Alternative Christmas Presents and Gift Ideas

Thinking outside the box

Of course, you know we love toys here at the Good Toy Guide, but sometimes when it comes to Christmas, you need to think outside the box…

Here are some great ideas, for alternative presents to toys and ways of keeping the magic alive without breaking the bank:

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Tickets to an event

Tickets to an event gives your child the opportunity to feel grown-up and special, plus it’s something to look forward to. Most of all, it’s something to do together and create those special memories. Try wrapping up a small scrapbook or notebook for your child to stick in tickets and photos of the event. 


As adults, we often forget the excitement that something in the post brings to our little ones. Some of our favourite subscriptions include First News – an independent, weekly national newspaper for children and First Wonder Box – Personalised, educational craft boxes.

Life Changing Gift Card

Gifts that build brighter futures. Through charities like Oxfam, you can gift anything from a ‘Life Changing Chicken’ to a ‘Pile of Poo’! Talk to your child about the true spirit of Christmas and ensure they grow up with a social conscience.

An Experience

From indoor sky-diving, to chocolate making, an experience they’ll never forget! There are lots of ‘experiences’ and you don’t have to use one of the established companies. Use your network of friends and family to find experiences that money can’t buy. From going on a train to seeing behind the scenes on a film set – making memories is priceless.


A Voucher from the
'bank of mum and dad'

These vouchers don’t have to cost the earth – in fact, they don’t have to cost anything at all! Why not create these vouchers yourself for things like ‘1x sleepover with friends’, ‘1x skip-the-veg dinner’ or ‘1x chore-free Friday’. You can wrap up the voucher as a scroll or in a card, or include it with a relevant trinket – a scrap book or something relevant to the voucher. 

A Piggy Bank or Pre-paid card

Learning the value of money young is a really important life lesson, as well as budgeting and financial sense. A good old fashioned piggy bank still works, but if you’re feeling more techy, check out something like gohenry or Roosterbank apps that give your children more opportunities for saving and managing their money. Gift cards are a popular alternative to money for older children.

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