As has become a bit of a tradition, I’ve pulled together a little holiday gift guide. This does include some affiliate links…so if you’re going to order these, click my links here and I’ll get a little cash for my own Christmas shopping!
With that….here are my ideas for 2020!
For the kiddos…
Books. Books are always on our list! Here are a few of our favorites.
Jesus Storybook Bible. If I could only have one book in my house, this would be it. We read it literally every single night. For years, I let this kids choose the story–I’ve basically got David and Goliath and Joseph and his colorful coat memorized at this point. But about a month ago, we started reading it through in order, and we plan to have read it cover to cover by the end of the year. It’s the best thing I’ve done for my kids’ faith. And listen, it’s been awful good for my own faith too! (This is also my go-to baby shower gift, so if there is ever a good book sale, I stock up!)
Hank the Cowdog. Ever since I played them the Matthew McConaughey Hank the Cowdog podcast, my two are obsessed. If you’re a ranch kid, these are right up your alley! My two will be finding this one and this one in their stockings.
Little Blue Truck series. As you can see from the photo below, we love Little Blue and his friends! These are some of my favorite children’s books. We also have the Christmas one, but I haven’t broken the holiday books out just yet. If I had to choose my favorites, I think I’d go with the original Little Blue Truck or Little Blue Truck Leads the Way about his trip to the city.
The Christmas Story. I’m a big fan of this book. It’s from the amazing women at She Reads Truth. I ordered it several years ago and it’s one of our very favorites year after year.
The Animal’s Christmas Eve. This is a super fun Christmas book for less than $4! It may be because of my own Christmas experiences in a barn (which I wrote about here), but gosh I love the way this book tells the Christmas story through the eyes of the animals who were there that very first Christmas.
Fearless Faith by Melanie Shankle. My Goddaughter will be getting this from me this year! It’s 100 devotionals for girls from one of my very favorite authors. I’m positive it won’t disappoint!
100 Days to Brave Kids by Annie F. Downs. Heads up–this is a pre-order and it won’t arrive until January. But hear me. I don’t think anyone has formed my faith more than Annie F. Downs in the last couple of years. I am ecstatic about this book for kids, and you bet I’ve already got my pre-order in!
Board games. This is a fairly new item on my list, but my kids are now at the point where they love playing games. It lets me sit down and be still…so win-win! Here are a few fun options.
Alphabet Go Fish. Go Fish is no joke around our house, and these cards have both led to near-fist fights and also taught my kids their letters. So…all in all…I call them a success. They also cost less than $3, so perfect stocking stuffer!
Guess Who? This was one of my favorite childhood games as a kid, so I’m buying it for my two this year. Here’s hoping they enjoy it as much as I do!
Ticket to Ride First Journey. My friend Bri raves about this game, and she’s super fun so…into my cart it went!
Kwik Stix Paint Sticks. My neighbor got these for Harper’s birthday, and they’re hands down the best crafting supply we’ve ever had in our house. My kids use them every day, they make no mess, dry almost instantly, and wash out of clothes. If you’ve got budding artists, this has got to be on your list.
Keepsake jewelry. The last couple of years, family members have gotten Harper keepsake jewelry as gifts and I love it. I have her a little jewelry box, and when she gets something, I write a little note an tuck it in the box. So one day, she’ll be able to look back and know the Montana Silversmith necklace was from Grandad for Christmas in 2020, and her Navajo Pearls are from Uncle Dent and know that her first squash blossom came from Aunt Elaine. I just think it’s such a cool tradition to start.
Peloton. I know it’s expensive. I know. But…I also know it is hands down the best thing I have ever done for myself. I’ve had several friends also get one in the last few months and everyone loves it. They have a ton of different classes like biking, walking, yoga, strength, boot camp, stretching, meditation…
If you want to do a little test drive, I can send you a 60-day free pass to check out the classes. It will give you a feel for what they’re like abs you can do the non-bike ones!
If you’re ordering the bike or treadmill…I have a code that will get you $100 off, so message me before you order!!
Cookbooks. I love getting cookbooks! A couple on my list are the new Pioneer Woman cookbook; this one and this one from Half Baked Harvest; and this one by Shanane Flanagan. I’ve also got my eye on this pre-order option from Half Baked Harvest as well.
Hoodies. Who doesn’t love a hoodie? It is basically my winter uniform. I love the shirts at This Farm Wife. The “Dirt Road Dreamer” one is my favorite, but don’t everyone order them and make her sold out before I get my own! Brooke Clay Taylor has some cute clothing options in her shop as well. I really like the choose adventure hoodie.
Books. Lastly, on the book front. Here are a couple of my favorites that I read this year. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey–but get the audio version. I don’t know what awards there are for audio books, but he should win the Oscar for this. I am a huge, huge John Mark Comer fan. I loved Garden City, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, and am currently reading Live No Lies.
Pajamas. Every mom I know in her 30s has these pjs from Target in multiple colors. We all love them.
I find “him” the hardest category to shop for. So if you have good ideas, send them my way! Ha!
Books. I helped my Uncle Buddy write the story of his year in Vietnam in a book called All I Ever Wanted to Be Was a Soldier. I’m biased…but I really think it’s a great story. People have loved it and he donates proceeds to various charities helping veterans. I love following Carlos Whittaker online. I’ve read his book Kill the Spider and I still think about it all the time. I’ve got his book Enter Wild on my list and trust that it will be fantastic.
DeWalt Leaf Blower. Ty got one of these several years ago, and I swear it is used at least once a week. It’s a super handy gadget, especially if your guy is Type A and a bit of a clean freak. That first link is just for the leaf blower–which if course works with any DeWalt battery (what a genius system that is). If you need the battery and charger to go with it, click here.
Dino Cornay art. If I want a sure-fire hit on a gift for my husband or brother, Dino is where I go. He’s a pencil artist from Northeastern New Mexico and his work is absolutely amazing. When I was in high school, he coached the livestock judging team at the high school where he lives, and my ag teacher told me the reason his art was so good is because he really knows good livestock. Our family has collected lots of his work over the years.