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Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love!

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering Vine

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love!

 

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If your house is overflowing with toys and the thought of adding more makes you cringe, this is for you. Here is my list of non-toy gifts that kids will actually love.

Subscription Boxes:

What I love about subscription boxes is that they deliver a surprise to your door every month (or every few months, depending on the box). These are also great options for long-distance grandparents and other relatives.

Green Kid Crafts

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering Vine
Monthly subscription of fun, creative and eco-friendly craft and STEM activities (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Get free shipping on all subscription boxes with this link.

 

KidStir

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering Vine

Kidstir delivers a monthly kit for making 3 recipes. Kids are able to build their own cookbooks and learn what goes into making the meals that they eat.Read more in my review here.

 

Little Passports

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering VineLittle Passports allows kids to virtually travel the world with monthly packages featuring a new global destination or US state. There are subscriptions for almost any age:

  • Early Explorers (ages 3-5)
  • World Edition (ages 6-10)
  • USA Edition (ages 7-12)

Today is the last day for holiday shipping (though you could still give the gift with a cute certificate to indicate what to expect). You can also save 15% on any subscription with code: JOY with this link.

 

 

Junior Explorers

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering VineA monthly mission to learn about wildlife and nature. Take care of 2 gifts with this awesome offer using this link: Buy 1 month, get the next month free. Use code GET1.

 

Bookroo

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering VineBookroo delivers a monthly box of individually gift-wrapped children’s books to keep. This is a great way to develop a love of reading in children and to build up their library.

 

Magic School Bus Science Club

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering Vine

The Magic School Bus Science Club is perfect for the curious-minded. It’s a monthly subscription of science experiments! These award-winning kits were developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators. Children will explore science through experiments that will spark an interest and curiosity in science.

 

Other Awesome Gifts:

ArtBot by KitHub

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering Vine

KitHub has several STEAM kits for kids to put together that are the coolest thing ever. We tested out the ArtBot, and you can read about our experience here.

 

Play Scarves

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering VineWe got these play scarves for our daughter this year. They are great for imaginative play. Kids can use them as capes, headbands, playscapes, rivers, and anything they can imagine. If you want to simplify the toys in your home, these are a great start.

 

Fish Pop Molds
Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering Vine

We were struggling to think of another gift for our 2-year-old because she already has plenty of toys that were her big brother’s. My husband found these fish pop molds, and they are perfect. Both kids will love them, and the serving sizes are appropriate for their ages.

 

Kinetic sand

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering VineIf you’ve never experienced kinetic sand, you need to. It’s a great sensory experience and I enjoy playing with it with the kids. We made “cookies” with it the other day. It’s also easier to clean up than regular sand. There are lots of different colors available, too.

 

Books

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering Vine

Books are always a great idea. Here are some of my favorite children’s books with positive messages.

 

Fun Bathrobe or Pajamas

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering Vine

My son is going to love this cute Paw Patrol bathrobe. We also got him some cute pajamas, but gave them to him early. He absolutely loves them and hangs out in them during the day.

Mini garden kit
Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering Vine

My kids are always fascinated when they see fruits and vegetables that grow in our garden, and they love to eat them. This root viewer kit lets kids watch the process of growing from seed to plant.

 

Personalized Gifts

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering VineMabel’s Labels has personalized children’s books, coloring books, and placemats for a customized gift.

 

Lounger

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering Vine

We just received our Venice Lounger from Brentwood Home, and my son spent all evening with it. He asked to be alone after I opened it and put the cover on it. Use code OURHOME for a 10% Brentwood Home Coupon.

 

Local Memberships and Activities:

  • Children’s museum membership
  • Zoo membership/passes
  • Local classes (gymnastics, soccer, music, etc.)
  • Obstacle course

 

What are some non-toy gifts for kids you’ve given or received?

 

Need more gift inspiration?

Non-Toy Gifts that Kids Will Actually Love ~ A Wandering Vine

15 Comments

  1. Terry Poage

    i really like the Junior Explorers pack. Should be educational too.

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  2. Divya @ Eat Teach Blog

    These are all such great ideas! I loved the Magic School Bus when I was a kid. And all the hands-on stuff is such a big win!

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  3. Lauren

    Great ideas here! My kids love kenetic sand!

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  4. Margot C

    You are so right. I always go on the lookout for STEM type gifts for my niece, who is a brainiac!

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  5. Brittany

    Love this! I want to try little passports for my kids! I am so grateful that my kids enjoy educational gifts. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Hannah Adkins

    The magic school bus science club would be awesome. I always loved the show when I was younger and I bet other kids would love magic school bus related goodness.

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  7. Cheryl Everitt

    My granddaughters would love any of the above boxes. This is an awesome idea. Learning and having fun, too.

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  8. Joan Kubes

    I think the one where kids can make their own cookbooks is neat.

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  9. Shane

    Neat I’d never seen the subscription boxes for kids! My nephews would love them!

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  10. A .Antovska

    I would like Junior Explorers pack for my children! Good choice!

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  11. Diana Cote

    I love subscription boxes like these for my daughter. We have had them in the past. I always make sure I ad books, crafts, activities and other educational stuff for Christmas and her birthday. She loves it too! 🙂

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  12. Dotty J Boucher

    I love all these ideas you have here, I did last year a subscription to little passport, they are so awesome! I would recommend them to anyone.
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  13. Terry Stevens

    There are some really great gifts here. I the the fish pop molds and subscription boxes. So much fun to be had.

    Reply
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