Christmas Gift Guide for Homeschool Families

Christmas is fast approaching. My Facebook news feed is filling with countdown announcements. Only 8 weeks until Christmas! Oh my!

I like to do the bulk of my Christmas shopping (gifts and special food) in October and November. I find it makes the Advent season in December more relaxed and focused if I’m not stressing about coming up with gift ideas, postage times or our budget. We have lots of fun and meaningful Advent traditions and I find that having my shopping done gives me more time and energy to give to these.

Clearly, I’m not the only one who likes to plan for Christmas early. Questions about Christmas traditions, Advent resources and gift ideas are popping up among my friends and networks. I love coming up with gift ideas so I thought I would put together a gift-giving guide for homeschool families. You may be a homeschool mum looking for new ideas for gifts for your own children, or you may have a homeschool family on your giving list. I also included a section just for mum. I hope this helps!

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Adventure Gear

  • Rain Jacket
  • Thermal wear
  • Backpack
  • Binoculars
  • Compass
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Torch
  • Drink Bottle
  • Gum Boots
  • Picnic Rug
  • Fishing Tackle



Backyard Fun

  • Bike, scooter, skateboard, rollerblades
  • Sports gear (balls, bats, racquets, nets etc)
  • Gardening tools, seeds, pots, gloves
  • Terrariums/Bug Catcher
  • Slacklines
  • Trampoline
  • Cubby House/Tree House
  • Bird Feeder
  • Pool Toys
  • Beach Towels

Good Quality Art Supplies

  • Paints (Acrylic or Watercolour)
  • Set of Brushes
  • Artist Pencils
  • Oil or Chalk Pastels
  • Artist Paper Pads
  • Air-Drying Clay

Handicraft Supplies

    • Toolkit with real tools
    • Pocket Knife
    • Candle Making
    • Crochet/Knitting
    • Cross-Stitch kit
    • Embroidery
    • Felting
    • Carving or Whittling
    • Wood Burning
    • Instruments eg Ukulele

STEM Supplies

      • Makedo Carboard Construction
      • Electrical Kits (eg from Jaycar Electronics)
      • Snap Circuits
      • Microscope (or prepared slides if they already have one)
      • Telescope
      • Coding Robot (eg Lego Mindstorm EV3)
      • GoldieBlox
      • K’Nex

Open-Ended Toys

  • Dress Ups (Hats, badges, shields, swords)
  • Play Silks
  • Magformers or Magna-tiles (For those in Australia, Kmart carries a cheap, similar product)
  • Rainbow Building Blocks
  • Lego
  • Marble Run
  • Schleich Animals
  • Train Set or Cars (We love the Thomas Wooden Railway here)

Games and Puzzles

  • Ravensburger or Crocodile Creek Puzzles
  • Outfoxed
  • Carcassonne
  • Dragonwood
  • Forbidden Island
  • Sleeping Queens
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Labyrinth
  • King of Tokyo
  • Blokus
  • Pandemic

Tech Items

  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Headphones
  • Osmo
  • Digital Camera
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Drone



  • Upcoming show or event
  • Zoo Membership
  • Museum or Science Centre Membership
  • Fun Park Annual Pass
  • Lessons (swimming, horse riding, art etc)


  • Your own childhood favourite
  • Gorgeous editions of classics eg the Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Children’s Classics
  • Anything from Mum’s Amazon/Book Depository Wish List



  • Fun T-shirts with quirky, science or literary prints eg Out of Print
  • Swimmers
  • (As above) Rain Jackets, Thermal Wear, Gum Boots

Just for Mum
• Bags – Tote bag, backpack, book bag, beach bag… all come in handy
• Weather Resistant Jacket (for Adventures!)
• Cleaning Service Voucher
• Luxury Notebooks – Moleskine, Leichhardt
• Beautiful Vase (and then flowers later)
• A Good Fictional Book to Read
• An Encouraging Book to Read (I like – Teaching from Rest, Mere Motherhood, anything by Sally Clarkson)
• Reusable Coffee Cup – eg Frank Green
• Beeswax Wraps
• Thermomix (if you’re feeling super generous!)
• Jewellery
• Perfume
• Scarf
• A nice top to wear
• Slippers or Ugg Boots
• Bluetooth Speaker or Headphones (Noise Cancelling of course!)
• Audible Subscription/Voucher
• Netflix/STAN Subscription
• Dinner Voucher
• Movie Voucher
• Chocolate, wine, hot chocolate, tea, candles, bath salts…

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