Over 100 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

I recently saw a reel on Instagram where a mom packed all the toys away in her home except for magnet tiles & animal figurines. And her kids didn't complain about it! It almost seemed like they didn't even notice. What happened was that played better together, cleaned up without complaint, & were more creative in how they played!

Being a family with 4 kids, we have accumulated A LOT of toys over the almost 11 years of having children. A few years ago, I ruthlessly minimized our toys, especially as we prepared to move from Maryland to New Hampshire. But now that we have a dedicated play space that is out of sight & I have not been very disciplined about the toys. I've gone through them to throw away broken pieces, but I haven't been as ruthless as I once was. My excuse has been that I want to have a variety of toys for when we have families come over who have kids. What we've ended up with is an overwhelming amount of stuff & even my kids struggle to enjoy their playroom when it's in that state. They end up playing with non-toy items like popsicle sticks & pillows & blankets!

I might have to do a post about minimizing it in a few weeks, but for now, I just need to stop the flow of stuff!

Do you have this problem? Your kids are already overwhelmed with toys, but then they have a birthday & get more. Your family members ask for ideas & you can't think of good, non-toy ideas to give them!

Here are some things that I've been looking at to use as gifts for upcoming birthdays.


Arts & Crafts

  1. Craft Kits - You can find these at Michael's, but my sister sent one from Etsy. It was this one from Whisker Works, but I'm sure there are lots of other shops on Etsy.
  2. Stickers
  3. Paints
  4. Brushes
  5. Watercolor Paper
  6. Tie-Dye Kit
  7. Clay
  8. Construction Paper
  9. Journal
  10. Sketchbook
  11. Stationery
  12. Wax seal kit
  13. Stamps & Ink Pads
  14. Scissors
  15. Hole punches
  16. Canvas
  17. Easels
  18. Pencils
  19. Markers
  20. Crayons
  21. Pens
  22. Beads
  23. Yarn
  24. Loom
  25. Thread for making bracelets
  26. Lessons or Classes
  27. Books with Craft Ideas
  28. Books with Drawing Tutorials
  29. Books about famous Artists
  30. Storage cart


  1. Plant growing kit
  2. Terrarium
  3. Butterfly habitat
  4. Ant farm
  5. Telescope
  6. Microscope
  7. Science kit
  8. Robotics kit
  9. Coding game
  10. Strategy game
  11. Puzzles
  12. Circuit kit
  13. Calculator
  14. Books about science topics
  15. Science magazine subscription
  16. Science museum pass
  17. Biographies of great scientists & mathmeticians


  1. Soccer goals
  2. Soccer ball
  3. Basketball
  4. Basketball hoop
  5. Baseball & glove
  6. Baseball bat
  7. Football
  8. Tennis racket & balls
  9. Lacrosse stick
  10. Pickleball set
  11. Badminton set
  12. Volleyball & net
  13. Bow & arrows
  14. Kickball
  15. Frisbee
  16. Bike helmet
  17. Scooter
  18. Rollerblades
  19. Figure skates
  20. Balance beam
  21. Punching bag
  22. Boxing gloves
  23. Swim goggles
  24. Ski goggles
  25. Golf clubs
  26. Lessons or season fee for a recreational league sport
  27. Books about famous athletes


  1. Sidewalk chalk
  2. Jump rope
  3. Bubbles
  4. Sprinkler
  5. Swing
  6. Hammock
  7. Kite
  8. Wagon
  9. Gardening tools
  10. Fairy garden items
  11. Binoculars
  12. Nature journal
  13. Sketching pencils
  14. Day Pack
  15. Sleeping bag
  16. First Aid Kit
  17. Flashlight
  18. Camping chair
  19. Mess kit
  20. Duffel bag
  21. Field guide
  22. State Park pass
  23. National Parks guide
  24. Sled


  1. Utensils
  2. Cookbooks
  3. Fun sprinkles
  4. Cookie cutters
  5. Baking pans
  6. Apron
  7. Candy molds
  8. Cupcake liners
  9. Icing bags & tips
  10. Cake decorating tools


  1. Encyclopedias
  2. Atlases
  3. Seek & find books like I Spy or Where's Waldo
  4. One of your childhood favorites
  5. Comic books (check the ratings on these!)
  6. Magazine subscription

Other Items

  1. Board games
  2. Suitcase
  3. Backpack
  4. Patches or keychains or pins for back packs
  5. Water bottle stickers
  6. Fluffy blanket
  7. Fun throw pillows or lamps for their room
  8. Letterboard
  9. T-shirt with a design that is meaningful to the child (favorite superhero or team, etc.)
  10. Favorite snack or drink
  11. Costume jewelry
  12. Hair accessories
  13. Tea set
  14. Nail polish
  15. Fuzzy Slippers
  16. Picture Frames


I promise this is not an ANTI-TOY post & if you buy my kid a toy I promise that I won't immediately throw it in the trash! I'll wait until you're gone, of course! KIDDING!

BUT when you know that a kid has a lot of toys & you'd like to find them something unique, pin this post for some helpful ideas!

And, while you're here, leave a comment of the favorite gifts that you like to give!

Cheering you on as always!


Other gift guides I've shared recently that might be helpful:

Christ-Centered Easter Gifts

Christmas Shopping for the Kids

Shops that Support Non-Profits

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