When I shop, and especially when I Christmas shop, I search high and low for gifts that are unique and fit my recipient’s personality. I want the gift to really make them light up with excitement. I’m not looking for expensive or big, but fun and out-of-the-ordinary. My three tenets of gift shopping are unique, local, and family owned. So, for Christmas this year, I’m going to feature gift ideas that fit at least two of my tenets. I hope these gift ideas will help you find fun gifts for everyone on your Christmas list and will support family businesses.
I am a book lover. Give me a good book (and the time to read it), and I am one happy girl. My girls have all inherited my love for reading. So, books almost always make an appearance on our gift lists. Here are a few of our favorites.
is a short Spanish storybook (with English translation) written by my real-life friend Alejandro Buritica. This super cute and fun book, in the spirit of Dr. Seuss, introduces young children to the Spanish names of more than 25 animals found in Alejandro’s native Colombia. The sweet and colorful illustrations make reading the book aloud to young children a real treat. I hope to do an author interview with Alejandro and his wife, Audrey, soon. They are so interesting. (This is an affiliate link with Amazon, and I will earn a few cents if you buy from my link.)
I’ve mentioned the Advent books by Arnold Ytreeide. We love these and read them at other times of the year, too. They can be read in any order, but we started with Jotham’s Journey. There is also Tabitha’s Travels and Bartholomew’s Passage. The three main characters appear in each other’s stories, so any way you read them, you get a different angle of the overall tale. Each book details with historical accuracy the political and religious atmosphere into which the Christ child was born. Almost every chapter ends on a cliff-hanger, but no reading ahead! It makes each evening’s readings all the more fun. Since the book references real life places and events, we have been able to tie them in with our ancient history studies in school. When we studied the Dead Sea Scrolls and visited the exhibit, we recalled several details from these books that related to what we were seeing first-hand. That kind of experience makes history come alive. (This is an affiliate link with Amazon, and I will earn a few cents if you buy from my link.)
Another real-life friend, Sarah Maxwell, writes a series of family-oriented story books based on a fictional family, the Moodys. While the family may be fictional, Sarah admits some of the incidents are based on her own family’s exploits. These books are written very well and appropriate for young readers and read-alouds. We have many of these books, but have gotten a bit behind in the series since we haven’t seen the Maxwells in a few years. I guess I need to place an order. Maybe for Christmas!
Sarah’s books make great children’s Christmas gifts, but her parents, founders of Titus 2 Ministries, also author many awesome family and homeschooling resources. Teri has written a series of books to aid struggling moms, particularly homeschooling moms. I have and use Managers of Their Homes and Managers of Their Chores, but there is also Managers of Their Schools. She has recently written a devotional for busy moms, Sweet Journey, and more. All her stuff is great. Steve focuses on encouraging dads and young men with his books, Preparing Sons to Provide for a Single-Income Family and Redeeming the Time. Their materials are practical, encouraging, and helpful to any Christian family and make excellent gifts. (I am not an affiliate and will earn nothing from your purchase. However, I highly recommend their books anyway.)
These are a few of our favorite books. What do you recommend for Christmas gifts?
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