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Are you guilty of this?
Every Christmas I stand there looking at the present pile and then I find myself looking at all the 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?
Do you find yourself doing this?
As parents all we really want for our children is to be happy and healthy. Toys and stuff are just a bonus.
So this year Christmas will be different.
Yes, I am 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.
The rest will be non-toy, usable, enjoyable and relatable items. They will be educational. There will be clothes. There will be activities and entertainment gifts.
It is time to cut the clutter, clear the toys and have fun this holiday season.
10 Christmas presents for children that aren’t toys:
1. Tinker Crates
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. In fact he waits for the mail delivery and opens the box as soon as it gets here.
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.
2. Movie Tickets
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.
3. Board Games
Give the gift of continual entertainment. Board games come in so many varieties. Card games, two player games, three player games and so on.
4. Video Games
Do you have a gamer in your life? I am sure the Christmas list includes a few of the latest and greatest video games.
5. Sporting Activities
When was the last time your kids went bowling, swimming or skating? A recreation gift card would make a great Christmas gift.
6. Books and Magazines
Inspire a love of reading. Give the gift of books or age related magazines.
7. Educational Classes
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.
8. Field Trips & Activities
Everyone is so busy these days. When was the last time you had a family fun day? Family fun is a great gift.
Or what about tickets to the zoo or to mini golf?
9. Concert Tickets
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 is saving up for something big. Or maybe you are 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.
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?
All of these items would make non-toy and stuff related gift ideas.
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I wish you a truly amazing holiday season,
Saving & Simplicity