Monday, November 23, 2015

10 NON TOY Christmas Ideas For Your Children!!

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I don't know about you, but I am SO done with buying our kids more toys!!

They receive trinkets for birthdays, AND special occasions, AND rewards...and...and...

 Let's not forget Christmas...

To be honest, we've already toned down gift giving over the past few years.
I mean, between relatives, friends & parties, how many gifts does a child need??

I mean, really. 

How have we toned down already?

Well, for starters, most years our birthday "present" is simply hosting a party celebration.
A cake, some food & loved ones. 

Spending time with loved ones IS supposed to be the highlight :)

Creating memories instead of over filling our home.

We do a few stocking stuffers (or smaller presents) to have something to look forward to, 
but our desire is for the focus to be on the true meaning of Christmas.

So, what does a Mama of six seven suggest other than toys?

Well, I'm going to share a few suggestions that I've found successful.

That are NOT toys!

And will work for a variety of ages.

(for the record, we are gift giving this year for 0-15 years)

1) A Novel! 

This encourages your child to read. Or if they're not quite reading solo yet, it 
gives you the opportunity to read WITH them. Either way, reading gives a child the 

2) Pajamas!

This is something we did last year for our kids. I picked them all
out a cuddly pair of jammies to snuggle up in. Every year our children/teens are growing 
& although we usually buy clothing second hand, this is a nice (affordable) treat.

3) Craft Kits!

I fondly recall my Dad buying us a craft kit each year when we were
young. He said it'd give us something to do, and he was right. It 
was a nice use of our school holidays, and sometimes lasting into the 
new year. Many years I still carry out this tradition with our own kiddos.

4) Science Kits!

Similar to a craft kit, this gives your child the chance to use their time wisely (& creatively!) long after the Christmas wrapping is all cleaned up. A science kit is a good fit for your older, curious or more avid learners. We have received some really good ones over the years, but others
have not lived up to their, ahem, "promises". So check what comes with your kit before 

5) A Learning Book!

Similar to the benefits of a novel, however a book that encourages learning will add that
extra dimension of making good use of time & educating your child/teen. Nowadays there are SO many resource & topical books to choose from!
Note: pick a topic of interest or you may end up later re-gifting...

6) Gift Card!

This one is the go-to nowadays for most teens. We try to stay away from them when a 
more personal touch would be preferable, however they do give your child/teen some decision
making power. Can help foster independence, and even gives them a (small) taste of budgeting.

7) A Family Movie!

This one is really fun to pick out. Think of a movie that you'd all want to see (or almost all...
the teens can be fickle sometimes ;)
You can also enclose --> some popcorn bags, seasonings, & other special family goodies

8) A Treat/Food Basket!

We usually do this mainly in our stockings. Special treats, or goodies is
nice around the holidays. These are also perfect for--> teachers, aunts/uncles, friends, neighbours, etc. I mean, who doesn't like a nice basket of their fav treats??

9) Extracurricular Lessons!

Dance, swimming, music...all lessons are costly nowadays. Purchasing
a wanted lesson helps your child/teen as the gift can help them understand that it "costs" them something (aka this IS the present). Perhaps an area where grandparents can also chip in?

10) Family Outing!

This year we told our children that their main gift was our purchase
of a trailer for our summer vacations. We got it used, and at a reasonable cost.
In the end, we know it'll save us money for future family vacations.

Other years we've gifted them with -->trip to water park, movie passes, and
hotel overnight (we look for deals!).

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So why not skip (or lessen) the toys given this year and try one of the above?

How about you: do you ever give gifts other than toys?

(*feel free to share in the comment section)



  1. I especially like the last one. Give the gift of time with your family and plan an outing together.

    1. That's prob my fav one too :)

      Thanks for stopping by the blog Sandra!

    2. Awesome ideas, Rachael! I plan to use this a lot this year!!!!

    3. Glad to hear my post inspired you :) Thanks for stopping by Brigette & commenting!!

  2. The extracurricular lessons are great! Don't forget summer camps!

    1. Ah, yes summer camps! Another great option :)

  3. A few years back we tried telling the kids that we were skipping gifts and taking the family on a ski holiday. Brought along all of the food and trimmings for our traditional Christmas meals. (a lot of work and effort I must say) Everyone had a super time. I did have to laugh when the kids asked where there presents where Christmas morning. - Kelly

    1. It does take some getting used to, doesn't it? But now our kids simply ask where we're going, and that brings the excitement :)

      This year we're doing a two day trip to the local water park & our kids are super pumped!! A few packages still, and stocking stuffers and we're good to go.

      Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting Kelly!

  4. I love to receive books as gifts and so does my son! Great gift idea!



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