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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

List: Twenty super cool gift ideas for children that are not toys.

As a mother to two young children, I know the pain of toy overload from all the gifts and surprises given to them.  I know that everyone means well, but please stop spoiling my child and we don't have room in our home for all of it!  There are still fun things you can gift children that they'll appreciate, use frequently, and maybe even learn from that don't include toys.

Additionally, PLEASE check with parents before buying any bulky items, electronics, or things outside of the recommended age.  Baby girl may appreciate that jumbo princess castle, but mommy has no clue where she's going to store it.  Baby boy may appreciate that iPad, but daddy doesn't want him glued to a screen or exposed to electronics too early.  I know that the gifts are for the children, but remember that that parents are going to have to deal with itAs in, not YOU!  I understand that this may be a bit overwhelming, but this gift guide should really help.  Continue reading for twenty kid's gift ideas that are not toys or electronics.


gift guide for kids that don't include toys or electronics

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Twenty gift ideas for kids that aren't toys.


This mat is practically mess free because all it takes is a marker filled with clean water.  Within minutes, the mat dries and it's free to be doodled all over again.  It's a great way for the kids to be creative and learn.  It's also easily folded for a simple clean up and limited storage place required.
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These rechargeable, two way radios comes with a chargeable battery and the ability to communicate with someone up to 6 miles away.  This will keep the kids entertained for hours, can be a safety measure on family trips, or be used to talk to a friend in a neighboring house!  Just make sure they disappear at night time..
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This will get the kiddies to brush their teeth religiously while having a mini party at the sink!
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This durable camera takes pictures, selfies, and records short videos.  It has the ability to take front and rear photos.  It also comes with a memory card, USB transferring, and rechargeable batteries.  This kid's gift idea may not be a toy, but may be what's needed to discover your child's favorite hobby!
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These unisex rain boots come in a variety of fun colors to easily pair with a rain jacket for a combo kid's gift idea.  The kids will appreciate jumping in a muddy puddle on a rainy day much more than most toys!
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A character onesie to sleep with will keep the kid's warm and cozy all night long while simultaneously playing dress up!
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The Pigeon series from Mo Willems is a modern day childhood classic.  They'll appreciate this book collection and read them constantly.  Mom will also appreciate this gift idea because it's not a toy AND comes with it's own box for a convenient clean up.
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Continuing with the theme above, this activity book reads like a book but withholds boat loads of activities for your child to do.  It will educate like a novel, encourage creativity like an art assignment, and entertain like a toy.
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A notebook becomes way more than just pieces of paper when it's personalized for you.  You can create a special journal for your special child, include their name, and even decorate it with a favorite photo.  They'll be motivated to write stories, notes, or even use it as a diary.  This kid's gift idea is something they can treasure forever!
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These Disney smart watches come in a variety of characters and make for the perfect gift.  It will keep your kid stylish while teaching them how to tell time.  This kid's gift idea comes with selfie-cam, voice recorder, 3x games, pedometer, alarm, stopwatch, and calculator.
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Get the kids involved in the kitchen and save some tasty treats for yourself, too!
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This children's book author has more than 50 different published works for you to browse through for your babies.  His picture books are full of adventure and fun, rhyming tales!  This kid's book is one of my personal favorites and a great place to start the collection.
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It seems like something as classic as a deck of cards is slowly disappearing.  Make the simple card games that you grew up with fun again by personalizing a deck of cards for that special child.  Seeing their face on a deck of cards may encourage them to engage in these games while secretly practicing their math skills.
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Bring out your child's inner scientist with this telescope made specifically for kids.  They can discover the universe, chart stars, or pretend to be an astronaut in their very own backyard.
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Ask the parents if they're able to have a pet fish.  If yes, gift them with this super cool aquarium starter set and then take them to pick out their new best friend to fill the tank.
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Introduce your future gardener to the wonderful world of gardening with this set!  They'll grow some of the necessities that they'll need to make the perfect pizza.  This gift idea may not be a toy, but it will entertain them until that slice of homemade pizza enter their mouth.
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These search and find books are a great gift idea for kids that isn't a toy.  It will keep them entertained for hours as they search, find, and puzzle the riddles.
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This gift idea will allow your kid to explore the world without ever stepping outside of their home.  The first special package that they will be super excited to receive will come with a fun orange suitcase, a wall-sized world map, souvenirs, activity booklets, stickers and tags to decorate your suitcase, and letters and photos from your new pen pals Max and Mia and their dog Toby.  Every month afterwards will be whatever they will need to continue their journey.
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Introduce your kids to nature with these super cool bird feeder kits.  They can build, decorate, fill, and maintain their bird feeders to attract new friends to the yard.  As a bonus, print out a backyard birding sheet so they can check off different species they attract.
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For the more artsy kids, this is a fabulous idea!  Without explaining why, ask them what their favorite creation is.  Take a picture of it and have it printed onto a canvas.  It's a gift that they will treasure forever while making them feel like Picaso!
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What was your favorite gift as a kid?

10 comments :

  1. I always trust my gut. Sometimes my IBS even comes in handy 'cause I can tell when somethin' bad is gonna turn into sh*t.

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  2. Number 6 is a big one, as people will always try and get you to do what is best for them and not you. At least some people. Pffft to them.

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  3. I still don't know. I usually follow my heart... not a good thing

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  4. Great thoughts. My final decision always comes down to prayer and deep thought.

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  5. Here's how I finally stopped obsessing and learned to Let Go. I prayed using the Serenity Prayer:

    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    Courage to change the things I can,
    And wisdom to know the difference.

    Really calmed my obsessive butt down ;) Then again, I was a wackjob haha

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  6. I'm fortunate because my son and/or Willy Dunne Wooters often help me make decisions. Sometimes simply explaining to one of them what I need to do helps me decide.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. Pray for wisdom. #1

    And I totally agree with #5...I always regret it when I do it!

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  8. I might print this and hand a copy out to each of my granddaughters. Excellent list.

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  9. This is an important life skill. I always taught a few lessons on this each year in high school health.

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