Too many toys! – 100+ things to buy your Pittsburgh kids that aren’t toys

We have TOO MANY toys in our house, how about you? Our sheer volume of toys led me to start Play it Forward Pittsburgh five years ago, and to this day we still have too many toys. And my kids don’t even play with toys! As Christmas approaches, I’m ever-more aware that my children are growing out of toys and look for alternative gifts to give them instead. Gifts of experiences, education and family memories. Here are some ideas for non-toy gift ideas for your Pittsburgh families this holiday season

Season Passes


Shows & Experiences

studio-space A Class or Season of Lessons

  • Swimming
  • Sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Karate
  • Musical Instrument
  • Pottery Class- or paint your own pottery
  • Art Class
  • Craft class (ie. knitting)
  • Horseback riding lessons
  • Cooking Class at Gaynors, Raina’s or Market District

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Gifts that aren’t Toys

  • A monthly subscription. Here are 10 great ideas for monthly subscriptions that are kid-friendly
  • Books
  • Games
  • Movies
  • CDs of music
  • Craft kits
  • New backpack
  • Puzzles
  • Science kits
  • Computer Programming kits from Arduino or Raspberry Pi
  • New art supplies
  • A Fitness tracker like a FitBit
  • Magazine Subscriptions (we love National Geographic Kids)
  • Fun new clothes (based on their favorite game or tv show)
  • Sporting equipment
  • Fun Bath Supplies (color-changing water tablets, crayons that write on walls, etc.)
  • Wrist watch
  • Piggy bank. This is a great one for kids
  • Journal
  • Dr umset (and earplugs) 1133761_28254_popup
  • Jewelry Box
  • Magic Kit
  • Cookbook & Apron/Chef Hat
  • Easel
  • Chalkboard
  • Telescope
  • Magnifying glass
  • Compass
  • Fishing Pole
  • Flashlight
  • Gardening tools
  • Bug-catching tools
  • Binoculars
  • Globe
  • Online subscription to an educational game like SumDog
  • New decorations for their room
  • A new bedding set
  • iTunes gift cards
  • A pet!