Christmas is upon us and the never-ending list to Santa Claus, requests from in laws, and our personal gifting list is underway. But while looking around seeing toys in every nook and cranny, I just want to say, no more toys!
Now don’t get me wrong – thoughtful, educational and useful gifts are right up my ally, but with an overwhelming amount of toys, many times these items get lost, thrown out or forgotten. So this year I decided to change it up and focus on non-toy holiday gifts for the boys that will be sure to last (with of course some toys…I’m not a Grinch!).
Whether you are looking for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts or another special occasion, I think this list will help you find something functional that your child will enjoy too!
Furniture is extremely practical. Kids and toddlers can get really excited about a new piece they can call their own and incorporate into their space; and as an added benefit – you will get years out of it!
What a fun thing to post up and create a space for privacy and adventure! Kids can cozy it up with just a few blankets and pillows.
Kids often need a boost the reach the sink, maybe to watch along as you cook or help with tasks. A step stool is great for making this possible and there are a variety of options to choose from. You can even get customized stools from places like Etsy or Amazon.
Gift your child a place to sit back, rest, watch tv and read a book or two with a kids chair. There are traditional kid-sized proportioned chairs or you can go with a bean bag that stores toys (double win)!
Table and Chair Set
Gift a table and chair set where your children can eat, craft, work and play.
The kids will love these unique and soft minky material blankets, they can use for sleep or cuddling up on the couch.
These plush buddies are so comfortable and soft and great for couch companions, pillow pals, bedtime buddies and travel teammates. They have an incredible line of stuffed animals, so one is sure to win your childs heart.
Light up the bedroom with a starry sky. Children love this fantastic display and can use this as a regular night light or desk lamp.
Investing in art and craft supplies is an easy way for your child to expand their imagination while practicing their gross and fine motor skills.
These multipurpose easels are sure to be a hit. Use it as a chalkboard, magnet board or a space to draw pictures.
Sometimes all it takes is a fresh pack of markers, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and more to get the creative juices flowing.
Kids Fitness Watch
Motivate your child to stay active with a fitness tracking watch. Kids can uncover character adventures and themed mini games by completing daily activities set for them.
Mini Instant Camera
What child wouldn’t want their own camera? And better yet, one where they can immediately print and display their photography.
Books are always an educational gift worth giving. For the holidays you can even spice things up in December and open Christmas book gifts each night to read together.
Now you can’t have a list without experiences. Doing something new or learning new things things creates lasting memories that my husband, children and I have enjoyed the most. Here are just a few:
- Lessons (cooking, pottery, music, etc.)
- Movie tickets
- Show tickets
- A special trip
- Amusement or water park
- Subscription box (Amazon Prime Book Box, KiwiCo, Little Passports, Green Kid Crafts, etc.)
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