Perhaps you know (or have!) a child who has a playroom filled to the brim, or they have a large family that buys them toys and you want to get something different. Perhaps you don’t know them well and want something unique that any kid would enjoy. This gift guide is for you: a selection of gifts for kids who “have everything.”
Similar to gift ideas for adults who have everything, I like to break it down into a few topics including experiences, books and tangible items you (and they) haven’t though of before! These gifts span the ages of toddler and preschooler all the way up to tween!
Experience Gifts for Kids
For kids (and their parents, ha!) who truly do not need anymore “stuff”, an experience gift is the only way to go.
Local Membership: A membership to a local museum, play gym or park is a super exciting gift. Here are a few ideas:
- Theme Park
- Play gym
- Children’s theater
- STEM/Discovery Center
Local Class or Activity: How about supporting a local small business with a class or gift certificate?
- Pottery making
- Art class
- Rock climbing
- Mini golf
- Ice cream outing
Book Club: An experience meets tangible gift, put together your own book “club” for the child! Wrap up twelve books, one to open each month. Then schedule a time to chat over each book (or read it together, in person or over zoom). You could even do an outing for a meal or activity inspired by each!
This is great for adults who have everything, too.
Books & Magazine Subscriptions for Kids
When I don’t know what to get a friend, niece or nephew… I always default to a book. They’re fun, educational and don’t take up too much space. Magazine subscriptions are great too as they just keep on giving!
Easy Peasy Gardening for Kids by Helen Milan: A beautifully illustrated book for kids with activities and tutorials for gardening anywhere, from the city to the country! So many children love collecting flowers or leaves or digging in the dirt and this book can help them build on that!
A History of Comic Books: Another variety of one of my favorite gifts for grandparents, but this one is great for (older) kids, The New York Times History of Comic Books featuring photos and articles on the topic throughout history!
The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts by Jane Wilsher: I couldn’t think of an unexpected book gift that a kid would love more than this! Learning random and silly facts about animals, space, the world and more that they can talk and ask questions about!?
A Subscription to Ditto Kids Magazine: An anti-racist magazine for children from 3-12, filled with activities and prompts for kids, parents and caregivers to explore together.
Bravery Magazine Subscription: A quarterly magazine for kids featuring strong women in various stories, activities and craft projects.
Cool Additions to Their Room
For the slightly older set, something cool for their room can be a perfect alternative to yet another toy!
Fairy Door: A fairy door is one of my favorite unique gifts for kids who have everything. It’s an imaginary play prompt and a piece of room decor all at once. This shop is filled with adorable ones in so many themes!
Custom Name Pendant: It’s always fun to receive things with your name on it as a kid, and these pendants can be customized in so many color combos!
A Fun Mouse Pad: How about a cool mouse pad for their desk to make homework a bit more fun!?
Girl Power Calendar: A pretty, illustrated calendar featuring incredible women!
Unique Toys & Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything
And of course, there’s always some cool toys and games out there to be had, so long as the family is ok with adding to their collection and it aligns with their personal philosophy on toys.
Brain Teaser Puzzle: I always love a good brain teaser gift for someone of any age! This one is great for older kids, tweens and teens, there’s tons of prompts plus even more online! Brain teasers make great stocking stuffers, too.
STEM Tutu: How about a dress up item that features they’re favorite topic like dinosaurs, trains, science or bugs!?
Domino Machine: This toy is the gift that keeps on giving. First, kids learn how to build this domino machine themselves, and then they put it to use creating endless domino trains they can knock down and set up all over again!
Sensory Play Kit: A sensory kit is a gift the parents will thank you for just as much as the toddlers! It provides ample, open-ended (supervised) independent play for little ones and is designed by a pediatric occupational therapist
Wind-up Boat: A bath toy is always a hit. This wooden one winds up and putters around the bath with a mini boat trailing behind it!
Have you found any unique, go-to kids gifts? Would love to hear them!