41 Non-Toy Gifts for Kids for all Budgets!

If you’re looking for inspiration for non-toy gifts for kids, I have you covered with this extensive list!

I feel like our house is bursting at the seams with toys and I know other people love to buy them plastic crap toys for their birthdays and other events, despite us asking them not to.

At the same time, I’ve been looking for some kids gift ideas for my kids’ friends too – and some of my friends’ kids. I don’t want to add to their toy collections either!

So, here are my best ideas for gifts for kids that are NOT toys!

Read on if you’re wondering what gift to get for kids that are not toys:

Girl eating cupcake

These kids gift ideas have special occasion gift ideas for kids that cover all budgets:

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41 Non Toy Gift Ideas

1. Books – Catch and Dymocks have great ranges.

2. Clothing or shoes

3. Gift card

4. Movie tickets

5. A calendar – I love the ones at Kikki K!

6. A day out together

7. Sports game tickets or season ticket

8. Tickets to the zoo (you can read my Taronga Zoo review here!)

9. A piggy bank – this one is so cute – they can paint their own!

10. Wallet or purse

11. Music lessons

12. Musical instrument

13. Dress ups

14. A Watch

15. Puzzle books

16. Camera

17. CDs

18. A new mug

19. Audiobooks

20. Slippers

21. Personalised jewellery

22. Jewellery box – This one is lovely!

23. Theatre tickets

24. Netflix subscription

25. A towel

26. Puzzles or games

27. Stationery

28. Sports equipment

29. Socks and undies

30. PJs

31. Charity donation on their behalf

32. Craft Supplies

33. Beanbag

34. A Diary – again, I love the ones at Kikki K!

35. A bike

36. Subscription to their favourite magazine

37. Photo album

38. Photo frame (with a favourite pic of you both)

39. Online class

40. Food

41. Money

If you’re looking for present ideas for kids that are not toys, I hope this list helps you.

My Fave Non-Toy Gifts

I think some of the best gift ideas for children are the ones that are personalised – such as jewellery or even a personalised journal for the next year.

Toys can also be super expensive so this list includes some cheap gifts for kids that would also work as stocking fillers.

I hope my list of non toy gifts for toddlers and kids has inspired you!

What are you go-to non toy gifts for kids?

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Originally published on December 11th 2018.

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  1. / 9:47 pm

    SO many great ideas here. I can’t wait to go to the zoo with our little boy when he’s a bit bigger! We read so many animal books, it will be fun to see them in real life.
    I’ve had a lot of fun compiling his Christmas list and assigning gifts to various relatives – fortunately they’re all pretty easy-going (at least in that regard) and were happy to take direction. I think as he gets older I’m definitely keen to do special outing type gifts.

    • Mim
      / 4:33 pm

      Oh the zoo is SO much fun with little ones – he will love it x

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