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10 Non-Toy Gift Ideas For Kids


As a parent I love to gift experiences, not just toys. I hear all the time of parents having too many toys around the house, and not enough money to afford music, dance, gymnastics, karate, classes. I’ve complied a list of a few things that I would like and think other parents would enjoy for their children as well. Don’t forget to click the above image to pin this and come back to it later. Let me know your favorites from my list in the comments!

1. Swimming Lessons
No matter what the age, swimming lessons are important. At least to teach kids to swim to the edge or float if they ever fall in. Especially when you live somewhere like Arizona or California and there are pools everywhere.

2. Movie Theater Gift Card and Popcorn Vouchers
This one is good for older children, even teenagers.

3. Highlights Magazine
I LOVED Highlights growing up and the hidden picture puzzles inside. There are also a few other children magazine subscriptions out there as well. We get Ranger Jr. Magazines delivered monthly, which teach Jax about different animals.

4. The Little Gym Gift Certificates
I’m partial to this one, since Jaxon has been attending for four years. These classes are great for parents to meet other parents, kids to work on their cooperation or socialization skills, and motor skills. The Little Gym is internationally owned and are all over the US, and world.

5. Children’s Museum Membership
We have several different children’s museums around Phoenix; this is a good one for parents to ask family members for their children. It’s always nice to have a museum membership if it’s too hot to go out in the Summer, or too cold in the winter!

6. Subscription Gift Box
These days there are plenty of children/baby toy monthly subscription boxes. They can be educational toys or just for fun.

7. Children’s Watch
Help your toddler or child keep on time with their very own watch like mommy or daddy. This can be a good gift if your child is having trouble with transitions or potty training too!

8. Legoland Discovery Center Membership
This is one we were gifted last year for Christmas. There’s not just a Legoland in California, but we go to the discovery center in Arizona. You can find more centers in Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Michigan, San Antonio, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Columbus, even Toronto.

9. Music Classes
Jax attends piano lessons, which his grandparents help pay for, and they’ve been amazing for him. Kindermusik or Musicology are a few great options for babies!

10. Sporting Event Tickets
This is another one that would be great for older kids or teenagers. Get them their favorite sports jersey or a team they’re into and a pair of tickets to make it a great memory!

29 Comment

  1. I love the idea of giving experiences as gifts! We live on the opposite side of the world to all our family (and in a small apartment) so museum memberships and zoo tickets have been such a great gift for my kids. They take up no space and my family don’t have to waste a ton of money in shipping. Plus I love that it encourages us to get out and about. I also like to give kids’ magazine subscriptions to friends back home. Okido and Anarak are my favorites as well as the new magazine Bravery which just launched.

  2. We are big fans of consumable gifts for children, such as art supplies, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, etc. But this year we are only gifting experiences using Groupon to also keep our holiday spending in check. I too am in the East Valley and always looking for new experiences in the area. Thanks for sharing

  3. I love this list. In a world full of things, it is wonderful to gift experience. Your list offers great options to live and embrace life, and lessen things that they may out grow. Experience last forever. If they can’t remember the actual
    memory, they will remember how they felt as they spend time with you. Awesome post! 👍🏼

  4. Love this, my mom gets Izzy her gymnastics classes for the year. I love activities for holidays & bday gifts

  5. Such a great list! I can’t wait to start swimming lessons. Our library use to have music classes before we moved. Hopefully I can find somewhere new to go

  6. Love this. I love when Christmas is not all about materialistic things. We love the little Gym and we go there twice a week. But I didn’t even think about it as a gift. Such a great idea.

  7. I love experience gifts. My parents give magazines to all the grandchildren. Highlights has a magazine for BABIES called Hello magazine. I was leery but it really stands up to baby drool and baby eat-all-the-pages. And she has loved it from six months to 2.5 years old! Highly recommend!

  8. What great ideas!! We still need to check out the Legoland Discovery Center. My son loves legos, so I’m not sure why we haven’t been! I just keep forgetting!

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