#Blogmas Non-Toy Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
To kick off our #Blogmas posts this month I thought I would do a round-up of Non-Toy Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids. I already feel quite overwhelmed with the buying expectation of parents. The pressure that we feel to make sure we buy the ‘must-have’ toys and games which is clearly what Christmas is all about. Or is it?
Sometimes the best things you can buy for your children is an experience that will create life-long memories or nurture an interest that they may have shown. Here are a list of ideas of alternatives to toys that they will still love.
Cinema Gift Cards
All kids love to go and watch the latest films. If your kids are a little bit older it could be a day that they meet up with friends and make a bit of an outing out of it.
Classes and Clubs
I think this option is a favourite for Grandparents to do. We all love for our kids to go to swimming club, ballet classes, brownies etc but the cost of these can really rack up so what better way to pay for something that your child has taken a real interest in.
Concert or Gig Tickets
I think this one might be for older kids, although there are lots of things popping up for younger kids. We went to a kids rave a few months ago which was awesome.
You can buy a subscription box for pretty much everything now. Isabelle really loves the whole receiving the box through the post addressed to herself, and cannot wait to find out what surprises are laying in wait for her. Our favourites are the Toucan Boxes (read our Toucan Box post) and Mila & Pheebs boxes. You can view our unboxing video for the Mila & Pheebs box over on our Babynotincluded YouTube Channel.
Theme Park Tickets
Tickets for top attractions will be a huge hit and something exciting to look forward to.
Sports Events Tickets
Sports tickets especially football tickets to the larger clubs are harder to get your hands on these days so these will definitely be a hit with the sporty crew.
Ohh you can never have too many books, especially for children. We have a huge selection which have been made up of brand new bought books, charity shops and gifts. We have books in pretty much every room of the house. Isabelle has a book basket in her bedroom which she picks from at bedtime and we rotate these around so that we’re not reading the same books over and over.
Tickets for Local Activities
This could be for the local zoo, farm, leisure centre, theatre. Anything that your kids are particularly interested in. Again, once the hustle and bustle of Christmas has died down this will be something to look forward to.
Clothes as presents for kids can be a bit boring, but we always add in a few pieces. We like to wrap a dress up for Isabelle which she usually wears on Christmas day and Ryan will also have something smart to wear for Christmas day as well.
It’s important that kids learn to tell the time. I know that in this digital age technically they don’t need to learn how to tell the time, but I definitely think it’s something that all kids are taught.
Similar to classes but these could be one-off craft activities such as pottery painting where they can go and create something themselves and bring it home.
A Camera or Video Camera
We bought Isabelle a Kidizoom camera a few years ago and she still enjoys using it. Let them loose with it on a day out and see what you end up with. Isabelle took a lot of pictures of close up’s of things like table legs, the TV and loads and loads of selfies which are hilarious.
Whether it be proper glossy magazines or a digital subscription.
A journal or Diary
Did you write one as a kid? I never did for fear that my sister or mum would read it, but many people do so why not start the tradition with your kids.
Recipes and Ingredients
This could be saved for a rainy day. Make some recipe cards and ensure that you have all the ingredients available so that you can make them together.
Kids can never have too much craft stuff. I say this as I look around the room where there is craft stuff busting out or our craft drawers.
If your child has shown interest in a musical instrument, Christmas could be a good time to present them with their instrument of choice.
Or dare I say a music CD (I heard the other day that CD’s are considered a bit retro now).
Make your own promise coupons such as Movie Day, Trip to the Park, Trip to the Museum etc. Pop them in a jar and let the kids pick one out when you haven’t got anything planned.
Choose some DVD’s, get some movie snacks and have a duvet day. Isabelle loves to do this preferably on a Friday after school when we’re both a bit knackered from work/school.
I’m not a massive fan of giving money as a gift, but there are times when they want to save up for something a bit pricey, and as they get older they like to go and pick out things in the shops for themselves.
I hope this gives you a few ideas of non-toy gifts that you could do for your own children or family and friends.
As it’s now officially December I can now say Happy Christmas!