Last month, I started a new series called “Want, NEED, Wear, Read.” The idea for the series grew out of a new Christmas trend in which kids receive four gifts for Christmas: something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.
The goal is to deemphasize presents and Santa and material things in order to emphasize fellowship and blessings and the birthday boy himself.
Our family is planning on doing this in our household this Christmas so for December’s installment of Want, NEED, Wear, Read, I’ve put together a gift guide for those wanting to de-consumerfy (google it) Christmas.
But the BEST part of this gift guide is the “need” section. As I don’t know personally what your family members need, I’ve instead recommended three non-profit organizations who help impoverished people and communities by providing jobs and teaching marketable skills (thus, helping “Someone in NEED”). Buy a gift or two from one of these organizations and you won’t have that dreaded buyer’s remorse.
Something to Want, Need, Wear, Read:
A Christmas Gift Guide
- Coloring Page Stationery ($16) – Coloring books are all the rage these days and these allow you to brighten someone’s day by sending your creations in the mail! Adults and children alike can personalize postcards to friends and family with their words AND their markers.
- L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara ($6) – I’ve used a lot of mascaras in my day and this is my absolute favorite. I have naturally bald eyelids and have tried EVERYTHING, even the eighty-two-step process mascaras and the $50 mascaras. This one wins. And it’s SIX BUCKS. Double win.
- Instant Pot ($130) – This is on my own list this year. I don’t need to say anything about it because over 12,000 people on Amazon have already said more than enough. Just go read all the rave reviews. It will apparently change your life.
- Beauty Protector Leave-In Conditioner/Heat Protectant Spray ($23) – Stocking Stuffer Central. I don’t ever buy beauty products over $10, but I got this in a BirchBox this past year and fell in love. It ended up being the only thing I purchased after receiving samples for a full year (not because I didn’t want a million things — I totally did — but because I was only willing to cough up the cash for this ONE THING). Get it. Your hair will thank me.
- Chewbacca Talking Mask ($18) – For the Star Wars buff in the fam. When the children are lying on the floor screaming in a stupor of overstimulation and sleep-deprivation, slap this thing on dad’s face and all will be merry and bright once again.
- 10-Piece Pots and Pans for Camping ($22) – I’ve been camping once in the last 10 years, so don’t take my word for it. Go read the 1,800 positive reviews and take theirs.
- Camo Tumbler ($20) – I have both a RTIC and a YETI tumbler and I honestly can’t tell a difference in quality, call me crazy. So for it being half the price, I’ll take the RTIC every time.
- Wireless Headphones ($34) – *TOP PICK* This is what my hubs, Clark, is asking for this year. They keep selling out because apparently they are a hot ticket item which makes sense because I can’t find a pair of headphones with the same excellent reviews for this low of a price. Go grab them while the grabbin’s good.
- Roller Coaster ($88) – We got this for Hattie over a year ago and they all still play on it. Even when the big cousins come over, they all end up fighting over who can do the coolest tricks on it. We have gotten a lot of use out of it and I totally recommend it.
- TinkerToys ($18) – Nostalgic Toy #1. I played with these every time I visited my grandparents’ house for hours growing up so when I saw them on Amazon last year, I knew I had to get some for the girls for Christmas. They love them just as much as I did. And I don’t mind sitting and building with them either.
- Iron-On Beads ($9) – *TOP PICK* Nostalgic Toy #2. I LOVED these when I was little. We’d stick magnets to the back of them and put them on the fridge which looked ah-mazing… duh. So I got some for the girls last year (I must have been feeling emo last year about turning 30), and they keep them occupied for upwards of an hour.
- Balance Bike ($60) – The idea of teaching Charlee to ride a bike gives me anxiety because toughness is not her spiritual gift. Well, rumor has it this bike makes transitioning to a two-wheeler a piece of cake. PLUS it’s for ages 18 mo-5 yrs. OH HEY ONE GIFT FOR ALL THREE CHILDREN BAM BAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM.
“We partner with talented artisan entrepreneurs to make a difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. By developing artisan businesses through fair trade, we empower them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them.”
– Noondaycollection.com “About” page
- Concentric Earrings ($48)
- Rustic Leather Tote ($158)
- Kantha Stitch Scarf ($48)
- Brushstroke Necklace ($34)
global goods partners:
“Global Goods Partners (GGP) is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to alleviating poverty and promoting social justice in the Global South. … GGP creates economic opportunity for women in some of the world’s poorest communities by providing access to the US market for the fair trade, handmade products they produce.”
– Globalgoodspartners.com “About” page
- Children’s Fox Felt Rug ($76)
- Bone-Inlay Coasters – Set of 4 ($28)
- Baby Penguin Toy ($28)
- Gold Mango Wood Tray ($48) *TOP PICK*
mercy house global:
“The Mercy Shop is a global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House. We engage women through maternity homes in Kenya and employment through Fair Trade Friday in more than 15 countries all around the world. By purchasing from this store, you are supporting these young mothers and their children.”
– mercy-shop.myshopify.com “About” page
- Leather Journals ($12+)
- Verse Chalkboard Print ($18)
- Kid’s Tic-Tac-Toe Game ($10)
- Kenya Woven Basket ($50)
- Fruit of the Loom Hipster Panties ($10) – No wedgies. Ever. Best panties. Ever. Get them on your hind parts.
- Cozy to the Core Sweater Jacket ($99) – I’ve been eyeing this for a while now debating whether I have the guts to spend this much dinero …. But I think I would wear it LITERALLY everyday. And by literally, I mean in real life, everyday, this would be on my person.
- Sam Edelman Booties ($140) – Did anyone notice that booties are kind of a big deal right now? I have two friends that own these and say they are oh-so comfortable. Plus, they are adorbs and would go with EVERYTHING. I am currently waiting in anticipation to unwrap my own pair on December 25.
- Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic ($28) – My mom owns this is in three different colors and has bought one for me, one for my sister, and one each for a few of her teacher-friends. It has the three essentials: cute, comfortable, and long enough to cover your rear-end in leggings.
- Dad T-Shirt ($12) – Know any dads that are totally killing this dad gig? Let’s give them all the opportunity to share their awesomeness with the rest of the world.
- Nike Slip-Ons ($80) – Clark has some similar to this that he wears all the time, but they’re sold out. Womp womp. They’re great to throw on with jeans just to run out, instead of having to put on tennis shoes. They are super comfortable, but run small, so buy at least a half-size up!
- Nike No-Wrinkle Slacks (+/- $70) – *TOP PICK* They look like dress pants but feel like sweatpants; they wash and dry well; and I’ve never ironed them. Clark said, “I will never buy a different pair of khakis ever again.” He now has three different colors of them and wears them daily to work.
- People Socks ($23) – Apparently the best socks for sweaty, stinky, gross feet. Anyone have a husband whose feet fit this description? They wick the sweat, or something … I don’t really like talking about foot sweat, so let’s just say they’re good socks.
- Toddler Boy’s Sweater ($15) – All the heart eyes for babies in sweaters.
- Girls’ Nike Leggings ($8 while supplies last, so HURRY) – EIGHT BUCKS, you guys. My girls wear leggings daily so I’m always on the lookout for some that won’t get holes three washes in.
- Boys’ Boots ($25) – The rest of the heart eyes for baby boys in boots.
- Mommy and Me Christmas Pajamas ($25) – *TOP PICK* The girls are going to flip out when they open these on Christmas Eve. If you have a little girl that loves baby dolls like mine do, these would make the perfect Christmas pjs!
- The Magnolia Story by Chip and JoJo ($16) – I mean, Chip and JoJo, you guys. I can’t envision a world in which this isn’t my favorite book ever.
- Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker ($8) – *TOP PICK* Life changer. If you haven’t read this, do it. It will rock your religious world.
- Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch ($11) – Fighting entitlement in my children is a daily battle over here. My favorite thing about this book is the application at the end of each chapter. She offers great practical ways to instill gratitude in kids of ALL AGES.
- You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life
by Jon Gordon ($12) – This book discusses the concept of “creating a culture” in a business or team, which is a big buzz word (or phrase, I suppose) in our household. Clark really enjoyed it, as did the rest of Amazon.
- Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell ($8) – Clark’s favorite book ever. I make fun of him because he thinks he’s a Navy Seal now because he read this and works out sometimes, but it really is an incredible story of survival and resilience (and the movie doesn’t suffice, according to him).
- Shaken by Tim Tebow ($15) – Tebow comes on a little strong for me sometimes, but I’m still not a hater. This chronicles his journey from being on top of the world to the not-so-top after being cut three times in the NFL and his takeaways from that experience.
- Good, Good Father by Chris Tomlin ($10) – A precious story about a little boy who goes on a journey to seek help from the King. Tomlin, who sings the worship song of the same name, will teach your munchkin that though he is a King, God will always pursue you and be overjoyed to you them in your time of need.
- The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak ($11) – Oh my goodness. Just watch this video of BJ reading it to a classroom full of kids. Hilarious.
- Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty ($11) – This one’s for all the little creatives in your home. It tells the story of little Rosie and her failed invention for her great-great-aunt Rose. Aunt Rose emphasizes you can’t fail unless you quit. Beaty has two other books in this series also, with equally awesome reviews.
- The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones ($11) – *TOP PICK* Our favorite bible, hands down. Sometimes after I read them a story I’m like, “OOOH. NOW I get it. Thirty years later.” She makes the Bible come to life, gives applications that little ones can relate to, and connects all the stories back to Jesus in a way that makes the whole bible make sense. Awesome for any age — from 2-year-olds all the way up to adults.
And there you have it! Blessings to you and yours this Christmas everyone!