The best Montessori inspired Non toys gifts list

In order to inspire you this Christmas, I have written a series of blog posts featuring my favourites toys and gifts.

Last week, I shared my favourite Montessori gifts for babies.

This week, we will focus on practical materials and gifts that are not toys.

We love toys in our family but we know that we don’t need that many.

Children under the age of 6 want to develop their independence and their skills. The following ideas will support that natural need.

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I have chosen gifts that I would be happy to offer to any child. So you may be inspired when you have to attend a birthday party or your family will be happy to pick from your list.

I know how much parents struggle with convincing their family to offer specific gifts. Hopefully, this list will help you!

The main aim of these materials is to encourage your child’s independence.

In the Montessori curriculum, those materials will relate to the Practical life area or Activities of Everyday living.

I have broken down the ideas into two categories: Care of the Environment and Care of Self.

Setting up your space and Care of the Environment

  • a crinkle cutter: perfect for toddlers or a more advanced knife sets for older or more experienced children

  • a juicer
  • a coffee grinder (I found a small one at Sainsburry)


  • a new plant to take care of and a watering can
  • a table top oven
  • an Ikea child’s kitchen that you hack to use it for real food preparation
  • a water dispenser – You may find some discounted in shops as it’s more a summer item.
  • Clothe horse with wooden pegs

  • a floor bed
  • a canopy for the bed
  • a simple music player with headphone and some CDs.
  • a child’s size desk or table with chairs
  • a reading chair
  • a bookshelf with a few new books. We have the Tidy bookcase with the Montessori lower case in red and blue. Receive 10% off when you use the AMBCR10

Care of self

  • a child’s size ironing board or a table top ironing board and travel iron
  • A child’s size coat rack
  • a hand mirror
  • a combing set
  • a child’s size nail clipper and nail brush
  • A timer and a teeth model to encourage your child to brush his teeth. A care station to allow your child to have all his accessories in one place.


  • Natural bath soap set and cute wash mitts
  • Massage tools for children. I found most of my massage tools in Tiger shop!


  • Some handkerchiefs
  • New pairs of gloves and hats
  • Waterproof dungarees and easy to slide in wellies
  • A pair of slippers
  • A bathrobe

I hope you will find these gifts ideas useful!

Stay tuned for another list next week!

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About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.

  • Rosemary says:

    Hi Carine, thanks for this list. Please could you recommend a simple music player suitable for my children to listen to together with or without headphones? Thank you!

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