An increasing number of parents are asking friends and family to think outside the box and give gifts for kids that aren’t toys. Here are a few ideas to consider.
- Tickets to a local attraction, concert, ice show, theater, aquarium, or museum.
- An electronic device like a notebook, e-reader, computer, laptop, or digital camera.
- Sign them up for an extracurricular activity or fun-filled day class.
- Gear or supplies for their sports or extracurricular activities.
- Admission for a local experience like rock climbing, a trip to the zoo, or kid’s festival.
- Tuition for a sports clinic or summer camp.
- At-home activities such as books, board games, puzzles, at-home science kits, mini telescope, binoculars, gardening essentials, and more.
- With permission from their parents, a pet and pet essentials like food.
- A winter coat, clothing, or accessories—ask their parents if you need ideas.
- Art and craft projects or supplies or a musical instrument.
- A magazine subscription or a monthly activity subscription box.
- Gift certificates for iTunes, restaurants, or one of their favorite stores.
- New bedroom furniture or décor that mom and dad have on their list to buy.
- Their first set of luggage.
- A day trip or vacation with you.
While these gifts might not be toys they are kid-approved!