If you are overwhelmed by the growing collection of toys in your home, then you may find this list helpful as you start your holiday shopping.

Yearly Passes

Palm Beach Zoo

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center

South Florida Science Center & Aquarium

Lion Country Safari

Local Indoor Play Places such as Cool Beans Indoor Playground and Cafe and Joey’s Outback Adventures

One-Time Passes



Swimming at local water parks

Performances in theatres and venues such as Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Kravis Center, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Duncan Theatre, Old School Square and Sol Children’s Theatre

Sporting Events

Playmobil FunPark in Palm Beach Gardens

Roller or Ice Skating


Experiences for Kids

Horseback Riding

Train Ride

Ice Cream Vouchers

Special dinner out

A Trip to the Fire Station

Coupon book with “time” gifts (ie. an afternoon making cookies with mom)

Tickets to South Florida Fair

Airboat Ride


Older Kids or Grown-Ups

Gift Card to a favorite store

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Wine Tasting Experience

Tickets to Beer Festival

Zip Lining


Helicopter Ride

Trip to the Spa (Mani/Pedi, Massage, Facial, etc.)

Rock Climbing

Trip to Arcade

Give the gift of Zen at Family Yoga
Zen Zone

A Class or Season of Lessons

Swim Lessons at Small Fish Big Fish Swim School

Sports & Gymnastics (Check out programs such as Kids Choice, Genie’s Gymnastics, Family Yoga Zen Zone and Johan Kriek Tennis Academy)

Dance (Boynton Beach School of Music and Dance and Southern Dance Theatre)

Pottery Class or paint your own pottery (Craft Haus)

Art Class (Kids Need More Art)

Craft class (ie knitting, sewing, beading)

Horseback riding lessons

Family Experiences

A holiday vacation to Legoland or Disney World

Tickets to see The Nutcracker with Ballet Palm Beach

A hotel with a water park

Camping (depends where you live & how much you love camping)

Day at the Beach

Trip to a Nature Center such as Loggerhead, McCarthy’s Wildlife, Sandoway House, Busch Wildlife or Gumbo Limbo

Road trip

Give them travel/camping gear needed for the experience you’ll be gifting so that they have a physical item to unwrap

If you have more than one child, one-on-one outings. Do an activity together of the child’s choosing.

Physical Gifts that aren’t Toys

Your favorite books from your childhood



CD’s of fun kids music

Craft kit

Science kit

New art supplies

Magazine Subscription

Monthly Craft Kit Subscription

Fun Bath Supplies (color-changing water, crayons that write on walls, foamy soap, etc.)

A wagon to pull kids in when you go on walks

Personalized Anywhere Chair


Special Christmas Tree Ornament

Wrist watch

Piggy bank

Memory/Photo Book

A digital camera. See the world through your child’s eyes


Fun “Needs”

New bedding that they really like

Bedroom décor

New hat, mitts, etc.

Bike or Scooter

Roller skates/blades

Basketball hoop


Swing set (for big ticket items like this, grandparents can pitch in)

An item they need, but they want a more expensive version than you would normally buy (ie. shoes/clothes)

Colorful band aids

Pool floats, snorkeling or beach gear

Sleeping bag


Toy box

Jewelry box

New Pajamas or sleeping bags

Learning Tools


Magnifying glass

Science Kit

Magic Kit

Cookbook & Apron/Chef Hat

Easel /Chalkboard

Gardening tools

Bug-catching tools




Frame a Family Photo!  Check out Lynn Studios Photography or Warner-Prokos  Photography

Educational App they can play on your phone/ipod/tablet

Computer Game

Items they need for lessons (costume/instrument/etc.)

A new game for a game console

A refill for an easy bake oven or other toy requiring refills

Pet Accessories/supplies

iTunes gift card

Heather Lynne is a freelance writer and mom to two girls. She also blogs at www.raisingmemories.com. Felonice Merriman & Jennifer Preville (Publisher and Associate Publisher of PB Parenting) are local moms on a mission this holiday season not to add any more toys to their houses that already have too many!