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50 Non-Toy Gift Ideas

November 2015 (Updated: 12/11/23)

With Black Friday looming and the quest for the perfect gift an ever present thought on our minds, we’ve also been thinking about how much stuff we have. Not just the kids, either, there comes a time when you start thinking twice about all of the everything that accumulates over the years. So we’ve compiled a list of 50 non-toy gift ideas that includes everything from out and about ideas to things that simply go beyond yet another “must-have” toy.

(There are things on this list that are specific to the Billings area, so please adapt according to your location!)

Season Passes/Annual Memberships:
  1. Zoos/Aquariums (ZooMontana)
  2. Waterparks (The Reef Indoor Waterpark/Oasis Water Park-seasonal)
  3. Museums (Yellowstone Art Museum/Museum of the Rockies)
  4. Skiing (Red Lodge Mountain, Big Sky Resort)
  5. National Parks (Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park)
  6. Gym Membership (perhaps for the whole family at the YMCA)
  7. MiLB Season Tickets (Billings Mustangs
  8. Children's/Youth Museums (Wise Wonders Science & Discovery Museum)
Activities/One-time Passes:
  1. Centennial Ice Arena
  2. Roller Skating
  3. Movies
  4. Concert
  5. Theatre performance (Alberta Bair TheaterBillings Studio TheatreNOVA Center for the Performing Arts)
  6. Bowling
  7. Circus
  8. Moss Mansion
  9. Painting/Pottery Classes (Art's Paper & PaintCrooked Line Studio, the YAM...)
  10. Chuck E. Cheese (you could even purchase the tokens in advance)
  11. Get Air Billings (Indoor trampoline park)
  1. Gymnastics (Billings Gymnastics School)
  2. Swimming
  3. Music/Musical Instrument
  4. Summer Camps
  5. Horseback Riding Lessons (White Aspen Ranch)
  6. Archery (Superior Archery)
  7. Music In Motion (for ages 6 months-4 years)
  8. Dance
  9. Knitting/Craft Lessons (Yarn Bar and Jo-Ann Fabric offer a variety of classes)
Special Treats:
  1. Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
  2. Favorite Restaurant
  3. Coffee Shop Gift Card
  4. Candy Town USA
  5. Mani/Pedi
  1. Zip Lining (Outlaw Canyon Adventures)
  2. The Grand Escape Room (A real-life escape game for groups of 2-10. Get your Gift Voucher online!)
  3. Yoga Class (Black OrchidLimber Tree Yoga StudioPure Barre)
  4. Spa Day
  5. Weekend Getaway
Non-Toy Shelf-Fillers, Imagination Builders, & More
  1. Books (Check out this list of book suggestions for preschoolers-6th graders)
  2. Board Games/Card Games/Video Games
  3. Photo Blankets
  4. Art Supplies
  5. Movies
  6. Magazine Subscriptions
  7. Science Kits
  8. Bicycle
  9. LEGOS/K’NEX/Lincoln Logs (Yes, these could technically be considered a toy, but oh the imagination needed to play!)
  10. Aquarium
  11. Memory Book/Photo Album
  12. Bedroom/Bedding Makeover