The Homeschool Iowa Christmas Gift-Giving Guide

Gift-Giving Guide for Homeschooling Families

Is the thought of coming up with gift ideas for your children causing a Christmas cringe? Are you dreading the accumulation of more "stuff" after the holidays? Would you like ideas for presents that have educational and entertainment value?

We're here to help!

Scroll through this list to generate ideas for gifts that keep on giving throughout the year!


Family memberships to some of your favorite spots can be a great way to enhance your homeschool adventure and provide a way for grandparents to invest in your children’s education, too. Here are a few ideas to get you started, but, of course, potential membership options will depend on your geographical location.


Subscription items are gifts that keep on giving! Whether you choose magazines or book clubs, your child will look forward to receiving these gifts in the mail each month.


Chirp, chickaDEE, and Owl Magazines
ChopChop Cooking Magazine
Clubhouse, Clubhouse Jr. Magazines
Cricket Magazine
Highlights, Hello, and High Five 
National Geographic Kids/Little Kids
Ranger Rick Magazines
StoryBox, AdventureBox, DiscoveryBox Magazines
Zoobies, Zoobooks, Zootles, and Zoodinos Magazines


Highlights Book Clubs
Lollipop Book Club 
Reading Bug Box


Offering subject matter ranging from art and history to STEM and cooking, you can select from lots of monthly subscription kits that will provide your kids with great hands-on learning projects delivered directly to your home! Here are just a few.


Many favorite book series can be purchased in audio format, and your children will enjoy listening to them again and again. The list below is just a sample.

Adventures in Odyssey
Brinkman Adventures
Focus on the Family Radio Theatre
Greathall Productions (Jim Weiss)
Heirloom Audio
Jonathan Park Adventures

Video collections your kids will want to watch over and over again include these titles: 3-2-1 PenguinsAdventures in OdysseyDrive Thru History AdventuresLiberty's KidsLittle House on the PrairieThe Sugar Creek GangVeggieTales, and Wild Kratts.


While some purchased toys can become dust-collecting clutter, there are some time-proven classic toys that promote imaginative and creative play. Here are a few ideas:

Building sets, like Bonz, Kapla Blocks, KEVA Planks, K'nex, Legos, Lincoln Logs, Magna Tiles, marble runs, TinkerToys, Wedgits, and Zoob.

Science kits, like bug kits (ant farms, butterfly tents, ladybug domes), chemistry and physics lab kits, garden kits (hydroponic kits and microgreen kits), microscopes, rock or mineral kits, robotic kits, telescopes, and weather stations.

You'll also want to consider puzzles, board games, and outdoor toys.


Perhaps your child has wanted to take art, music, dance, or other such lessons, but your regular budget hasn't provided the means. These can be potential Christmas gift ideas.

Think of a fun outing or trip you'd like to take with your child. Wrap up an IOU with a promise to share the experience during the coming year.

Gift giving doesn't have to be a chore, and you don't have to end up with a house full of junk. Wink

We hope these ideas will inspire you as you plan your Christmas giving. Oh. And, by the way, if you're making any purchases on Amazon, remember:


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