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What are some Christmas gift ideas for kids that aren't toys?

 

We have SO many toys. Back when half of them were in the basement and the kids each had their own room it wasn't as obvious.  But now the baby's room is packed full of all the toys.  So we decided we're not buying toys for Christmas.  What are some other fun ideas?  My husband wants to get each of the kids a Disney print.

post #2 of 24

Arts and crafts materials/kits

Kid sized "adult looking" furniture (those little armchair ones are cute)

Bean bag chairs

Kid table and chairs

Riding toys (I know you said no toys but I'm thinking more like trikes and things like that)

Costco has lambskin rugs that go great and are soooo soft in kids rooms - ds specifically asked for his when he was M's age

Big softie blankets (Another Costco buy)

Kids digital cameras? (For M)

Oooo those "Coronet" things you put over the head of M's bed to make it look like a princess bed

Special sheets/comforter sets

Books!

Costumes for dress up?

That's really all I can think of!

post #3 of 24

dvds

gift cards- so they can shop for themselves

pet- dog, goldfish, bird, hamster

post #4 of 24

Experiences ... the hard part is so many activities happen before Christmas so you have to look carefully for stuff that occurs after Christmas. I truly wish there was more going on between Christmas and New Years. That way they could unwrap something on Christmas day and go to the activity immediately.

 

The good news is you're in an area with better weather so your plans might not be hampered at the last minute.

 

Movie passes

Season passes

Memberships to the children's museum, zoo

Tickets: theater, plays, concerts

Trips: beach, skiing, explore a new town

 

I agree with yard toys even though you said no toys. The challenge is "wrapping" a large purchase without the kids feeling like they didn't find anything under the tree. I think last year I did a post on creative ways to fill that space under the tree and make the unwrapping of only a few items really fun. I'll see if I can locate it.

post #5 of 24

Depending on the age of the kid...

 

fancy soap sets or bubble bath

nail polish/ hair accessories

candy (something seasonal they can't get any other time of year)

funky socks

jewelry/ earrings if a girl has pierced ears

Something for their room - like a cool lamp, picture for their wall. I gave my niece/nephew framed butterflies done up by a guy I knew who collected butterflies. They were done in a shadowbox - 5 different butterflies each. Very cool.

Aquarium

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Experiences ... the hard part is so many activities happen before Christmas so you have to look carefully for stuff that occurs after Christmas. I truly wish there was more going on between Christmas and New Years. That way they could unwrap something on Christmas day and go to the activity immediately.

I'm with Cookie. Doing something is way more lasting and memorable.

post #7 of 24

I hear ya!

My son is mostly getting into video games and movies now.  They can get expensive, but I'm at least glad they don't take up alot of room

 

I always buy him some books and some crafty stuff.

This year I'm going to make him a no tie fleece blanket and attempt a superhero cape.  I'm not very good at sewing.

 

We are going to Disney next summer so I'm also going to give him a Disney gift card to spend once we are there.

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Originally Posted by Cookie2 View Post

Experiences ... the hard part is so many activities happen before Christmas so you have to look carefully for stuff that occurs after Christmas. I truly wish there was more going on between Christmas and New Years. That way they could unwrap something on Christmas day and go to the activity immediately.

 

The good news is you're in an area with better weather so your plans might not be hampered at the last minute.

 

Movie passes

Season passes

Memberships to the children's museum, zoo

Tickets: theater, plays, concerts

Trips: beach, skiing, explore a new town

 

I agree with yard toys even though you said no toys. The challenge is "wrapping" a large purchase without the kids feeling like they didn't find anything under the tree. I think last year I did a post on creative ways to fill that space under the tree and make the unwrapping of only a few items really fun. I'll see if I can locate it.

 I'd love to read/see that post.  We are also trying not to get to wrapped up in "material things" for x-mas.  They have soo much "stuff" I would love more "experiences" too!!  We were trying to limit the presents under the tree but that empty space under there on x-mas morning just makes me nervous - (maybe not the right word but you get the idea)!

post #9 of 24
My kids love gift cards. My oldest had her Christmas and January birthday Target gift cards last her until July.

You can't go wrong with arts and crafts. I have a 3 drawer organizer filled with paper, coloring books and Play Doh. I have a smaller desk top 3 drawer organizer on top of that filled with crayons, glue, scissors, stickers and collage goodies. My kids love it. You could use the back to school sales and dollar store craft goodies to fill it up. For a big gift you could add an easel. Little Tykes has a great one that doubles as a chalk board.

I recall you saying you live near Disney. You could get them Disney gift cards or a promise to have a meal with their fav characters. Maybe stay one night in a Disney resort with a pool.

This year we are getting our oldest a Kindle Fire. She loves to read and she loves games. Our youngest will probably get a Barbie House and Barbie clothes.
Edited by JenJoe725 - 8/1/12 at 7:19pm
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You can't go wrong with arts and crafts. I have a 3 drawer organizer filled with paper, coloring books and Play Doh. I have a smaller desk top 3 drawer organizer on top of that filled with crayons, glue, scissors, stickers and collage goodies. My kids love it. You could use the back to school sales and dollar store craft goodies to fill it up. For a big gift you could add an easel. Little Tykes has a great one that doubles as a chalk board.

I actually picked up and hid some back-to-school art supplies today.  We got an easel for Christmas a couple years ago.  We have so many hand-me-down toys, we've tried to avoid buying them all along, but this year even more so.

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