Sometimes it seems like our kids have it all – the newest Lego set, the coolest Barbies, endless Xbox games. Then another birthday, holiday, or special occasion comes up and you’re out of ideas! It’s like everything in Toys R Us is already in your home. Don’t panic just yet, because there are tons of great gifts that aren’t toys for young children.
#1 Chore Coupons
Give them an envelope filled with homemade “coupons” that they can use at any time. These can be a coupon to skip cleaning their room, walking the dog, anything they usually complain about doing. It’s an easy gift for you that will leave your kids smiling ear to ear.
#2 Take Them Out
Take them out to do something you don’t usually do! Take advantage of the warm weather coming up and go to the zoo, a local theme park, or a baseball game. It can be a fun night out for the entire family, and you won’t need to stress about toys.
Kids are full of potential that you may not even know about unless you try. Sign them up for an ice skating, painting, or music class, and you may find your child has a secret talent that you never knew about. This can be a fun and continuous activity they will love, or it can be a one-time thing that they will laugh about in the future.
#5 Night With You
Whether your kid shows it or not, they love receiving one-on-one attention from you. Let them pick a date that is reserved for just the two of you. Take them to dinner, a movie, or just hang out together in the park. They’ll appreciate the undivided attention amongst a hectic lifestyle.
#6 “Grownup” Supplies
It seems like most kids can’t wait to grow up. Get your kid a mini gardening kit so they can help you in the yard, or a toolkit so they can help dad fix up the old shelves. It will make them feel responsible and important while allowing them to spend quality time alongside you when you’re busy.
Sometimes we want to give our kids the world. While that may not be literally possible, we can give them a lot. Toys become overrated when you think about all the other alternative gifts that can be much better and more important for their growth. The next time you’re stressed about what to get your child for their birthday, think of this list and all the other great gift ideas that aren’t toys!