It is that time of year. Quality family time. Tons of food. And gifts galore!!

For some families, this is a rather stressful time of year because the accumulation of toys gets to be so overwhelming. So I created a list of non toy gift ideas that any kid will love! When it comes to presents, I believe in giving experiences rather than physical gifts… although clothes are great gifts too!!

List of non-toy gift ideas that are perfect for kids of any age. Minimal gifting with big experiences is what it is all about! #giftguide #minimal

Unique Non Toy Gift Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Magazine Subscription

My kids love getting snail mail, which is why I think a magazine subscription is an amazing gift! Just wrap up a magazine to show the kids they will get one once a month in the mail! Some of our favorites include:

  • Highlights
  • Ranger Rick
  • National Geographic Kids
  • Spider Magazine
  • Click Magazine
  • Chirp
  • Sports Illustrated Kids
  • Lego Club
  • American Girl

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Kiwi Crate

We got a Koala crate for Hanukkah two years ago. The kids absolutely loved it! Every month they would get a new box in the mail with projects varying in difficulty. Some projects they could do independently, while others needed adult assistance.

There are multiple choices in boxes based on your kiddos’ interests and age!


Another option for the minimalists’ gift guide is to gift a class. Around where we live, there are so many to pick from that it can seem rather intense. Why not encourage the grandparents to gift a cooking class, sports class, or science class? Not only is it fun for the kids, but the grandparents love watching too!


My daughter loves musicals! So whenever there is a kids show at our local theater, I keep tabs and use those as present ideas. Grab a schedule from your theater group and pick some plays that your child might enjoy. Either give them the real tickets to the show, or just a picture to get them excited for an awesome experience!

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Bead Organizer

I shared how I created a bead organizer for a client. Well, I got a ton of inquiries for where to find it. This organizer would make an incredible present. No I am not joking! Add some beads and it would be the perfect gift for those kiddos who love collecting beads!

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DIY Lego Table Portable Tutorial

Lego Trays

I created this Lego tray using Lego-compatible base plates and a lap desk. The kids absolutely love playing with it. Either for creating or using as bridges for their Lego creations!

You can get the full tutorial here!

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Baby Boy Bakery Kits

The Baby Boy Bakery We Cook kits offers recipes, pictures, tools, and accessories for you to create meaningful memories in the kitchen each month with the kiddos!!

Plus part of the proceeds go to a charity to celebrate the life of her son, Ryan!


I have been giving ChatBooks as gifts to my kiddos every year! They love looking at pictures of themselves from the past year and how much they have grown. I love these books because they are super durable and incredibly easy to make books… like you can link it to your Instagram and your pictures will automatically be uploaded to create a book! It’s the only way I can find time to create a book.

Busy Boards

And we can’t forget about the little guys!  Brody’s Busy Boards are the perfect gift for those kiddos who love to play and tinker with everything. All boards are custom made, which makes the perfect gift!

My hope is to give you some different gift ideas for the holidays that don’t involve extra stuff! Now don’t get me wrong, we love new toys!! But with the family asking for gift ideas, it can be nice to switch up some of the presents for non toy gift ideas!

For more wonderful gift ideas, check out these posts:

Want to give your kids the best holiday? Start by giving them less! These tips for going minimal will help you give the greatest gift! #kids #organizedGoing From More To Less: The Best You Can Give

Looking for out-of-the-box gift ideas? Check out the minimalists' gift guide with ideas that don't offer lots of stuff! #minimalist #giftguide #declutterThe Ultimate Minimalists’ Gift Guide

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I'm Jessica

I am a mom to two kiddos + a fur baby. I am wife to Ben. I enjoy coffee, gluten-free desserts, and sleeping in. And I am The Organized Mama. 

I help families make the every day more enjoyable with practical organizing, decorating, + diy tutorials to maintain order in your home!

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