10 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids
From cosy clothes to sporty shoes, these non-toy gifts will be a hit with the kid in your life.
Shopping for little ones can require creativity, especially when you're looking for a gift that isn't a toy. If the kid in your life has plenty of things to play with, consider a non-toy gift that will inspire them to express their style or to find joy in sport and movement.
In this Nike gift guide for kids, check out 10 gift ideas that aren't toys.
10 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids
1. Nike Blazers
These vintage-inspired kicks will become a firm favourite for any young person who likes fashion. Nike Blazers are an iconic sneaker that can be paired with all kinds of outfits.
For the kid who likes to keep it classic, choose a monochromatic colourway or a white Blazer with black accents. For kids who like to have more colour in their wardrobe, the Blazer Mid '77 also comes in fun and vibrant hues with unique accents.
Nike Blazers come in sizes for toddlers (0 to 3 years), younger kids (3 to 7 years) and older kids (7 to 15 years).
(Related: The Best Nike Shoes for Back to School)
2. Fleece Sweatshirt
A casual, everyday hoodie or sweatshirt, like the Nike Sportswear sweatshirts, has a comfy, sporty style, roomy design and super-soft fleece for a cosiness that kids will love—no itchy or uncomfortable fabrics here.
For active kids, a hoodie made from Nike Therma-FIT fabric is designed to be insulating yet breathable for working up a sweat on chilly days.
3. Warm Winter Hat
From fluffy bucket hats to ribbed beanies, Nike winter hats are a go-to accessory for cold weather. And there are options for kids of any age: dress up the toddler in your life in a matching beanie-and-mitts set or give a teenager a simple beanie to pair with any outfit.
To help a kid tote their stuff to and from school or extracurricular activities, consider treating them to a new backpack. Choose from mini backpacks, drawstring bags and standard backpacks in a variety of designs and sizes, from 11 to 32 litres of storage.
5. Cosy Puffer Jacket
Nothing says cosy like warm, fluffy puffer jackets—and they're a great pick for kids who want to show off their style even when they need to wrap up warm. Choose from shiny and bright fabrics or a classic, all-black look.
Nike puffer jackets for kids are machine-washable, which makes them easy to clean. Plus, many Nike kids' puffers feature a woven tag inside the jacket with multiple name slots. You can put a kid's name in the jacket when the jacket is new, then write in a new name when it becomes a hand-me-down.
6. Nike Air Force 1s
With a retro basketball aesthetic, the Air Force 1 is one of the most iconic shoes in Nike history. Kids will love these shoes and their responsive Nike Air cushioning, which makes them comfy for all-day wear at school or at the weekend.
They come in low-, mid- and high-top models and in loads of colourways to match the unique style and aesthetic of the kid in your life.
(Related: The Best Air Force 1s to Buy Right Now)
7. Nike All Conditions Gear (ACG)
If the kid you're shopping for loves hiking and exploring the outdoors, the Nike ACG line is packed with gear that can keep up with their adventures. Shop warm fleeces, technical rain layers and durable, waterproof boots.
8. Basketball Shoes
With their grippy rubber, responsive cushioning and game-changing designs inspired by Nike pro athletes, a fresh pair of basketball shoes will be a hit with any basketball-loving kid.
Shop high- or low-top styles and look for design features made specifically with kids in mind, like a zip around the ankle cuff or an adjustable ankle strap to make it easier to get the shoes on and off—without having to tie or untie the laces.
9. Lunch Bag
Let the kid in your life show off their style at lunch time. Nike lunch bags come in an array of designs, from classic lunch-bag shapes to bags that look like mini backpacks or gym bags.
With playful patterns, bold logos and bright colours, these lunch bags look cool while keeping the contents temperature-controlled through padded insulation.
10. Gift Card
If you want to let the kid in your life pick out their own gift, a Nike gift card is a safe bet. With a gift card, a kid can choose a gift that they'll love and use frequently. Just pick the amount you want to load onto the gift card and let them enjoy the process of picking something out.
Words by Hannah Singleton