Christmas Gifts For Kids That Don't Create Clutter Or Mess

At some point, every parent has looked around their house in complete despair over how much stuff clutters up every room. And now it’s Christmas, and of course you want to get the kid in your life something great, but that also means MORE STUFF.

Surely, there are fun Christmas gifts for kids that don’t create more clutter but won’t leave your child upset they didn’t get a hot new toy, right?

Correct! We scoured the web to find some very cool gift ideas that won’t add to your already-cluttered house. From experiences and outdoor activities to minimalist toys, kids will love these Christmas gifts ...

... and so will the parent who doesn’t have to spend 2020 tripping over yet another Paw Patrol vehicle.

Check out our gallery below of Christmas gifts that don’t create clutter for some inspiration!

Note: If you’re on a mobile device, click on the images to see more info about the gifts and where to get them.

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Museum Pass

A family museum pass is the perfect way to keep kids entertained all year, especially in winter when you all need out of the house. As an example, an Ottawa year-long family pass to three museums costs $125.

3 Sprouts Toy Chest

A colourful toy box is a welcome addition to any play area and will keep the toys they already have contained. Get it at for $29.99.

World Map Colouring Backpack

Learn geography and world facts on this backpack kids can colour themselves, then use it to store all their treasures. Get it at Uncommon Goods for $26.50.

Lessons or Sports

Perfect for the kid who's been begging for swimming/soccer/art/dance lessons. Sign them up for a winter session, throw some goggles/cleats/paint brushes/tap shoes under the tree, and voilà.

'Where Are You ...?' Personalized Book

This personalized search-and-find extravaganza adds just one more book to the shelf, but hours of entertainment. Get it at Wonderbly, starting at $34.99.

Flexible Flyer Polar Bear Foam Sled

Every Canadian kid needs a sled, and this one is adorable and will live in your garage or backyard. Out of sight = out of mind. Get it for $44.98 at

ME to WE Confetti Milk Chocolate

This chocolate treat is the perfect stocking stuffer because, 1) they eat it, 2) it supports education in Ecuador. Get it for $3.99 at Mastermind Toys.

Osmo - Super Studio Disney 'Frozen 2' Game

If you already have an iPad, this Osmo "Frozen 2" app will keep kids entertained for ages and barely has any stuff - just a sketchpad, marker, and sweeper. Get it at Amazon for $17.49.

iTunes Gift Card

Got an entertainment-loving older kid or tween? An iTunes gift card will let them access music, movies, apps, books, games, and more - all stored in their digital device instead of their floor. Denominations of $25, $50, or $100 available at Apple.

Kindness and Activism Subscription Box

Yes, there are things in this kids subscription box that encourages kindness and activism. But each item helps kids connect to the world around them. Get a pre-paid quarterly subscription for $159.95 from For Purpose Kids.


Introduce the kid in your life to Canada's great outdoor pastime with a pair of skates! Get these balance blades for $55.99 at Canadian Tire.

Bauer Lil Sports Hockey Helmet

Safety first! You've gotta add a helmet if you're getting skates. Get this one at Canadian Tire for $38.24.

Indoor Play Zone Gift Card

Indoor play areas are the perfect way for kids to blow off steam while not destroying your house. Get a kid a pass to a local indoor play zone near you, such as this 10-pass to Calgary's KidzGo for $72.95.


This colourful rug doubles as a play mat, perfect for all those toys cars and trains you're already tripping over. Get it at Ikea for $25.99.

Melissa & Doug Take-Along Tabletop Set

Yes, this vehicle set is more stuff, but all the pieces and the track itself folds back up, perfect for shoving on a shelf. Get it at Indigo, $39.99.

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