Are you looking for fun, creative, non traditional holiday gifts for your children this year? We all know the clutter toys create, and how as children age – they are less interested in toys and more into hands-on experiences.


Some of our favorite gifts for children are art tables and easels filled with plenty of supplies. We find it gives children the freedom to express themselves and be creative. Science kits, dinosaur “digs”, and magnifying glasses can broaden your child’s interests in the world and make hands-on learning fun.

We hope these suggestions will give you some new ideas for your holiday giving!

Non-Toy Gift Ideas

Season passes

  • Zoo
  • Museum
  • Butterfly conservatory
  • Aviary
  • Aquarium
  • Amusement park

One-time passes

  • Movies
  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Theatre performance
  • Sporting event
  • Circus
  • Ice skating
  • Roller skating
  • Mini golf
  • Concert

Experiences for kids

  • Horse & Buggy Ride
  • Train ride
  • Ice cream or frozen yogurt vouchers
  • Lunch or dinner at their favorite restaurant
  • Trip to Chuck E. Cheese’s – place tokens in their stocking or wrap in a box!
  • Coupon book with “time” gifts, such as an afternoon making cookies with mom

A class or sessions of lessons

  • Swimming
  • Sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Karate
  • Music lessons such as piano, violin, guitar etc.
  • Pottery or ceramics
  • Art & crafts
  • Horseback riding

Family experiences

  • Night(s) away at a local hotel with a pool
  • Trip to an indoor waterpark
  • Camping trip, if you’ll brave the winter. Or, print out pictures of a future camping destination so they can build anticipation.
  • Travel/camping gear needed for the experience you’ll be gifting so they have a physical item to
    unwrap. Such as a sleeping bag, backpack, first aid kit etc.
  • Road trip

Non-toy gifts

  • Books
  • Games
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Craft kits
  • Science kits
  • Art supplies
  • Magazine subscription
  • Monthly craft kit subscription
  • Bath supplies (color-changing water tabs, bath crayons, foamy soap, etc.)
  • Wagon to pull kids in when you go on walks
  • Stationary
  • Special christmas tree ornament
  • Watch
  • Piggy bank
  • Scrap¬†book
  • Journal

Learning tools

  • Telescope
  • Microscope
  • Magnifying glass
  • Magnets
  • Science kit
  • Magic kit
  • Cookbook, apron & chef hat.
  • Easel
  • Chalkboard
  • Gardening tools
  • Bug-catching tools
  • Binoculars
  • Globe


  • Educational app they can play on your phone/ipod/tablet or computer game
  • Items needed for lessons such as a uniform, instrument, required books.
  • Educational video game
  • A pet, or, a “certificate” for picking out a pet together, and detailing their responsibilities to take care of the pet so it’s a continued learning experience
  • Pet supplies
  • Gift cards