Frugal Gifts for Kids

13 Non-Toy Gifts for Kids

A frugal gift for a kid is a gift that will get used again and again – and often that's not the latest toy or gadget. Check out these can't-put-'em down gift ideas.

An Ice Cream Maker

Ice Cream Balls
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Making ice cream is fun, but it's even more fun when it's made inside of a ball while you play. Purchase an ice cream ball for your little one, and let the games begin!

Popsicle Molds

Popsicle Molds
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Popsicles are a kid favorite, and they couldn't be easier to make. Pick out a popsicle mold for your small fry (Tovolo has some great ones), and start experimenting with all of the various flavor combinations.

Art Supplies

Crayola Inspiration Art Case
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Crayons, paper, paint and other art supplies are a great kid gift because they encourage creativity, and they don't create long-term clutter. Look for a kit with something a bit unexpected, like color-change markers, and your gift is sure to earn rave reviews.


Slipper Genie
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Warm, snuggly slippers are a great gift for the young and old alike. Pick out a pair that's a bit quarky, and they're sure to get worn. The Slipper Genie pair pictured at left, features chenille soles that clean the floors as your kiddo walks (er, runs) around the house.

Bath Stuff

Bath Paint
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Make bath time fun with bath paint, bath crayons and fizzies, and your kiddos will be begging for more tub time.

Reusable Sandwich Bags

Reusable Snack Bag
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Spiffy up their lunchboxes, and cut out plastic bags, by giving your kiddos some reusable sandwich bags, like the ones pictured at left.

A Sewing Kit

Sewing Basket
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Sewing is a very useful skill, and it's one that's best fostered at a young age. Pick out a sewing basket for your little one, and fill it with enough sewing supplies to get her started. Then, spend a few afternoons teaching her the basics.


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Order a couple pounds of worms, and get your kids started with worm composting. It's just creepy crawly enough to earn you major cool points.

A Tool Kit

Children's Tool Kit
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Fix-it skills are invaluable. Buy your kiddo a tool kit with real, kid-sized tools, and start teaching him (or her) what to do with them.

Gardening Tools

Kid's Gardening Tools
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Pint-sized garden tools are just the thing to turn a kid on to gardening. Choose a set made from metal and wood, so they work well and last.

Seed Balls

Seeds Balls
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Make gardening a game, and your kids will love it even more. Seed balls (also known as seed bombs) are the kid-approved way to sow seeds). Just throw them where you want them; water them; and watch them grow into beautiful flowers.

A Soap Making Kit

Soap Making Kit
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Introduce your kiddo to the pleasure of making things that most people buy. Melt-and-pour soap is an easy beginner project. Just pick up a soap making kit, and you'll be off and running.

An Apron

Stephen Joseph Owl Craft Apron
Stephen Joseph Owl Craft Apron. Photo Courtesy of

Show your kiddo that food doesn't have to come from a box or a can. A cute apron is just the thing to get them excited about spending time in the kitchen.