Christmas Gift Ideas That Aren’t Toys

by Mindy Cain
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Christmas will be here before we know it and the stress of what to get our kids has begun. I know I can’t be alone in this thought but I don’t want Ray to get a ton of toys that he will play with for a day and then never want to touch again. 

That is literally what happens. It’s so cool Christmas morning and if it isn’t broken by the end of the night – he’s super rough on his toys – then it’s history in his mind. We also don’t have a very large house and space is very limited. I’m up to my eyeballs in toys already and I go through them regularly.

After brain storming with my Aunt about different gift ideas we came up with quite the list so I decided to share that with you all.


Reading is so very important for a young mind and although Ray isn’t a fan of most learning based activities or anything that requires him to sit still for more than 3 seconds, he really enjoys reading. He has a large collection already and in fact my dad is building him a new book case for Christmas this year – the one from Ollie’s just isn’t holding up from all weight.


Taking the child to do something one-on-one would be more memorable than just giving them a toy. Really spending time together whether it be going to see a movie, getting your nails done, or hunting together is really the best give you can give a child. 

Gift Certificates

Getting a child a certificate for a pottery place, indoor trampoline park, or horse back riding lessons would also be a good way to get them active and for them to really enjoy their present. They make memories and maybe develope a new hobby.


Again, this could go hand-in-hand with experiences but it’s important. Kids enjoy spending time with their loved ones. You could start new traditions with them such as going to see Christmas lights, going on a Christmas train ride, etc. There are so many possibilities this time of year.


Toys For Tots. This could really make your child happy. Explain to them the idea behind it and let them pick out something and place it in the donation box. The best part about this is that it doesn’t have to be anyting expensive and it makes them feel like they really got to do something good for another child in need.

Educational Sets

Barnes and Nobels has the best sets of educational/learning toys. I know, I know. I said about not wanting to do toys for Christmas but Barnes and Nobels has toys that make your children actually think. Trucks to take apart and put back together, science kits, and so many more. 


Leave a comment if you can think of any other ideas of Christmas presents for kids that don’t involve toys! I would love to hear more ideas. 


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