10 Non-Toy Gift Ideas For Kids This Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s high time you start thinking about what to get your kids for Christmas gifts. Getting gifts for your kids can be very challenging because their interests keep changing every year. Toy gifts are the most common type of gifts, but most of these gifts only interest children for just a few months. Therefore this Christmas, think about non-toy gift ideas for kids. It will help your kid create memories or learn something creative rather than filling the house with toys. Here are some practical and thoughtful non-toy gift ideas for your kids this Christmas.

Magazine Subscription

A magazine subscription is one of the most thoughtful non-toy gift ideas for your kid during this Christmas festival. Common magazines for children include Babybug Ranger Rick, Cobblestone, and Ask. Your kid will look forward to receiving the monthly magazine in the mail. The magazine will offer your kid an ongoing dose of fun education and improve their literacy skills throughout the year.

Membership Subscription

If there are parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, theaters or a music arena around your area, an annual or monthly membership subscription is a perfect non-toy gift idea. The membership allows your kid to attend regularly. This gift is perfect for large families because you can get a membership at family rates.

Personal Travelling Supplies

This can range from a sleeping bag to a toiletry bag to keep their toothbrush the next time the kid goes to spend a night at a friend’s house. . Gifting your kids with travel supplies fosters a sense of independence by assuaging fears of the unknown.

Stationary for Sending Letters

Kids love receiving mail and it can provide a perfect ongoing connection between you and your child, and also foster relationships with grandparents or relatives who live far away. Make sure you choose stationery that your child will find cute and delightful.  You might be surprised when writing letters or drawing pictures to mail becomes your kids all-time favorite non-toy gift.

A Piggy Bank

A piggy bank helps your child learn the importance and skills of saving and budgeting at an early age. Get a piggy bank with different sections for spending, saving, and even tithing.

Real Musical Instruments

Whether it’s a small shaker, eggs, maracas, a guitar or even a keyboard, musical instruments can be a very thoughtful non-toy gift idea.  Musical instruments will help nurture your kids’ music talent if they have one. They can also play the instrument to pass time, shaping your kids’ minds and spirits.


If your child loves stories, one of the best gifts could be an audiobook. Sometimes it is nice to hear a story rather than to read it, especially when a seasoned narrator has read it out. Some of the best audiobooks include Classic Kids, Magic Tree House, and The Chronicles of Narnia.

A Photo Album

The photo album can be filled with photographs, or it can be blank.  A photo album helps create the story of your kid’s life. A photo album is one of those gifts that your child will still treasure even as they grow older. You can also add a polaroid or disposable camera as part of this gift.

A Watch

This gift will help your kid develop a sense of time, how quickly a certain period passes and also a sense of independence. Your child will learn how to time themselves and be time conscious.


Classes could range from dancing, arts, horse riding, carpentry, music, and cooking classes. The classes will help sharpen and improve your child’s hobbies and talents.  Always book the class before you give this gift to ensure that there is space available.

Now that Christmas is around the corner, we hope you take some of these ideas to give some unique gifts to your little ones! This year, if you are taking a different route and thinking of non-toy gift ideas, don’t forget to also consider Shoonya Kids – an amazingly fun and interactive app that gives the gift of language learning. Now in the app store, get 30% off an annual subscription through the New Year!  If you have any other non-toy gift ideas for kids, feel free to share in the comments.

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