100+ Gift Ideas – That Aren’t Toys!

Gift Ideas That Aren't Toys

Have you ever wanted to give more than a gift for Christmas or a child’s birthday?  There are so many great things that you can do for or with the children you love!  Some of them are free!  Some of them are expensive.  We wouldn’t presume to say what’s to expensive for the ones you love, so we’ve included a wide range of price tags!  If it’s not something your family can afford, please remember that this is just an idea list! 🙂  We are so excited to hear YOUR ideas for non-toy gift ideas!

These type of gifts can be slightly hard to wrap… so here are some fun ideas:

  • word scramble (each kid gets an envelop with a word in it – (like Discovery, Center, Of, Idaho, or Zoo Boise Pass, Aquarium Season Pass, etc!).
  • wrap up with an accessory (blankets for a sled ride, swimming suit for swimming lessons, etc)!
  • make a seek and find with different items that relate to your gift
  • Take pictures, and make a photo album with things they will experience while using your gift
  • Wrap concert or movie tickets in a CD or sound track!
  • Use your imagination on how to wrap them!  We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments on creative ways to wrap different non toy items!

Here are some great ideas that keep on giving all year, but also don’t add to the clutter!  They are sure to be favorite gifts!  Comment below with your ideas, so we can make this list even more comprehensive!

Season Passes make a Great Christmas Gift

Season Passes

Getting a season pass to a local attraction is one of my favorite gifts to receive!  Plus, a lot of places have reciprocity programs which means you can get in free to other places with your season pass purchase (like if you purchase a pass to your local zoo and they participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Program, you can get into zoos across the country for free or at a discounted rate!)

  • Water Parks
  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Aquariums
  • Amusement Parks
  • Observatory
  • Aviary
  • Butterfly Conservatory
  • Sports Tickets
  • Hands-On Science Centers
  • Performance Art Centers
  • Theater Tickets
  • Pools
  • Concert Series
  • Art Galleries
  • Bowling
  • Ski/Snowboard

Tickets to events are a fun way to make memories twice

One – Time Passes

Having something your kids or family can look forward to is so much fun!  You can mark them on your calendar, make countdown charts, or more!  So many great ways to get excited about the upcoming event!

  • Rodeo
  • Movies
  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Theater
  • Ballet
  • Sporting events
  • Disney On Ice
  • Circus
  • Ice Skating
  • Roller Skating
  • Mini Golf
  • Concerts
  • Amusement parks
  • Animal Talks
  • Comedy Shows
  • Check out the Season Pass list – most places offer one day tickets too!

One time experiences make great memories


Groupon is a great place to find discounted experiences!  Just watch the expiration date! 🙂

  • Train Ride
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Ice Cream Gift Cards
  • Dinner Out
  • Glass Blowing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Paint Nite
  • Online Classes
  • Paintball
  • Laser Tag
  • Air Tours
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Magic Shows

Lessons or activities engage kids in ways toys can not

Classes or Lessons

  • Ballet/Barre or other forms of Dance
  • Ski/Snowboard
  • Golf
  • Karate/Kung Fu/Martial Arts/Taekwondo
  • Yoga
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Fencing
  • Piano/instrument/singing or other music
  • Cross-Fit, Pilates, Personal Training, Boot Camp, Boxing
  • Soccer, Football, other sports
  • Online Classes (photography, music, fashion designing, etc)
  • Art Classes including Paint, Clay, Ink, and more!
  • Knitting, Crochet, etc
  • Horseback Riding

Family outings to the mountain beach or even your back yard create great memories

Family Experiences

These are ones not listed above!  Most of the ideas we’ve talked about are great for individuals, or super fun to do as a family!

  • Staycation at a local hotel (with a pool or indoor water park – start looking at Priceline!)
  • Camping trip in the mountains or your back yard
  • Road trip
  • Visit out of town family or friends
  • Beach trip

Non-Toy Gift Ideas

Non-Toy Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas don't have to be toys

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