We Meltons are generally not known for being AHEAD of the game. EXCEPT IN NOVEMBER. Our family rule is that all Holiday Gift Buying business is done by the end of November. Then we spend the month of December in peace, together, making memories instead of trips to the mall. Our minds are not full of to-do lists, so stress is low. And since we tell the kids that Santa stops taking gift requests at Thanksgiving, they are immune to the marketing onslaught in December. As a family, we have become able to spend the holidays focused on what we HAVE instead of what we WANT. And that, my friends, is the key to joy.
So last week I was doing some online shopping and started with books, books, books because one of my favorite things in the world is to share books I love with people I love. I am a book pusher. No one leaves my house without a book, whether she likes it or not. Can’t help it. Going to a bookstore and buying a beloved book for a beloved friend- it feels like making a sacred introduction. So, I buy books as gifts for my kids, Craig, my parents, sister, friends, the kids’ teachers, myself and everyone, everyone, everyone. Later that day I was telling Amy about my holiday book-buying spree and she said: “The book thing. You should make a Book Pusher’s Dream List for the Monkees so we can shop for our people.”
OKAY, I said. Let’s do it! So I put together a list of my family’s favorite books of the year. And then we added some ideas for other types of gifts as well- amazing products we love from businesses and organizations doing good, the incredible CWS Alternate gift guide, and even some new fun Momastery gear, including, for a limited time, signed copies of Carry On, Warrior.
In other words: HERE YOU GO, FRIENDS! Get your shopping done in your pajamas, and buy things that will widen your people’s minds and remind us that We Belong to Each Other. Scroll down to see our picks, or click here to see the Holiday Gift Guide in full screen and mobile version.
Then call it a year. Make December a time to step back and look at your life and your people and appreciate and marvel and soak it all up. Slooooooow everything down and snuggle up together and wait with great awe and trembling and joy and peace for God to come. In other words: make some room at the Inn.
Some Great Book Picks For You and Your Friends
Great Books for the Guys in Your Life
Great Books for Kids & Tweens
Krochet Kids Intl. is a non-profit brand empowering women to rise above poverty through jobs, education, and mentorship. Each item they sell is hand-signed by the woman who made it in Uganda or Peru. #KnowWhoMadeIt
Do you guys know that Craig is obsessed with wearing knit hats?? And yes, we do live in Florida. Thanks, Krochet Kids, for the perfect gift for Husband.
Aloetree offers adorable, soft, organic cotton clothing with modern and fun characters for your little ones. 50% percent of Aloetree profits go to fund kids safety education programs in Cambodia.
LOOK AT THAT ZIG-ZAGGED PURPLE ONESIE. Sissssttteer…we know what Alice is getting for Christmas!
100% of the proceeds from Purpose Jewelry goes to benefit young women rescued from sex trafficking, and their jewelry is handcrafted by trafficking survivors.
Check out the gorgeous Dawn Drop earrings and the Unity bracelet. I die. They even have a key necklace. They are key-droppers. Now we know what I’M getting for Christmas.
Thistle Farms is a Nashville, TN non-profit that makes & sells beautiful home and body products from top-quality ingredients. They employ and empower women who have survived lives of addiction and life on the streets.
The Thistle Farms motto is Love Heals. I love this. And we know it is true. These are good gifts, my friends.
Okay, this one was Amy’s suggestion, so blame her. BUT IF one was going to craft with one’s children (or, more likely, to hoist amazing craft kits on eager nieces and nephews as gifts) these would be the kits to buy.
Green Kid Crafts are award winning, eco-friendly, educational, etc, etc, etc. Whateva. My kids don’t do crafts. But now Bobby does.
The CWS Alternative Best Gift Guide
Okay, we looooove this. CWS has a put together a catalogue of amazing, empowering gifts you can purchase as a new kind of way to recognize the people you love this year. From seeds and tools to blankets, educational toys to birthing kits, this remarkable catalogue lets you purchase life-changing items for people in need in the name of the ones you love. CWS then provides a card for you to give in recognition of each gift you purchase, letting your loved ones know of the amazing work being done in their name. Shop online now or request a catalogue by mail.
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