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5 Ultimate Gift Ideas That Are Alternatives to Toys

I used to be one of those people who got kids the things parents hated the most.  Play doh.  Finger paint.  Awesome toys.

I still sometimes get a little something fun to add to the big item, like cookies or candy.  This weekend we have a little birthday get together with some friends for their two boys.  I found myself walking down the toy aisle thinking to myself, “this is all junk and ridiculous and a total waste of money.”

I don’t know what changed.  I still buy my own son junk stuff, very rarely.  I think I just appreciate the fact that kids do not need every single latest toy fad out there.  Like the fidget spinner which I have refused to buy my son.  It will last two weeks if you are lucky, and even then it will probably break.

So then came the hard part…what do I get them besides the obvious clothing?

So I pondered and researched and decided to create my own list of things that can be given as gifts to kids that are an alternative to toys.

Red Box Movie Codes – What kid doesn’t like to watch movies? You can go online and order movie codes for them to get free movies and you can choose how many.  It’s like the 21st century lottery ticket gift. Along with this get them a movie gift basket.

Gift Cards – This one is like my last resort because it is less personal but if you are absolutely stuck, go for a gift card.

Experiences – This one is my favorite. Buy them a gift certificate to the zoo, aquarium, mini golf, go carting, anything you can think of that gets them out of the house. Check Groupon for discounts.

Gardening Set – This is super cute and gets the kids outside.  Plus, it teaches them how to grow things and to work hard to make something.

Baking Ingredients – Give them all the ingredients to make a cake, brownies, cupcakes, etc.  You can even Pinterest it up and put it in a mason jar!

You will find other lists out there if you go looking, but these are my 5 favorite one’s and honestly my go to choices.

Even for my own son we do not really buy him toys.  He gets enough on his birthday and Christmas from family friends.  The older I get the more I realize it is mostly about experiences and making memories.

What items do you like to buy for kids that are an alternative to toys?

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Author: Brandy Law

Brandy is a married mother of one boy. She has a degree in early childhood education and business. In addition to writing she loves to read and spend time with family and friends. She loves to make people laugh with her sarcasm, and to help people with their parenting dilemmas.

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