7 Creative Gifts for Your Young One That Are Not Toys

If Toy Story taught us anything it’s that children outgrow their toys. As a parent you often see this happening at an alarming rate, leading to mass piles of unloved or forgotten possessions taking up space around your home.

These toys end up being donated after your child plays with them once, which can make you feel like you’re wasting money. This year when considering gifts to buy for your little ones, try to think outside of the toybox. Need an idea? When in doubt, this is where I find gifts!

Check out our list of the most creative gifts for kids that aren’t toys but are equally as fun.


No, we aren’t talking about life lessons, although those can be good too.

Think swim lessons, dance lessons, acting lessons, or karate lessons. Any activity that plays into your child’s interests and will help them build a skill.

This gives your child something to look forward to participating in and can help get them active and excited.


You’re never too old, or too young, to enjoy an awesome experience. Experiences help build memories that your child can hold onto for a lifetime and are often something you can enjoy with them.

Whether it’s a trip to the waterpark, a week at summer camp, or a day exploring an interactive museum these gifts won’t just get tossed to the side and forgotten about.


This one may seem like the most un-fun of the bunch but as adults, we all know how important establishing credit is.

If you want to help your child be one step ahead of the game before they reach the age of opening their own line of credit, consider opening one for them and listing them as an authorized user.

For example, if you were to open a line of credit from Bonsai Finance you would be establishing good credit for yourself and your child. This could also be used as a moment to teach them about the way credit works.


Children love feeling like little adults, so having mail sent to the house that’s specifically for them can be exciting.

Magazine subscriptions like Highlights or National Geographic Kids can be a fun way to get your child interested in learning and gives them something to look forward to.


If your child likes to read, or maybe hasn’t discovered the joy in reading yet, books can be another great alternative to toys.

Consider sparking their love for books when they are little by sitting down and reading their new book with them.

These books will become cherished as they grow old, especially if they have a sweet handwritten note in them from a loved one.

Gifts for Others

Give the gift of giving. Giving your child a set amount that they are able to donate can help inspire them to always pay it forward.

Allow them to pick their charity of choice so they feel involved and can pick something they care about.

This helps establish good values about always sharing their good fortune with those less fortunate.

Build a Piggy Bank

Gifting your child a piggy bank, and some occasional cash to put into it can be a fun way to show them how to save.

It teaches your child to see money as something to collect rather than to just spend. And they will get excited about watching their collection grow.

Try Out These Creative Gifts For Kids

Give these creative gifts for kids a try and watch as your little ones face lights up with excitement. And for more parenting ideas, check out our blog!

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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