Looking for a gift that isn’t a toy? Activities and experiences can be the perfect present. Here, clutter-free ideas that will create lasting memories.
What do you do when you’re invited to a party for a kid who has everything? Or maybe it’s your own child’s birthday that’s coming up—and you’re dreading adding to a playroom that’s already overflowing with barely used gadgets and games. If this sounds familiar, try thinking outside of the (gift-wrapped) box and consider giving a child an activity or experience as a present, or something that’s both fun and useful—and will get used up. We’ve got you covered with these sure-to-please ideas:
1. A Subscription Box
Sign up for a one-time or monthly kids’ subscription box . They’ll have the fun of getting a package in the mail, plus a cool activity do.
Recommended Monthly Subscription Boxes:
- Green Kid Crafts
- Kids Cooking Club Sets
- Groovy Lab in a Box | Award Winning Subscription STEM Box for Kids Ages 8+
- Baketivity DIY Kit
2. Music Lessons
Music lessons can be pricey, so giving one—or a series—of lessons can be a real gift not just for the child but for his or her parent, too! For wee ones, consider gifting a mommy-baby music class.
3. Tickets to a Show
Whether it’s tickets to a concert, a play, or a dance performance, giving tickets to an event gives kids something to look forward to.
4. Bedroom Decorations
Kids love a space they can decorate on their own. So, what do they really want for their room? A poster of the Eiffel Tower? A rug featuring their favorite sport? Go and find that special item.
Recommended Kids Bedroom Decorations :
- Unicorn Wall Decals/Sticker Decor with Heart Flower
- Glow in The Dark Stars for Ceiling or Wall Stickers
- RoomMates Disney Princess Royal Debut Peel And Stick Wall Decals
- Paris Eiffel Tower Wall Decor Pink Wall Art for Girls Bedroom Decor
5. Art Supplies
Perfect for an up-and-coming artist, fill a basket or bucket with creativity-inspiring items likefancy paper, markers, googly eyes, stickers, glitter glue, and more.
Recommended Art and Craft Supplies:
- Palm Grip Crayons for Toddlers
- Crayola’s Epic Book of Awesome
- Mandala Coloring Books for kids
- I am Confident and Brave – a coloring book for girls
6. Tickets to a Movie
Give a child a gift card for two tickets to their local movie theater—or plan to bring them to a show if there’s a must-see kid flick currently in the theaters. Spring for treats, too!
7. Magazine Subscriptions
Choose a magazine that fits their interests and help foster a love of reading. It is always fun to receive mail—and kids will be thrilled to get a new issue every month.
Recommended Kids Magazine Subscriptions :
8. Gardening Gear
Kids love to take care of living things, and if you’re looking for a gift for a budding gardener, put together a package of seeds, seedings, kid-sized gardening gloves, and a watering can. Who knows, you might be gifted with herbs or flowers in return!
Recommended Gardening Gear for Kids :
- Kids Gardening Set(Apron with pockets, Hat, Real Water Sprayer, Kids Shovel, Gardening GlovesS and Garden Bag)
9. A Sleepover Kit
Gift an older kid with the necessary gear for a fun sleepover: A kid-sized sleeping bag, personalized pillow case, and a small toiletry kit with travel-sized toothpaste and toothbrush.
10. A Calendar with Special Dates
This is a fun gift for your own child: Pick a calendar that features her favorite animal or character, and pen in special dates. Schedule birthdays, celebrations, play dates, and movie nights.
Recommended Kids Calendar:
- My Magnetic Daily Calendar, Seasonal & Religious (Great Gift for Girls and Boys – Best for 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 Year Olds)
- LEGO City Advent Calendar 60235 Building Kit
11. A Cooking Class and Supplies
Know a budding chef? Give him a gift certificate to a local cooking class, and his own kid-friendly apron and cooking tools.
12. Activity Passes
Energetic kids who love to be active will appreciate passes to indoor trampoline parks, rock climbing gyms, swimming pools, or bounce houses. Their parents will appreciate an out-of-the-house activity that tires out their kiddos!
13. A Cultural Outing
Buy a day-pass to a butterfly garden, planetarium, science museum, children’s museum, or a zoo.