Christmas is going to be here before you know it, and you will most likely get the question, "What do your kids need/want for Christmas?" If your house is anything like mine, it is already packed full to the brim with toys. So I wanted to share with you a list of non toy gift ideas for anyone looking to give a little something different this year. These are also great ways to create those special memories with your kiddos/loved ones.
15+ Non Toy Gift Ideas
Concert tickets to your child's favorite singer/band are a wonderful option. Depending on their age you can get tickets to go with them, or purchase a ticket for one of their friends to go.
Theater/Musical tickets is such a cute idea. I know there are a few traveling musicals such as "The Lion King" and "The Little Mermaid," so be on the lookout for these musicals coming to a city near you. This could almost be like buying a present for yourself, because I would absolutely love to go see "The Lion King" musical.
Several professional teams have certain games that are geared towards kids. Some even have special tickets prices for kids. Or there are those that offer kids activities pre-game, post-game, or during half time. I know some MLB teams that offer the first so many kids that arrive the opportunity to go down on the field and run around the bases.
High School/College Kids would LOVE this gift!
If you aren't looking to spend this much money, college games are also a great option.
Also a great gift for your significant other.
The gift that keeps on giving. If your kids are a pool rat, this will save you a great amount of money.
No need to pay for tickets each time you go to the zoo. This is also a great family bonding activity that creates wonderful memories.
Restaurant Gift Cards
This is the perfect gift for college students.
Also a great option for those kids that enjoy visiting their local ice cream or coffee shop.
Live Kid Shows
I know several kids who would love to go see "Disney On Ice," and several that would enjoy seeing it for a second or third time. I have not seen "Disney On Ice" yet, but I am sure when my three month old daughter gets older it will be a yearly occurrence.
Some other options are Sesame Street Live, Kidz Bop, Scooby Doo Live, Day Out With Thomas, Marvel Universe Live.
Trip to Water/Theme Park
This is a gift all age groups will love. They will have a blast and you will too.
Parents can enjoy their time on the "lazy river" (if they have one).
Summer camps are a great way to keep your kids active and learning while school is out of session.
From Day Camps to Overnight Camps and themes for every age and interest, you're sure to find one for your kids.
This allows your child to pick and choose what movies they would like to go see, without having to ask parents for money each time they want to go see one.
Son- Lunch followed by go-carts, lazer tag, paintball, trampoline park, and arcade games.
Daughter- Lunch followed by getting nails done, shopping, crafts (painting), bowling, and a movie.
The options are endless. The above are just ideas.
Dance, sports, horseback riding, arts, swimming, guitar, piano, singing, martial arts, gymnastics, cooking.
The options are also endless with this one. Just choose classes that interest your child.
They may not enjoy this when they are younger, but they will sure thank you when they get older.
Add money to this account for birthdays and Christmas. Or even add a little monthly if you would like.
The earlier you open this account, the more they will have when they head out on their own.
You will also thank yourself too. The less they will be asking you for money in the future and the less loans you/they will have to take out to pay for college.
Create a coupon book full of activities/items that they can pull out and redeem throughout the year.
Some ideas include: a movie, a new shirt, a new video game, a day at the library, a sporting event, etc.
This could be a weekend vacation to somewhere close or a week vacation to Disney World or a resort.
A great opportunity to create memories with the ones you love.
This gives a child an on-going dose of fun education while also encouraging their literacy skills.
They will also enjoy receiving mail each month.
What other gift ideas, that aren't toys, do you have? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.