100+ Non-Toy Gifts For Kids for 2018!
I’ve got a list of the top 100+ non-toy gifts for kids and I’ve broken them down by age to make it easy for you to find the right gift. Kids get so many toys sometimes that it’s nice to be able to give them a more practical gift, something to advance and enrich their lives. Not all the coolest gifts are toys, there are a lot of gift ideas that kids love that are not toys and that’s why I put together this list.
This gift guide is for the person who would like to get a gift that is unique, practical or consumable for kids. I’ve put together 100+ non-toy gifts for kids ranging from toddlers to tweens. There are some really exciting choices here so be sure to read the whole list!
Non Toy Gifts for Toddlers
1. Board Books
Board books make some of the best non-toy gifts for a toddler because they give them an early love of reading.
2. Aqua Doodle Pad
This is a cool drawing pad that goes on the floor. It comes with markers and it’s easy to clean up and store away. Parents love this for their toddlers, it makes a great non-toy gift idea.
3. Toddler Sunglasses
A pair of shades is just what a toddler needs because those sun rays can be harsh on their little eyes. There are a ton of different kinds of toddler sunglasses but a word of advice, the kind with the strap on the back stay on better.
4. Hooded Towels
Hooded towels are always a good non-toy gift idea because it’s something they use every single day. There are a lot of different hooded towels to choose from and they make a good practical gift for a toddler.
These moccasins shoes are super comfy for running around and they look great with just about everything. Kids love to wear them, they’re a good non toy gift for a toddler. There are a lot of cute styles to choose from depending on your tastes.
6. Rubber Grip Socks
Toddlers need rubber grip socks to get around so they don’t slip. There are so many great styles to choose from and parents appreciate having as many socks as possible for their toddlers.
7. Finger Crayons
These are great crayons for toddlers because they are made especially for their little hands. These are some of my favorite non-toy gifts for a toddler because they will definitely get used. A giant coloring book makes a good pair with these.
8. Giant Floor Coloring Book
A giant coloring book makes a good non-toy gift idea for a toddler because they can sit down in one place for a long time coloring – what a gift to mom and dad too, right?
9. 3-Sided Toddler Toothbrush
This is a good gift for the toddler who has everything, most toddlers don’t have this even if they do have everything. It’s a three-sided toothbrush that helps them brush better.
10. The “Straight Out Of Timeout” Sweatshirt
This is a funny gift for a toddler that’s definitely going to be attention grabbing. It’s unique and practical, I love it. I could see someone tagging me on social media for giving such an awesome gift.
11. Toddler Tutu
Toddler girls love having a tutu to wear. They prance around like beautiful little fairy princesses when they have their own little tutu. There are a ton of beautiful tutus to choose from.
12. Soft Climbing Blocks for Toddlers
These are the best climbing blocks in town. Toddlers absolutely love this gift idea and you can’t go wrong giving them something like this to get their wiggles out.
Non-Toy Gifts for Preschoolers
13. Preschool Workbooks
These preschool workbooks make awesome gift ideas. They are educational and they prepare little ones for kindergarten which is right around the corner. There’s all sorts of preschool workbooks to explore because they are taking in so much information. Here are a few of my favorites.
14. Hand Kites
This is one of those gifts you can get for the kid who has everything because I rarely see anyone with one of these but as soon as I get it, kids don’t know how they lived without it. Kids grab hold of these and run and run watching the beautiful colored rainbow ribbon soar.
15. Alphabet Magnets and Whiteboard
This learning gift is cool for a preschool because it comes with a magnetic white board and alphabet and number magnets. Alphabet magnets are a really cool educational gift idea for a preschooler that isn’t a toy.
16. Dress Up Clothes
Your preschooler can be anything they want to be and these dress up costumes are a super cute non toy gift idea that they will enjoy every day. What I like about these is that they are actual professions, great for imaginary play.
17. Peg Puzzles
These peg puzzles are the perfect size for a preschoolers hands. They make a good learning gift that isn’t a toy because children enjoy matching up the pictures and working on their spacial awareness and placement of the puzzle pieces.
18. A Wagon To Pull
Kids love pulling their stuff along in wagons.
19. How To Tie Laces
This is going to be one handy skill when your child enters kindergarten. Knowing how to tie your laces is an important skill, yet it’s so hard for so many kids. I know that my oldest had the hardest time picking up this concept and that’s why we know one of these “How To Tie Shoes” boards work great.
20. Button Art
The big chunky buttons fit perfectly in the hands of a preschooler as they learn to match the colors on the peg board. It’s great for motor skills and reflexes because they have to snap each button into place. The different pictures are eye appealing and the project itself holds their attention for a long time.
21. Small Backpack
A small backpack is a good gift for a preschooler and it comes in handy when mommy is running errands. Put toys, snacks, sippy cups and other must haves for toddlers. What’s nice about a little backpack like these is that preschool age children love to wear them.
22. Play Tent
Preschoolers love play tents. These are awesome imaginary gifts for kids this age and it’s something they will play with every single day. Our play tent is our favorite non-toy gift that we received for our preschooler. He loves to take his books and toys inside and play. There are so many cool play tents to choose from, there’s something for every little personality.
23. First Match It Game
Match it games are great for early learning development.
24. Bug Catching Net
Bug catching nets are a cool gift, especially if you live in an area that has a lot of flowers and plants around. Catching butterflies and other wing critters is a beloved child memory and it gets them outdoors enjoying the finer things in life.
Non-Toy Gifts for 4 and 5 Year Olds
25. ABC Mouse Subscription
I have had an ABC Mouse Subscription for every single child I have ever had. Children love to play the different educational games they offer and what’s cool about it is there are no ads and children earn tickets for their participation which they can redeem for online prizes that they love. The price is phenomenal and kids sit still for hours playing the different educational activities. There’s reading, math, art, science, language arts, social studies and so much more. Grandparents, this makes a cool gift for your house if you have a computer, smartphone or tablet they can use!
26. Giant Rainbow Saucer Swing
Oh this beauty is going to win you the gift giver of the year award because it’s amazing. Kids will enjoy swinging from the trees with this giant saucer swing. This is the gift for the 4 and 5 year old who has everything – I bet you they do not have this! There’s going to be so much entertainment happening on this swing and it holds up to 400 lbs. So pile on and party on!
27. My First Science Kit
It’s time to let your little mad scientist loose with these science tools. Science is exciting, especially at this age, this little kit comes a beaker, magnifying glass, funnel, eyedropper, flask, tweezers, goggles, 1 large 6″ test tube (with lid and stand), 2 small test tubes (with lids and stands), plus 10 activity cards. It’s an AWARD-WINNING science set.
28. Pop Snap Beads
The motion of putting the beads together and having to pull them back apart helps to develop strength in the fingers. I personally love the variety of colors and shapes of all the beads which when “popped” together make lovely strands for necklaces and bracelets. I remember playing with pop beads as a kid and these come in much more fun shapes and colors. I got them for my niece to have a fun interactive activity to keep her busy. They’re just the right size for little hands and getting those fine motor skills working for 3 year olds and up.
29. Piggy Bank
Every child should get a piggy bank and start growing an appreciation for saving their money. Kids get so much money on birthday and holidays, why not start saving it now? I like these banks because the money gets budgeted easily, so they can still buy goodies and have some left to save and share.
30. Bling20 Swim Goggles
My kids can’t wait to head to the pool now that they have these cool goggles. Check out the all the styles they come in. These are so cool they’re going to want to wear them in the shower too.
31. Big Book of Why
Give them all the answers they will need at this age at their fingertips. This book is so much fun to sit down and enjoy quality time with. It’s full of facts to explore together. Give kids a love for knowledge with cool books like this.
32. Dot Markers
Great for art projects and crafts, these dot markers make the best gift!
33. Memory Game
My 4 year old loves to play the matching game with us, it’s always his first pick! He loves to match up the different cards and little does he know it’s building up his memory skills. Besides playing the traditional way, my son also just plays with the cards themselves, sorting them and putting them in alike piles. The memory game is one of my favorite non-toy gifts for 4 and 5 year old children. There are so many versions you can choose from depending on the little personality you’re shopping for.
34. Who Am I Match It Game
35. Nature Cargo Vest
These little cargo vests are great gift ideas for a little nature explorer. Headed camping? Go hiking? Like fishing? Head into to the great outdoors with your little adventure with one of these cargo vests. Purchase some binoculars and maybe some utility tools and you’re all set. These make great gifts for your grandchild.
36. Alphabet Go Fish
Go Fish has always been one of our favorite games and I love the alphabet twist on this one. This is a fun way to do letter recognition because they don’t even realize they are learning.
38. Super Hero Capes
Who doesn’t want to be a super hero at this age? Super Hero capes make an excellent dress up gift idea for a 4 and 5 year old.
39. The Story Box Subscription Box
Subscription boxes like The Story Box are a unique, yet practical non-toy gift idea for kids this age.
Every month they will receive two books in the mail that are targeted at their interests.
40. Bug Catcher
Catching bugs is something children love to do. Explore nature, get outside and make some fun memories with a bug catching set. We love to take ours camping, fishing, hiking and exploring outside.
41. A Kids Fishing Pole
Make memories on a fishing trip with the kids. There are kids fishing poles, fishing nets and tackle boxes that make a good non-toy gift item for outdoors. Some of my best memories with my kids are out at the lake.
42. My Book About Me
The About me Book is awesome, it’s been around for ages. Really cool non-toy gift idea for a birthday present. It’s fun to remember all the cool stuff they love at this age.
43. Chair Desk
We love, love, love these desk chairs. They make the best little pieces of furniture for kids this age. They are nice for crafts, watching TV and having a snack.
44. Art Desk
Go big or go home right? These art desks are the sort of gifts that will be treasured by children. Young artists will bud from a unique, awesome gift like this.
45. My First Skates
These roller skates make the best first skates. Attach them to your child’s shoe and practice indoors on the tile or outside on the concrete. Don’t forget a helmet boys and girls.
46. Gardening Tools for Kids
Gardening is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic things to do for kids, they appreciate being outdoors digging things up in nature. These gardening tools make a cool gift, especially if you’re a taking care of your own yard. Why not have some spare tools to let the kids help out.
47. An Enclosed Trampoline
I cannot tell you how much we love having a trampoline. It’s is the best energy buster around and kids will jump and jump til they pass out. If you want something awesome to give, an enclosed trampoline like this one will be a hit.
Easels are the best thing to have around because they keep kids very busy creating their masterpieces. I like this one because it has a chalkboard and whiteboard side. The paint tray is nice to have to hold crayons and markers. Don’t forget some large sheets of paper to clip to the top so they can draw. This is a good non-toy gift for a grand child. Keep the easel at your house or at theirs.
49. Race Car Bed
Speed off to dreamland in one of these beauties. You won’t have an issue making sure your child goes to bed because with a race car like these, who wouldn’t want to go!
50. Kids Magazine Subscription
It’s like getting a present in the mail ALL THE TIME! Grow their reading level and interests with a magazine subscription.
51. Tee Pee
Tee pees aren’t just for little Indians, kids love these little hideouts for all sorts of imaginary play. They are the ultimate non-toy gift for a bedroom or play area.
52. My First Microscope
Science is more fun up close. See your world magnified through the lens of this kids microscope. Examine all sorts of cool things with the 8x magnification this science tool offers. This is a real microscope, definitely not a toy, but made for little hands and eyes to see through – and built tough.
Non-Toy Gifts for Kids 6 and 7 Years Old
53. Save, Spend, Share Money Bank
Learning to budget is easy with this bank. Children have a good time holding on to money because they can see it growing and they still get to use a small portion to buy the things they like because it’s a split bank for saving, sharing and spending!
54. How To Draw People
I love seeing the pictures that my kids draw from using these books. Drawing is one of those skills that an be nurtured from an early age with books like these. This is a cool non-toy gift idea that you can pair with other items like colored pencils and drawing paper.
55. How To Draw Animals
Learning how to draw animals is really easy with this book. What’s great about these types of books is they are cheap to buy and they get used over and over again. This non-toy gift pairs nicely with other art supplies like crayons and sketch paper.
56. Cardboard Coloring House
These cardboard coloring houses are the absolute best gifts that will keep kids busy for endless amounts of time. It’s not a toy, it’s a art project they can play in – how awesome is that! Don’t forget to grab some crayons and or markers!
57. Crayola Washable Markers
You can’t ever go wrong with a giant pack of washable markers. I like to pair these with non toy items like coloring books or that big giant coloring playhouse featured above.
Every kid needs to own a pair of binoculars, they are just the coolest gift idea for outdoors. I don’t know a kid that doesn’t appreciate a pair of binoculars because they love to look through them and see all the stuff in the distance.
59. Drawing Stencils
Drawing stencils are a fantastic idea because there are so many cool things to trace with them. Children can build an entire art scene with these. This is one of the most popular non-toy gift ideas for kids because boys and girls both love them. Opening up a box of stencils like this is like opening up art treasure. There’s so much to draw their little imaginations go bizurk.
60. Light Up Terrarium
This is a little light up terrarium that they can keep in the window of their room or outside on the porch. It glows at night and grows during the day. It’s fun to decorate the little greenhouse and plant the seeds. Watching the seeds bloom is an awesome experience at this age. There’s all sorts of little things they could place inside to personalize it.
61. Root View Farm
Growing vegetables in a root view farm is a good learning experience for kids at this age. This is a nice non-toy gift idea that has educational value as well as entertainment for all who pass by it.
62. Perler Beads
These Perler beads are a cool craft for boys and girls. It’s fun to create the different designs out of the Perler beads and then melt them together so they fuse forever. It’s an awesome childhood craft kids enjoy over and over again. There are so many beads patterns to make, so little time.
63. Garmin Vivofit Jr. Tracker
This is a cool gift idea because it has a fitness tracker and chore reminders built in. Parents can offer incentives for children completing their chores. It’s a great way to stay active because it’s tracking heart rate and steps they take. It’s awesome to wear one of these if you’re a kid this age and it’s setting them up for success with the chore tracker.
64. Hanging Web Swing
These hanging webbed swings are an awesome gift idea if you want something that’s not a toy. One of these is great for kids of all ages because not only do 6 and 7 year old children love it but so do younger and older kids too. It’s a nice non toy for all the kids (great for families with lots of children).
Write and publish your own book kids! What sort of characters and stories will come out of your kids? This is a keepsake that you’re going to want to hold on to forever.
66. Crayola Inspiration Art Set
These art sets come with 140 pieces to create masterpieces with. There’s nothing more entertaining than a good art set and some drawing paper. This is one of my favorite go-to gifts for kids because it’s something they would love more than a toy.
67. Slumber Party Sleeping Bag Set
Whether they are sleeping at grandma and grandpa’s house or having a slumber party, these sleeping bag sets are a lot of fun.
68. Kids Cooking Set
Got a young chef you’d like to impress with a gift this year? A cooking and baking set makes an awesome non-toy gift idea for children of any age. My grandma got me my first baking set for her house so we could make cookies together. What memories will you make with yours?
69. Learning Globe
A globe is a cool educational tool that will be with your child for years to come. They cannot stop playing with learning resources like these.
70. Crystal Mining Dig Kit
Digging up treasure is easy with this science kit. This was one of my sons favorite activities he did with his friend. It took them hours to dig up all the stones.
71. National Geographic Magazine For Kids
Adventure is always in the mail with a subscription to National Geographic Magazine for Kids. You now how excited you were when that yellow mag cover came in the mail, well now your kids or grand kids can be too!
72. A Strong Magnet
Having a magnet set is just plain good fun. There’s nothing like playing with a magnet, here’s some cool sets that kids enjoy.
73. Kids Stilts
Stand up tall with these kids stilts. These are a cool gift item that most people don’t think about because they are sort of obscure outdoor activities but kids LOVE them. Walking around on stilts promotes good balance and allows kids to see higher than they could on their own. Use them outside or in the house, they are a super gift for boys and girls.
74. Outdoor Swing Sets
Large outdoor play sets with swings make great gifts for outdoors. Kids love having their own place of adventure outside and it gets them out of the house in the fresh air. If are looking for an amazing, spectacular, non-toy gift, you cannot go wrong putting one of these swing sets in your yard.
75. A Trip To LegoLand
A trip to LegoLand Discovery Park was like the best gift ever. If you can make the time to do this for your kid, you will not regret it. We had such a good time on this trip and it’s a gift they will always remember.
76. Multiplying Math Keyboard
My kids always enjoyed having this multiplication keyboard because it helped them see the relationship between the numbers being multiplied. Some kids learn better visually and this learning tool is a great visual aid at this age.
Non-Toy Gifts For Tweens (Ages 8+)
77. Ramen Maker
Cooking that afternoon snack is a breeze now mom!
78. Hot Dog Toaster
What I wouldn’t have given to have this as a kid. I always had to roll mine up in a paper towel and pop it in the microwave, no more my friends, no more! Check this beauty out.
Now is the time to start learning how to budget that money. Especially if this is a bday gift because they always get money on their birthday. There’s a section for saving, spending and sharing!
80. Super Cool Light Up Bike Wheels
Got a kid with a bike you’re buying for, these are an awesome accessory that they would not have thought about themselves. You’re welcome.
81. Lego Alarm Clock
It’s time to get up in style with this Batman alarm clock. Every kid needs to get up on time and this Lego alarm clock makes it a little more tolerable.
82. 5,000 Awesome Facts Books
My son loved this book. It’s one he refers to all the time. Be the know-it-all in the room with 5,000 new facts to share.
83. Guinness Book of World Records
Random facts are cool. My tween enjoys reading through books like this.
84. Hamper Hoops
Every kid has laundry.
Smelly pencils are always a good idea for kids. They can always use pencils and these smell like lots of different flavors.
86. Colorful Drawing Tablet
You could be the reason this child is the next greatest graphic artist of our time.
87. Minecraft Bible
Kids that love Minecraft are going to enjoy reading their bible because all the stories are now in blocks!
88. Passback Football
This is a fun gift for a football fan. Throw it against the wall and watch it come back. It’s a unique piece of sports equipment they won’t be expecting.
89. Fairy Garden Pot
Fill a fairy garden with flowers and decorate it with little fairy friends. These are awesome out in the garden and it gives girls something to do outside. This is a flower pot that goes on the ground in a garden area. There are lots of different fairy pieces to decorate with.
90. How To Draw Books
A lot of kids have an interest in learning to draw and that’s why these inexpensive gifts make a good present at this age. My 10 year old loves to draw and these books helped make him a lot better than he was. What sort of drawing books would interest the kid you’re buying for? Be sure to grab a sketch pad too.
Fill a wallet with their favorite gift cards and some money too. Watch their eyes light up when you fill a wallet with money and gift cards, it’s like a dream come true at that age.
92. Knitting Needles
Learning to knit is actually a lot of fun, it’s more than a grandma’s craft – it’s something everyone enjoys once someone gets them started. There are knitting starter sets as well as a ton of tutorials on YouTube to follow. Knitting keeps kids hands busy and their minds creative.
93. Polaroid Camera with Film
On the spot pictures are rad! Polaroid is still a cool gift idea for tweens because they can take pictures and print them on the go.
94. Money Puzzle
You can give them cash, but don’t make it too easy on them. Money puzzles are hilarious gifts if you are giving cash.
95. Money Soap
Get your tween to shower with one of these!
96. Friendship Necklaces
Best friend necklaces come in sets of 2 and 3 and they are a memorable gift for all the girls involved.
97. Starter Guitar Set
Rock out with a guitar starter set. Acoustic or electric? It’s up to you but it’s a great non toy gift idea for tweens and teens.
98. Bean Bag Chair
Every kid I know loves a bean bag chair, especially those giant, over stuffed ones.
99. A Hope Chest
A hope chest is a unique piece of furniture for a young girl.
100. Buy A Pet
Goldfish, kittens, puppies, turtles, hamsters, birds – pets are a good way to teach responsibilities. I bought my 10 year old a dog for his birthday and they are best friends. It was the best gift he could have asked for. What kind of pet could you bring into your home for your kid? Doesn’t have to be a dog.
101. Gift Certificates & Cash
What are their favorite things to do? Where are their favorite places to eat? How about filling a wallet with some cash and gift cards for some cold hard spending!
Practical & Consumable Non-Toy Gifts
101. Coupons For Kids
These are printable and customizable coupons for kids that they can redeem for memories with you! What’s cool is you can use them for lots of different special occasions for your kids (birthday or Christmas). It’s a digital file that you can edit and print.
102. Little Passports Subscription
Little Passports has a different explorers package for different ages that’s why it’s listed down here. This is a subscription thing, every month your child will receive a cool explorer package to learn from. It’s like getting a present every single month. You can cancel whenever.
103. Personalized Gifts With Their Name On It
What sort of personalized gift could you buy with their name on it? Etsy has a lot of cute ideas.
104. Amusement Park / Water Park Tickets
Going to an amusement park or water park is a great gift for a child. I love the sort of gifts that build memories. Going places is something kids remember, especially to theme parks like Legoland.
105. Train Rides (Polar Express)
Is there a cool train ride you could take or buy tickets for the family? Where we live we have the Polar Express and Grand Canyon Train ride. See if you can’t find a fun train ride to take with your child.
106. Sporting Event Tickets
What season of sports are you in? Is there a baseball game? Football game? How about a hockey game you could could buy tickets for?
107. Favorite Sports Team Memorabilia
Does the child have a favorite sports team? How about some sort of memorabilia with their name on it? Who is their favorite athlete?
108. Shoes, Boots, Rain Boots
I like to find out the shoe size of the kids I’m buying for if I see some cool shoes, boots or sandals they might like.
109. Fuzzy Socks and Slippers
Fuzzy socks are a great Christmas present and what I like about them is kids can’t have enough warm socks in winter. Slippers are going to keep their feet warm. These make a good gift for kids and depending on the age, I would find their favorite super hero or cartoon characters on them.
1110. A Hoodie
Hoodies are so practical and nice to have. Even girls can benefit from a stylish hoodie.
111. A Robe
My kids love having a robe to wrap up into in the morning while they eat their breakfast before school.
112. Bunk Beds
Bunk beds make a cool gift. Most kids I know would love to have a set of bunk beds, they are great for sleep overs.
113. Loft Bed
Loft beds are awesome, they have a bed and usually a little nook too, either with a desk, dresser and/or bookshelf built in. There are even loft beds that have a slide.
114. A Children’s Bible / Easy Reader Bible
Depending on the age, a bible makes a great gift for kids, especially the early reader versions that make it easier to understand.
115. Seed Bombs
Wildflower seed bombs are a unique gift idea and they are consumable, meaning, once you use them, nothing is left over but the flowers that bloom.
I will keep adding to this list as I think of more non-toys gift ideas for kids.