Holiday Gift Guide 2017
We love our gifts well-made, as ethical as possible, and truly beautiful. Here’s our collection of gift ideas that receive our hearty praise this year! We’ve organized them into five categories, but there’s definite crossover (heck, I want some of the kid gift recs!). Support shops and brands that support The Art of Simple—and thank you so much in advance.
Happiest of holidays!
(Psst… You might also want to try our Ethical Shopping Guide.)
Wooden Toy Bowling Game
Create many different variations of the classic bowling game for many hours of fun and imaginative play. Non-toxic paint and beeswax, personalize it with wood-burned letters. From Hill Country Woodcraft.
Around the World Stories
Kids benefit in big ways when they learn about the world, and these audiostories are great for that (my own kids love these!). Use code SIMPLE25 for 25% off any story set or gift certificate; code SIMPLE for one free month free for a monthly subscription. Both codes expire 12/31/17.
When God Made You
Inspire young readers to learn about their special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and create. Written by Matthew Paul Turner—after your purchase, get a personalized autographed book plate here.
Explore the world, one country at a time, with a fun and educational subscription. Get a suitcase, passport, and map, and every month learn about a new country with stickers, activity sheets, photos, and more!
Harry Potter, Illustrated Edition
For the Potterhead in your life, start their collection of the glorious full-color editions illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay. The first three books are out.
A Wrinkle in Time
Beginning with the iconic words “It was a dark and stormy night,” a tesseract is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of this fantastic book, one of my childhood faves.
Hang from the ceiling and create a reading nook, calming swing, or therapeutic hideout. Used for kids with sensory needs, these are great for kids of all types. From InYard.
Tweens & Teens
A card game for “people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats,” our entire family loves this weird game. Pairs well with Imploding Kittens. From The Oatmeal.
This “adventure beanie” is super soft to the touch and drapes nicely for the perfect slouchy look. Hand-knit with wool/alpaca blend, it’s stretchy and right on trend. From WormeWoole.
My almost-teen helped me with this guide, and when she saw this tee, she shrieked, “Yes please!” Lots of great options, including Stranger Things inspo. From Teepublic.
DIY Lip Balm Kit
This organic, vegan lit contains everything you need to make five natural, nourishing lip balms with unique flavor and natural colorants, with designer stickers ready to use and gift. From Arterno, it ships from Australia so order in plenty of time.
Vincent and Theo
The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers’ lives. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, this book weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.
Q&A 5-Year Journal
Record what was going through your head each day for five years of your life. Simply turn to today’s date, answer the question at the top of the page, and when you finish the journal, start over. Pairs well with good pens.
At Home in the World
This is the story of my family of five’s adventure around the world, each of us carrying our belongings on our backs. What does it mean to be at home? Written by Tsh Oxenreider (aka, Yours Truly).
Gold Feather Earrings
These hand-cast, highly detailed feather earrings look like gold-dipped versions of the real thing. From Yobel Market, use code ARTOFSIMPLE to get 10% off.
Custom Artist’s Drawing
My oldest friend is a phenomenal artist (we met in kinder), and she can create affordable, custom paintings and drawings for you to enjoy for generations. From Ashes to Beauty.
Book of the Month
Let the bookworm in your life choose a new book each month, with fantastically-curated choices from guest bibliophiles. With access to early releases and debut authors, I love my monthly treat. Use code GIFTBOTM for $10 off on 6- or 12-month gifts.
This is my go-to work bag that’s technically a diaper bag (it has a removable 12-pocket organizer), it easily converts to backpack or messenger bag. Super high-quality with tanned leather and jade liner. From Lily Jade.
A subtle finish to any look and a premium go-to for years to come and finished in 14k gold or luminous rhodium (I have and love these!). From Purpose Jewelry, use code ARTOFSIMPLE to get 15% off any order through 12/15/17.
This bag features a durable flap for securing in the front, an interior zipper, and a slot for cards and money. Ethically-sourced East African leather made by a Kenyan cooperative. From Yobel Market, use code ARTOFSIMPLE to get 10% off.
6-in-1 Revolve Dress
A capsule wardrobe essential, the Revolve Dress II is reversible and can be styled as a dress, tunic and top. Made from buttery-soft Modal blend fabric, it’s an easy, effortless, versatile garment that’s the ultimate carry-on companion. From Encircled.
Harry’s Shave Set
German-engineered, five-blade cartridges and shave gel that smells amazing, sets come in unique holiday gift boxes in a variety of sizes. Use code SIMPLE to get $5 off your order.
In pursuit of answers, the creator of the xkcd webcomic runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators.
A full-color, all-inclusive encyclopedia detailing little-known facts and information about more than 1,200 iconic Marvel characters. There’s also a DC Comics Encyclopedia, covering over 1,100 characters.
Recycled polyester fabric body with a durable water repellent finish gives a nice balance of weight and durability for everyday use. The generous main compartment, zippered stash pocket beneath flap, and padded laptop sleeve protects most 15″ laptops. From Patagonia.
A versatile, durable, and compact hammock that’s perfect for camping, hiking, or lounging around (we use this everywhere). Weighing 19 ounces, it stuffs easily into its attached storage bag. From Eagles Nest Outfitters.
The Road Back to You
The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. Witty and story-filled, this book gives peek inside each of the nine types—my favorite Enneagram 101 book.
Earth News Journal
A companion to hold all your newsy notes and reminders, this 50-page unlined journal has a cover of woven recycled cloth and recycled newsprint, closing snugly with a thick string and button closure. From Ten Thousand Villages.
Fair + Simple Gift Card
Let them choose a gift like Turkish towels, leather belt, or soccer ball, and it’ll benefit causes like clean water initiatives, job creation, support for refugees, and more. From Fair + Simple.
Dark Mint Truffles
Ecuadorian cacao reveals a silky-smooth, minty center stirred with creamy milk, wholesome coconut oil, and a touch of Madagascar vanilla. Made by a farmer-owned co-op that practices sustainable farming methods. From Alter Eco.
An easy way to share stories with loved ones, they’ll get weekly emailed story prompts (questions you’ve never thought to ask). At the end of the year, the stories will be bound in a beautiful hardcover book.
A super-trendy addition for a mobile device, it’s a grip that allows for a secure hold and an expanding stand for portrait or landscape viewing. Repositionable, washable adhesive.
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