Simple Preparations for Meaningful Gift Giving


In our home we try to keep gifts simple, small, meaningful, purposeful, and quite often handmade, as well as balancing and honouring the wishes of the person receiving the gift as much as we can.

One way to help us stay clear and on budget with gift giving is to create a list well in advance of all the recipients we wish to give gifts to and make gifts for, alongside our own small family’s gift ideas.

Another way in which we try to minimize unneeded or excessive gift giving is by following a little gift giving verse such as this one.

Something you want

Something you need

Something to give

Something to read

I ask the children for ideas about what they might want. They usually need updated art supplies, crayons, paints, paper, clothing, or accessories. Each child chooses a charity to give to and I choose a seasonal book to read for each. The third line in this verse ‘something to give’ emphasizes the true spirit of Christmas, and many other charitable holidays, by giving to others. The children receive money that they can donate to a charity of their choice. You can read more about this tradition of giving here.

Below are some gift suggestions to help inspire you this season.

Something you want


Playstand Arch

Sarah’s Silks

Playstand pegs

Child’s Broom

Something you need

Beeswax Block Crayons

Beeswax Stick Crayons

Lyra Pencils

Watercolor Pencils

Opaque Watercolour Set

Muddo Tuffy Buddo

Planetbox Lunchbox

Something to give

Women’s Earth Alliance

Sea Shepherd

Best Friends Animal Society

Snow Leopard Trust

Red Panda Trust

Heifer International

The Nature Conservancy

Slow Food International

Sierra Club

The Ocean Conservancy

World Resources Institute

World Wildlife Fund

Something to read

Over And Under The Snow – Kate Messnar

The Story of The Snow Children – Sibylle Von Offers

The Tomten – Astrid Lindgren

Winter – Gerda Muller

The Hat – Jan Brett

December’s Gift – A Hanukkah Story

The Light in The Lantern

The Longest Night – Marion Dane Baur

Advent and Christmas Stories – Estelle Bryer and Janni Nicol

The Legend of St Nicholas – Dandi Daley MacKall

Christmas in Noisy Village –  Astrid Lindgren

Peter and Lotta’s Christmas – Elsa Beskow

Paths to Peace – Jane Breskin Zalben

Sky Sisters – Jan Bordeau Waboose

A Symphony of Whales – Steve Schuch

The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats

The Mitten – Jan Brett

How do you organize gift giving in your home? Do you make gifts, follow any traditions, or celebrate festivals throughout the season in a special and meaningful way?  Feel free to add to the list in the comments section, we would love to hear from you and what you are planning for the holidays.

PS. Here are are few more Journal Posts that might help inform your gift-giving this season.

When It Comes to Toys Less is More

5 Gifts You Can Make with Your Kids Right Now.

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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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