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50 Alternatives to Christmas and Birthday Gifts for Kids

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For the children who have everything or if, like me, you don’t value adding more “stuff” in your children’s lives (and living room floor!!), there are many gift alternatives to toys this Holiday season or when it comes to birthdays.

Without further ado, here are 50 ideas for alternative gifts for kids – for all budgets and all children:

Active

  1. Unusual sports outing (i.e., ice-skating, fishing, rock-climbing)
  2. Local attraction park annual pass or day pass
  3. Sports class (has your child been wanting to start soccer? ski?)
  4. Ticket to a sporting event
  5. Entrance to the local trampoline center
  6. Sports equipment (i.e., tennis racket, snorkeling set, golf balls)
  7. Sport clothing (i.e., leotard, basketball shorts)
  8. Children gardening tools and seed packs
  9. New sports shoes
  10. Pool toys (i.e., diving rings, floaters)
  11. Bicycle

Culture

  1. Local museum annual pass or day pass
  2. Kid’s magazine subscription (i.e., National Geographic for kids)
  3. Cooking class
  4. Night at the theater or opera
  5. Age-appropriate books
  6. Audiobooks (i.e., Amazon Audible – Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks HERE)
  7. Travel guide for kids for your next trip
  8. Recipe book
  9. Old iPod pre-loaded with their favorite songs

Arts

  1. Musical instrument
  2. Music subscription (i.e., Amazon Music – Click HERE for Free Trial)
  3. Art supplies (i.e., canvas, paint, glitter)
  4. Reusable sticker book (i.e., our favorite are Melissa and Doug)
  5. Magic water paint book (i.e., Melissa and Doug)
  6. Water doodle
  7. Coloring books
  8. Old digital camera
  9. Craft table

It’s The Little Pleasures

  1. Water-proof watch
  2. Hair pieces
  3. Dress-up clothes
  4. Photo album of the year in review
  5. Bedroom decoration
  6. Sunglasses
  7. Gift card to their favorite store or ice-cream shop
  8. Fantasy jewelry
  9. Rain coat, rain boots, umbrella
  10. New bedding (i.e., sheets, comforter, pillows)
  11. Alarm clock
  12. Fun nail polishes (i.e., 5 and below has the cutest assortment for girls)
  13. Bath time fun (i.e., bubble bath, bath crayonsbath coloring, rubber toys)
  14. Hand luggage
  15. School backpack

Family

  1. Coupon for a 1-on-1 day with Mom or Dad
  2. Family trip (i.e., surprise them with a booked trip)
  3. Kid’s pick at movie night
  4. Boardgames
  5. Family bowling night
  6. Camping equipment (even if you’ll only camp in the backyard!)

Over the years and with three children, we have pretty much exhausted this entire list over birthdays and Christmases. Yet, we get back to it every year and love getting our kids experiences, rather than toys they won’t play with. It is fun to see them enjoy themselves and make memories. And we love being able to share quality time with them as well. Believe me, those are some of the best gifts you can give your child, whatever the occasion may be!

Happy gifting!


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3 Comments

  1. What a great post! I love all of your ideas. Once I have my own little ones, I’ve got a great start on some activities. I love how you focus on not adding things but making memories and having fun together as a family!

    • Thank you so much Melody! I believe in experiences and creating memories, rather than buying the kids “things” and toys they will only play with for a few minutes 🙂 My kids might also be the kind who don’t play with many toys. They love certain ones, like Magformers, Legos, Duplos, Playmobil, boardgames, etc. but mostly like playing with their imaginations, which I want them to keep exploring before they get older and think it’s uncool to walk around like tigers and lions 🙂

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