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Alternatives to Buying Toys as Birthday Gifts for Kids

Picking out the perfect birthday present for a special birthday kid is no easy task, especially if you aren’t sure what toys they already have or what others are getting them. Instead of adding another toy to the pile, try one of these 3 alternative birthday gifts for kids.

Donate to a Cause

Donating to a charitable cause on the child’s behalf is a great way to introduce charity and giving back to a young one. Before you give this present alternative, be sure to do some research and ask the child’s parents what charities interest them.

Some examples include:

  • Animal Shelters

  • Homeless Shelters

  • Green Initiatives

  • Childhood Cancer Research


Memberships and/or classes are a great way to encourage what the birthday kid loves or is good at. Whether you’re gifting a membership to a museum where they can go as often as they like, or a month's worth of dance classes, it’s something they get to look forward to outside of their day-to-day activities.

Give an Experience

Memories are the best gift you can give to a child. Rather than spending money on a toy that they may outgrow in a year or two, give them an experience that they’ll remember forever. This can include tickets to a concert, seeing a movie together, or a trip to the jungle to bounce with their favorite purple monkey.