50 Clutter-Free, Useful Gifts for Kids

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Christmas is coming!  The time for celebrating Jesus, spending time with family, and having anxiety over where all the STUFF your kids are going to get for Christmas is going to go.  We are a family of five living in a 1,000 square foot house, so each time something new comes in, something else has to go OUT.  Or at least to the basement.  A couple years ago, we started trying to find more consumable gifts to give them and it’s made a huge difference!

You may find that suggesting consumable gifts to others is not so popular though.  Many of them want to actually give something to your child.  They want them to have something to open on Christmas or a birthday.  So today, I’m giving you three lists (for the price of one!); consumable gifts, experience gifts that have something to open along with them, and useful gifts.

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Consumable Gifts
1 Crayons
2 Markers
3 Paints
4 Glitter
5 Construction paper
6 Glue or tape
7 Paper
8 Yarn
9 Special Snacks (Things they don't normally get)
10 Stickers
11 Chapstick
12 Bubble bath
13 Bath crayons
14 Shaving cream (also for the bath!)
15 Batteries (Give them to them with pictures of the toys that are out of batteries!)
16 Gift card to somewhere for a special treat (Sonic/McDonalds)
17 Bubbles
18 Glow sticks
19 Grow capsules (You know–those capsules with sponge animals inside)
Experience Gifts
Gift To Open
20 Zoo tickets or family pass A small stuffed animal or box of animal cookies
21 Tickets to a ballet or play A special necklace to wear to the event
22 Manicure and lunch A bottle of nail polish (doubles as a consumable gift!)
23 Tickets to a ball game A baseball or glove
24 Date to make cookies A cookie cutter
25 Trip to get ice cream Mittens if it's a winter birthday or Christmas gift or sunglasses if it's a warm weather birthday gift
26 Golf lessons with Grandpa Golf balls
27 Tea party date A small teacup (you can get pretty teacups sold individually at antique shops)
28 Music lessons An instrument or a small instrument ornament if they already have one
29 Karate or gymnastic lessons An outfit to wear to lessons
30 A horseback trail ride A bandanna or cowboy boots
31  A movie night Popcorn and a bottle of pop
32  A special day out with you A game to play when you're together
33 A trip to camp A suitcase or a flashlight
34 Dinner or dessert out on the town A special outfit to wear
35 A shopping trip just with mom/grandma/auntie A purse with money inside
Useful Gifts
36 A tool set
37 A camera
38 Clothing
39 Books
40 A calendar
41 A purse
42 Hats or gloves
43 Binoculars
44 A flashlight
45 A wallet
46 A watch
47  A bank (with money inside!)
48  A kindle (not a tablet…just the books!)
49 A nightlight (Those cool ones that change color or put stars on the ceiling are sure sure to be a hit!)
50 Learning materials (games or books–especially if the kids are homeschooled!)

Do you give consumable, experience, or useful gifts for Christmas?

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  1. Great lists!!! I definitely get anxiety about all the ‘stuff’ that enters our house this time of year. I really liked that you mentioned that not everyone likes the concept of consumable gifts – I have run into this with family members who insist that they get my kids toys. So, since they are going to get the toys, my husband and I are going to get the consumable gifts that we can enjoy together as a family. I’m going to pass this list on to my sister who will be celebrating her first Christmas with a little one of her own!

  2. Pajamas 🙂 Mine really like opening theirs on Christmas Even then having a slumber party together with them on.

  3. So many great ideas; we’ve used a lot of these. How about band-aids – the character kind that we never buy!

    I like the idea of putting a picture of the toy that needs the batteries with them as well as the suggestions for “wrappable” items to go with an experience or event.

  4. Great list! I HATE clutter and I don’t know what we’re buying our boys yet, so these will be some suggestions to pour over! Thanks for sharing!

  5. These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing. Joining you from the Raising Homemakers link-up. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Love this list! I’m going to pass it along to my parents and in-laws. They’re always looking for ideas for our kids that are different than just the latest electronic game or toy. Thanks!

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