Next up in our Gift Guide Mania this week is Kids! When we asked for your gift guide requests over on Instagram, hands down one of the most requested was “Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids”. It made me so happy that all of you are in the same boat as me where you feel like toys are taking over and you just don’t need more! So I really loved putting this post together of 5 ideas your kids (and you!) are sure to love this Christmas!
:: MONTHLY DATES
One of the trickier things to having 5 kids is a BUSY schedule. Sometimes it feels like we are constantly on the go. As parents, one of our top concerns + focuses was if each of our people is getting enough one on one time with us. Having that strong bond individually with each of them is so important to us, so we started what we call our Kid Dates. You can read all the details + tips to getting started on the actual dates in this post, but today I wanted to show you how we gift them to our kids! Check out my stories later today for all the details!
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:: KIWI BOXES
You should all know by now how much I LOVE these boxes. We’ve been getting them for over a year now and love them every single month. My kids look forward to them and rip them open the second they get their hands on them! If you aren’t familiar with them , they are monthly subscription boxes curated by a mom (and tested by kids) that follow the STEAM method of learning. There are different boxes depending on age and all my different ages have so much fun with them.
One of my favorite things about them as a mom in addition to the learning, is that every single thing you need comes in the box. So you aren’t looking for glue or something, they can just grab the box and create! And the best part! You can click here to get your first box free, you just pay shipping! I promise it is a gift both you and your kids will absolutely love!
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When I asked for non toy gift ideas from you guys, one of the top suggestions was passes. Something that is gifting an experience for your little people to go and do! Here are some of the great ideas you had for places to get passes to :
Amusement Park . Zoo . Children’s Museum . Aquarium . Movie Theater . Ski Resort . Trampoline Park .
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:: PHOTO BOOKS
Another gift idea for kids we’ve done in the past that has been a huge hit is photo books. They love going back and looking at them throughout the year. One of my favorite ways to do them as a gift is to create a personalized book for each kid highlighting their year. I will just scroll through my photos or Instagram and pick out all of my favorites and put them in individual folders on my computer. Then you can use Shutterfly to order the cutest books and it is SO easy! I love that you can make them as detailed or as simple as you want, and change the backgrounds and colors to match each kids style.
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:: CLASSES + LESSONS
Last but not least is one of my favorite ideas, classes. Similar to the passes idea, it is gifting them something to go out and do. What I love about this is they are getting to learn a new skill and try something new! It is even better when you can sign up together! You guys had a lot of suggestions under this category as well as us, so here are some of those ideas:
Cooking Class . Cake Decorating Class . Painting Class . Yoga or Fitness Class . Horseback Riding . Golf Lessons . Guitar Lessons . Pottery Class . Dance Lessons . Sports Camps
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As you can see, there are so many great options to add to your kids Christmas gifts that don’t have to be toys! Gifting the gift of time and experiences with you is something you’ll both love!!
And in case you need some ideas for a couple of toys/things to throw in with these ideas, stay tuned for Monday’s post where we will be highlighting our top tried and true tested toys for every age group!