The Best Non-Toy Holiday Gifts for Kids

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This afternoon while I sat busy at my computer, my 2-year-old boycotted a nap and instead frantically dismantled every toy organizational method on our home’s first floor. I mean it when I say there were toys everywhere. For the better part of an hour, I answered emails to the tune of her wading through her own destruction.

So forgive me for channeling Scrooge, but the last thing I want for my kids this holiday season are more toys. We have enough small figurines, dress-up clothes, and LEGOS to keep the whole neighborhood entertained. Instead, I’m dreaming up a list of holiday gifts that won’t soon find their end at the bottom of the toy box. Here’s a peek at my gifting list this year, where you’ll find gifts to spark creativity, outdoor active play, and cozy time at home—with nary a toy in sight!


10 of the Best Toy-Free Gifts for Kids

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Ace 3 Watch and Activity Tracker

From participating in family challenges to encouraging better sleep, the Fitbit Ace 3 activity tracker keeps kids motivated and moving. With a long-lasting battery and swim-proof design, this tracker is meant to be kid-friendly.

Recommended for ages 6+.

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Little People, Big Dreams

Music Stars 3-Book Gift Set

Little People, Big Dreams books are an Everymom editor-favorite, and this three-book set is a wonderful gift to teach your LOs about iconic female musicians Dolly Parton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Josephine Baker.

Additional themed book gift sets available, including Inspiring Writers, Earth Heroes, Women in Art, Black Voices, Women in Science, and more.

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Tablet with Google Kids Space

Introduce a little tech independence with this kid-ready tablet. Outfitted with Google Kids Space, a new kids mode with a library of books, videos and teacher-approved games, this tablet will help kids learn while giving parents peace of mind.

Great for kids ages 3-8.

Get the onn. 8" Kids Tablet with Google Kids Space and a bumper case for just $59 through 11/14!

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Little Passports

'Where To?' A Travel Adventure Game

Grab this game kids can play on their own or get it out for family game night. 'Where To?' features 50 different travel destinations around the world kids can learn about as they play.

Recommended for ages 7+.

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Etsy | Mess Matters Shop

Children's Baking Set

Getting kids involved in the kitchen has so many benefits—from growing their cooking confidence to trying new foods. This personalized chef set can arrive gift-wrapped, too!

Multiple colors available.


Quarterly Magazine Subscription

Brimming with original artwork, stories, crafts, and activities, Bravery introduces kids to female role models throughout history. Gift a quarterly subscription to a curious kid (who'll also love getting their own mail!)

Recommended for kids ages 5-12.

Etsy | Chido Graphics

DIY Terrarium Kit

Inspire a little one's imagination with a hands-on gift that calls for plenty of free-flowing creativity.

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The Everymom x Cheerily

'Next Gen' Kids Sweatshirt

What kid wouldn't want a soft, cozy sweatshirt with a cool saying? This crewneck, available in sizes 3-6 months to 6T, can also be a part of cute mommy-and-me matching moment with this coordinating ‘Raising the Future’ sweatshirt for adults.

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100-Piece Sea Life Puzzle

This beautiful, 100-piece puzzle showcases undersea life while kids use their problem-solving skills to bring the scene to life. Plus, it comes in a handy carrying case for low-mess potential.

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Pottery Barn Kids

Personalized Luggage

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 a personalized suitcase.

Multiple prints available.

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This post was in partnership with Fitbit, Little People, Big DreamsGoogle Kids Space, and Little Passports, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.