Okay, maybe not last-minute. But there are only six days left to shop on Amazon in time for Christmas delivery, so I thought I’d share what we’re getting for Christmas gifts, along with a few other ideas of things we love around here. Aside from Etsy, Amazon is my favorite place to buy gifts en masse.
As I’ve said many times, simple living isn’t about having nothing. It’s about being intentional with what you bring in to your house, so that everything you have, you love. It’s about embracing quality over quantity. And it’s about appreciating the beauty of little things.
Here are some of my Amazon gift ideas. If you order this week, you’ll still have time to put them under the tree.
Amanda Soule shares beautifully simple projects for you and your little ones to craft together.
|Kid Made Modern
I love Todd Oldham’s style, and my daughter loves crafting, so this would make a great gift for any hands-on kid in your life.
|Brother Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine
I bought this sewing machine this spring, when we returned to the States. I love it! It’s simple, lightweight, durable, and easy to use.
|Melissa & Doug Standing Easel
A chalkboard on one side; a whiteboard on the other, and scroll paper down either side. What’s not to love? Our kids dig it.
|Large Moleskine Sketchbook|
For Cooks & Foodies
|How to Cook Everything
This is my main go-to cookbook — I use it several times a week. Mark Bittman has written a modern-day classic. A simple home doesn’t need many cookbooks, but I think this is one of them.
| KitchenAid 5-Quart Stand Mixer
The classic cooking tool for generations of modern-day cooks, this gadget does so much. Comes in a bajillion colors. You can even find it refurbished for a slightly smaller price.
| Bodum 8-cup Stainless Steel Thermal Press
This is a lovely French press for entertaining, and it holds a ton of coffee, too. Heavy and durable, it keeps coffee warm for hours while staying cool on the outside.
|Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Quite possibly one of my favorite all-time books, period. Barbara Kingsolver is a master wordsmith, and her journal of living off the land for one year will change your life unlike many other books. A must read.
|Nesting Melamine Mixing Bowls
I use these bowls daily. They’ve withstood numerous drops by little hands, and they’re a snap to clean up.
|Cuisinart 2-Quart Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker
Kyle got me this for Christmas last year, and I’m so glad he did. Enjoy ice cream without additives from store-bought. If you keep the bowl insert in the freezer, you’ll have ice cream ready to eat in 20 minutes.
For Little Ones
You can’t go wrong with this classic toy that encourages hours of open-ended play.
|Green Toys Trucks
We love the Green Toys brand! They’re made of 100% recycled milk jugs, and are super durable.
This baby will last a long while and allows plenty of room for creativity. Definitely go for wooden here — much more durable.
|Wooden magnetic “paper” dolls
My daughter got these when she was around three years old these and still plays with them.
|Leapfrog Fridge Phonics
I admit it — my kids learned their letters and sounds at an early age with help from this toy. It’s one of the few battery-operated toys in our home I’m thankful for.
|Wooden Cutting Food
Both our kids and kids that come over spend hours with this set of food you can “cut.” Great for many ages, so it’ll last for years of play.
I’ve been on the fence on this one for years, but I finally admit that I want one. Hello, cutting down on book clutter.
This is Kyle’s and my joint Christmas present this year. We don’t have cable and barely watch TV, but we love our Netflix and the occasional Hulu show. Now our laptops will be free with this nifty device.
| Flip Video Camera
This camera is perfect for tossing in to your purse or diaper bag, just in case your kids do something cute. Which, face it, odds are pretty high.
| Canon Powershot Digital Camera
We’ve bought this camera three times. The first one was lost in the airport in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; the second one was stolen on a ferryboat in Istanbul. Kyle’s ready to lose our current one so we can upgrade again.
| Laptop Tray
If you’re like us and work from home, but in so small a place you don’t have a designated office, a laptop tray is the next best thing. This one is sturdy yet stylish.
| Apples to Apples
This game has become an extended family classic, as well as a favorite when friends come over to hang out. Great fun. They also have a junior version.
| The Game of Things
Playing this game, too, has become a recent ritual in our extended family. It’s sort-of like Balderdash, but with ideas instead of words. Hard to explain, but it’s a blast to play.
| Toy Story 3
If you’re in to family movie night, this new release is a great one for many ages. Our two-year-old covered his eyes a few times, but he still enjoyed it, and my parents laughed their hearts out.
| Bocce Ball set
This is an old school lawn game originating in Italy, but it’s become quite popular worldwide over the years. Great for all ages. Croquet‘s a good choice, too.
| The Chronicles of Narnia box set
Every family should read this series out loud, together. CS Lewis’ classic is an attention grabber for young and old alike.
| Movie Tickets
We go to the movie theater maybe twice a year, tickets are so expensive. So it’s especially fun to get them as gifts. I love the gift of time, and it takes up much less space, too.
I’m happy to say that other than stocking stuffers, we’re done with gift giving. I love shopping online and can’t imagine dealing with store crowds. Now I’ll be spending this next week baking cookies with my kids, watching our favorite Christmas flicks, and driving through town, looking at Christmas lights… Some of my favorite things.
Who’s left on your gift-giving list?