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Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids 2021

kids non-toy gifts

Kids can accumulate a lot of toys over the years. They don't play with them all. Some are from a long-forgotten craze, now out-of-favor, others left in the toy box, ignored. Some are broken or have bits missing.

Over time, kids can seem to have too many toys, with the prospect of receiving even more at Christmas.

While most children enjoy receiving new toys - they do make fantastic presents - sometimes non-toy gifts for kids can have an impact that lasts long after the special occasion you gifted them.

They can be appreciated and enjoyed as much as toys. They can also add longer-lasting enjoyment to a child's world, and in some cases, help develop a skill or particular interest that grows into their adult years.

Non-toy gifts can be a way of getting kids away from looking at screens so much, at least for trivial activities. They also make good gifts for the child who has everything!

Now some of my gift suggestions may seem a bit toysy to a few of you, like the arts & crafts items, and puzzles, and I'll understand if that's what you think. Nevertheless, they are gifts that are creative, educational, and practical. They can bring enjoyment to a child's life, make them understand more about what goes on around them, and encourage them to learn and think more.

Another point. These are all ideas for physical gifts that kids can use on the day they are given and enjoyed on the special occasion.

Right, let's look at some great non-toy gift ideas for kids!

Arts & Crafts

Arts & crafts gifts for kids

Kids can get creative with so many variations of art & craft products. A giant art and craft supplies pack is an excellent place to start. Or a toolbox containing a range of craft items. You could always make up a selection of craft items and fill a DIY toolbox yourself.

Arts & Crafts Supplies for Kids Crafts - Kids Craft Supplies & Materials - Kids Art Supplies for Kids - Arts and Crafts Kit for Kids Craft Kits - Toddler Crafts for Kids Craft Set - Carl & Kay

Wide range of arts & crafts media in one big pack

143 Piece Deluxe Art Set, Paint Set in Portable Wooden Case,Professional Art Kit,Art Supplies for Adults,Teens and Artist, Painting, Drawing & Art Supplies

De luxe paint selection for teens

If you know which arts & crafts areas they are more interested in - drawing, painting, pom-poms, scratch papers, embroidery, and so on - you can gift wrap a selection of items yourself.

Candle Making Kit,Beeswax Scented Candles Supplies Arts and Crafts for Adults and Teens Gift Set for Women Including Fragrance, Soy Wax, Cotton Wicks, Metal Pot, Candle Dyes, Candle Jars and More

Candle making kit for teens

Amazon Basics Origami Paper, Assorted Colors, 500 Sheets

Origami paper - colored

Here are a few more Arts and Crafts gift ideas:

Back to School

Back to school gifts for kids

Kids always need some items replaced when the holidays are over, and it's back to school time. A new backpack or duffle bag is a good place to start. You can fill the bags with gift-wrapped smaller gifts as an added surprise.

adidas Kids-Boy's/Girl's Young Creator Backpack, Gradient Rose Tone Pink/Onix Grey, One Size
School Supplies for Kids, Back to School Supply Box, Supplies for Girls Or Boys, Supplies Bundle Kit (34 Supplies)

More Back to School goodies:

  • Lunch Box
  • Drink Bottle
  • Handwriting Practice Paper Workbook
  • School Supplies Bundle
  • Large Pencil Case

Books and Puzzles

Books & Puzzles for kids

Books

Books help kids in many ways. They can fuel their imaginations, show them how to do something, expand their vocabulary and also make them think. That's both fiction and non-fiction.

How about gifting them books about a particular interest they have.

Kid Chef Junior Every Day: My First Easy Kids' Cookbook

Encourage kids' cooking experiences

The Best-Ever Step-by-Step Kid's First Gardening: Fantastic Gardening Ideas For 5 To 12 Year-Olds, From Growing Fruit And Vegetables And Fun With Flowers To Wildlife Gardening And Outdoor Crafts

Let them learn about growing plants

Exploring Nature Activity Book for Kids: 50 Creative Projects to Spark Curiosity in the Outdoors (Exploring for Kids Activity Books and Journals)

Let kids learn of the living things all around them

Guitar for Kids: Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Songbooks))

Time to learn some riffs and rhythm

Science! (Knowledge Encyclopedias)

Read about the wonder of science

Low-Mess Crafts for Kids: 72 Projects to Create Your Own Magical Worlds

Craft ideas - Imagination without too much mess

Puzzles

Kids' puzzles are a lot more than entertaining. They help improve a child's cognitive function, the trial and error process, experimentation, logic, and a lot more.

GoCube The Connected Electronic Bluetooth Cube: Award-Winning app Enabled STEM Puzzle for All Ages. Free app

GoCube. Bluetooth-connected Cube. Way to go!

Spin Master Games Perplexus Epic Interactive Maze Game with 125 Obstacles

3D maze in a sphere. Easy to Play. Hard to Master

Mondrian Blocks - Yellow Edition (Parents’ Choice Award Winner) - Brain Teaser STEM Puzzle Game

A Parents' Choice award winner

Coogam Wooden Hexagon Puzzle for Kid Adults - Shape Pattern Block Tangram Brain Teaser Toy Geometry Logic IQ Game STEM Montessori Educational Gift for All Ages Challenge

Shape pattern brain teaser

Camping & Outdoor Gifts

Camping & outdoor gifts for kids

Camping gifts are a natural choice for kids who enjoy the outdoors. Kids love sleepovers, whether away from home on a trip or in the backyard with a few friends. A three or four-person dome tent of the 'pop-up' kind is all that's needed to set the ball rolling for an interest in camping.

MOON LENCE Pop Up Tent Family Camping Tent 4 Person Tent Portable Instant Tent Automatic Tent Waterproof Windproof for Camping Hiking Mountaineering

Four person Pop Up camping tent. Lightweight, water resistant, portable. Easy setup in one minute.

Coleman Duo Pro 2000032683 LED Lantern 2 take-Along Flashlight Panels, Black and Red, 400 Lumen

Coleman multi-panel LED camping lantern

If they already have a tent, you can give them a sleeping bag, LED camping lantern, flashlight, or a folding chair or two.

A few other outdoor gift ideas:

  • Camping backpack - you could pack some small camping accessories inside
  • Walkie Talkie Set
  • Binoculars
  • Kids travel vest - they'll love all those pockets
  • Kids lightweight bucket travel hat - loads of neat colors

Kids Furniture & Room Decor

Kids furniture & room decor non-toy gift ideas

Kids need somewhere they can call their own, and their bedroom or playroom are places where they can develop their identity and character. Consider giving gifts that can make them feel safer and comfortable, more grown-up and organized, as well as being fun, sometimes magical, and give them a place for quiet (relatively) relaxation.

Franco Kids Bedding Super Soft Comforter and Sheet Set with Sham, 7 Piece Full Size, LOL Surprise

Character bedding sets are a good choice for younger kids. LOL Surprise here.

Delta Children MySize 9 Bin Plastic Toy Organizer, Grey

Help kids keep their toys organized - and their room tidy!

C-CHAIN Swing Pod Chair for Kids 100% Cotton Hammock Chair with Durable Air Cushion, Child Swing Seat Nest with Adjustable Rope, All Accessories Included (Rose)

A swing pod chair lets a child relax, read a book & snooze even!

Trends International Disney Pixar Frozen 2 - Key Art Wall Poster, 22.375" x 34", Unframed Version

Kids movie posters are a great way to individualize a kids room

A few other kids room gift ideas:

Musical Instruments

musical non-toy gift ideas for kids

If your child enjoys music and wants to play tunes and not just create sounds (noise!), then learning a musical instrument could make them. A kid's interest in playing music should be encouraged. Time to let them get in the groove and bang out some tunes, whatever instrument they are interested in playing.

Squier by Fender "Mini" Strat Beginner Electric Guitar, Rosewood Fingerboard - Metallic Orange - Amazon Exclusive Color

3/4 size Fender Squier Strat - a great beginners electric guitar from a quality manufacturer

Mendini By Cecilio Kids Drum Set - Junior Kit w/ 4 Drums (Bass, Tom, Snare, Cymbal), Drumsticks, Drummer Seat - Beginner Drum Sets & Musical Instruments

Starter drum kit 

Learning to play guitar or keyboard is probably the best place to start - depending on their preferences.

YAMAHA YPT260 61-Key Portable Keyboard with Power Adapter (Amazon-Exclusive)

Portable keyboard - practice anywhere

OneOdio Over Ear Headphones for Women and Girls, Wired Bass Stereo Sound Headsets with Share Port and 50mm Driver Rose Gold Headsets with Mic for PC Phone Laptop Guitar Piano Mp3/4 Tablet (Pink)

Headphones for quiet indoor practice

Here are some more musical non-toy gift ideas.

Real Tools for Kids

Real tools for kids

When a child shows an interest in activities their parents do - like DIY and cooking, for example, giving them their own set of real tools enables them to become more involved and learn how to do things themselves. You can add to these tools if the child's interest develops and encourage them further.

DIY

REXBETI 25-Piece Kids Tool Set with Real Hand Tools, Pink Durable Storage Bag, Children Learning Tool Kit for Home DIY and Woodworking

Real DIY toolset with storage bag for kids 

REXBETI 87pcs Young Builder's Tool Set with Real Hand Tools, Reinforced Kids Tool Belt, Waist 20"-32", Kids Learning Tool Kit for Home DIY and Woodworking

DIY tools with a tool belt

Cooking

VEICA,kithcen Utensil set 42 Cooking Utensils set Nylon and Stainless Steel Utensils Set Kitchen Tool Set,Baking Set Kitchen Set Spatula Set Kitchen Gadgets Kitchen Tools Kitchen Accessories Black

Kids own set of nylon & stainless steel cooking utensils

Tovla Jr. Kids Cooking and Baking Gift Set with Storage Case - Complete Cooking Supplies for the Junior Chef - Kids Baking Set for Girls & Boys - Real Accessories & Utensils for the Curious Child

For the younger child a set of real kitchen utensils plus some recipes

Gardening

RyKing Small Garden Tool Set, 8 Piece Gardening Balcony Mini Kit Bag, Trowel Transplanter Hand Rake Pruner Snips Shovel Gloves Watering Spray, Stainless Steel Wooden Handles, Gift for Woman Men Kids

Real gardening tools to be like Mom and Dad

Spornic 3 Pack Adjustable Kids Apron Kitchen Aprons for Boys Girls for Cooking Baking Party and Gardening

Kids Cooking or Gardening Apron

More related to real tools:

  • Sewing machine
  • Glue Gun
  • Personalized apron

Scientific Gifts

Scientific non-toy gift ideas for kids

The sciences offer kids an enormous introduction to a vast array of knowledge and provide opportunities for gift buying that can provoke curiosity, encourage experimentation and create interests that will enhance a child's later character and personality.

A decent pair of binoculars help develop an interest in wildlife or bird watching.

Give your child a metal detector, and they will not only have a lot of fun, but they'll also get plenty of exercise searching for hidden treasure. They can use it almost anywhere - in the yard, in the countryside, at the beach.

The night sky is a fascinating domain for a child to enter, and a telescope gives them a key to the door. Don't waste your money on the cheapie models. They're not worth the money. Buy a decent telescope, and they can explore the heavens properly.

Telescopes for Adults, 70mm Aperture and 700mm Focal Length Professional Astronomy Refractor Telescope for Kids and Beginners - with EQ Mount, 2 Plossl Eyepieces and Smartphone Adapter

Astronomy Refractor Telescope for Kids & Beginners

Celestron - AstroMaster 70AZ Telescope - Refractor Telescope - Fully Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable Height Tripod – Bonus Astronomy Software Package

... and another one

100X-2000X Microscopes for Kids Students Adults, with Microscope Slides Set, Phone Adapter, Powerful Biological Microscopes for School Laboratory Home Education

Microscope & Slides Set

OLD NOBBY Organic Chemistry Model Kit (239 Pieces) - Molecular Model Student or Teacher Pack with Atoms, Bonds and Instructional Guide

Organic Chemistry Kit

More non-toy science-related gift ideas.

Sports-related Gifts

Sports-related non-toy gift ideas

There are plenty of non-toy gift ideas to give to children who are heavily into sports.

AppleRound Pack of 4 Sports Balls with 1 Pump: 1 Each of 5" Soccer Ball, 5" Basketball, 5" Playground Ball, and 6.5" Football (4 Balls and 1 Pump)

Almost any kind of ball for sports

Ninja Warrior Line Obstacle Course for Kids Outside-2×56ft Slackline Kit, Hanging Activities Accessories - Monkey Bar, Rope Ladder, Monkey Fist, Rings for Backyard Tree Training Equipment Outdoor Play

Outdoor obstacle course for kids

More sports related gift ideas:

Technology Gifts

Technology non-toy gift ideas for kids

Children have embraced technology probably a lot quicker than some of their parents. At an early age, they become accomplished at switching on devices, moving between apps, and playing games, and they've become used to smart technology in general.

Introducing Fire HD 10 Kids Pro tablet, 10.1", 1080p Full HD, ages 6–12, 32 GB, Doodle

Kindle Fire HD 10 Pro for Kids

Echo Dot (4th Gen) Kids | Designed for kids, with parental controls | Tiger

4th Generation Echo Dot for Kids

More techie gift ideas:


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