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10 Creative gifts for children that think outside the toy box

6. Play-Doh

Playdoh
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Encouraging play doesn’t have to be expensive — and purchasing a Play-Doh case of colors is an inexpensive gift that promotes fine motor development. Add a set of cookie cutters or other household tools (think straws, rolling pins or muffin tins) to create an open-ended play opportunity. (Amazon, $8)

7. Magazine subscription

Highlights
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Receiving mail is exciting for children and a monthly magazine subscription is an affordable non-toy gift idea that can last a full year. Both Highlights and Cricket Media offer monthly magazine products for children as young as the 0-2 age range. (Highlights, $40)

8. Bath fun

Bath toy
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Whether you fancy the more traditional rubber ducky or the trendier snail stacker, bath goodies such as those available at Magic Beans are a great stocking stuffer idea and gift that will help any parent survive the dreaded end-of-the-day madness. A little bath fun is sure to entertain and distract the most tired child at the end of the day. (Magic Beans, $13)

9. Craft subscription

Kiwi Crate
Image: Kiwi Crate

If you’re like me, you enjoy completing crafts with your children — but finding the time to organize ideas and maintain a closet full of supplies is challenging. Kiwi Crate is a great way to help a child explore their creative side with projects and activities that are catered to the appropriate age. (Kiwi Crate, $20)

10. Puzzles

Puzzle
Image: Crocodile Creek

When it comes to non-toy gifts, puzzles are one of the biggest hits in our house. Crocodile Creek has a variety of options — including this Space junior floor puzzle — that are sure to get the entire family in on the action. They also provide a wonderful assortment of options for young children that start with puzzle blocks and larger pieces for smaller fingers. (Crocodile Creek, $16)

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