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Alternative gifts to toys – by YOU!

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Every year, whether it’s Christmas or birthdays, our homes seem to become overrun with plastic toys, teddies or sometimes just tat that accumulates. When your kids have all the toys they need or you just want to opt for gifts a little less ordinary, then with a bit of imagination, there are loads of great alternatives gifts¬†to toys. We asked you parents what your best toy alternatives were and we’ve picked out the very best! Here they are:

Alternative gifts to toys – by you!

“For both my children’s christening, we asked those that wished to give a gift for a copy of their favourite book when they were a child and to write in it why. It was great as we had books from baby ones like ‘dear zoo’ to older ones like BFG and it was nice to see why it was chosen. It was also inexpensive although we did get some bigger box sets. Only one duplication so a lovely range for many years to come.” ~ Naomi Bignell

“I write and illustrate a book for my son every year. It’s about him and his jorney through clubfeet treatment. He loves seeing us in cartoon form and reading about his adventures!~ Catherine Brown

“Write a letter to your children every Christmas and put it in their stocking. You can tell them the highlights of their year and what they’ve done to make you proud. A great keepsake and something money can’t buy” ~ Chloe Francis

“Music lessons” ~ Karen Helen Callawaychildren playinga musical instrument

“Sponsor an animal on their behalf. It benefits their chosen animal and if the sanctuary or zoo is nearby, the gift usually allows the child to visit the animal for free or at discount. They sometimes get a cuddly toy or letter from their sponsord animal too” ~ Natalie Hawkins, Sarah Kitts, Maxine Cullen, Vikki Hamer, Paula Rothery

“A homemade ‘ticket’ advent calendar where we put the tickets in a pot and they get to pull one out a day and we do that thing. These include going out and looking at lights, making popcorn garlands or reindeer food, creating our own Christmas play or making chocolate truffles!” ~ Laura-Jo McConnell

“A homemade voucher giving them a special day out later in the year”~ Jo Joanne Jodie Hardy

” Tickets to a family show or well earned day out together – places like Cadbury world, peppa pig word, Charlie and the Chocolare factory tour, Harry Potter studios etc” – Sarah Raven, Laura Thomson, Marina Frow

“Sponsore a guide dog for the blind puppy! They send your child pics and ‘pupdates’ on their training etc. and you sponsor them until they’re fully grown and fully fledged guide dog!” ~ Nicky Noodle

“Annual pass to a zoo or attractions” ~ Emma Sellars, Kerrie Anne, Michaela Braisher Cloonan, Melissa Mellett, Rachel WortleyChildren on theme park ride

“Magazine subscriptions – something to look forward to even after Christmas” ~ Abigail Edkins, Vikki Howe

“My daughter loves stargazing so we are decorating her bedroom to look like the sky when the lights are off” ~ Becky Louise Jackson

“This year we’re getting bunk beds for our 2 boys. Nothing like seeing their faces when they look at their newly decorated room!” ~ Suzanne Jayne Rose

“We take our daughter to the theatre or arena – whatever is on that’s decent for children to watch” ~ Debra Banks

“We are buying Disney on Ice tickets for Christmas. They might have to wait a few months to see the show but it will give them something to look forward to” ~ Katie Dupont

“Swimming lessons. It’s great fun and a useful skill too” ~ Linda Sallie Guest

“Home-made chocolates or sweet bouquets” ~ Lynne Louise Evans, Samantha Jade Owen

“A family photo shoot or pandora bracelet so you can add charms each year” ~ Karen Helen Callaway

“A star! We can look for it at night too!” ~ Laura Goodrumhorse riding

“Books or vouchers” ~ Stacey Lyon, Kirsty Goddard

“Cinema vouchers” ~ Leanne Tigwell Govey, Carol Fry

“My daughter wants a horse so the next best thing is riding lessons which don’ come cheap, so she’s having these instead of presents” ~ Michelle Dyer

 

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