It’s hard to believe Black Friday is a week away. It seems to happen faster every year but this one really snuck up on me. I have some gift guides to help you get ready. Today, I’m starting with non-toy gift ideas for the young people in your life. These may not be the gifts that’ll make their eyes light up when they tear off the wrapping, but they’re educational, fun and unique. Several are in my grandsons future;)
I’ll never forget the Christmas my daughter asked for the “Sparkle Barbie and everything you see here”. It was funny at the time but now, I prefer to give kids non-toys and experiences which build memories. I leave the toy buying to their parents, who always buy too much anyway.
Non-Toy Gift Ideas For Kids
- music, sports or dance lessons.
- crystal growing kit
- tickets to an event or show to create memories.
- membership to the zoo, aquarium, etc.
- butterfly garden kit
- arts and craft supplies
- metal detector
- sewing kit
- wood burning kit
- a trip to Disneyland or somewhere special
Ranger Rick is the oldest children’s nature magazine in print with over 500,000 copies in circulation. This gift of wildlife adventure is published by the National Wildlife Foundation. Intended to instill a passion for nature and promote outdoor activities for kids ages seven and up.
Ranger Rick Jr is uniquely designed for kids four to seven. Your Big Backyard magazine includes activities and simple stories that both entertain and educate. It provides developing readers the opportunity to read stories on their own or follow along with a more advanced reader. Eye-catching photos bring animals to life, while fun wildlife trivia lets children learn all about animal traits, habitats, and survival.
Ask Magazine investigates the world with past and present inventors, artists, thinkers, and scientists. It has cartoons, contests, projects, Web experiments, games, and puzzles for kids ages 7 to 10 (grades 2 – 4).
I love to see young people read. My dad instilled a love of books in me which I passed on to my children. Reading is a magical way to visit other places and go on adventures, from the comfort of their little chair. You could either give them a gift certificate to a book store or get them a book subscription which sends 2 hardcover books every month. They feature new releases, classics, and hidden gems tailored to your reader’s age.
These kits from Creation Crate are amazing. Each month, they get a tech subscription box that combines hands-on learning with online courses. This is for 12 and up.
What can you add to this list?
The winner of the cashmere giveaway is Paulette Levy. Please email me at [email protected] and we will get you connected to Cashmere Boutique to choose your travel kit color.