If you’re tired of hearing the bleeps, clicks, and dings from the games your kids are playing on their devices and would like to see them use their imagination a bit more, we’ve got some great holiday gift ideas that don’t require electricity! Each section below will give you some ideas for non-tech gifts to give your children, as well as websites where you can buy them.
Arts & Crafts
Find tons of drawing and painting supplies on Amazon, or visit your local craft supply store.
Knit Picks has some cute yarn projects for kids, including Finger Knitting for Kids.
Shrink Art Jewelry is a fun, easy way for kids to create necklaces, rings, and bracelets.
This kid-friendly crochet kit will teach your child how to create beautiful projects with just a few simple stitches.
Costumes & Theater
Nothing sparks the imagination like dress up! Your child can be a princess, a pirate, or anything in between.
Find great Melissa and Doug costumes at ShopStyle.
Your child will love creating and putting on his or her own puppet show with this Puppet Theater.
Games, Puzzles, and STEM toys
The whole family can get involved putting together these jigsaw puzzles!
Check out some amazing science and nature kits for kids at Mindware, including “excavation digs,” chemistry experiments, bath bomb kits, and a wooden T-Rex puzzle!
Consider enrolling your child in an online cooking club. There are several to choose from, like Radish, which delivers a themed kit to your door each month that contains recipes, a kitchen tool, a project, and more. You can explore more kids’ cooking club options in this post from Taste of Home.
To make it even more simple, purchase a kid-friendly cookbook or two, a kid-size apron and chef’s hat, then let your child help you plan and cook meals for your family! For ideas of kids’ cookbooks, see this list from The Spruce.
Think blocks, dolls, trains & cars, musical instruments!
Books, Books, Books!
Reading really is an adventure. Your child can travel far and wide, learn about different cultures, or spend an afternoon in a land of make believe, all without leaving the couch.
Check out this list of books for kids from birth to the age of 12 from Common Sense Media.
NPR has a comprehensive list of 100 novels that are great for teens.
Remember, while using devices for entertainment isn’t bad, it’s important not to let your child become dependent on them to have fun. Use the list above as inspiration to find alternative ways for your kids to get creative and learn new skills!