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100 Christmas Gift Ideas That Aren't Toys

Welcome to Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas - Kiwi Mummy Blog Collaboration. This is the third year I've participated in this festive blog collaboration with 11 other Kiwi bloggers. If you've been following along you'll find posts about everything from Christmas traditions, recipes, gift guides, homemade decorations and more.  

Yesterday Julia over at Parental Misadventures blogged about Camp Christmas Cocktails. Her cocktails sound both delicious, but extremely simple too. This makes them perfect for a bit of Christmas Kiwi camping. Everyone loves a good cocktail on a warm summer's day.

Today we're up with Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas. Looking for something a little bit different and creative for your child this Christmas? I've put together a list of 100 gift ideas that aren't your typical toys! 

 This particular gift guide has presents appropriate for all ages, from babies to teenagers - we've got you covered.

  1. Sandpit 
  2. A bucket and spade for the sandpit
  3. Outdoor chalk board 
  4. Fruit tree or a special tree - e.g. Pohutukawa tree (NZ Christmas tree)
  5. A box of paints and a mixture of a few black and white canvas pieces
  6. A voucher for a trip to the zoo or local farm park 
  7. A torch for camping
  8. Homemade playdough and cutters 
  9. Rainbow rice
  10. Box of tissues to pull out 
  11. A large box  to play in with Christmas fairy lights pushed through the top.
  12. Duplo
  13. Small CD player and a bunch of books with audio CDs. 
  14. Balloons
  15. Homemade discovery bottles
  16. Instruments e.g. maracas, drum, xylophone 
  17. Music CD  
  18. A slide
  19. A personalised book
  20. Water table - I love the Step2 water tables
  21. Simple water toys - water wheel, some bottles of food colouring to colour the water, pots/pans
  22. Chalk and roll up chalk mat
  23. play tents with tunnel attached in the middle
  24. Their favourite food e.g. for our little boy that would be a box of blueberries!
  25. A voucher for an ice cream date.
  26. Bath crayons 
  27. Bubble bath - we love Pineapple Heads (all natural and smells so yummy)
  28. A personalised Christmas decoration with their name on it. There's lots on Etsy. 
  29. A paddle pool
  30. Plant a boxed garden full with strawberries so your little tot can pick their own. 
  31. Scented stickers
  32. Mini butterfly garden - a large pot, potting mix, swan plants and a couple of flower plants.
  33. Balance bike - check out Mocka or The Wooden Toy Shop
  34. An outdoor construction zone with gravel, large stones and a new truck
  35. A mud kitchen 
  36. A kite
  37. A photo album or photo frame with family photos (even little ones love looking at photos).
  38. Own tools for working outside with Dad. 
  39. Scented markers
  40. A small aquarium with tadpoles
  41. A night light e.g. Aloka night lights
  42. Magnetic letters and numbers
  43. Stamps and ink pad
  44. Liquid floor tile 
  45. Rainbow rice 
  46. Music instruments e.g. maracas, drum or xylophone
  47. Paddle pool filled with plastic balls to make a ball pit. 
  48. Mega Bloks 
  49. A swing 
  50. A new teddy bear to take on a teddy bear picnic 
  51. Cookies in a jar e.g. gingerbread men and a recipe to make them
  52. Voucher for an ice cream date
  53. Smoothie machine
  54. Photo frames to make an art gallery in their bedroom to display their own art.
  55. Swing ball set
  56. Cricket bat and ball
  57. A tree house
  58. Bird house
  59. Buy a star and name it after them
  60. Popcorn machine
  61. Dress up clothes/items
  62. A globe
  63. A science kit e.g. to grow crystals or build a volcano
  64. Glow sticks
  65. binoculars
  66. Hammock
  67. Popsicle molds 
  68. Insect catcher and book of insects to be able to identify the insects they catch
  69. Fort building voucher
  70. Pay for a holiday art class, music or dance class
  71. Adopt a dolphin or kiwi
  72. Candle or soap making kit
  73. A voucher for breakfast or dinner at their favourite restaurant
  74. Board games 
  75. Tickets to the movies 
  76. A cupcake kit with all of the ingredients you need to make and decorate cupcakes
  77. A simple garden kit with seeds to plant, shovel, gardening gloves and watering can
  78. An ice cream sundae kit
  79. A recipe book 
  80. A pizza garden - plant herbs, tomatoes etc that can be used in a pizza. 
  81. A book voucher or magazine subscription for a year
  82. A magnifying glass
  83. Their own mail box and organise for someone to write a letter or send a postcard each month
  84. A special bath bomb
  85. A travel journal 
  86. A cheap digital camera on instax camera
  87. A reading light for reading in bed at night
  88. Their own cheap tent for backyard sleepovers 
  89. Swing to hang in a tree. 
  90. A craft box filled with art and craft materials
  91. Beach ball
  92. Water balloons 
  93. A back pack or new pencil case
  94. Their own baking utensils - whisk, bowl, measuring spoons and cups
  95. A coupon book - voucher for a movie night, to stay up past their bedtime or hot chocolate date
  96. Paint with water books
  97. Their own table and chairs
  98. A ball of bright coloured wool and instructions for finger knitting 
  99. An experience e.g. a trip to the zoo, surfing lessons or a boat trip
  100. A diffuser (doTERRA or Scentsy are great) with a couple of essential oils. 

Have we missed some of your favourite gift ideas? We'd love to know! We may even add them to our list. 

Tomorrow make sure that you pop over to Hey Little Sweet Thing for something delicious straight from the kitchen. We still have three more amazing blogs to go x 

Merry Christmas everyone x 

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