If you’re like me, you have enough toys taking over your house already. This guide of Christmas gifts for kids has lots of non-toy gift ideas you’ll love!
The long awaited Christmas gifts for kids gift guide is here! With over 40 present ideas and 20 non-toy gifts, you’ll for sure find something amazing for your kids.
Time to get your kids’ Christmas gift shopping done early!
Choosing Christmas gifts for my kids is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. I’ve compiled a list of 40 Christmas gifts for kids so you can get your shopping done early and actually relax and spend time with your kids during the holidays!
I included some non-toy gift ideas as well
Also, every year I got requests for non-toy gift ideas, so this list includes 20 non-toy gifts, plus 20 more better-than-regular-toys Christmas gift ideas.
TWENTY NON-TOY CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR KIDS
- DOUGHSIE DOUGH
- I actually hate play dough, but these play dough boxes are incredible. They each have a theme and come with three colors of dough plus a bunch of fun themed accessories. My kids will play with these for hours!
- MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS
- STORYBOOK PROJECTOR
- This Moonlite projector is really cool, and projects images up on the wall as you read a story. My kids love these!
- EDUCATIONAL PLACEMATS
- WEIGHTED BLANKET
- These are so popular right now, and I’ve heard they’re amazing for kids with anxiety. The weight puts pressure on their bodies like a warm hug all night and makes them feel calm. They have a gorgeous constellation print one right here.
- MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP
- A membership to the zoo, the aquarium, or the local children’s museum would be so fun!
- COOKIE CUTTERS
- I love making sugar cookies or playing with play dough with my kids, and this 101 piece set is under $20 and includes shapes for all the holidays, plus the alphabet!
- BLUE LIGHT GLASSES
- I can’t stop talking about blue light glasses! They have changed my life – my eyes were so strained with looking at computer, and blue light glasses give me instant relief. If your kids use screens, they have the most darling blue light glasses for kids!
- REVOLUTION MATH CLASS
- This is an online class that makes math super fun! If your kid loves math or hates math this is the perfect class for them. Class sizes are small, it’s all done over video chat, and your first month is only $5 right here!
- CARD GAMES
- MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION BOXES
- Our VERY favorite subscription box is KiwiCo! It’s educational, but so fun and super creative projects! 50% off your first month RIGHT HERE.
- These are another great gift that keeps on giving! Here are some I’ve heard great things about
- Little Passports: Ages 3-13, a box about travel and exploration.
- KiwiCo: Ages 0-16+, a box with hands-on science and art projects. CLICK HERE to get 50% off your first box!
- GoBox: Ages 9+, A monthly robot building kit
- KidStir: Ages 5-10, Fun cooking kits just for kids
- BitsBox: Ages 6-14, Teaching computer science and coding
- Pipsticks: Ages 1-100, a monthly box of fun stickers. They have a kid’s box or an adult box!
- Books are always a good idea! If you need good ideas for which ones to buy, my sister has a really good list on her blog here.
- TRAVEL KITS
- CAMPING GEAR
- DRESS UP COSTUMES
- RESTAURANT GIFT CARD
- This is a guaranteed win from siblings or Grandparents. A $5 gift card to the local frozen yogurt or smoothie shop? Definitely a win. Bonus idea: give it with a card that says it can only be used for a special date with you. They’ll love the one-on-one time!
- SNAP CIRCUIT JR.
- My mom bought this for B for his birthday a couple of years ago and it’s so cool. Fun for little girls and boys who like experiments and putting things together.
- EASEL ART SUPPLIES
- A few years ago we discovered an awesome youtube channel called “Art For Kids Hub” where kids learn to draw tons of fun things, and my boys are obsessed. So for Fos’ birthday last year, we got him a drawing pad and colored pencils so we can keep all his drawings in one place. An art easel would be adorable as well.
- BABYSITTING KIT
- This is a fun one for tween girls who are just starting to babysit. I found this good guide on Pinterest, and you could put it together yourself, or give her a special bag, a game or two, and a list of the things she can put in it to create her own babysitting bag.
- FAMILY GAMES
- MERMAID TAILS
- CRAFT SUPPLIES
- If you have a child who loves to craft, get them some new craft supplies! Like this pack of pom poms, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes.
- STICK HORSES.
- These are so fun, and under $20!
- FLOWER PRESS.
- Got a nature lover? This flower press is so cool and will help them turn their nature finds into gorgeous, preserved art!
- QUIET BOOKS
TWENTY TOYS THAT YOUR KIDS WILL PLAY WITH OVER AND OVER
- LEGO BRICKS
- If you want a gift that sparks imagination, this is it. My kids play and build with LEGO bricks for hours at a time. I swear, they’re the only toy I’ll buy them anymore.
- WOODEN BLOCKS
- Wooden blocks are toys that have staying power. They will be used to stack when they’re little, build towers when they’re toddlers, and build castles and forts when they’re older. Perfect gift idea for those young kids who can use them for years to come.
- WIRE SHOPPING CART
- We don’t own one of these, but every time my kids go somewhere with one it’s like a magnet for all children. Everyone loves these little mini carts!
- TEA SET
- This is such an adorable tea set for your kids! A tea set sparks creativity with stuffed animals and other kids, and these tea sets will be used for years.
- DUPLO BRICKS
- DUPLO bricks are the same as LEGO, just bigger. They’re designed for tiny toddlers, but my big boys still build with them constantly.
- MAGNETIC LETTERS.
- In the Educational Activities for My Kids post I did a few years ago, I shared these magnetic letters. They make a great gift because they’re colorful and fun to stick on the fridge, but also great for teaching!
- CAMP CASTLE PLAYMATS.
- I love a good playmat for kids, and these ones are like those old city ones, but they’re made of vinyl so they’re easy to wipe clean! They also come in small placemat sizes too so you can travel with them or have them at the table!
- WOODEN REGISTER.
- Cash registers were SO fun for me when I was a kid, and this wood one is super cool!
TEN BIG CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR KIDS (that they’ll love)
- TEEPEE TENT
- A teepee tent is the perfect place for imaginations to run wild. This one with feathers and twinkle lights is my childhood dreams come true.
- BACKYARD PLAYGROUND SWINGSET or TREE HOUSE
- We bought this for the boys for Christmas last year, and it has been a huge source of fun for the last year. I did a post all about our research HERE.
- BASKETBALL HOOP:
- AMERICAN GIRL DOLLS
- Getting my American Girl Doll when I was little was maybe the best Christmas ever. They’re such special dolls! They also have a much more affordable version (under $25!) here!
- SURPRISE FAMILY TRIP:
- These are my favorite kind of Christmas gifts. “Guess what? We’re leaving on a family trip tomorrow!” Although a lot of travel is unavailable right now, it would be so fun to plan a staycation at a local hotel, or a camping trip!
- PLAY KITCHEN
- MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & LESSONS.
- Has your kid been wanting to learn the guitar? Surprise them with a guitar and a year of lessons!
- OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
- Rollerblades, Ice Skates, Soccer Goals, Hula Hoops, Tennis Rackets, Bikes, Scooters, etc.
- dance, cooking, sewing, cake decorating, woodworking, art, anything! This would be fun to do with your child too — I took a cake decorating class at Michael’s Craft Store with my dad in high school and loved it!
- TICKETS TO AN EVENT.
- I mentioned this above, but tickets to a concert, the movie theater, a musical or play, a sporting event, etc would be so fun as a big final gift.
Gifts from this guide under $25
Since lots of us are on a budget, especially this year, here are all the gifts in this guide under $25!
If you have any other great ideas (toy or non-toy, big or small), leave a comment below!!