If your house is anything like mine, you have donated half of your kids’ toys to consignment stores or charities. However, somehow you are still left with a HUGE pile of stuff to sort through. Stuff that they’ve outgrown or stuff they just simply don’t play with anymore…
Over the years, kids accumulate so much stuff because most of them get toys for almost every occasion. But every kid loves that, right? I know mine do and I’m sure yours do too.
Most kids have lots of toys cluttering their room and I don’t really want to add to that mess with every gift-giving holiday. On top of that, sometimes it would be nice to see them do something a little more productive!
We get used to shopping for things like Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, dress-up clothes, or pretend doctor’s kits. But, sometimes we want to get our kids something different…
There are lots of other gifts that kids will love and that will promote learning + creativity without completely cluttering their toy box. I’ve set you up with a list of 5 Great Gifts for Kids That Aren’t Toys. Let’s take a look!
- Arts and craft supplies.
Arts and craft supplies not only give your child something fun to do but they also foster creativity. By giving them items like construction paper, child safe scissors, letter stickers, and some glue you can give them hours of fun while they learn to be creative.
By encouraging a child to be creative, you encourage them to think outside the box, therefore, learning more about themselves and the world around them.
It could be anything from a one-time cooking class, a month-long art class, or even an entire season of gymnastics classes. How-to or exercise related classes are a great way to get your kids up and moving PLUS it helps them meet other kids their age outside of those in their classroom.
Have you considered trying to find a class you can do together – like a cooking class? Enjoy spending more time together while you learn – or improve – a valuable skill.
- Magazine subscriptions.
Does your child love nature or cars? There are plenty of kid-friendly magazines that encompass some of their favorite things.
A monthly magazine subscription gives your child something to look forward to and encourages them to read more often!
Pro Tip: Once they have finished the magazine, have them save them for a later time. Then, they can cut out some of their favorite pictures from the magazine and use them to make an art project like a collage of their favorite things.
- A piggy bank.
Every child should learn the importance of saving from a young age. It’s a trait that is highly valuable in life but one that is often overlooked until the child is old enough to start working.
If your child gets an allowance or even just has a small savings of birthday money, get them a personalized piggy bank and start teaching them how to save. They’ll thank you later on!
- Their very own travel supplies.
If you and your family travel often – or maybe your child just likes to go for frequent “weekends with grandma” – try gifting them their very own travel supplies. A small suitcase and a toiletry bag can make them feel like a true grown up.
There you have it, 5 Great Gifts for Kids That Aren’t Toys! Have more ideas for us to add to the list? Shoot us an email or comment below to start the conversation!
Annabelle Short is a writer and a seamstress of more than 5 years. She loves making crafts with her two children, Leo (age 9) and Michelle (age 11). Annabelle likes to write about crafting, sewing, and parenting. She splits her time between London and Los Angeles and writes for Wunderlabel. You can visit her blog to learn more about her and her handmade creations! I’m so happy to share a guest post written by her on 5 Great Gifts for Kids That Aren’t Toys.