Category Archives: That aren’t toys

Birthday Gifts for Kids that aren’t Toys

25th May 2016


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You know ALL those toys your kids have that they have played with once?  They get gobs of exciting toys at their party and play with them for a short time and then they’re yours to store.  Good luck.  You have two options:  have a big house or know how to get rid of clutter.  When I go to birthday parties, my kids brings non-toy gifts about 95 percent of the time.  It’s something much more practical to do, fun for the child, and something a parent can really appreciate.   Here are some ideas and some of the gifts that we like to give.


1.  Gift card to self-serve yogurt shop.  A small gift card gives several visits which can all be used for the child, their siblings, and maybe the whole family.  It’s a special treat, a fun trip, and they will love getting to build their ice cream/yogurt and pick all their toppings.  This can be packaged in really cute ways.

2.  A balloon filled with a dollar for each year of their life that they have to pop.  Even young children know that cash money means you get what you want!

3.  For a toddler, buy a bunch of carousel tokens from the mall and package them by wrapping the coins in a tiny box and using them as a balloon weight to a bundle of birthday balloons.

4.  For a little girl, get a gift card to a spa that offers children’s chairs and pedi/manis.  She can take a friend along or do it as something special with a mom or sister.  She will remember this forever, unlike a toy.

5.  Passes to a zoo or children’s museum.  If you know the parent’s well and live within an hour of one of these locations, this is a gift that many won’t mind driving for if there aren’t zoos or museums in their hometown.  It’s active, stirs the imagination, and gets the whole family going.

6.  Gift card to a painting place.   Again, they can do this with friends or family and use their imagination picking and painting their own pottery.

7.  Gift certificate for bowling, putt-putt, ice skating, go karting, or roller skating.  Get them out of the house and active, doing something they only do maybe once or twice a year at best.

8.  Do your research on your hometown and see what’s offered locally.  Where I live you can go on cave tours, boat cave tours, butterfly gardens, zip lining (offers a course for children),  and horseback riding which is offered in most towns. Buy them a gift certificate to do some of what makes your city special. Let a little one get to know what’s neat about their town and get them experiencing new things!

9.  If you are going to a summer party, buy a pass to a local or near by water park or amusement park if it’s offered near your town.  Have your child give the gift and package it with flip flops or sunglasses in a confetti filled cellophane bag with a tag that says “A day at the water park with me!”

10.  If you can’t attend a party for a toddler or young child but want to do something special for them, go to Baskin Robbins and get one of their classic clown ice cream cones made up with their favorite ice cream.  Grad a balloon or two and stop by their house with their clown cone.  They will be excited for the unexpected surprise and yummy, personalized treat!

11.  Give a gift card to a play place where they can run, jump, and slide no matter the time of year or weather!

12.   I bought two one dollar stinkin’ cute pails from the one spot aisle at Target and filled it with tokens to Chuckie Cheese.  The party was for two kids so I bought 150 coins and split 75 in each pail which is 75 games and or rides/kids!  Whoa.  This means they will get more than one trip from the gift.  The coins were tucked inside in a Chuckie Cheese coin cup that I put down in a clear bag tied with decorative ribbon.

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Fun to receive, fun to get gifts that require activity, encourage family fun, and ones you will NEVER have to store….except in your memory box in your head.  All the moms will think you are one smart cookie and the kids will have something as unique as them and something tailored to what they already like or a chance to try something new!

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Awesome Customizable Gifts For Kids

19th February 2016

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Personalized Dishes & Place Mats For Kids



Sarah + Abraham


Custom Leggings With Your Child’s Name



Lolly Wolly Doodle


Lost My Name Book

{A well done, fun personalized story for your child.  The story based around the letters in your child’s name that all comes together in the end. You can even pick the character and their hair color.}


Lost My Name


Citizens Collectible

Okay, so these are amazing and custom made on Etsy from a seller in Europe.  You CAN do just one doll customized to look like your child, BFF, etc.  OR for quite a bit more, you can have a whole family!  Ack, I love it!  Admittedly, most people couldn’t pay for a family for something so novel but since one doll is under 30 and because they are so crazy cute, I had to include them.



The Citizens Collectible


Personalized Rubber Stamps


Skull And Cross Buns


Personalized Mini Rolling Pin For Crafts


Uncommon Goods


Custom Cookie Pocket Mirror


Nikki M C Williams on Etsy


A Photo Book Made For Child Of Their Artwork


Pop Sugar


Personalized Beach Pails 


Down South Monogram on Etsy


Custom Tooth Fairy Pillows

Have a handmade tooth fairy pillow made to hand your child’s door with their name and tooth pocket on the back.


B Boutique Beauties on Etsy


Turn Your Child’s Art Into A Plush

Budsies was on Shark Tank and while everything on this list prior is under 30 dollars, some things even less than half of that, this one is a go big or go home price point.  BUT hey, there’s always grandparents. They are under 100 but still, not your everyday gift.  Come on, though, a one of a kind, handmade quality plush is pretty awesome for that one special art loving kid.  I just had to include them.


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Winter Gift Under 10 Dollars

15th February 2016

There is still plenty of snow left in the season…unfortunately…said the mom on her kid’s 8th snow day. Why not package this cute, non-toy gift idea for a friend or grandchild this winter? I scored this bad boy at Aldi for just under 10 dollars. They also had snow fort maker cubes which I was too slow to get. Dang.  This is also a really easy gift to mail a special kid you love! Just wrap it in brown paper and it’s good to go!

He comes with all of the snowman accessories you need, including two snowmen paint pens in blue and red to REALLY make him fancy!

Want one? I will mail this one to you! To enter, follow me on Instagram, comment on this Instagram pic and I will choose a winner this week. That’s the good thing about me here on herpartypants….I’m always snaggin’ good deals I see and giving them away!  Giveaways don’t have to be huge, they just have to be free!

Happy snow day! In Kentucky anyways =0)


Race Track Tape For Boys

4th December 2015


Boys, I have none…but I LOVE these rolls of race track tape that come with little cars!  With these guys, you can build little roads where ever you please! You can get them in different styles and colors, too. I snagged 2 of these at Cracker Barrel this week for under 6 bucks a piece and many brands are 15 per roll. Score! This a perfect little gift for your car lovin’ little boy.

Do you want one of these?  I have three daughters so I will mail them out to any 2 readers who have boys or knows one who would love them!  Just follow me on Instagram and comment on the post or if you already follow me, tag a friend on the Instagram post and I will pick someone.