Each year around Christmas and Birthdays parents are left with the question from friends and family. “What does ____ want for (insert an occasion here).
My kid’s toy room is busting at the seams with toys and many that aren’t played with often. When left with the question of what my children would want, I often will answer with something other than a toy. Toys are often played with for a few weeks and then stuffed into a toy box and forgotten.
I thought I would share with you some of my go-to gift giving ideas for kids that won’t be forgotten in a week or two.
Here are some non-toy gift ideas for children:
Movie Passes: What kid doesn’t love going to the movies. Costco has a great movie pass deal for children, $10 for an entry to the movie plus a kids pack from the concession stand.
Tickets to an event: Check out the local listings for upcoming shows and book a special day for you to take the child. Make sure that you check with parents before you book a show.
Lessons or Classes: Dance class, Karate, Swimming, Piano, there are so many different options. Find out the child’s interest and invest in their future. A word of caution here, either give a gift card or pre-book lessons before you give as a gift.
Memberships: If there is a local Zoo, Science Centre, Aquarium give the gift of a membership to a child. That way they can visit more than once.
A Piggie Bank: It is never too early for a child to learn the importance of saving money and budgeting. They even make ones now that are slotted into different compartments to help with this. You can also seed the piggy bank with a cash gift to start off.
One-on-One Time: Write the child a coupon for a special day or night with just you, no siblings and no parents allowed. This is a great time for bonding and a nice break for the child.
A calendar: Pick up a calendar and some fun stickers. Add all birthdays, holidays or events that will be happening over the year. You could also grab a fun pen or marker so they can cross off each day.
Books: Always a good choice, find out who a child’s favorite storybook character is and add to their collection.
Monthly Subscription Box: There are some great subscription boxes out there, crafts, books, lego and much more. Not only will they get a gift but they will be getting a monthly piece of mail.
Magazine Subscription: Children love receiving mail. Why not let that piece of mail be something that will give them a little piece of education.