With three young children, it already feels like we have SO many things in our house for them to play with. Books, toys, stuffed animals, Legos, play kitchen, ride on toys, you name it. While I know play is so important, I get overwhelmed seeing the amount of toys we have. Especially since they are usually ALL over the living room (kitchen, bedrooms, etc.). I think my kids get overwhelmed with all the stuff some days too. While I do try to do a toy rotation at times, it never happens as often as I would like.
We have a November birthday, then Christmas, and two more birthdays to celebrate in January for my kids. LOTS of celebrations all during the same time of the year. It’s also the time of year when they seem to really NEED the least. So, this year I decided to focus less on TOYS and more on practical gifts, time together, and experiences when it came to gift ideas.
Non-Toy (Mostly) Gift Ideas:
- Hooded bath towel
- Basket of Toiletries – bubble bath, bath soap, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, bath crayons, etc.
- Hair Accessories or a Hat
- Art Supplies – great for any age
- Overnight travel bag/suitcase
- Overnight cot (example)
- Books – ANY book is great, but here is some inspiration from the New York Public Library.
- Photo Book – Create one on a site like Shutterfly, or DIY with a small photo album with plastic sleeves and add your own pictures. I met in the middle & found a kids’ album to put my own photos in.
- Cooking Kit – recipe, ingredients, special pan/dish (if needed) – If possible, offer to cook the recipe together! Maybe even add an apron.
- Winter Gear – jacket, snow pants, boots, hat, gloves/mittens, scarf – it’s always nice to have a back up!
- Outdoor Play – sled, slide, shovel – ways kids can be active during the winter months
- Food – cereal, applesauce pouches, crackers, fruit – Favorite (healthy) snacks are always welcome.
- Fun pillowcase and/or sheets
- Furniture – book shelf, new bed, small chair, table & chairs
- Movie Theater gift card – Marcus Theatres, De Pere Cinema
- N.E.W. Zoo pass
- Children’s Museum of Green Bay pass
- Highlights Magazine Subscription – They have different magazines for various age groups, and kids will love getting mail!
- Weidner Center for the Performing Arts gift certificates
- Fox Cities Performing Arts Center gift certificates
- Cash – It often feels impersonal to give, but it’s always well-received. Plus getting gift cards isn’t always possible for some gifts. To make it feel more personal, you could add a brochure for the business & when applicable, include the classes they offer along with the money. Here are just a few specific reasons you could give cash:
This is simply a short list of gift suggestions. Please share any other great ideas you have!