[We think there's no better holiday gift than a good book. But sometimes you want to kick it up a notch, so we've put together a few fun gift lists based around some of our favorite books and authors.]
Who can resist the charms of pioneer life in the Little House on the Prairie series? We've rounded up a collection of Little House-themed gifts that are just right for Laura Ingalls Wilder fans -- and a sweet reminder of simpler holidays past. (These are ready-to-buy, but they'd be great bases for DIY projects, too.)
- The full-color illustrations by Garth Williams make this special anniversary edition of Little House on the Prairie welcome addition to your bookshelf.
- Play Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie with your very own McGuffey Eclectic Spelling Book.
- How could you possibly study on the prairie without your own slate and slate pencil?
- A 21st century metal lunch pail makes every lunchtime a taste of pioneer living.
- You'll find more than 190 ideas for activities based on real pioneer games in Games & Songs of American Children.
- Every prairie kid needs to be handy with a needle, and learning to sew is a lot more fun with a mason jar sewing kit or a pretty needle book.
- I still cry every time Laura gets Charlotte for Christmas in the Big Woods, and you can recreate a little bit of that sweetness with your own hand-sewn rag doll.
- If you're dealing with a hardcore Laura fan, there's no better gift than lifetime membership in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association.
- Pass the chilly winter evenings with family music nights: The Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook includes the lyrics and music for all the songs included in the series.
- Laura and Mary got their own tin cups their first Christmas on the prairie.
- Hone your log cabin building skills with your own set of Lincoln Logs.
- Making your own butter is a extra fun with a tabletop butter churn.
- Serious Little House devotees will enjoy perusing back issues of The Homesteader, a journal devoted to Laura Ingalls Wilder scholarship. (The journal is published by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, and their annual LauraPalooza conference is also worth checking out.)
- Add cheesemaking to your homesteading repertoire with this cheese making kit for beginners.
- Laura and Mary had lots of fun making button strings for little Carrie. All you need to do the same is a collection of vintage buttons.
- Every pioneer girl needs a pretty sunbonnet.
- The Little House on the Prairie miniseries by Disney sticks much closer to the books than the popular 1970s television show.
- Little House paper dolls feature all your favorite characters from the books, so you can recreate scenes from the books or make up your own stories.
- If you're yearning to make green tomato pickles, cornmeal mush, or maple sugar candy, the Little House Cookbook is a must-have. It includes recipes for all the foods mentioned in the books.
- Make your own fancy bookmarks just like Laura did with a cross-stitch bookmark kit.
This gift guide was originally published in Atlanta Homeschool magazine.