Non-toy gift posts seem to be popping up everywhere. It’s fun to get creative with gifts and gift things that aren’t just going to add to the toy clutter at home. I have some fun and simple gifts you can get for kids (and some adults would enjoy too!).
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There are some great craft subscription boxes out there. It’s a great gift to ask for from grandparents!
But did you know that you don’t have to sign up for a monthly subscription to enjoy these? You can purchase individual crafts as well!
My amazing sister-in-law sent my three year old one of the Kiwi Crate boxes for his birthday. It was so much fun. I was really impressed with how much was packed into one Kiwi Crate box. Both older boys enjoyed the activities, books, and fun that came in it.
Wondering which crate to get for your kids? Check out this post here outlining the different types of KiwiCo crates and how to decide which one to get for your child.
We also have a post of some of our favorite craft kits here.
It used to be that when you thought of kid board games, your options were limited to Candyland or Monopoly. But there are so many fun options out there now!
We have a whole post of great board games for families, along with recommendations depending on skill level and types of games your family enjoys. Read the full post here.
Prefer card games? Sometimes they can be quicker, more portable fun! We have a post of our favorite card games for kids and families.
Pack up a bunch of craft supplies in a basket or bucket, and you’ve got a great gift basket full of hours of fun.
The Dollar Store is a great place to purchase things like colored craft sticks, pipe cleaners, and supplies like that. But stay away from the glue and crayons – we’ve found the quality isn’t that great. I prefer to buy name brands like Crayola and Elmers. Amazon often has great prices on Crayola Crayons and Elmer’s Glue Sticks. Another one of our favorites is Crayola Air Dry Clay. Or you can get a big craft kit!
Picking a good book is a great way to not go wrong with a gift! Here are a few of our favorites:
Have a child who prefers listening to audio books instead? You can get a gift subscription to Audible! This has been invaluable for us to have for our child with dyslexia.
Check out some of our other book recommendations here:
Magazine subscriptions are a fun way to encourage reading and fun activities all year round. I wrote all about how much we love Spider and Ladybug Magazines here (as well as how we were able to get them at a bargain price). Not only did the boys enjoy the stories from the magazines, they loved the crafts and activities that came along with them.