Years ago, people celebrated Christmas across many countries with simple, handmade gifts. They exchanged these gifts in remembrance of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the Wise Men, and ultimately, for the Gift God gave us in His Son, Jesus. But as you give gifts this year, set the intention to give purposeful gifts rather than running out to get the latest, greatest, biggest, and loudest things we can find. (You know, the stuff our kids think they’d love.) So for your inspiration, here is Give with Purpose: a Homeschool Family’s Christmas Gift Guide.
This “give with purpose” gift guide gives you:
- An opportunity to let your children learn about and be actively involved in improving life for others. (Look for this emoji to find the “give with purpose” gifts 🌍.) Although all of the gifts mentioned here are have a purpose.
- My favorite ideas for educational and meaningful gifts for all ages, young to old (Look for a ✅ to see my favs).
- Useful gift ideas that can help your children learn a skill or develop a hobby that can benefit them for life.
- Items that are perfect for helping you homeschool (just about everything).
- Plenty of creative gift ideas if you’re on a tight budget this year. (Look for a 🎯 to identify those gifts.)
And just because you’re looking to give with a purpose doesn’t mean the gifts must be expensive. They don’t even have to be things you bought at a store. Sometimes, the best gifts don’t involve money at all.
The linked table below lets you quickly navigate to what you’re most interested in seeing.
Table of Contents
- Giving back – demonstrate to your children how to give with purpose.🌍
- Thinking Toys 🧠
- Gift Experiences 🍨
- Educational Gifts 📘
- Board and Card Games ♟️
- Learning to Cook/Meal Plan 🍳
- Healthy Living 🥦
- Music 🎹
- Art 🎨
- Crafting/Gift-making 🤲🏼
🌍Giving back – teach your children what it means to give with purpose.
This variety of gift ideas will bless others and the gift giver. Although all of the gifts in this post have a purpose, this section is a little different. This section describes gifts with a purpose that benefits someone else. Sometimes a life-changing purpose! Make sure to listen to the inspiring Ted Talk below by Jessica Jackley, the co-founder of Kiva and of the “Impact Kits” included below.
- Here’s a gift that’s given, not received! Check out the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Gift Catalog. Pour over the catalog as a family and decide to donate baby chicks ($14) or a dairy goat ($70) to a hungry family, go together to pay for a cataract operation to restore someone’s sight ($40), share the cost for surgery to repair a child’s cleft palate (only $25!), or help bring fresh water to a village ($75)! What better chance to help your kids learn to build empathy for other people than by giving instead of getting? You could talk to your children about setting aside some “Christmas Gift Money” or deciding to raise money (lemonade or cookies stand?) to be used for helping others.
- The Two-Thirteen Shop ✅ 🎯🌍was started by someone in our community who lived in Kathmandu, Nepal. She helped three of her dearest friends “start a company that pays fair wages, is ethical, and above trade. [This company] is called ‘Blessed Hope Nepal‘ and is completely owned by [her] friends.” It also is the first women-owned business in their Nepalese community!” They make beautiful, colorful bracelets (and more) out of teeny, tiny glass beads. They are beautiful, economical, and a wonderful gift that benefits many families!
- Do you have an older loved one who lives too far away to see often? We gave the gift of a monthly handmade card ✅ 🎯🌍 to my elderly out-of-state Uncle and Aunt one year. Older folks generally don’t need any more “stuff” but are thrilled to look forward to a handmade card monthly! And you can involve the kids in the card-making. (Pro-tip — make these in batches as early in the year as you can. A new month rolls around really fast.)
- My Life Story. Did you know that preadolescent and adolescent children who know more of their family stories have higher levels of emotional well-being? I didn’t, either, but it makes sense. And this book is the perfect vehicle to collect those memories, with question prompts and plenty of room to answer.
- Alltruists ✅ 🌍is a company that puts together ” Impact Kits” designed for kids ages 6-11. “Each box is themed around a different topic and guides your child to engage positively with real-world issues.” These kits include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ), crafts activities, or both. Currently, their kits’ topics include Refugees: Ukraine Edition, Clean Water, Trees, Migratory Birds, Bees, and more. Additionally, each kit includes a small donation to a partner charity.
- Kiva ✅ 🎯🌍 this non-profit allows you to change the world with microlending. This is how it works: you or your family choose an entrepreneur who inspires you and lend him or her as little as $25. They use your money and then pay you back so that you can lend it to someone else if you’d like. And they pay you back 96% of the time! There are so many lessons here for your children. Empathy, entrepreneurship, human dignity, geography, microlending, business.
And make sure to listen to co-founder Jessica Jackley’s inspiring Ted Talk to hear how Kiva began. She had her first desire to give to others while at Sunday School!
If you can carve out a little money for Kiva or Samaritan’s Purse this year out of your gift budget, please do. I don’t know where you can so dramatically impact a family (or even a village) with such little money!
🧠 Thinking Toys
Thinking toys are generally not dependent upon electronics; you can often use them for imaginative play. Most of these toys we’ve used with our kids, grandkids, or friends’ kids. When you give toys from this category, you give with the purpose of:
- Bringing your kids’ home education to life.
- Allowing a toy to do double-duty as a teaching tool in addition to entertainment — so you get more teaching done in less time and with less effort. Anytime you pick up these kinds of toys and games, it really boosts your children’s learning and engagement!
- Building family memories by getting games you can play as a family, or your multi-age children can play together.
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Also, I’ve listed an age range from the manufacturer or my experience using the item with my children or grandchildren.
Okay, here we go with thinking toys and gifts:
I’ve loved any Melissa and Doug toys we’ve used. They’re well-made, usually wooden toys that hold up to rough toddlers. This company made many of the preschool toys listed below.
- Before a very young child can speak, hand puppets are mesmerizing to them! By playing with hand puppets, you’re already helping your baby learn the habits of attention and observation! Here’s an adorable set of five safari animal ✅ hand puppets from Melissa and Doug. (2 and up)
- Another value buy is this 6-in-1 cube puzzle of farm animals 🎯 complete with a tray. It’s cute, as well as a space saver! (This is a big plus to our family.) For ages 3-6. These puzzle blocks are wood, come in a tray, do six puzzles, and are on sale at the time of publication!
- Must have for preschool to about age 6: This Melissa and Doug kid-approved set we’ve loved: a child-sized set of house-cleaning tools ✅ 🎯 They are made just like the full-sized tools but are a perfect fit for little hands. (2 to 6) They’re a good value because of their usefulness and solid construction. And they’re on sale (at the time I’m writing) for 19% off.
- Little Adventures dress-ups – started by two moms, this company makes dress-up clothing for kids to PLAY in. They’re comfortable and washable, unlike most costumes. As you know, kids + costumes = big fun. These aren’t inexpensive, but they’re well-made. If multiple children play with them, particularly, they are a good value.
- Do your littles like to play store? Here’s a clever idea from Little Adventures: a chair cover that looks like a market, ✅ and you can pick up the comfortable, washable matching apron, 🎯 too! And if you have a little princess at your house, she’ll love these dresses and fairy wings.
- Speaking of wings, my homeschooling friend Kristin’s kids go nuts over these Great Horned Owl wings/wrap. ✅ (They have unicorns, dragons, and several colorful butterfly wings, too.)
- Magnatiles, Picasso Tiles ✅ (4 and up, but there’s no age limit on these STEM toys!) As children get older, they’ll be able to build higher and more intricate structures. And the magnets in each piece make it much easier for younger fingers to stack and build. Helpfully, there are many examples of what to build on the boxes.
Pro tip: if you end up with more than one set of these magnetic tiles, they’re easier to keep in a clear tub with a lid. Cardboard boxes don’t last too long in most households with littles. Make sure to cut out the pictures on the boxes of things you can make and throw ’em in the tub with the tiles.
- Jumbo Book of Hidden Pictures (4-8) ✅ 🎯 is a coloring book and hidden picture book in one. This book is perfect for your pre-readers, with pictures of what’s hidden instead of words. Hidden picture books build patience and observation skills. And this will keep your younger set busy for HOURS for under five bucks.
🍨 Gift Experiences
You don’t have to buy a thing at the store for something to count as an incredible gift. After all, don’t most of our kids value time alone with a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle as the most memorable thing ever? ✅
- Camping, hiking, fishing, going to a movie, or anything else you can think of that isn’t something you usually do together. This is even more special if it’s a grown-up-with-one-child-at-a-time event. Even a coupon for a movie night at home with popcorn can be a huge treat. Especially if your child can’t have much one-on-one time because a loved relative is deployed or traveling frequently. 🎯 (some of these options are less expensive than others)
- Local subscriptions or a trip to a museum, outdoor park, zoo, fun park, see a play, orchestra or ballet performance, local or professional baseball, basketball, or football game, ice cream shop, or other place considered special and/or in line with your child’s interests. 🎯 (some of these options are less expensive than others)
- Time together coupons for miniature golf, aquarium, theatre, local orchestra, beach/lake/park picnic, camping, ice cream, unique playground…all those things count! Even having a movie night with a favorite Uncle, as in the picture below!🎯 (some of these options are less expensive than others)
- My First Calendar. ✅ I bought this for my first grand, and he loved it. He and his mom/dad happily noted the month, day, year, day, weather, plans for the day, special events, and more with colorful magnetic tiles. This calendar helps your little one learn many things, is interactive, and builds language skills. Lots of wins here. (2-7)
♟️Board and Card Games
Board and Card Games are sneaky educational gifts. They teach your kids about gracefully following directions, taking turns, patience, and winning (and losing). Additionally, games also teach the use of strategy, planning, and deductive reasoning.
Have you waited seemingly forever for your children to get old enough to play board games? But when that time finally arrived, you were ready to pull your hair out because the only options were Chutes and Ladders and Candyland?
I can relate!
You’ll be thrilled to know that you’ll enjoy playing many alternative children’s games with them. So keep reading for fun game ideas for your family or multi-aged kids to play together.
- Outfoxed! ✅ For 2-4 players, this 15-minute game is a kid’s version of a game you’ve loved: Clue. I especially love the Outfoxed game because everyone works together as detectives to determine which clever criminal fox stole Mrs. Plumper’s pot pie before it’s too late! (4+ and up)
- Gobblet Gobblers Every round of this family favorite only takes five minutes, keeping things moving for younger children. You play it like tic-tac-toe, but instead of just moving pieces, your piece can “gobble” up your opponent’s! Note that this version is made of well-wearing wood instead of plastic, so your family will enjoy it for a long time. (5 and up)
- Checkers ✅ is the first strategy game we learned to play as kids. Here’s a simple set that you can start with. (6 and up)
- Sequence for Kids is for 2-4 players from 3-6. I love strategy games, and so do my kids. And this edition is on sale at the moment! 🎯 And there’s another edition for older kids, Sequence Letters (Ages 4-7)
- Double-Nine Colored Dominoes ✅ 🎯 Our family loves playing dominoes! My kids have warm memories of playing dominoes with us and each set of grandparents. Make sure to get colored dominoes because it gives your younger kids a memory aid to help them remember “the yellow ones are sixes.” And as your family grows, you’ll need the double-twelve set. But be warned –those scores are a workout to add up! The manufacturers say dominoes are for 8 and up, but we played with our kids by six.
- I love this Chess Teacher set ✅ 🎯. This is what we used to teach our kids how to play. These larger-than-normal chess pieces have the name and how each piece is moved on the back, making it easier for the newbie to catch on to the game. (8 on up) On sale at the time of writing.
- Spot It ✅ 🌍is a matching game that relies on pictures rather than words and can be enjoyed by your entire family. You can play it with non-English speakers because it doesn’t depend on reading. (Involved with multi-cultural ministry? This is perfect!) In addition to the classic version for five and up, there are two more for ages three and up – Spot It Jr. Animals and Spot It 123. You can throw these in your purse to keep everyone occupied at restaurants, on road trips… anywhere! Even better, you can finish a round in about 10 minutes.
- Life on Earth ✅ is another matching game, perfect for your little ones to help them learn observation skills and attention to detail. Our son could beat everyone else in the house at a match game by age 3. (I don’t know if that reflected his ability or our disabilities!) The beautiful artwork on these game cards makes this fun for all ages. The cards include many animals, plants, flowers, fruit, and more, so even your 3-year-old can play. (3 and up)
- Sleeping Queens 🎯 will help your kids learn simple math! What homeschooling mom wouldn’t jump on this? In 10-minute rounds, this game is short and sweet. The manufacturer suggests eight and up, but a few moms say their 4-year-olds can play with help. (Younger children often learn faster from a game than a curriculum, so this game counts as some extra math, in my opinion.)
Author cards are another must-have and are also listed under stocking stuffers. These are regular playing cards, but in addition to the suit and number, each card also has the face of a famous author and lists four of the author’s well-known works! You play this game like you would “Go Fish.” For example, if you have at least one Mark Twain card, you could ask, Caleb, do you have Mark Twain’s, Huckleberry Finn?
- In addition to Authors, this series includes card decks featuring American Authors, Children’s Authors, Explorers, Scientists, and Inventors.✅ 🎯 (7 and up) I can’t tell you how much my brothers and I picked up by playing with most of these card sets as kids!
- Also, if you have littles playing, consider getting a Little Hands Cardholder. It might allow your toddler to play cards without a meltdown from repeatedly dropping them.
🍳Learning to Cook and Plan Meals
Besides being a vital life skill, cooking is a practical way to help your children learn. Learning to follow written directions, measure, multiply, and divide are all skills kids learn through cooking. Meal planning is also part of this process, especially if you’d like to teach your teen a “Food and Nutrition” high school class. Everyone homeschooled high schooler can benefit from kids who know how to cook and plan meals.
For a simple homeschool high school course, you can put together a few of these cookbooks, this phenomenal meal planner written by a nutritionist, add a couple of essays, and get your high schooler to plan a month of meals. And cook some of them, as well, of course! (Really, creating elective high school courses can be that easy.)
The first cookbook suggestion below is for your younger child who needs help eating different kinds of food. There’s something about creating a snack yourself that makes eating it more appealing! And this first one is free! (Keep reading to see how.)
The three books listed after the first are from America’s Test Kitchens. They’re all kid-tested to ensure the instructions are clear and easy to follow and often have instructions with pictures. If you can, get the spiral option so they’ll lay flat.
- Edible Crafts Kids’ Cookbook ✅ 🎯 (4-8) is a simple book with cute illustrations of even more adorable snacks! It makes eating more appealing when the results look so fun. And these are clever and creative. (even better, it is free at the time of this writing if you have Kindle Unlimited.)
- The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists: Good Science Makes Great Food 70+ Recipes, Experiments & Activities. ✅ 🎯 (8-12) If you homeschool or are a teacher, you know how valuable hands-on science activities are. This cookbook reinforces scientific concepts with lots of colors and illustrated directions. I can’t wait until our oldest grandchild is old enough for this book. One mom said it was like a beginning cooking class.
- The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs ✅ 100+ Recipes that You’ll Love to Cook and Eat — tested by 750 kids, this book is rated five stars on Amazon with over 19,000 reviews. (10-13+)
- The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs ✅ 5000 kids tested this one, and it’s a winner. It begins by teaching your young baker to follow a recipe, measure, and get organized to cook. Including step-by-step directions with illustrations, this book is perfect for getting your child started cooking or helping your young bakers hone their baking chops. (10-13+)
- The No-Stress Dinner Planner ✅ 🎯 If you’re teaching your high school student how to plan meals, you need this. Or if this is something YOU struggle with, you need this. Or, If you’re tired of 5:00 pm rolling around every night with you desperately trying to figure out what to cook, you need this! You’ll want to grab this simple, no-stress dinner planner from Sally at Real Mom Nutrition! It’s the easiest-to-use method I’ve ever seen, beginning with brainstorming the meals your family already loves. At the top of each weekly planning page is a box listing the foods you need to use that week. This colorful, practical meal planner includes ideas for getting more nutrition into your meals and family-friendly recipes. It also has a “built-in backup plan” for the nights you don’t want to cook! That’s a real mom right there! (And you’ll be surprised at its highly reasonable price.)
- Instapot/Air Fryer I became a huge Instapot fan last Christmas. I love it. And I’m amazed at how many things you can cook with it and how fast it is. Even better, you’re only washing one pot at the end! And if you know me, you know I’m a big fan of anything that saves me time.) And now they’ve added an air fryer feature to an Instapot and made it bigger. I’m in. If you cook for 6+ people and like the “fried” taste without all the calories, you’ll also want to put this on your list. Here’s the Instapot ✅ I use multiple times per week. It serves about six (but doesn’t have the air frying feature). I don’t know what I’d do without my Instapot!
Do you have any friends who sell essential oils? Do you wish you knew what was true about them, not just the hype and marketing? Me, too.
Well, I finally met someone who has training and knows about essential oils who isn’t selling them.
A while back, I had the pleasure of meeting Kristen Smith, a certified aromatherapist and trained herbalist. And she’s a Christian homeschool mom of 9. (She gets us!) She’s written two practical, uber-informative books that would be excellent gifts for you or someone on your list who’s interested in naturopathic medicine.
- Essential Oils: Separating Truth from Myth – I discovered from Kristen that I don’t have to ransom my firstborn to buy excellent essential oils! Who knew? And Kristin tells you in this book how to use essential oils safely, especially if you want to use them on children.
- The Minimalist Natural Medicine Cabinet: Creating a Small Collection of Remedies to Meet Common Household Needs – I’m reading this now. I’m always surprised that natural, healthy living doesn’t require a big bank account or an advanced degree. Kristen lists ingredients often available in a grocery store to put together simple remedies that you can create yourself. (While avoiding all the scary ingredients that many over-the-counter items include.)
Do you have an aspiring musician? The first recommendation is a book for children 4-8ish that my grandchildren are getting for Christmas. (Shh!) I also include a piano teaching method a friend used to teach her unschooled daughter, who is now a recorded musician.
- Welcome to the Symphony: a Musical Exploration of the Orchestra Using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. This is an electronic book with a story about mice visiting the orchestra and what they learn. Additionally, this beautifully illustrated book not only talks about individual instruments with a demonstration of their sounds but includes snippets of the music itself, played by young musicians from the New York Youth Symphony!
- Stewart Piano is a methodology unlike any mainstream beginning piano instruction I’ve ever heard of. Interestingly, it begins with understanding the keyboard and how to play chords before tackling reading music. With this method, even young children can get started playing piano. Especially remarkable is that you don’t have to have piano experience to teach your children piano, according to their website. (I’m sure you are learning along with your student.) My friend Fancy heartily endorsed this program and told me it’s a gentle approach that doesn’t create “fear of the black keys.”
My mom was an artist (she was recruited at Hallmark from high school) and later taught hundreds of art classes over the years. She always bought good-quality art supplies, so I’ve tried to do the same.
- Crayons, stickers, stamps, ink, pastels, colored pencils.✅
- How to Draw 101 Animals ✅- Give your child a way to draw simple animals (that look like animals) in six steps. Easy-to-follow, clear instructions. This is part of a 13-book series, so if you have a budding artist, these are fantastic. (5 and up. That said, click the link and look at the example pictures to see if your child is ready at 5.)
- Drawing for the Absolute Beginner – starts with simple everyday objects like clouds and coffee mugs. This book progressively builds lesson upon lesson until you try your hand at portraits! Good for a pre-teen and up who wants to learn to draw.
- Amazon Basics Drawing Art Pencil Kit ✅ 🎯 Spend less than $10 for this 17-piece kit, including six drawing pencils and three charcoal pencils of various hardnesses, a kneaded and a regular eraser, a smudge stick, and a sharpener. This nifty drawing set will take your budding artist a long way at a great price!
- Strathmore 100-sheet Spiral Sketch Pad ✅ 🎯 Strathmore is an excellent name for drawing paper. This sketch pad is great for pencil, crayon, charcoal, and pastel drawings. Use it with a drawing instruction book or as a good-quality nature journal.
- 60 pages of Kids’ watercolor paper (5×7). 🎯 If you want paper for your kids to paint or practice on, this one is inexpensive, although it’s more of a lighter gray color than white. Works with watercolor and acrylic paint. If your kids are like most, they can blow through a lot of paper, so get some reasonably priced for practice!
- This watercolor paper works for “wet media,” such as watercolor and acrylics, and is best for older or serious artists.
- Pretty Simple Lettering: A Step-by-Step Hand-Lettering and Modern Calligraphy Workbook for Beginners – This beautiful spiral-bound book teaches and inspires. This book is a beginner’s guide to calligraphy with plenty of step-by-step instructions and practice pages. It can help you turn your words into art in your journal, letters to friends, addressing envelopes, wedding invitations, graphic design projects, and more. Grab a pen set like this to go with it, or go to your local Michael’s store to pick up a set.
These are practical crafts one might begin in childhood and use into adulthood. And learning many of these types of crafts will allow your children to make unique and practical gifts for others. So, learning these skills is money well spent! Why? Because you’ll be giving your children or yourself a way to create a lifetime of useful and beautiful gifts.
- Knitting Kit for Beginners– 🌍Do you have a child or adult you know who would like to learn to knit? If so, here’s everything needed to make a scarf, fingerless gloves, and a cute little bunny, whether you are 8 or 80. It includes instructions with pictures and links to videos for more help.
- Here’s a Klutz beginning knitting kit with a paperback book that includes knitting needles, yarn, and more for six projects. 🎯 🌍
- Swaying with the Wind: a Charity Knitting Pattern Collection. ✅ 🌍Once you’ve mastered the basics, use knitting as a service project to help others. These patterns were created by my friend, Nicole, who uses her gift to knit for charity. These eight practical patterns have 16 variations. AND she includes video instructions for each design. Also, you can use these patterns to knit for charity and make personalized gifts for others.
These items can also be used to make gift cards and tags, invitations, decorate notebooks or journals, etc. This is an excellent gift for someone crafty, and making cards instead of buying them saves a TON of money!
- Make it a habit to save or pick up bits of ribbon, unusual buttons, inexpensive stamp sets, ink sets, a glue gun, glue sticks, buttons, the end of the wrapping paper rolls, and more. You can save bits and pieces all year and then arrange them in a cute box to gift to your cardmaker, along with special papers or other cardmaking supplies. ✅ 🎯
- To make holiday, birthday, sympathy, thank you, and other greeting cards, it’s easy to start with sets. I find using clear acrylic blocks and stamps to line up the words or designs easier. So here’s a set of Bible verse stamps that include a couple of the clear blocks. ✅ 🎯
- And then you need ink. If you are scrapbooking or creating something to last, get acid-free ink here or here. But regular ink is fine if you’re making a holiday card.
- And if you enjoy making cards, and so does at least one of your children, you can make them together! So to start, here’s a book on basic card-making techniques and inspiration.
🧦 Purposeful Stocking Stuffers
General tips about stocking stuffers, starting with a blow-your-mind idea:
- Everyone, including the kids, gets or makes something for everyone else’s stocking. Your little ones can choose special stickers or make pictures just for their brother or dad. Our kids used their own money (when they were old enough and wanted to buy instead of make). Highly recommended! We usually took them to Walmart and let them figure out what to get everyone. And they chose the most thoughtful gifts! We were always surprised and touched by what they gave us and each other. And I never again had responsibility for all of the stockings.
- Wrap small items like stickers, art supplies, or small toys in empty toilet paper rolls. Then wrap the rolls in colored tissue paper, extending a couple of inches over each end of the roll. After that, cut these extending ends into half-inch segments (parallel with the roll), And tie each end with ribbons. ✅ 🎯
- Buy sets of gel pens, mechanical pencils, and colorful erasers and divide them between your kids rather than giving one child the set. For example, Pilot FriXion Erasable Retractable Gel Pens are my favorite pens because they come in so many different colors. This is the 10-pen set ✅ 🎯, and here’s the 15-pen set. ✅ 🎯 (This is a good value because you’re splitting the set.) And these pens are also refillable, at least in the most common colors.
- Coupons work in stockings, too. Kids can offer coupons for washing cars, pulling weeds, or taking someone out for a milkshake without breaking the bank. (In fact, recently, we brought our 30-year-old son boxes (!) of his stuff from our attic. (When you have adult kids, sometimes removing their belongings from your house takes a while. Ahem.) Anyway, in his boxes, our son found several birthday and Christmas coupons from his older sister. And do you know he collected on every one of those coupons after all these years? They had so much fun together!
Small Games and Toys
- Spot It ✅ 🌍 is a matching game that relies on pictures rather than words. So you can throw it in your purse and keep everyone busy when you’re at a restaurant waiting for your food. Your family will love playing together with quick 10-minute rounds. You can also play it with non-English speakers because it doesn’t depend on reading. (Involved with multi-cultural ministry? This is perfect!) The classic version is for 5 and up. For ages 3 and up, try Spot it Jr. Animals or Spot It 123.
- These Author cards ✅ 🎯 are a must-have, also listed under educational gifts. They are regular playing cards, but in addition to the suit and number, each card also has the face of a famous author and lists four of the author’s well-known works. We played this game like you would “Go Fish.” (Example: “Steve, Do you have Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn?”) In addition to Authors, this series includes card decks featuring American Authors, Children’s Authors, Explorers, Scientists, and Inventors. (6 and up) Your kids will start putting together the names of these notable people and their works just by playing cards! (Note: I’m unsure how many women and minorities are represented here. Some of these sets were made a long time ago.)
Art Supplies and more
- Colorful Washi tape ✅ 🎯 for crafts like card making or decorating a notebook, journal, scrapbook, or planner.
- Also, consider crayons, stickers, stamps, ink, colored pencils, small notebooks, and markers. ✅ 🎯
- Small notebooks for capturing sermon notes, drawings, random thoughts, or to-dos. Inspirational ones ✅(8 to a set, 5×8) ✅ 🎯, Colored cover, spiral-bound, fits easily into a pocket or backpack (12 to a set, 3×5), Brown covers, spiral-bound, can order them plain or ruled (5 to a set, 3.5×5.5) Notebooking dovetails well with children’s education, whether they are capturing their thoughts and ideas, journaling how they feel about things, or recording what they’re learning about.
We love to give meaningful gifts to our kids and family, and I hope this gift guide has given you some great ideas. And this year, consider letting your kids discover the joy of giving by giving special gifts to others.
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