I Need Gift Ideas! My Kids Have Too Many Toys – Thursday Topics

July 9, 2009

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When the kids’ bedroom floors are covered with toys and I’ve got a painful imprint of a lego on the bottom of my bare foot, I vow to never buy another toy until the kids can take care of the ones they have.

What should I buy for gifts instead?  With birthdays coming up, I could really use some good gift ideas that AREN’T toys.  I’d love to find some ‘educational’ gift ideas that will keep my kids busy playing and learning, instead of toys that end up on the floor or stuffed under the bed.  Is it just wishful thinking?

Here are some ideas that have worked for me in the past:

What about you?  Is there a ‘non-toy’ gift that your kids really enjoyed?  I’d love to get some new ideas.  Please share in the comment section. 


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7 Comments so far

  1. Tiny Kidz September 30, 2009 12:38 am

    TinyKidz has been creating lasting impressions of children – for parents, grandparents, godparents or friends to enjoy forever. TinyKidz offers a range of unique gifts which preserves an image of your child’s hands or feet in perfect detail.

  2. sarah July 12, 2009 12:38 am

    Misty –
    I agree with the membership thing. Also, the dollar show at Briarwood sells booklets of free movie coupons to give as gifts. Books are always my favorite present to give/get…
    One year, I made the kids a puppet theater out of some really beautiful tapestry-type cloth and a tension rod and then bought/collected a ton of puppets to go with. They still play with that thing, and they’re 8 and 7…

  3. Misty July 11, 2009 8:49 am

    Celia – I love the juggling idea! That made me think of balloon animals and maybe some clown or other performing equipment – puppets, maybe a fold-up stage, etc.

    The kids love to perform, and if they get good enough, they could even move up to a small business idea by hiring themselves out inexpensively to birthday parties, etc. for friends.



  4. Celia July 11, 2009 8:16 am

    My eight year old loves origami–an origami book and new paper always makes a great gift. We found some 12″ x12″ scrapbooking paper at a local discount store for $6.00, and she has had months of fun making great big origami creations, and folded paper boxes and baskets. Any kind of art supplies work well. Try the Klutz books–Window Art is a favorite around here, and after seeing the magician/juggler at the summer reading program they want to learn to juggle. Klutz makes a juggling book, and/or some juggling scarves may be in our future. I like the ideas for memberships–they would make great presents instead of mom just buying them. Book store gift cards have been a hit for us as a present from grandparents. Better than the Lite Brite we received several years ago!

  5. docmisty July 9, 2009 5:01 pm

    Thanks Beth and Jill for the ideas. I tend to just get the memberships. Maybe I should make a big deal of them as ‘GIFTS’ instead of something Mom just always buys for the family.

    And I’ll have to check out the paper recycling kit.



  6. Jill July 9, 2009 10:20 am

    My friend’s kids always get a membership to a local museum, fun center or amusement park. Sometimes we get our kids a new DVD of a show they love. They like getting sports equipment too. When Nathan got a paper recycling kit, to make his own paper, the kids all just died over it- who knew!

  7. Beth July 9, 2009 10:16 am

    We are in the same boat. Amazing how many toys you can accumulate in just 6 years! Event-type gifts have been very successful with our kids: a trip to color-me-mine or shopping with auntie, lessons, tickets to see a movie or live show. We bought a family zoo membership for our daughter’s first birthday, and while technically she was still free at the zoo, she loved it!

    For my oldest daughter’s birthday this month I plan on buying the leotard, tights, and shoes she’ll need for ballet lessons this fall. It’s things she needs anyway, but I know she’ll be very excited about them!

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