17 Non Toy Gift Ideas for Younger Kids.

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17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

Once a child hits around 4/5 years old it seems that all of a sudden you are attending a birthday party every couple of weeks. A fancy shiny toy can be the easy option to gift but lately I have found myself trying to think of non toy gift ideas. If I’m going to spend money on someone I want it to be loved and enjoyed of course but I want that enjoyment to last more than the 5 minutes a toy usually gives!

A Non Toy Gift Idea does need a little bit of extra thought so I put this list together of “17 Non Toy Gift Ideas for Younger Kids” for you

  1. Paint

Traditional craft paint or body paint. You can package it together with some paint brushes, paint smock or paper.

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

2. Where’s Wally? Book

I loved Where’s Wally? when I was little and now my boys love looking for him too!

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

3. Origami

A beautiful craft that is so easily forgotten about.

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

4. Bug Catcher

A great way to encourage kids outside is with a bug catcher. You could also throw in a book all about the little critters.

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

5. Rock Painting or Paint Your Own Figure.

Let them get creative.

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

6. Melissa and Doug Water Wow Activity Book

We have a couple of these and I think they are great!

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

7. Cookbook

Perfect for an little chef

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

8. Sewing Kit

Perfect for the little seamstress

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

9. Lost My Name Book

My Mum has bought both my older boys these and they are beautiful treasures.

 

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

 

10. Microscope

Great for getting scientific

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

11. Audio book

Ideal alternative to a book.

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

12. Instruments

I really believe Music is vital in growing up.

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

13. Dressing up costume

What child doesn’t love dressing up!

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

14. Watch

My boys got given these for Christmas and I was pleasantly surprised by how much they love them.

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

15. Lego

Some might consider these a toy but there is no denying how beneficial being creative is.

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

16. Stickers and Stamps

Great for getting crafty.

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

17. Backpack

Kids often need a backpack for Daycare/ Preschool or just play dates. For a low tox option check out the one I bought Isaiah here.

17 Non Toy Gift ideas that younger kids will still love and enjoy. These are a great alternative than giving a toy to a child who already has hundreds and only plays with them for 5 minutes!

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10 Comments

  1. March 7, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    This is a great list! My son is way into Legos and Where’s Wally? too right now! I need some tips for birthdays we have coming up!

    • ImperfectMummy
      Author
      March 7, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      Lego is always a winner! x

  2. March 7, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    someone gifted that Water Woy thing to my son and he loves it. Toys get dismantled in 10 mins with a toddler around!

    • ImperfectMummy
      Author
      March 7, 2018 / 7:58 pm

      Yes that’s so true! x

  3. March 8, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    Great ideas. I’ll keep this list in mind if I need any kid gifts!

    • ImperfectMummy
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks Jen! x

  4. March 9, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I used to work with kids on a cruise ship, so seeing this post made my heart so happy. The “Lost My Name” book sounds so cute! What a neat gift.

    • ImperfectMummy
      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 10:31 am

      It’s such a beautiful book! x

  5. Claire
    March 27, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Buying non toy gift ideas for younger kids isn’t easy at all and God knows they don’t always support our effort. Mine spends a lot of his free time buried in his iPad so whenever I manage to buy something that keeps him entertained for more than 20 minutes; it’s a huge win for us.

    • ImperfectMummy
      Author
      March 27, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      Yes, anything to get them off the screens!!! x

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