Between Christmas, birthdays, and other celebrations, there are a lot of gifting opportunities for children. Which means your house is soon overrun with toys. (More toys than most kids can play with!) How about adding some non-toy gifts to the wish list this year?
If you want some ideas for awesome gifts kids will love that won’t leave the playroom bursting at the seams, here are some cool ones!
From book subscriptions to science tools, gardening kits to art classes, there’s a little something for everyone, no matter what their interests!
Make sure you pass these non-toy gift ideas along to grandparents, aunts and uncles, and anyone else buying gifts for your children!
Cool Gifts for Kids (That Aren’t Toys!)
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I love the idea of teaching kids watercolor techniques. Talk about an upgrade to the fridge art, right? This class is 25% off through tomorrow (12/1/19) with code SPLENDRY25.
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A lot of museums in your area probably offer annual passes for families, and there may be some discounts this time of year!
We love the KiwiCo subscription (we even wrote a post about it!). This monthly box provides a cool STEM project kids will enjoy making.
Coloring books, crayons, puff paints, pipe cleaners, canvases, pom-poms, sculpting clay, the list could go on and on! Having lots of art supplies on hand is always great for when boredom strikes!
Are your kids dying to see a particular movie? Buy tickets online and print a receipt or picture from the movie. Depending on your moral code, you *could* throw in a couple boxes of candy to sneak in your purse.
When the weather allows, this is the perfect way to get the family outside and having fun. Outdoor bowling, lawn checkers, ladder toss, there are so many possibilities!
There are lots of book subscription programs these days, but Amazon’s Prime Book Box is pretty cool. Children receive hand-picked books every 1, 2, or 3 months, saving you up to 40% off list price. Each box contains ether 4 board books or 2 hardcover books, depending on your child's age.
Perfect for rainy days and quiet time. You can grab a big floor puzzle, smaller jigsaw puzzle, or even some puzzle books. Highlights even has some cool puzzle books for younger kids.
I still remember the Little Mermaid sleeping bag I got for Christmas one year. (My little brother got a Ninja Turtle one which was pretty awesome too.) Great for sleepovers at Grandma’s, but also fun for sleepovers on the living room floor.
Teach kids gardening basics with an herb garden or gardening set. A great way to teach responsibility and getting to reap the rewards of your hard work!
I loved my microscope as a kid. Looking at leaves, blades of grass, bits of food (you might not want to look too close!), it’s so cool to see these things up close! Perfect for your budding scientist.
There are some great kid-friendly sewing machines out there for young kids, but a regular adult-sized machine will be great for older kids to learn on. Find some simple patterns or tutorials online and make a cool project!
A metal detector is all about the possibilities. What will you find in your back yard or on the beach This will get kids outside and excited about searching for buried treasure!
Introduce simple cooking techniques to your young chef. There are kid-friendly knife sets, baking kits, awesome aprons, even cooking subscriptions to try!
Any other non-toy gifts for kids you recommend? We’d love to hear!
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Jamie loves a little black dress, chips and salsa, and is obsessed with subscription boxes. She tries to maintain an air of sophisticated city life while actually living next to a wheat field. Or is it alfalfa? Corn? She doesn’t know. You can find her blogging about style and shopping at JK Style. She lives in rural Oklahoma with her husband and baby boy.