Out-of-the-box Birthday Gifts

. May 3, 2017.

With a non-traditional birthday party, you may want to give a non-traditional gift. Todays parents and kids are inundated with toys and videos. Here are a few fresh ideas:

at the top of the wish list are memberships to The Toledo Zoo, Imagination Station, and the Toledo Museum of Art. With a membership, you can stop by for an hour on a weekday or bring the whole family on a weekend — you get a whole year’s worth of fun and memories for a reasonable price.


There are cool classes for every age and interest. The YMCA offers swimming, sports, dance, and more, and the art museum’s classes have been popular for years.

College savings:

Set up or contribute to an Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 plan. For as little as $25, you can start a kid’s college fund, or contribute to one already set up. If parents already have an account, get the gift code from them and go to www.ugift529.com to contribute.

Books, books, books.

Books can take a kid anywhere, and they fit easily in every home. Give a book you loved as a child, or give one on a topic that interests the birthday kid. Inscribe it, to allow your greeting and message can be enjoyed for years to come.

Handmade gifts:
Make them yourself if you can, or buy handmade. You can find anything on Etsy, but locally handmade is even better. Handmade Toledo stocks cool onesies, books, bibs, teethers, plush toys, blankets, and just about everything little ones could need.


Getting kids active and outdoors is a challenge in the digital age. Bikes, scooters, skates, or even a ball and a mitt, are great for spring and summer birthdays. Don’t forget helmets and pads for safety.