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Beyond Toys Gift Ideas for Kids

Christmas is under three weeks away; can you believe it? If you’re trying to shop for the kid that already seems to have everything, or is moving beyond the toy era, consider giving these special gifts that create memories without taking up more space!

Arts and crafts: Running low on markers, paper, yarn or Perler beads? Restock a child’s favorite supplies to keep them busy doing what they love.

Subscriptions: Kids love getting mail so consider a magazine subscription for the nature lover or sports enthusiast, or a subscription to craft projects or science projects such as Tinker Crate.

Events: Make a special date with your favorite kid for a movie, sporting event, concert or play. Nothing says you care like a little one-on-one quality time together.

Classes: Horseback riding, cooking, Legos, crafting, swimming, you name it. There’s a class out there for every age and every interest. And what’s better than seeing a child learn a new skill or discover a new passion?

Memberships: The zoo, aquarium, local YMCA and museums. The sky’s the limit on where kids can get inspired and keep learning.

Gift cards: Older kids love to do their own shopping to pick out exactly what they want. And it teaches them to budget and think about how much things cost.

Clothes: Another favorite of the older kids. Better yet, make a day of it and take them shopping and out to eat.

Books: A love of reading is valuable to have at any age, young or old. Keep the passion for reading alive by refreshing book shelves at home with new and exciting titles.

Food: Who doesn’t love a stash of their favorite go-to snack? Or for the more adventurous, a mystery box of unusual food finds. Know a kid who loves fruit? Create a basket of exotic tropical fruits from Jungle Jim’s and open up new worlds.

Ornament: Find an ornament that is symbolic of something a child loves… an animal, sport or event. Even when they grow up, they’ll always have the keepsake to remind them of an early time or passion.

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