If you have younger children in your home, like I do, then you know how difficult it is to find smaller gifts that you would really want to get for Christmas. This is why I wanted to have a good list of gifts children can buy for their parents. I wanted my younger children have some ideas that would be usefully and make them feel good when buying them.
Here are 10 gifts children can buy for their parents:
Calendars – Everyone needs a new calendar. The dollar store and Walmart sell a variety of them that will give even the youngest child a fun time to pick one that fits their parents just perfectly.
Stamps – Most people still use stamps to mail out things. Have the children pick out which stamps that they want to give.
Envelopes – Stamps need envelopes, so if you have more than one child, the other one can pick out some mailing envelopes that will go perfectly with the stamps.
Pens and Pencils – Even though we are a homeschooling family, I can never have enough pens and pencils. I always have these on my wish list.
Car scrapers – Depending on where you live, a car scrapers can be a big necessity that you would love to receive from your children. My children loved to pick out their favorite colors when choosing scrapers for gifts.
Spatulas – It may be because I cook a lot, but spatulas are always a great gift for my kitchen.
Coffee mugs – If there is a hot beverage lover in the house, a coffee mug is a great gift for children to buy for their parents. You may even want to have a custom photo mugs made for them.
Candles – Children love candles and so do most women, which makes this a perfect gift.
Joke books – My husband loves jokes and my children have always loved getting him joke books, so they all could laugh together.
Ornaments – Adding a new ornaments to the tree because it was a gift from your child could be a great tradition.
These are great gifts children can buy for their parents and ones that parents would love to get. I hope you enjoy these ideas to helping your little ones enjoy the shopping experience!
Growing up, I was a Santa Claus believer through and through, so the Christmas tree resembled the promise of coming gifts. It served me as the symbol of all the desires that I could imagine and the anticipation of what I would find the morning of Christmas. Once the presents were open the Christmas tree lost its grasp on my attention and my hope of something to come.
I had what was going to be given to me and the anticipation of gifts had past.
The once beautiful Christmas tree that had been void of gifts leading up to Christmas morning returned to that same place of being void, as gifts found their new places through the home. Although it looked the same as it did just 24 hours before, it lost its promise and with it my excitement.
After continuing with the traditions that our parents had passed on to us, we wanted to focus our attention on more than the earthy gifts of Christmas morning, but the gifts that the birth of Jesus provided to us.
When we replaced our Christmas tree with a manger, we found our focus on knowing the best gift was already given, as Jesus was laid in a manger in Bethlehem. Having a manger as symbol of Christmas in our home has allowed us to remind ourselves through the season of Christmas and even after the gifts have been open, that we are still waiting for something…. a promise.
This simple manger has quickly reminded us that Jesus' birth was for a purpose and His gift of salvation, although is readily available to us today, it is His gift of everlasting life that has us looking at this manger as I once did the Christmas tree.
I'm longing for His promise… His coming… His gift of eternal life.
Replacing our Christmas tree with a manger has been a good thing for our family to put the focus on the gifts that Jesus' birth provide for us. This doesn't change how we celebrate with our family, but rather enhances how we anticipate the gift that is still coming.
This Christmas breakfast is a tradition that my parents did when I was very young and one that I brought into my own family, while adding some new traditions of our own to reflect our desired traditions while celebrating Christmas our way.
The thing that makes this tradition a favorite with kids is they wake up to this table all set for them when they wake up ‘incredibly early' and ready to start with the days celebrations. My parents always told us that Santa Claus set the table for us, which made it very special to my believing heart. However, my husband and I had long decided that we weren't going to bring Santa Claus into our days celebration, staying true to his upbringing and my desire to be truthful to my children about why we celebrate the way we do.
I remember the first Christmas breakfast when I started this tradition and marked the start of the day as a celebration of Jesus' birthday. My small children's face light up with surprise and joy as they scanned the table to see what it all included. It has been no different for my younger children now.
As our children come down the stairs, our eat-in table is in full view. They are joyful over the ‘Happy Birthday' banner draped across the window, the balloons hanging over the table, the ‘bouquet' of candy canes in the center of the table and the individual boxes of their own cereal, place inside my Christmas dishes.
This past year, we added a new tradition of reading Bible verses about ‘gifts'. We will do this every year, as it was a beautiful opportunity to turn their hearts to Him and the gifts that we already attained because of His birth and resurrection. If you would like to start that tradition as well or just study what the Bible says about gifts, you can print your own 12 Bible Verse Cards about ‘gifts' and get started when you are ready.
Last year, we started a family tradition of reading Bible verse cards after we ate our breakfast on Christmas morning. Our entire family enjoy seeing what spiritual gifts are laid out in the Bible and turning our hearts to Him before turning our focus on earthly gifts.
Here is how you can start a new family tradition for Christmas or any time of the year when a study on what the Bible says about ‘gifts' would bless your family:
To make this new tradition a special one, we used red glitter gift boxes to put the Bible verse cards in and had them as part of our table decorations for breakfast. The younger children couldn't wait to see what was inside! We even placed a candy cane place card on top of each box, so that we ensured that our children read the verses that we best suited for each of them.
Would you like to have your family memorize scriptures together but you have multiples ages and you feel lost at the idea? If so, you can download my free Bible Verse Planner that color-coordinates age-appropriate verses for ages 1-teen. Just click here to get Bible Verse Planner for FREE in your inbox.
If you love watching Christmas movies, you will love this list of 20 Christmas movies for the whole family. This list is comprised of classics, touching, meaningful and a few with the legendary Santa Claus.
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I love Christmas time! There is nothing like cuddling with my little ones on a cold evening, drinking hot chocolate and watching meaningful Christmas movies together.
Over the years, I have found some that I absolutely love and others that the children really love, but either way, it is a good thing to take time to share about Christmas on their level in a visual way.
Here is a list of meaningful Christmas movies for little ones that you may enjoy as well:
Why Do We Call it Christmas is a story about the traditions that have been connected to Christmas, by Phil Vister, creator of Veggie Tales.
Jacob's Gift is a story about a boy named Jacob who lived during the times of Jesus' birth and actually crafts the manger that the Messiah will be laid in after His birth.
Crippled Lamb is about a lamb who doesn't think he belongs, but will find that everyone has a special place in the world.
Alabaster's Song is an adorable story of a how a little boy travels back in time with an angel to visit Bethlehem when Jesus was born.
The Christmas Story Keepers is a story taken place during the time of Nero, when Christians were being persecuted for their faith. This is the story of how the birth of Christ was protected and kept for others to hear.
The King is Born Interactive DVD is one of my favorite Biblical story of the birth of Jesus. The animation is superior and the story is based completely on the Biblical accounts.
Who doesn't love candy canes? Exactly! This is why I wanted to put together a fun candy cane guide so you can take one of the most recognized Christmas candy and do a full month of activities with it, year after year.
I have used candy canes as Christmas tree decorations, gift decoration with a bow and even as a place card for the table.
To make a place card holder with candy canes, you will need 3 mini candy canes. Place one candy cane on one side and the other two candy canes on the other side and attached them with tape. It is quite simple to make and really makes for a beautiful Christmas decoration for the table.
I hope you have enjoyed this fun candy cane guide and will put some of these ideas into your Christmas celebration.
I remember the day when my daughter gave me a personalized calendar for my birthday. I think I cried! Okay, I did cry, but it is because I'm the romantic, sentimental kind of women. Since then, this has become an anticipated gift and one that I cannot wait ti receive.
My mom is turning 70 this year and I'm going to bless her with some of these good things that I know will have her reaching for her tissues, because the apple doesn't fall from the tree.
What I love about these gift ideas for your favorite photos is that you can do them for anytime of the year and they will be cherished forever.
Here is my list of 7 gifts ideas:
Calendars – You will need about 20-50 good quality photos to make your calendar amazing. My children and husband write a special note to me on the month that their birthday falls in and my husband adds another one in the month of our anniversary. Tear jerkers for sure and yet, the cherry on top! Although most people think of calendars for January through December, you can also create them for teachers for September through August or for birthday gifts starting in the month they were born. I love it when my daughter adds scriptures or quotes pertaining to that month. Treasures and keepsakes!
Photo Books – I absolutely love my photo books and have done different themes to organize my photos, vacations and even homeschooling items. Just like a calendar, you would want to have a minimum of 20-50 good quality photos. You can personalize these with notes, scriptures, quotes, poems, old letters and more. You really can be incredibly creative with these and make a personal gift that will be cherished forever and always.
Mugs – If you have a coffee, tea or hot beverage lover in your life, this is the perfect gift to add a favorite photo to and knock the socks off them at the same time. Knowing my mom is 400 miles away from us, this is one gift that I know she will enjoy when her heart is really missing us and it could use a little warming! (Not to mention a calendar and even a photo book… remember she is turning 70!)
Planners – If you are a homeschooling mommy, this will make your list for sure, but this is a gift idea to give to others. So, why not personalize this planner for a love one, adding birthday dates for the whole extended family. You could add inspirational thoughts for your love one to enjoy as they enter things that are important for them to plan and organize.
Mouse Pads – Again, I remember the time that I was blessed with my own mouse pad with my beautiful family on it. Yep, I cried with this one, too! It sits nicely on my desk and I often think of the times when these photos were taken and making me remember to take time to enjoy those that I love dearly.
iPad Cases – You know how important it is to protect your electronics, so this gift idea just makes it so special to have one of your favorite photos displayed on the case, allowing you to take that moment with you. Anyone would be so excited to get one of these for any special day of the year… or just to say, “I love you!”
Playing Cards – Our family loves games and cards is just one of the things that we love to play. These make a great stocking stuffer or a gift for others who love to play cards.
There is so much wonder in toddlers that many times the box is more interesting than what comes inside. I just love this age! This gift guide for toddlers consists of age appropriate gifts that will grow with the child, and will bring wonder and excitement to them, even after the box has made its way to be recycled. I know because they have worked for mine!
A Gift Guide for Toddlers
These gift suggestions are ones that will encourage the toddler to create, imagine and explore, while providing hours of fun.
As a firm believing creationist myself, I thought I would share with you some of my best suggestions for digging deeper into the evidence of a world-wide flood and decided I would create a gift guide for creationist for your convenience and enjoyment.
I love to give gifts that are functional, even their packaging. You can call it being green, frugal or thrifty and I would agree with you! If you have someone you know about to have a baby, this will be sure to be a great hit and talk of the baby shower or visitors to the hospital to visit the sweet new baby.
Here is what you will need to make a diaper bouquet:
a bin for the base
a florist brick to push kabobs sticks into
small baby items to keep the florist brick in place or you can use tissue paper
tissue paper to decorate around the edges and to fill in the big gaps
newborn diapers – jumbo pack
a pretty hair bow
Here is how to construct a diaper bouquet:
After all prices and tags are removed, place the florist brick in the center of the bin, placing smaller baby items or tissue paper around it to keep it in place.
Using the kabob sticks, roll one individual sock around the top of the kabob stick (the sharper end is what you will stick into the florist block) and then using a rubber band, secure it to the kabob.
Do the same thing with the newborn diapers, being sure to start with the printed side being rolled up first. Be sure to keep the shaper part for sticking into the florist block, as well, and securing it with a rubber band.
Once you have them all securely wrapped on the kabob sticks, you can begin pushing them into the florist block, being sure to mix the socks around for added color.
Once you have all the diaper and sock kabobs into place, rip some pieces of colored tissue paper into the gaps.
Adding a complimenting colored tissue paper around the edge of the bin, will also add an element of beauty to it.
Clip the hair bow to the best side of the bouquet
Don't forget to take a picture, but not until you have taken a moment to smell the diaper bouquet! There is NOTHING as sweet as the smell of a clean diaper, while awaiting the birth of a baby.