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Useful Gifts For Kids Beyond Christmas

As a parent, I always struggle with what I can get for my daughter that she will use beyond Christmas. There are so many toys out there that you can get and that can get shelved within a month of getting it. But what type of useful gifts could you get for your child that they can actually use throughout the year and for years after that?

Recently we have been looking into bigger purchases and less small purchases for our daughter since she has so many toys. We go through her toys every 3-6 months and try to clear out the ones that have lost all their pieces etc. and it just never ends! There are so many of them. My husband and I felt like we shouldn’t buy her any more toys this Christmas because she already has so many!  But what do we get them? I looked further and I found a few gifts that would go beyond the holidays.

As a parent, we struggle with gifts! But what type of useful gifts can you get your child they actually use throughout the year and for years after that?

Rocking Chair

This can be a gift that would last for a long time. It can be used in the playroom always! Rocking chairs can be used all year long and can be found in many sizes and colors.

New laptop

Going into grade school, all children need to know how to use technology. Between iPads and laptops, children still need to know how to use it! It is easier to start at an early age teaching kids how to use technology than waiting for them to learn at school. There are great deals on the PC Liquidations site for buying a Dell Chromebook. Between laptops, desktops, and tablets, check their website first!


New Bookshelf

Another useful gift that kids and parents can use beyond Christmas is a bookshelf. Delta Children has an amazing bookshelf that can be converted into a changing table. I love that their changing tables can convert into a bookshelf. Being a mom, having to buy two different pieces of furniture is annoying! It’s so clever to put the two of them together!


A fun addition to a play area or a bedroom. This can be used for years, it will never get old. It is really easy to put together. Not only are these are great gifts but they can be a staple in the playroom all year round. This gift won’t go back in the box and never be seen again. Leave it out for the kids to play with.

Sleeping Bag

A really fun gift that they can use to play with and bring to their friend’s house when they are sleeping over or even their grandparent’s house for a sleepover too. Traveling with kids isn’t always an easy task when it comes to finding sleeping arrangements so having a sleeping bag can help kids transition. Sleeping bags are amazing useful gifts beyond Christmas because they can use them anywhere they go throughout the year!

Princess Table and Chairs

What a great addition to your children’s bedroom or playroom so that they can feel independent when playing. They can use this to eat, color, read, craft, etc!

Rolling Luggage

Lastly, another amazing useful gift beyond Christmas is rolling luggage. This has been a huge hit in our house. My daughter uses it to pretend that we are going on a vacation and she rolls it around as if we are at the airport. She will use this to travel back to the east coast for the holidays but she loves bringing it around the house with her toys in it. Wildkin makes these amazing rolling luggage in so many different designs!

rolling luggage gift for christmas for kids

Step Stool

A creative idea to get for your child that can be used anywhere in the house and is important to have, especially near the bathroom! This is especially important when potty training your child as they can use it to climb up and down from the potty easily.


Walkie Talkies

Is your kid intrigued by action movies? Can’t keep his thoughts away from spies and officers on war? Why not give them a realistic experience? Buy them walkie talkies this time so that they can play outdoors and use their creativity to its highest. Light-weight flashlight grip structures should be preferred, as well as the durability should last long. The basic connectivity ranges from 3 to 5 km. It can also help you when you are going to crowded places. Though this sounds a bit too much, still it can keep you safe and lessen the chances of being lost. It is a toy enjoyed by all age groups.

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Globes are not just educational props in school. There are many cool globes available online with LED or maybe a globe floating midair! Why not make it exciting for them to see how our world looks from far, it’s a good way to open their mindset and make them realize their world does not end with the world they see every day. Creativity can take them anywhere and so there should be no walls or boundaries in dreams. I spent hours with my daughter playing word games like ATLAS which are fun and educational.


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Kid’s Digital Camera

Camcorders are an amazing gift to let your kids preserve memories. Rather than exposing them to smartphones at young ages, why not let them experience the magic of photography and search for their hobbies? Kid camcorders are generally 12MP for photography and 1080p videos. The SD card is free with it varying from 32GB to higher values. These cameras are made sturdy for rough use. I got an insight into the world from my daughter’s eyes, which was emotional.

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Alphabets Flash Cards

Early childhood education is really helpful for children to get accustomed to the basics and also develop skills like grouping and thinking capability. Alphabets flashcards can be interesting to your little ones. Seeing alphabets on one fine day in a school can make them nervous, but being introduced in their comfort zones surrounded by their loved ones is a lot warmer. Choose flashcards with basic words like fruit names, animals, objects, etc. Also, we can’t forget their safety, so buy nontoxic ABS plastic material flash cards. They can compare the alphabet because generally 52 letter sets are sent.

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3D Pens

With the change of time, we are having ultra-modern technologies. Let your kid experience the new taste of technology with 3D Pens. Who said it should be limited to engineers only? Let your kid’s creativity explode. With a variety of colors let them dwell in the world of 3D modeling. Rolls of ABS filament are given with the set. They work with USB cords and a set of repair tools are also available. Don’t limit their art in sketchbooks. Let it rise. This also clears many basic concepts of 3D figures and inspires self-learning skills from hands-on experience.

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Well, I can’t express enough how much a backpack can be helpful. Your kids can take it to schools or other places they go, so it kinda describes them. My daughter is very precautious with its appearance since it is a part of hers. So make sure to buy designs that resonate with your child’s aura. (Not every girl likes Disney princesses.) Also, check the usability of the backpack, and the space it holds within. Beware of fake chains!

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Who said scientific temperament needs maturity? Why not gift your kids with something unique and inquisitive this time? Binoculars are a good option when your little one is interested in observing things far away, like birds. While buying it opt for rubber surrounded eyepieces which makes sure the kids are not hurt. Generally, the FMC prism is used for binoculars made for children. Do not buy show binoculars, there are many real available for kids with up to 8x zoom. A multilayer broadband coating technique makes the view more realistic and keeps the spirit high. Use this to explain the working lens and vision for your teenagers too.

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Karaoke Sets

Is your child suffering from stage fear? It is very important to normalize a microphone. Microphones have been automatically related to the stage and audience. But it’s not always true. Let them be accustomed to microphones and their singing. Not everyone has to be Celine Dion, you can sing just for enjoyment. This a good confidence boost as well as a source of enjoyment with friends and family. Just connect with the speaker through either Bluetooth or USB or AUX or FM radio, etc. If you buy a portable system, you can take it with you to picnics and spend quality time. Generally, they work for 4-8 hours after being fully charged.

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Smart Watch

Another gift choice for tech-savvy parents to present to their kids is a smartwatch. It supports applications like alarm, camera, calendar, and music player, with the added quality of two-sided calls. You can let them carry when they travel alone for safety purposes since it also has an emergency dial feature. The dual camera facilitates better pictures, while it is lightweight and easily accessible with fewer chances of getting lost since they can wear in their wrists all the time. Sometimes small quizzes and games are added with parental control. For calling they need a 2G SIM card, compatible with the local network. This SIM card is not added to the smartwatch. It has a longer battery duration since kids might forget to put on charge regularly. But overall it’s a fun choice.

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DIY Kits

DIY kits can be interesting for your kids and also help them in creative pursuits. There is a variety of them, some are guided some are not. Try to choose the guided ones with manuals and let your kids try them independently. They can put beautiful things in their collection. You can also go for a baking kit, with which they can bake beautiful stuff.

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Final thoughts

Make sure to purchase at least one long-lasting gift for your children this year. Eliminating some of the toys and replacing them with a fun item that can last longer than a toy is a huge benefit to both you and your children. Useful gifts as presents are the best way to go!



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Jennifer is the owner of TWL Working Moms. She is a full time teacher, a mom & step mom, and NBCT Facilitator. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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