50+ Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Houston Kids!

I hate to sound all first-world here, but sometimes too many toys during the holidays can be a problem.  We really try to focus Christmas on the birth of Jesus, so the overload of toys can seriously distract from that. Not to mention they take up a lot of space and clutter up our house. I won’t say no to a relative or loved one wanting to bring a toy over during Christmas {and I really don’t want to sound like a jerk}, but sometimes an experience or something a little different can be just as great … or maybe even better!

Of course, our shopHTX holiday shopping guide has tons of unique gift ideas for the whole family, but here are a few more non-toy gift ideas ideas to add to the mix as well. And by all means, share this with the grandparents to give them a few ideas too!

50 plus non toy gift ideas. A photograph of a wrapped present. Logo: Houston Moms Blog.


  1. Houston Zoo membership
  2. A membership to the Children’s Museum
  3. The Houston Museum of Natural Science membership
  4. A family membership to the closest YMCA
  5. A punch card for Sky High Sports or passes to Urban Air

An Experience

  1. An all-day adventure pass to the Downtown Aquarium
  2. How about a kid’s paintball experience?!
  3. Tickets to Kemah Boardwalk
  4. Check out a kid-friendly performance at AD Players Theater
  5. A trip to Galveston’s Pleasure Pier {with rides, games, and more}
  6. A roll of quarters and passes to Main Event or Dave and Busters
  7. mini golf experience {or go-karts would be fun as well!}
  8. Paint your own pottery at Mad Potter or Glazed over Ceramics – just to name a few
  9. An Owl Prowl at Armand Bayou Nature Center {This sounds seriously cool!}
  10. Tickets to an upcoming event or favorite performer {Monster Jam, anyone??}
  11. A weekend away at Moody Gardens


  1. A few months worth of classes with our friends at The Little Gym
  2. Give the gift of music with crescendo family music
  3. Learn a new language with Language Kids
  4. A cooking class at Sur La Table who offers hands-on kid and teen classes too!
  5. Spark imagination with Mad Science
  6. Experience the joy of dance with the Houston Ballet’s Preschool Classes
  7. Get ahead of the swim season with classes at Goldfish Swim School or British Swim School
  8. Have an arts and craft lover? {I do!} Michael’s offers classes for everything from painting to jewelry making

Tickets to a Local Sporting Event

  1. Houston Rockets
  2. Astros
  3. Dynamo
  4. Dash {Houston’s female soccer team}
  5. …and of course – our beloved Houston Texans!

A Day of Play

  1. A day of play at Pump It Up
  2. Some play time at Houston Party Playland
  3. A trip to Chuck E. Cheese {include a wrapped roll full of coins too!}

Winter Fun

  1. Enjoy all of the lights at Christmas Village at Bayou Bend or Sugar Land Holiday Lights
  2. Ice skating at The Galleria, The ICE at Discovery Green, or the Aerodrome
  3. Tickets to Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight or The Nutcracker
  4. Visit The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop at the Children’s Museum of Houston
  5. All aboard The Polar Express in Palestine or The Christmas Train in Alvin


  1. For pregnancy to preschool :: Bluum
  2. For toddlers ::  Little Pnuts
  3. For crafty kiddos :: Kiwi Crate or Green Kid Crafts
  4. For Lego lovers :: Pley
  5. For budding chefs :: Kidstir
  6. Magazines :: National Geographic Kids or Highlights Magazine

Special Treats

  1. Gift certificates for their favorite places to eat {Chick-Fil-A, Reginelli’s Pizzeria, etc.}
  2. Ice cream gift cards – Coldstone, Amy’s, Ben & Jerry’s, or another ice cream shop near by!
  3. Tickets to catch a movie {Fandango and Movie Tickets are just a few places to buy tickets online}
  4. Nail salon gift card. What little girl wouldn’t love a mani/pedi?

Can you guys think of anything else to add to the list? Let us know!



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