We’ve all experienced the frenzy of present opening on Christmas morning – followed by the realisation that you’ve got to find a home for all the new toys the kids have acquired in the space of just a few minutes. And once the excitement of Christmas day itself has worn off, how many of those shiny new toys will they still be playing with in a few months’ time?
If like us you’re well aware of how much ‘stuff’ your kids already have and are looking for some alternative gift ideas this year, here are a few suggestions for gifts that will keep on giving all year round:
Anything that inspires their creativity is fine by us. Our kids never tire of creating new artworks and the family box of craft materials is a go-to every weekend or school holiday. Some beautiful new bits and pieces to add to the collection would make a great alternative gift for kids, something to inspire them all year round. Cotton Twist have some lovely craft kits for kids – we especially like the look of this solar system beading kit (£16.95).
For slightly older children, plants are a great gift that can feel a little more grown-up. It’s easy to find houseplants that are simple to look after, but also give them a sense of responsibility and something lovely to look at in their bedroom. The Little Botanical has a great collection, including this succulent plant gang (£38 for three plants) which makes a great place to start for newbies to the plant game.
The kids always need new clothes – and clothes make great gifts. Kitting them out for a whole year can be an expensive business, so picking out a few key pieces for the Christmas list can be a great way to keep them on-trend all year round. We’ve got our eye on this super fun unisex ‘Always Eating Snacks’ sweatshirt (£22) by What Ted Wore.
A piece of wall art will give them something to look at and maybe even inspire them – and it won’t take up any space in the toy box either! Plus, it’s a gift that will last for many years. Print Club London has a fantastic selection – our kids would love something from their ‘Animal’ collection, in particular this fab Skateboarding Rabbit print by HAM (£45).
Of course, the gift that really keeps on giving is a subscription – a brand new gift delivered directly to their door every month all year long! We know you are spoilt for choice when it comes to gift subscription ideas, but we think our kids’ book subscription is a great option. Each month subscribers receive a new book, plus a bespoke activity pack with loads of ideas to keep them engaged and busy. Plus, they will build a library of brilliant books and a love of reading that will last a lifetime.