Presenting your annual Dayton-area holiday gift guide! Whether you’re looking for awesome new gift ideas for your kids, want experiences to gift, or are searching for a good cause to gift to on behalf of your family, we’ve got our top picks all rounded up here for you.
Inspire creative learning and play with Yoto
Yoto puts kids in control of an inspiring world of audio. Their award-winning audio players let kids aged 3-12+ explore over 1,000 titles without a screen.
No microphones. No cameras. No ads.
“Absolutely love the Yoto Player! It helps to calm my son when his anxiety is high. He has had the Yoto Player for a year, and it has helped in so many ways that this year we got him the Yoto Mini for on-the-go. Even better, we have Yoto Club, so we receive a fun and exciting delivery every month with 2 new cards! These are definitely our best purchases; they are used daily and throughout the night.” – DMC Parent
The Little Exchange
The Little Exchange is a nonprofit gift boutique in Oakwood. The shop was founded as a mission to raise money for Dayton Children’s Hospital and has donated over $1.7 million throughout its 70+ years in existence. The Little Exchange is known for finding the perfect gifts for the holidays, bridal and baby gifts, women’s accessories, home decor, and more! The shop also offers complimentary gift wrapping and free local delivery. It’s the perfect place to shop for a cause and feel good about your purchases helping children in our Dayton community.
goSili Holiday Sale!
Our friends at goSili are having an awesome holiday sale right now through the end of the year. Looking for a great stocking stuffer idea? Get their Merry & Bright pack of straws for the whole fam!
goSili Reusable Silicone Straws are made from nontoxic, platinum silicone and can be used over and over again. Standard in length, this multi-pack of straws will allow you to enjoy every sip of your beverage all while reducing your plastic footprint. They have more than straws! Check out their site to see all their cups, lids, and so much more.
2022 Holiday Gift Guide by pediped®
Give the Gift of Healthy Foot Development
Now is the time to begin planning for a holiday shopping season that will surely be busy, to say the least! The secret to making that happen is the pediped® Holiday Gift Checklist! They’ve highlighted the best shoe options by age and walking stage to make shopping for your friends and family a breeze this holiday season! Make 2022 your most special gift-giving year yet.
Bring the wonders of the world to your child’s fingertips with WompleBox! WompleBox is an award-winning subscription box that takes your child on a rollicking adventure to a new country each month. It’s the most engaging and exciting way for kids to discover geography, culture, sciences, wildlife, and more to deepen their knowledge of the world. Every box includes an illustrated early-reader adventure book that will transport them to a new place, two hands-on STEAM projects, fold-out map & fact-filled country guide, ‘Pen Pal Pack’ with stickers, stationery, envelope, and postcard, and a collectible from each place.
Aqua-Tots Beavercreek & Aqua-Tots Springboro
This year, give the gift that will also save lives: SWIM LESSONS! While many experiences offer entertainment, the gift of swimming is a creative way to combine the fun tots want with the life-saving skills they need. For 30 years, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools has been committed to saving lives worldwide, one swim lesson at a time. Aqua-Tots offers year-round, indoor swim lessons as early as four months old up to twelve years old! With locations in Beavercreek and Springboro, Dayton area children can burn away that winter cabin fever in the pool, socialize with friends and coaches, and learn the necessary water safety skills they need for life!
As a momma, I love to see the big smiles and hear the excited squeals on Christmas morning as my girls open their gifts! My two-year-old, beaming in delight that Santa brought her the teddy bear she asked for. My oldest trying her hardest to make music on the guitar she’d been waiting all year for!
As a momma, I don’t like seeing broken toys discarded too soon. Or finding tiny Hatchimals in the seat cushions, months after the holidays.
And don’t get me started on trying to find the perfect gift my husband. As adults, it’s so easy to just get what you need so when it comes time to buy a gift it can be hard to find that “perfect gift.”
But you know what doesn’t make a mess or get lost? Memories! Watching my girls beam with pride going down a water slide or their faces scrunched in concentration as they work on learning something new, or seeing my husband’s face light up when he realizes we are going to a concert is a gift we both enjoy well after the snow has melted.
I recently saw a quote that said, “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way.”
Experience gifts are a great way to gift those you love with a memory that will last a lifetime. So while I will still gift the youngest the Peppa Pig Campervan she’s dreaming of and my girls will all find LOL dolls in their stocking, there will be fewer toys and most definitely a few experience gifts.
Here are some awesome experiences to gift right here in the Dayton area:
- Family membership to Boonshoft Museum
(DMC Mom Tip: Thanks to reciprocity programs, a membership here will also get you a discount to the Cincinnati and Columbus Zoos, the Cincinnati Museum Center and COSI!)
- SkyZone Passes or annual membership
- Cookie Decorating class at ele Cake Co.
- A Cinemark Movie Club membership
- Mommy and me painting session at Painting with a Twist
- Overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge
(DMC Mom Tip: Get a family suite and bring the grandparents… or grandparents, feel free to treat!)
- Family membership to Aullwood Audubon
- Family Passes to the Victoria Theater Family Series
(DMC Mom Tip: Some shows are sensory-friendly!)
- Ice Skating at the Kettering Recreation Center
- Swim Lessons at Aqua-tots Swim School
- A lunch with tea and scones at CommuniTea
- Group outing to Team Combat
(DMC Mom Tip: Tactical laser tag can be a great way to engage the teens in the family.)
- Play passes to Run Around Fun Town XL
- Membership to the YMCA of Greater Dayton
(DMC Mom Tip: Take advantage of everything the YMCA has to offer, from youth leagues, fitness classes, swim lessons, summer camp, onsite childcare, and more!)
- Membership to the Dayton Art Institute
(DMC Mom Tip: Enjoy a discount to events all year!)
- Gift a Frisch’s Dragon’s Kids Club Membership
(DMC Mom Tip: Includes tickets to a game and a movie night, but some fan gear would be a fun addition.)
- Snow tubing at Mad River Mountain
- Canoe trip with Adventures on the Great Miami
- Family Membership to Carillon Historical Park
- Cooking Class at Dorothy Lane Market
- Weekend Getaway to Hocking Hills
- Indoor skydiving at iFLY
- Concert tickets to an event at Rose Music Center
- Dinner and a show at La Comedia Dinner Theater
- Dayton Brewery Tour with Craft Connection Brewery Tours
(DMC Mom Tip: Get a couple of friends to also gift this to their significant other and you’ll have a fun group outing.)
- Gift Card to Top Golf
- A 5 pass card for rock wall climbing at Urban Krag
- Challenge yourselves with a Breakout Games escape room visit.
Will one of these ideas be wrapped in a box under your tree this year?
Make sure to check out our Summer Camps 2021 guide for ideas of camps you could gift as well!
Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center, 51 South East Street, is accepting food, clothes, toys, money, and gift cards. To apply for help or to donate, call (937) 848-3810 or e-mail [email protected].
The Foodbank, 427 Washington St., serves Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties, and is accepting money, non-perishable food. Call (937) 461-0265.
Ephiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville, is accepting children’s winter clothing, especially boys pants in sizes 3-7, blankets, sheets, and larger adult clothes. Call (937) 433-1449.
*Please make sure to comment if any of this information needs updated, or if you have more to add to the list!