Monday, December 23, 2013

The Ultimate List of 100 Non-Toy Gift Ideas

List of 100 Specific Non-Toy Gift Ideas by

Remember this picture I shared last year?
If that's how you feel when you survey the growing collection of toys in your home, then you may find today's post helpful!

100 Toyless Christmas Gift Ideas by

This morning I'll be interviewed on several radio shows across Canada about the idea of a Toyless Christmas, so I thought I would share a list on the blog of Non-Toy Gift Ideas that can serve as a reference for birthdays and Christmas when you're feeling overwhelmed with toys!

100 Specific Non-Toy Gift Ideas:

Season Passes

- Zoo
- Museum
- Butterfly Conservatory
- Aviary
- Aquarium
- Amusement Park

One-Time Passes

- Movies
- Bowling
- Swimming
- Theatre Performance
- Go see a sporting event
- Disney On Ice
- Circus
- Ice Skating
- Roller Skating
- Mini Golf
- Concert

Experiences for Kids

- Horse & Buggy Ride
- Train Ride
- Ice Cream Vouchers
- Special dinner out
- A Trip to the Fire Station
- A Trip to Chuckie Cheese (buy the tokens ahead of time so you have something to wrap!)
- Coupon book with "time" gifts (ie. an afternoon making cookies with mom)

Older Kids or Grown-Ups

- Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Wine Tasting
- Murder Mystery Evening
- Zip Lining
- Helicopter Ride
- Trip to the Spa (Mani/Pedi, Massage, Facial, etc.)
- Rock Climbing
- Trip to Arcade

A Class or Season of Lessons

- Swimming
- Sports
- Gymnastics
- Dance
- Karate
- Musical Instrument
- Pottery Class- or paint your own pottery
- Art Class
- Craft class (ie. knitting)
- Horseback riding lessons

Family Experiences

- A night(s) away at a local hotel (with a pool)
- A hotel with an indoor waterpark
- Camping (depends where you live & how much you love Winter camping ;)
- Road trip
- Give them travel/camping gear needed for the experience you'll be gifting so that they have a physical item to unwrap

Physical Gifts that aren't Toys

- Books
- Games
- CDs of fun kids music
- Craft kits
- Science kit
- New art supplies
- Magazine Subscription
- Monthly Craft Kit Subscription
- Fun Bath Supplies (colour-changing water, crayons that write on walls, foamy soap, etc.)
- A wagon to pull kids in when you go on walks
- Stationary
- Special Christmas Tree Ornament
- Wrist watch
- Piggy bank
- Memory/Photo Book
- Journal

Fun "Needs"

- Kid furniture
- New bedding that they really like
- Bedroom d├ęcor/Promise of a total room makeover
- New hat, mitts, etc.
- Bike
- Scooter
- Roller skates/blades
- Basketball hoop
- Trampoline
- Swing set (for big ticket items like this, grandparents can pitch in)
- An item they need, but they wanted a more expensive version than you would normally buy (ie. boots/clothes)
- Colourful band aids
- Sled/toboggan/other winter outdoor things
- Sleeping bag
- Flashlight
- Toy box
- Personal set of scriptures
- Jewelry box

Learning Tools

- Telescope
- Magnifying glass
- Strong Magnet
- Science Kit
- Magic Kit
- Cookbook & Apron/Chef Hat
- Easel
- Chalkboard
- Gardening tools
- Bug-catching tools (better if you don't live somewhere that's snowy ;)
- Binoculars
- Globe


- Educational App they can play on your phone/ipod/tablet or Computer Game
- Items they need for lessons (costume/instrument/etc.)
- A new game for a game console
- A refill for an easy bake oven or other toy requiring refills
- A pet!
- Pet Accessories/supplies
- iTunes gift card

If you want to refer to this list in the future, you can on Pinterest for later!

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  1. I don't have kids - and don't do a lot of gifting, but I love your list! GREAT ideas for gifts all year round!
    A small note though - I don't recommend giving the actual "pet" for an event (xmas, birthday, etc).
    I would, however, recommend giving books/videos/care products for such pet - and a "certificate" from you to go with the gift recipient to pick out their cat/dog from the shelter and give him a forever home (or to go to the pet store for the small cageable pets).

    There's just too much excitement on a holiday to introduce a new family member.

    Thanks for your awesome blog!

    1. Thank you, Deb! & that sounds like good advice about the pet :) I have never had a pet, so I haven't got a lot of experience with the process of choosing one and bringing one home! :)

      Thank you for your kind words!

  2. Fantastic list! I pinned it to my Christmas Community board. One of my goals for 2014 is to shop throughout the year for gifts for the kids. We try to emphasize non-toy gifts with the inlaws. A list like this would really help!

    I'd love for you to share this list with my readers on my Motivation Monday linky:


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