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7 Foolproof Non Toy Gifts For Kids (and adults!)

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Inside: Here are 7 ideas for non toy gifts for kids this holiday season! These are foolproof Christmas gift ideas for kids suggested by moms for moms!

Raise your hand if the only gift idea you have for Christmas is toys.

*Every mom raises their hand.*

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with getting kids toys, but I don’t think that should be their only gift.

We did a big toy clean out a few years ago to get rid of the stuff my kids don’t play with anymore and to make room for the new Christmas gifts they’ll be getting.

I was pretty disappointed that we got rid of one of my son’s big toy gifts from Christmas last year that he doesn’t play with AND that got broken within a few days of opening it.

But you know what we didn’t get rid of??

His clothes, and books, and other non-toy gifts.

I asked a few fellow mamas what the best non-toy gift they’ve given or received and here are their suggestions!

Plus, they also shared some meaningful gifts they’ve received as adults that I know you’re going to love!

Two kids excited about their non toy gifts.Clothes 

Clothes are one of the best Christmas present ideas for kids, IMHO!

I know they may not seem interested in clothes now…but looking back, getting clothes for Christmas was one of the best gifts my parents gave me (maybe that’s just because I’m a girl…).

So if you continue the tradition year after year, your kids may fall in love with it!

We always give our kids ‘something to wear‘ each year, and that’s usually a nice outfit and some pajamas they open on Christmas Eve.

It’s a pretty popular tradition because lots of other moms I talked to also said they do Christmas Eve jammies.

A few other clothing ideas for kids are snow gear (if you live somewhere cold), socks, and dress clothes.

This isn’t exactly clothes, but one mom said her mother would give them new flannel sheets for the winter along with their PJs on Christmas Eve.

Gift Cards

Example of creative gift card presenation

Gift cards are my love language.

No joke!

Some people think they are super impersonal, but for me, I couldn’t disagree more.

I LOVE getting a gift card and being able to pick out exactly what I want!

Giving a gift card to an adult is a pretty common gift (I’m giving them to 5 people this year!), but how cool would it be to give one to your kiddo??

I’ve never thought to do this before, but it could make them feel super grown up and important to receive a gift card on Christmas so they can pick out their own gift!

Just make sure to steer them away from any toys 😉 

Another similar kids gift idea is movie passes!

I know my kids would love getting movie passes, especially if they got to pick out the movie!

And if you’re feeling SUPER generous/adventurous/creative, you could do a mega gift card gift.

That’s what one mom got last year! She says:

“My parents gave my husband and me a “12 dates of Christmas.”

It had 12 envelopes and each one had a gift card to a restaurant or for an activity with a cute saying to go along with it. And they said every time we wanted to use one they would watch our kiddo.

Being tight on money due to school, it was one of the most heartfelt gifts we’ve ever been given since being married!”

I think that is such a sentimental gift! And the free babysitting?? What an awesome gift to give to someone you love!

Personalized Items For Kids (and adults!)

Disneyland outfit family

Looking back, some of my most memorable gifts were the ones that were personalized.

I remember getting a monogram necklace for Christmas one year that I absolutely loved!

When you’re a kid, you think your name is the best thing ever, so why wouldn’t you want it on your gift??

One mom said her mom put her name in a book when she was little and she thought that was the coolest thing ever.

Besides personalized books, other ideas for personalized gifts are shirts (like the ones we did for Disneyland!), jewelry, family portrait illustrations, home illustrations, maps with sentimental locations, calendars, and mugs.

You can even turn your child’s artwork into a pillow! 

Something we’ve done is create photo books for our kids.

They love looking at their pictures and it’s fun to create something special just for them! Just think of something your child loves or loves to do and make it personalized for them.

If you need a personalized gift for your spouse, a love letter couldn’t be any more personal!

Or you could make a book full of memories for your spouse. I did that for my husband’s birthday this year.

I gathered memories from his family and friends and put it all together with pictures in a photo book. He loves this gift and shows it to everyone who comes over to our house!

Homemade Gifts

How to make an Elsa hair wig out of yarn

I don’t know if I’ve ever given a really great homemade gift (those crafts I made in school definitely do not count!), but maybe I should start!

I think everyone has some sort of creative talent that can translate into a homemade gift, but if you’re having trouble coming up with ideas here are a few:

  • If you like to sew, you could make blankets, pillows, or doll clothes. My brother made Hudson this really cute BYU jersey one Christmas and I thought it was so sweet! Another mom said that right before her mother died she made all her future babies blankets and mommy and me matching aprons. (So thoughtful and sentimental!)
  • If you’re good with wood, you could make frames, decor, or furniture. My father-in-law took 2×4’s and cut them into different sized blocks, sanded them, and gave them to Hudson one year. He still loves to play with those! Another mom said she refinished a vanity for her sister and she absolutely loved it and still does.
  • If you like to bake, you could put together pre-measured baking mixes of some of your best recipes. I know my mom got those as neighbor gifts growing up.
  • If you paint or do graphic design you could create wall decor to give to someone. Vinyl poster prints are really trendy right now so that could be a fun gift option!
  • And if you like to DIY with any sort of material, here are a few projects I’ve done that I love: 


Mom and son after soccer lessons that were given as a non toy gift.

Giving your child lessons of some sort is a great idea non toy gifts for kids!

This may be one of those unique gifts for kids who have everything already (or husbands who have everything)!

If your child has a natural talent for something, this could also be a way to develop and strengthen that talent. Or it could be a great way to introduce a new activity that maybe they haven’t tried before.

Some lesson ideas are:

  • Gymnastics lessons
  • Dance lessons
  • Sports (soccer, football, basketball, baseball)
  • Art lessons (painting or pottery)
  • Karate lessons
  • Music lessons (piano, violin, voice)


Little boy is excited about his gift for book lovers

There are SO MANY kids subscription boxes out there with everything from clothes, to books, to STEM activities to help them develop a love of those important subjects.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Prime Book Box is a great subscription to get your bookworms and future bookworms!

You can pick how often it ships (every 1, 2, or 3 months) and you can either customize the books you get or let the people over at Amazon pick for you! If you’d like to sign up, you can do that here. And you can learn more about Prime Book Box here.

KiwiCo is a monthly subscription that gives your child everything they need to create their very own STEM projects!

Each box comes with all of the materials and instructions to build a fun and engaging project that will teach them to be creative problem solvers.

You can sign up for your first KiwiCo box here!


The older I get, the more I realize that time together is more important than stuff. 

This is a little cliche, but there’s a saying in our church and it’s “love is spelled T-I-M-E,” and it’s totally true!

Here are a few non toy gifts that are all about experiences and spending time together:

  • You could give your children a big vacation! If you’d like to make that trip Disneyland, here are all of my tips on how to save money at Disneyland!
  • You could give your children tickets to a fancier or more expensive event that you wouldn’t normally take them to like the symphony or a play.
  • Get annual passes to local museums, the zoo, or amusement parks. It’s such an awesome gift because you can use it year-round!
  • Maybe a museum pass isn’t in the budget, so you could totally give a punch pass to a bounce house, laser tag, mini golf, indoor playground, etc. Talk with your brothers and sisters and see if you can get a pass for all of the cousins so they can go and have fun together!
  • One of the moms I asked even suggested putting together a coupon book. They can choose a coupon every week or month or every three months; whatever you decide! You can put going to get ice cream, the movies, zoo, laser tag, bowling, out to eat at their favorite spot, etc.

These are some of the best gifts to give because you’ll be making memories and laughs that you’ll remember for years to come!

What do you get a kid for Christmas that doesn’t like toys?

Pink wrapped Christmas gift ideas

Here’s a quick reminder of the different options for Christmas gifts that aren’t toys:

  • Clothes
  • Gift Cards
  • Personalized Items
  • Homemade gifts
  • Lessons
  • Subscriptions
  • Experiences

Getting toys for kids at Christmas is definitely a popular tradition for parents, but it’s one I want to change in my home going forward.

I honestly don’t remember a lot of the Christmas gifts I got as a child, but I do remember the really personal ones and I always remembered spending time together with my family.

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