Less generic , More Memories: 20 Non-generic Gift Ideas


As birthdays and holidays come around each year, the toy box continues to grow, sometimes out of our control. This had me thinking about gift ideas for him that are more practical, that have a longer life span, or that provide a day of making memories together!

I’ve complied a list of 20 fun, gift ideas that are sure to be a hit at your next birthday party or holiday! Keep this list handy, and share it with your family and friends.

1. Personalized Jewelry

With holidays just around the corner, personalized jewelry make a great gift for any one. Personalized gifts are always meaning full and special you can surprise them by writing a memory you share together that can last a lifetime.

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2. Classes

Has they been asking to take a dance class or to enroll in golf lessons? Maybe they want to learn how to play the guitar or are in need of swim lessons? The gift of classes is a wonderful idea and a great way to encourage them to learn a new skill!

3. Memberships

One of the best gifts we have received is a membership to a local museum for our son. We are able to have lots of family fun days while my son has a blast exploring the museum. Memberships to local zoos or museums are an excellent gift that the whole family gets to enjoy for the entire year!

4. Luggage

Whether it’s a weekend at the cottage or a long family vacation, people love having their own special bag for their adventures! A nice rolling suitcase, personalized luggage tags, a small duffel bag are all practical gifts that children can use for years to come.

5. Movies

DVDs make great gifts for the whole family to enjoy at home on the couch or during long road trips. You can make this gift even more fun by bundling it with their favorite movie theater candy and popcorn. You could also attach a movie theater gift card with a fun ribbon and a special note.

6. New Books

Books are wonderful gifts for  age! There are endless options in store or you could purchase personalized books online that include the person's name. How fun! I love purchasing a book and attaching a gift card to the bookstore with ribbon and a special note!

7. Activity Gift Card

This gift could be anything from a live friendly show, to putt-putt, the local public pool, or laser tag! Activity gift cards are guaranteed to bring a fun-filled day of memories !

8. Favorite Restaurant or Ice Cream Shop Gift Cards

Going out to eat can be expensive for teenagers and students ! Give your child the opportunity to choose their favorite restaurant and to use a gift card that’s just for them.

9. Large Outdoor Gift

This should be a gift that’s larger and something that the whole family can enjoy together, outside. Examples include a tent , canoe or just camping utilities .

10. Summer in a Bag

This gift could include a special beach bag that’s personalized with the person’s name . Fill the bag with all the summer essentials like water balloons, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, swim fins or googles, and a new beach towel!

11. Tickets to a Local Sporting Event

What’s more fun than cheering on your favorite local team while enjoying a hotdog and popcorn? Pick up tickets to a local baseball game and include spending money for the concession stand and souvenirs.

12. Tickets to an Amusement Park

If your they is a thrill seeker who loves rides and slides then this is the gift for him! Don’t forget to include some spending money for a special treat, like ice cream, or a fun souvenir to take home.

13. Bedroom Items

This gift is both practical and very helpful ! Bedding, room decorations, sleeping bags, and even furniture make wonderful gift ideas that will be used for years to come.

14. Subscription Service

There are so many companies that offer monthly magazine subscriptions suitable for the person. There are also monthly subscription boxes that are shipped right to your front door. The options are endless .