As the holidays are quickly approaching, I am excited to release the first edition of my Minimalist Christmas gift guides. One of the main reasons my husband and I decided to adopt this idea of minimalism this Christmas is to help cut down on clutter. (If you didn’t see my original post on a minimalist Christmas you can read it here). In the one short year since we’ve brought home our baby dude man, our house has accumulated an unfathomable amount of toys and clothes, half of the things have gone unused. It’s no secret that staring at the piles and piles of stuff has contributed to my anxiety. So in an attempt to help keep our home organized and be more intentional, this year when it comes to gifts we’re abiding by the Rule of 4 – something wants, something needs, something to wear, and something to read.
Now I in no way want to be a fun-sucker or offend anyone, and I realize this may not be for everyone. But in addition to helping cut down on “stuff”, it’s also important to my husband and I that we teach our son how to be more mindful and the real meaning of the holidays – getting together with family and friends, being grateful, and giving back.
So here are some great gift ideas for the kids, all available on Amazon (because let’s be real, I’m no Pinterest mom, I’m more of an Amazon Prime mom).
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1.) Gears Gears Gears – I love this toy because it helps build fine motor skills as well as helping foster STEM.
2.) Mega blocks and table set– very easy to pack up and take on the go so your little one can create anything, anywhere.
3.) Water and Sand Table -helps encourage outdoor play during the nicer weather months.
4.) Art set -because every kid needs colored pencils, watercolors, and crayons.
1.) Art easel – Inspire creativity in your budding artist
2.) Ezpz mat – It’s a placemat and a plate that is super easy to clean and suctions to the table
3.) Montessori animal match -teaches kids their animals and allows them to compare similarities and differences.
4.) Melissa & Doug basic skills board -Let your little one explore how to dress this smiley bear with zippers, buttons and ties.
1.) Freshly Picked -ok so these are a little pricey but they’re 100% leather, super soft, durable and will stay on your little one’s feet.
2.) Northface fleece -lightweight and great for that in-between weather, and I love that the fabric doesn’t pill.
3.) Skip hop backpack – let your kids carry their books and supplies in style with many cute creatures to choose from.
4.) Flannel pajamas – everyone needs a pair of flannel jammies and I love these from Burt’s Bees. They’re so soft and 100% organic.
1.) Melissa and Doug water wow – ok so it’s not exactly a book but it teaches letters, numbers, and there’s no clean-up.
2.) National Geographic Book of Why – very interactive and answers all those pressing questions inspiring conversation with your kiddos
3.) The Day the Crayons Quit – such a cute little story, you will never color the same way again.
4.) I Wish You More – this book brings tears to my eyes every time and it’s one of my favorite books to read to my little Maxwell, everything you could wish for your child.
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