6. Art and craft supplies
While they’re still a physical object and can create clutter, they can be used up pretty quickly and also give the kids stuff to do during January when they are whining that they are bored.
There’s still something magical about books. No matter how much technology we have, sitting down with a good book and turning the pages is something you can’t replicate with a tablet or reader device. Fiction might not be your kid’s cup of tea, but there are plenty of non-fiction books all about things that interest them out there.
8. Bedroom decorations
Kids love to decorate their rooms. New doona covers and rugs, wall decal stickers, bookends, funky lamps, posters and wall hangings are just some of the things you can give them to help turn their room into a cool hangout.
9. Tasty treats
I have a kid who loves a particular brand of chocolates that you normally wouldn’t buy for a child (she has always had champagne tastes on a beer budget, bless her) so I always make sure that Santa brings her some each year and she looks forward to it. Think of the foods that they go nuts for that are considered a special occasion treat and leave some under the tree.
10. Plants and gardening tools
Getting hands-on and messy in the dirt and growing something can be exciting for many kids. You can get kid-focused plant growing kits for indoors or outdoors. Growing veggies, herbs, strawberries or even sunflowers are all good options for kids, or window boxes and planters full of flowers. Round it out with some kid-sized gardening tools that you can pick up very easily from your local Bunnings.
Do you have any great non-toy gift ideas that kids love?