Hands up if after Christmas you could do with an extension just to fit in all the new Stuff that the kids get.
It’s lovely that friends and family natural want to buy something as a gift at Christmas time but does it always have to be a physical thing?
Here is a list of alternative Non-toy Gifts that you can buy or recommend for friends and family to buy for your little ones.
1. Cinema Gift Cards – These are ideal for older children and will give them something to look forward to do with their friends.
2. Classes – The possibilities are endless. This could be for swimming lessons, gymnastics, trampolining, ballet, football, cricket, badminton, tennis. I could go on…..
3. Concert or gig tickets – Surprise the teen with tickets to their favourite band.
4. Theme Park Tickets – These don’t have to just be for older children. These could be for the smalls for places like Peppa Pig World or Cbeebies Land and make a great family day out.
5. Sports Events Tickets – Do your children have a favourite football, rugby or cricket team. These are likely to go down a storm and could double us a joint father son present.
6. Books – You can never have too many books, especially for bedtime story reading. We love books and could probably open our own library, but we always welcome more.
7. Tickets for local activities – Petting zoos, Farms, Swimming, Indoor play areas, Crazy Golf and activity parks. Whatever activities your children are into these will be great when you don’t have any plans. Even better, you could buy an annual membership.
8. Clothes – Both of ours at 4 and 15 have an interest in clothes and are quite particular about what they wear. The 4 year old likes sparkles, pretties and skirts or dresses that are swishy and the 15 year old is particular about the brands that he wears. Makes an ideal gift for any age.
9. Paint your own Pottery – We have a lovely place near us where you can sign up for a class such as jewellery making, canvas painting or pottery painting. All the materials are included and you come away with your creation.
10. A Camera or Video Camera – All kids young and older would like this as a gift. My daughter has one which also has themes such as moustaches and big ears or backgrounds to the pictures taken. It’s fun to do as well.
11. Magazine subscriptions – This is an ideal present for everybody from pre-schoolers to your in-laws.
12. A watch – Help them to learn the time which is a useful and essential life skill as well as a great accessory.
13. A Journal or Diary – not something that I’ve ever done, but I do have a bit of a thing for gorgeous notebooks.
14. Recipes and ingredients – Write or print out a recipe and put together the ingredients. You could even include some utensils or an apron.
15. Craft Supplies – The possibilities are endless with anything from chalk, paint, glitter, card, paper, coloured pipe cleaners. Collect loads of bits and bobs and put them together as a bit of a craft treasure trove.
16. Musical instruments – Have the kids been begging to learn something. The cost of these dependent on the instrument can be pricey so would make an ideal gift.
17. itunes voucher – Are you forever paying for music or apps like us. A voucher of all amounts would be a great gift for a teenager.
18. Coupons – Put together your own little coupons with things written on them such as shopping trip, baking session, craft session for your little ones to cash in. Great for rainy days.
19. Movies – DVD’s are ideal for watching together. Wrap them with some cinema style snacks and snuggle down to watch together.
20. Money – Set up a bank account or give them the cash to do what they please with. Sometimes for older kids this could be to go towards something expensive such as the latest games console, phone or other bit of technology that takes their fancy.
If you have great non-toy Christmas gift ideas of your own, feel free to pop a comment.