Personalization is optional!
Shampoo & Body Wash – Big kids may not get excited about these, but parents will appreciate it for sure. Babo Botanicals shampoo & wash is what I use for my kids’ sensitive skin, followed up with their natural cream. A basket filled with a towel and Babo Botanicals products makes a great gift set!
Bathtub Letters – Fun foam letters make bath time educational!
Kids Gifts for Creativity and Imagination
Play Tent – Our tent from Tnees Tpees has been great for Aren and Rowen. They get inside and read or play with toys – and I can see them enjoying it for many years to come.
Guitar – Aren is getting this Loog acoustic guitar this year and she’s going to love it! Anything that encourages music and learning is a win in my book. (There’s an electric guitar version for bigger kids too!)
Drums – While I’m not ready for a real drum set, this drum pad is a great alternative. Kaiden has been taking drum lessons and enjoys it – so this drum pad will make his practice a little more fun!
By the way, Wicked Uncle is where I found this drum pad, and they have amazing gift ideas for kids! Everything is sorted by age (and gender if you want to sort further). They handpick and test every item before it goes on the site. They even gift wrap and send a handwritten note with your gift, and will send you a birthday reminder every year! It’s one of my top gift shopping sites when I don’t know what to buy!
Dress-up Clothes – Kids love dressing up, and these are easy to find second hand! Even pull together some of grandma and grandpa’s old things for kids to enjoy. This set of career role play costumes is a great starter set too!
Dress-up Storage – If you’re already overwhelmed with dress-up clothes, this rotating storage center from Guidecraft will help keep things organized. (Read my post about learning through dress-up play here.)
Play Kitchen – This KidKraft kitchen has been a hit at our house for over a year and has survived two tiny tornadoes. It’s a winner.
Table & Chairs – Kid size table and chairs are perfect for tea parties or sitting to play with puzzles. The perfect size from 1.5-8 year olds.
Kids Camera – Encourage photography with a camera that’s just for kids!
Tool Set – For kids who are old enough for building things (while supervised), their very own REAL tools will help them get started! This smaller tool set is recommended for ages 8 and up, while this tool set is better for teens.
Non-toy Gifts for Kids to Get Moving
Just Dance 2020 – Not your typical video game, Just Dance is dancing fun for the whole family! With songs like Baby Shark, Into The Unknown (from Frozen 2), and Old Town Road, everyone is sure to get down.
Balance Bike – This wooden balance bike from Kinderfeets is great for teaching kids how to balance so they are ready for a big kid bike later! For smaller kids, the tiny tot convertible tricycle is perfect for keeping up with big brother or sister.
Indoor Bike – When it’s too cold to play outside, this Think & Learn Smart Cycle from Fisher Price keeps kids moving. Set it up next to Mom or Dad’s stationary cycle for a family workout!
Trampoline – Another one for indoor exercise, this indoor trampoline helped my kids to burn off lots of energy during cold winter days. For outdoor fun, this trampoline is great for younger kids and this trampoline is perfect for big kids.
Twister – No explanation needed. Twister is fun for everyone (even the adults can have fun playing when the kids are asleep!).
Sports Equipment &/or a Season of Sports – Parents everywhere would love for help paying for seasons of football, basketball, soccer, softball… it just adds up! If that’s not an option, consider giving a basketball system, a simple soccer ball, or a batting set.
Dance Lessons &/or Dance Clothes/Shoes – Just like sports, dance (or gymnastics) can get expensive. Ask parents what you can do to support them, and maybe buy the next size up leotard, ballet slippers, or even a new personalized dance bag.
Best Subscription Boxes for Kids
OwlCrate Jr – OwlCrate Jr is a book subscription box for kids. Each box also includes various goodies that match that month’s theme. Perfect for readers 8-12 years old, they will look forward to their box every month! (And for teen readers, check out OwlCrate – included in my gift guide for teens!)
Monti Kids – Monti Kids is a montessori subscription box for 0-36 months. With 8 levels, there are developmentally appropriate activities for young learners.
KiwiCo – With different boxes for all ages (literally ALL ages, from 0-104), these STEM/STEAM focused boxes will be so fun that your kids won’t even realize they are learning. KiwiCo is a well-loved subscription box in my house, and will be in yours as well!
Amazon STEM Club – This subscription has levels for 3-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds, and 8-13 year olds. Amazon STEM Club sends activities that are hands-on and engineered for fun to get kids excited about exploring scientific wonders at any age.
Wonder Crate – While we haven’t yet tried Wonder Crate, we’ve heard enough good reviews to include it here. With different series available for kids aged 5-11, it’s easy to find the theme (artists, activists, innovators) that will interest your kid.
FabFitFun – For teen girls, FabFitFun‘s quarterly box will send her beauty products, accessories, and fun surprises. I subscribe to this box myself and Hunter always takes my products! I think it’s time for her to get her own.
Non-toy Stocking Stuffers
Stickers – Keep them busy! Find an old white board or poster board for them to decorate to their heart’s content.
Drumstick Pencils – For the kid who likes to tap while doing homework (don’t send these to school unless you really dislike your child’s teacher).
Trivia Game – Fun for the competitive family.
Piggy Paint – Non-toxic paint for tiny toes.
Fun Dishes – For the picky eaters.
Water Bottles – Encourages kids to drink more AND use fewer plastic bottles!
Handmade Bows – We love bows from London + Twig.
Silk Scrunchies – For the girl who is too old for bows.
Patch Bandages – For the accident-prone kid – these organic bamboo bandages are more eco-friendly than the typical latex bandages (these are biodegradable and compostable). And they have cute panda prints!
What do you think of this list? Are there any gift ideas I’ve left out? Leave me a comment below so I can add them!
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