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


If you have enjoyed some of these suggestions and would like some more help organizing a slow, meaningful and magical Christmas this holiday season, then be sure to download the Whole Family Rhythms Christmas eGuide in the shop.

Within its pages is a gift-giving planner and more ideas for simple and meaningful gifts, alongside meditations, recipes, crafts, and much more information on the festivals we celebrate all season and why we celebrate them.

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

Meagan Wilson

Meagan Wilson is the founder of Whole Family Rhythms, the place to come for inspiration and resources about conscious parenting connecting you to the earth, the seasons and your own unique family values. Meagan earned her Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and taught TESOL to young children in South Korea and Australia for 5 years. In 2012 she completed the Foundations of Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at the Sydney Steiner College. In 2017, under the direction of Kim John Payne, she received her certification as a simplicity parenting family life coach.Meagan is the mother to four children. After ten years of living in Australia they now live in the Canadian countryside outside of Toronto. You can find her @wholefamilyrhythms on Instagram and view her wide range of nature-inspired early childhood curriculum at
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