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Are you guilty of this?
Every Christmas I stand there looking at the Christmas tree and then I find myself looking at all the Christmas presents and toys my kids have. And I wonder why?
Why did we buy more gifts? Some of which will only get played with once or twice. Do my children really need all these toys?
what can i buy instead of toys?
There are lots of gifts you can buy instead of toys for your children for Christmas including clothes, books, games, event passes and so much more.
what should kids get instead of toys for christmas?
There is a popular gift giving tradition of four gifts for Christmas which includes one toy, a book, clothing and an activity gift. The activity gift could be a game, an adventure pass to a zoo or aquarium.
what can you do instead of gifts?
Giving gift certificates for clothing, activities or entertainment are great gifts for the children in your life.
four gifts christmas rule
Will be different. Yes, I’m sure there will be a toy request list featuring all the latest and greatest toys. But… this year there will be four gifts under the tree. Only one of them will be a toy.
practical gifts for kids
The rest will be non-toy, usable and enjoyable items. There will be clothes, books, educational and activity gifts. It is time to cut the clutter, clear the toys and have fun this holiday season.
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Christmas presents for children that aren’t toys:
Tinker Crate gifts
When was the last time your child sat and built something for fun? Tinker Crates are educational, artistic crates full of STEM related activities.
We have ordered them for our son and he loves them. He has built an arcade game, a paint spin art kit (which was really cool), a puppet and so much more.
Kiwi Co. the company behind Tinker Crate have many different age related gift sets available. You can checkout all of the amazing Tinker Crates and more right here.
Movie Ticket gifts
Spend an afternoon together or let your kids take a friend. Enjoy popcorn and a movie. Or switch it up and give the gift of movies at home with Netflix or a favorite movie.
Board Game gifts
Give the gift of continual entertainment. Board games come in so many varieties. Card games, two player games, three player games and so on.
Video Game gifts
Do you have a gamer in your life? I am sure the Christmas list includes a few of the latest and greatest video games.
Sporting Activity gifts
When was the last time your kids went bowling, swimming or skating? A recreation gift card would make a great Christmas gift.
Books and Magazine gifts
Inspire a love of reading. Give the gift of books or age related magazines.
Has your child been asking to learn how to draw or dance or play drums? Why not give the gift of education and encourage them to learn something new.
Field Trips & Activity gifts
Everyone is so busy these days. When was the last time you had a family fun day? Family fun is a great gift.
Concert Ticket gifts
Teenagers are hard to buy for during the holidays. Concert tickets or tickets to a group event generally go over well.
And I suggest money lightly as a last choice item. Maybe the child you are gifting to is saving up for something big. Or maybe you’re giving money for school. Or maybe you just aren’t sure what the child wants or needs.
I have also heard of parents giving money gifts during the holidays, then taking the child shopping during the after holiday sales to get the items they need.
unique christmas gifts
You know your child best. What does your child want? What do they need? What activities do they like? Is there a class they would really like to take?
creative gifts for kids
You want to make that holiday gift special. Be creative in your gift giving. Perhaps a homemade quilt or crocheted blanket. Or a memorable trip to their favorite museum or place.
holiday gifts for kids
Are you traveling over the holidays? Incorporate your travel destination into your gift ideas. Or give the gift of a camping trip or a girls weekend away.
gift cards for kids
Gift cards are great when you can’t find the perfect gift or when you need to send your gift to the receiver. And gift cards come in various amounts and to some really great stores.
best gift cards for kids
Everyone is different and has different interests. The best gift cards for kids are ones that cover multiple locations and gift ideas. Such as Visa gift cards or big box retailer gift cards. Amazon gift cards are great because you can do all the shopping online and they carry such a great selection of goods.
Updated February 22, 2021