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Children tend to be pretty easy to shop for. There are aisles upon aisles full of toys to choose from and there’s never a shortage.

However, toys aren’t everything. There are plenty of gift options to show a child that you care without cluttering up their rooms with one more toy that will likely get lost or forgotten about within a matter of weeks.

If you are leaning more towards the non-toy gift side of things and are looking for ideas on what to get the children in your life, here is a list I’ve created to help you out.

Note, most of these are for kids aged 2-10 years but you can definitely find ideas and versions of these gifts for older kids too (example: a real guitar instead of a kiddie one.)

Non-toy Gift Ideas for Kids

Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

Experiences –

Membership Passes – A little pricey but year passes to the zoo, aquarium, museum are all great.

Classes/Lessons – Sign kids up for a class in music, dance, sports, etc

Special events – These are your one time events; plays, concerts, movie theatre, paint your own pottery, special craft, spa, or baking date

Pets – call it a long term experience… depending on your family you may want to do an IOU and take the child with you to pick out the pet.

Subscriptions –

Magazines – Highlights, Ranger Rick, National Geographic for Kids

Book of the month
Subscription boxes – Kiwi Crate, Kidstir, Little Passports, Green Kid Crafts

Educational –

Arts and Crafts – coloring books, paint sets, playdough or even homemade playdough, finger paints

Games – card games like Go Fish and Old Maid, board games, bean bag toss, croquet, ring toss

Books – board books, chapter books, fiction, non-fiction

Musical Instruments – toddler band set, banjo, kazoo, recorder, tambourine

Exploring Equipment – magnifying glass, bug catcher, microscope, butterfly net, telescope

Make Believe – chef’s apron, princess costumes, firefighter outfits, masks

Great Outdoors –

Sports Equipment – mini golf set, bowling set, footballs, soccer balls

Gardening Supplies – kids gardening set, seeds, little pots

Get Them Moving – jump ropes,  bikes, scooters, Trampoline