Meaningful, non toy gifts for kids for a clutter free Christmas
Kids tend to have too many toys, but it isn’t their faults in all honesty. With so many options for kids and family members to choose from, having even one of each brings potential for them to have thousands of toys. Here is the thing though, Christmas can be simple with thoughtful and meaningful gifts for kids that don’t leave a ton of clutter. Give experiences and useful items with this list of non toy gifts for kids.
I have never been a huge fan of toys. While Little Mister has always had them, recently I have gotten to the point that I am saying that I am buying no more toys! Family members tend towards getting too many toys anyway so I would rather they have the toy buying privilege. Every Christmas and birthday, we have been asking people to give experiences instead of gifts and have been doing that ourselves. It is a start and hope that one day we can get everyone to give less toys too.
A Clutter free Christmas the minimalist way
I am sure you have heard about the simple way to give gifts for kids, something they want, something they need, something they wear, something they read. I actually do love this idea no matter how simplistic it seems. Most kids don’t need anymore than 4 gifts…even that is pushing it sometimes.
Even if you are not going by that 4 gifts model, be sure to keep your gift giving to a minimum. Only buy the things that they truly need and want. Sure, they may say that they want an item spur of the moment because it looks cool, but in order for that item to still be in use in 2 months, it really needs to be something they LOVE! Pay attention to your kiddo to find what they are really into.
If family members want to buy something for your kids, let your family know what they want so that they don’t receive a bunch of stuff they won’t use.
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Meaningful gifts for kids
Some kids are really sentimental and would really love meaningful gifts for kids, but some kiddos (like my 5 year old boy) are not so much into sentimental gifts. It is best to know what kind of child you are buying for when getting them any gift of course.
- A nice piece of personalized jewelry like some on Etsy. I love personalized jewelry for any age.
- Younger children love to have books read to them so these recorded books are great. And the fact that you can record your own voice reading makes it very meaningful, especially for the parent that is gone a lot, like those in the armed forces.
- Kids of all ages have small trinkets or jewelry pieces that they want to keep safe. Get them a special box so they can keep all their stuff in there and not have it lost or damaged.
- Anything handmade is a great and meaningful gift for kids. I made Little Mister a reindeer towel when he was 2 and he still loves that thing! This can be a quilt, a blanket, a bag, the possibilities are endless.
Clutter free, non toy gifts for kids
I am a fan of books for kids for sure. And they do grow out of books, so there is a need to buy them new books occasionally. But books aren’t the only non toy gifts for kids.
- Clothing and shoes is something we always ask family to buy Little Mister because it is expensive!
- Craft supplies and school supplies is always good to have on hand. Even older kids like to do crafts. I love this brand Yoobi, because it gives supplies to schools in need.
- Kids need so many sports uniforms and equipment if they are in sports. Buy them new ones for Christmas.
- Books are good for any kids!
- Get them their favorite movie or a new movie for them to enjoy.
- If your child has a pet, get their pet a small accessory that the need (need is the key here) such as a new collar, a name tag, or treats. Most kids are just as happy to receive something for their pet as they are for themselves.
Give experiences instead of gifts
As a mama who wants to do fun stuff with her kiddo, but often cannot afford the more expensive things, I am all about when people give experiences instead of gifts. This can mean that we do fun things all year round and don’t have to make a budget for it…which I love! Here are some ideas that would be fun for most ages. If you are looking for ideas for older kids (or for your spouse) be sure to check out this awesome post about gift of experiences by Attainable Sustainable.
- Movie tickets or gift cards to the theatre
- Season passes to the zoo
- Family pass to a Science Center
- Family pass or 1 time tickets to an amusement park such as Sea World, Six Flags, or Disney.
- A day pass to a trampoline park
- A gift card to their favorite restaurant or ice cream parlor
- Tickets to an ice skating rink
- Bowling alley tickets
- Arcade gift card to let them play their hearts out!
- Pass to do an outdoor activity such as skiing, an away camp, or a summer pool pass.
- Pass for the local indoor recreation center if they are old enough to go alone
- If your child is really into a certain hobby, get them into a class where they can learn more about it. If they like photography, look into a photography class, if they are into cooking, research a cooking class. There are so many options here.
With this list of non toy gifts for kids, gift giving this year doesn’t have to be clutter filled or boring! Giving meaningful gifts, clutter free gifts that all kids actually need or giving experiences instead of gifts can be just as special and who knows, the kids may just love them even more!
What is one experience that you always wished someone would gift your family?