Looking for non-toy Christmas gift ideas for kids? I know I sure am! My brain starts thinking about Christmas gifts ideas in the summer – yep, I’m a bit nuts for sure! I’m a natural planner, so I tend to start planning for Christmas way in advance, and yes, I’ve been thinking a lot about non-toy Christmas gift ideas for my kids this year!
In fact, my kids have been thinking a lot about their Christmas gift wish lists as well! I love that they are thinking about their wish lists, but I also encourage each of them to write their list down on paper so I can see it, and take it shopping with me, if need be!
Christmas Gift Wish List Printable
Because I know you are a busy mom, and often feel overwhelmed by all that has to get done during the holidays, my hope is that my Christmas Gift Wish List, can help you control the chaos of trying to remember what gifts your kids want this year.
So, I’ve created a handy free printable Christmas Gift Wish List that you can print and give to your kids to fill out. Simple and easy, and it will look really cute hanging on your refrigerator!
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Keep Their Christmas Gift Ideas Handy
I like to have my kids hang their Christmas Gift Wish Lists on the refrigerator and they add to them whenever they have new ideas. I like to keep their lists very handy so I can refer to them anytime I see a good deal pop up. My oldest son has even created a digital file with Amazon links to everything on his list – it’s actually very nice to have!
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Phew! I’m so glad you snagged my Christmas Gift Wish List! Now that you have a nice printable for your kids to fill out of their gift ideas, let me also give you some ideas of non-toy Christmas gift ideas that they might enjoy this year!
12 Best Non-Toy Christmas Gift Ideas For Kids
1. Sign Up For A Class:
Does your child love to bake, cook, paint, create robots or complicated Legos? Instead of buying them another Lego kit or cookbook, why not sign them up for a baking class or robot building class?
Your child will enjoy learning from someone new and will have fun with other kids who also love the same thing they do! My kids have always loved taking classes and they always learn a new technique.
2. Gym/Rec Center Membership:
Do your kids love to play sports and be active? Or maybe you wish they did?! A gym membership is a great way for your kids to stay active and enjoy sports! If your kids are still young, consider getting a family membership so that you all can go and enjoy things together, like the pool or the open turf field.
If your kids are teens, then they may love having their own membership where they use the basketball court with their friends etc. The great part about a membership is that you can use it all year long!
3. Museum Membership:
Museum memberships are a great gift! Most museums are so large that you rarely can see the whole thing in one day, so having a membership that you can use all year long, so that you can keep coming back, is awesome!
Plus, museums tend to change up their exhibits pretty frequently, so every time you go it’s a different experience. Also, you never have to worry about the weather! The other great thing about museums is that they have something for every age group – so it doesn’t matter the age of your kids, I’m sure you will find something that each child enjoys.
4. Zoo Membership:
My local zoo is awesome – in fact, in Denver we have two zoos. Both are fabulous and totally different. When my kids were younger, my father-in-law would buy our family a membership to a zoo each year, alternating both Denver locations.
We loved it! We spent many days at the zoo exploring and honestly, we never got tired of it! I loved being outside in the fresh air and you never knew which animal exhibit would have something exciting going on.
I’d highly recommend a zoo membership if you have a zoo near you. My oldest son LOVED the zoo when he was younger and never seemed to get tired of it – in fact, I remember going to the zoo three times in one week! If your kids love animals, then a zoo membership is a GREAT non-toy gift that keeps giving all year long!
5. Sports Camp:
Do you have a child that loves sports? Consider trying to find a sports camp they can sign up for. In our house, soccer is the main sport my kids love. In our area, there are a lot of soccer mini camps, day camps, or even week-long camps they offer all throughout the year.
Find one of these camps for whatever sport your child loves and sign them up! Such a great way to keep your kid active and still having fun doing the sport they love!
6. Mommy & Me Coupon Book:
Make your child a simple coupon book of things your child can do with you. Ideas could be things like: bake cookies with mom, read a book with mom, get ice cream with mom, play soccer at the park with mom, etc.
Simple things that your child loves. You can decide the rules for how they can redeem these coupons, but the point is that they get to spend special time with mom. You can also make a book just like it for Daddy & Me too.
7. Family Experience Jar:
Give your kids a group gift from you and your spouse of a Family Experience Jar. Fill a glass jar with slips of paper and a marker and wrap the gift. Once your kids open the gift, spend some time coming up with some experiences that you all want to do together, like: go see a movie, play at a park, visit a relative, try a new restaurant, build a snowman, eat dessert before dinner, etc.
You can be as specific as you want. The point is to get a bunch of things written on the papers you included and put them all back in the jar.
Throughout the year, be intentional about having times in your weekends that you plan to have Family Experiences. You can even set aside a night every week to do this – like Sunday nights. You will simply draw a slip out and do the Experience on the paper. This can be a really fun way to build memories with your whole family!
8. Movie Gift Card:
Give your kids a movie gift card so they can go to the movies instead of just sitting at home and watching a movie. I don’t know about you, but I love to go the movies and consider it quite the treat when I get to see a movie in the theater instead of just renting it from RedBox. It’s about the experience! You can go to the movies as a family, or your older kids can go with their friends.
9. See A Play Or Show:
Give your child tickets to see a show or an upcoming play. Christmas time is a great time to see a lot of truly wonderful shows like the Nutcracker or the Night Before Christmas. If your child would enjoy that sort of thing, then this might be a terrific idea for them! The best part, you can go with them!
10. Concert Tickets:
My kids are getting older and really starting to love music. If your kids also love music, consider getting them tickets to an upcoming concert for an artist they like and go along with them! This is a great way to spend time with them and enjoy something they love too!
11. Sporting Event Tickets:
Assuming your child loves sports, then they might love tickets to see their favorite team play! My son loves the Broncos – right along with his dad, so one year I got them tickets to the Broncos game and they had such a great time!
12. Surprise Vacation:
Maybe this year you forego gifts altogether and just give your kids the gift of a surprise vacation instead! I’ve always wanted to do this, every single year, but we never have because of the expense.
One day, I’m hoping to do this, where our kids wake up on Christmas morning and there is nothing under the tree but one wrapped gift. Inside are plane tickets for an exciting vacation! If you have done this before, I’m dying to know all about it – comment below and tell me about your vacation gift.
Those are my 12 best non-toy Christmas gift ideas for kids that you can give this year!
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Because I know you love finding unique gift ideas for your kids that are not just toys, you might also love my list of 50 Frugal Free Fun Ideas for Kids that will help keep them off their screens and having fun! When you have a chance, pop on over and read it – I hope it helps!
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