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The Best Holiday Gifts for Kids That Aren’t Toys


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best holiday gifts that aren't toys
Source: Christina Jones Photography for The Everymom
Source: Christina Jones Photography for The Everymom

This year, much to my 6-year-old’s dismay, I requested “no gifts” on her birthday party invitation. Why? She still had unopened toys from last year’s party. The absolute last thing she—or our home—needed was more toys. We have enough stuffed animals to fill a make-believe zoo, enough LEGOs to build a metropolis, and enough dress-up clothes to rival Cher Horowitz’s closet. So with more holiday gifts about to enter our home, I’m looking for kids gift ideas that aren’t toys.

If your home is also swimming in oft-forgotten playthings and are looking for non-toy holiday gifts, we have some favorites to consider. From options to spark learning and creativity to practical items they’ll love like new winter boots, a fun luggage set, or decorations for their bedroom. Read on for 10 of the best holiday gifts that aren’t toys.

carter's snow boots
Toddler Snow Boots

A new pair of boots is a fun-yet-practical gift for any kiddo who loves to play outside in the snow. We recommend this pair from Carter’s because they’re durable, flexible, and include a cozy lining to keep feet extra warm all day long.

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Noggin Gift Subscription

If you’re looking to make screen time more educational and beneficial for a toddler or little kid in your life, we recommend a Noggin subscription—an awesome platform for littles aged 2 to 7—that can help kids learn with games and shows designed by educators. Plus, the platform includes kid favorites like Peppa PigPaw PatrolDora the Explorer, and more. Try it free for 60 days.

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highlights magazine
Kids Magazine Subscription

Gift a yearly subscription to Highlights magazine where little ones can have fun with stories, puzzles, jokes, and more. Plus, they’ll love getting their own mail each month!

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gifts that aren't toys
Etsy | Little Hands and Nature
Sea Potions & Affirmations Set

For the kid who’s always asking to make experiments or potions, grab this cute sea-themed potion sensory kit. Holiday-themed potions also available!

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pod swing seat
Sensory Swing

Made of 100% cotton canvas, these sensory swings can be used indoors or outside for a comfortable spot where kids can hang out.

more colors available

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non toy gifts
Neon Name Sign

Made to look like a vintage neon sign, this custom wall art puts a kid’s name in lights and brightens their room.

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kids luggage set
5-Piece Kids Luggage Set

If they’re not quite ready to pack for a trip themselves, at least make it easy for them to transport their own luggage with this set that includes a backpack, rolling suitcase, lunchbox, neck pillow, and luggage tag.

more patterns available

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kids smart watch
Kids Smart Watch

Have a kiddo who’s always interested in your smart watch? Gift them one of their own with this variation that’s perfect for kids aged 4-12. It includes a pedometer to track steps, a habit tracker, a calendar, and more.

many colors available

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beginner guitar
Beginner Acoustic Guitar Set

A rockstar in the making has to start somewhere, and this might be the best beginner guitar for just that. Spark their creativity and love for music with everything they need to get their musical journey started.

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kids digital camera
Kids Digital Camera

Speaking of creativity, little photographers will love to have their very own camera to take pictures wherever they go.

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the everymoms holiday gift guide 2023

This post contains sponsored inclusions of Carter’s and Noggin but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.