Simple Holiday Gift Guide

Each holiday season, I grow more and more fond of simple gift-giving. I like to steer clear of the malls and shopping centers, and instead find myself at Goodwill, church-run thrift stores, local antique shops, or at home making gifts with my hands (or shopping online for special items). I have found that gently used items and/or homemade items bring just as much happiness and joy to others. And I save money gifting this way, so that’s a definite bonus!

This year, I wanted to share with you some gift ideas focusing on items that are either hand & home made, zero-waste, budget-friendly, or items we have given or received that we enjoy.

Him + Her:

  • Field  Notes / leather notepad folio
  • Magazine subscription (Readers Digest, Martha Stewart)
  • Wool socks (also in kid’s sizes! I love matching my daughter in these 🙂 )
  • Schoolhouse Electric drafting pencil and book darts (great for marking pages to return to!)
  • Chap stick, salve, and deodorant (homemade or purchased from natural bulk store)


  • Postpartum sitz bath bags for mother
  • Cloth diaper delivery service (especially for those first few months of newborn life!)
  • Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne
  • A week of homemade meals


  • Seasonal books (Blueberries for Sal, Ox Cart Man, One Morning in Maine are just a few of our favorites)
  • Membership (or date) to a museum, the ballet, a play, the library (or you can sign them up for a library card if they don’t have one yet)
  • Maty’s wellness syrups (we can’t say enough good things about these!)

Homemaker, Family, Friends:

  • Hand-sewn gloves, socks, or hankies
  • Food items (granola [recipe can be found on my site], date bites, dried soup mix jars, etc. Also great items for the mailman and school teachers!)
  • Cinnamon tree ornaments
  • Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking cookbook (my new favorite cookbook!)
  • Walnut wooden coffee spoon (locally made / I purchased this for my husband for our five year anniversary (the traditional gift is wood) and it just makes the coffee process more enjoyable 🙂 )
  • Radical Homemaker by Shannon Hayes
  • Essential oil rollers
  • Beeswax candles, beeswax wraps

What are some of your favorite gift items to give for the holidays? Please let me know if you have any questions about items mentioned above. Happy gift-giving!



2 thoughts on “Simple Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Loved your list ! I try more and more too To give more mindful présents ! This year our family decided To make gift just for the kid and we have a lot of cousins . I think this is great for Christmas ! But i cant pass on yummy baking or little craft présents ! 🧡


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