Shopping for Christmas gifts for children and teens can be a challenge. These 7 unusual holiday gift ideas are fun and enjoyable presents that kids and teens will treasure long after the Christmas season is over.
1. Tickets to an Upcoming Rock Concert, Sporting Event, or Activity.
The first unusual Christmas gift idea includes tickets to an upcoming rock concert, sporting event, or activity that your child or teen has been asking to attend. Place a rock concert poster or sporting team memorabilia in a wrapped box along with a note that says “You will be attending (add event) on (add date).” This encourages spending family time together or the opportunity for the child or teen to have a life experience rather than a material object easily forgotten.
2. Lessons or Extra Curricular Activity
Lessons are also a terrific unusual holiday gift idea for the holiday season. Music, horseback riding, swimming, gymnastics, or karate lessons are excellent gift ideas. The experience of the extra curricular activity will likely be more remembered than a toy. Place a swimsuit, musical instrument, or gymnastics outfit in a box as a present along with a note that says, “You will begin (fill in lesson type) lessons on (fill in date).”
3. Redecorating a Bedroom
Redecorating a bedroom is a great unusual holiday gift idea. This can be anything from painting the walls a new color, to curtains, a new bedspread, or comfy new furniture. This can be a fun surprise and done when the child or teen is out on the day before Christmas. My mom and dad did this for me one year and it was so cool when I walked into my room and it looked so refreshingly new and different. This is really a terrific gift for the preteen age when a child to teen bedroom transformation will need to be done anyway.
4. Family DVD
Another unusual gift for kids and teens for the holidays is a video or DVD from family members living miles away. Family members living miles away and unable to visit could each take turns filming each other. Talk about your favorite Christmas, a favorite story involving the child or teen, or a funny story about their parents on the DVD. This provides a chance for the child or teen to see long distance family members when it’s just not practical financially or physically due to an illness.
5. Photo Album of Family Members From Multiple Generations
A photo album of family members over generations with accompanying descriptions of what each person was like or what that person is doing in the picture is a fun unusual holiday gift idea.
6. A Handmade Gift
Another unusual gift idea is a handmade gift. Use a special talent to create a handmade gift for a child or teen. Even if a parent doesn’t have the time to make a gift, adding a special touch to an item purchased can add a special touch. Personalized gifts show that you care. Some example include the following:
– Purchase a quilt at a thrift store and applique the child’s name or favorite rock band name to the quilt.
– Hand paint a picture and frame it.
– Write a poem using the first letters of a child’s name and frame it.
– Frame a picture the child made and add applique decorations to the frame.
7. Donations to a Charitable Organization
Another unusual gift for Christmas includes a donation to a charitable organization. If you plan to donate to a charitable organization you can get your child or teen involved. Give the child $10 to $50 and ask them to shop for your donations. It could be children’s toys or groceries for the needy. This is a gift that teaches the valuable lessons of charity.