Putting together obsessively book-themed holiday wish lists is one of our favorite parts of the year. We’ve got a few new ones planned for the coming weeks, but these greatest hits from past years are still pretty much perfect for that hard-to-shop-for Norse mythology fan in your life.
Be a magical librarian, choose your own adventure, get your Shakespeare on, and more games we want to give and get and (mostly) play this holiday season.
If you’ve got a reader who’s gone exploring with James, explored a candy factory with Charlie, loaded up a library tote with Matilda, or otherwise lived vicariously through one of Dahl’s fabulously imagined characters, one of these gifts might be the golden ticket you’ve been looking for.
If you’ve got a reader who’s always ready for an excuse to hang with the gang from River Heights, one of these gifts might be a fun addition to your holiday wish list.
What makes a great gift for your favorite Mysterious Benedict Society fan? Puzzling puzzles, in-case-of-emergency-supplies, and — of course — books.
For stockings—and most nights of Hanukkah—I think most of us want small presents that seem useful or fun or (in the best of all possible worlds) both. These gifts fit the bill, from quirky Totoro socks and sushi erasers to laser measures and packable backpacks that smush down to the size of an iPhone. If you’re looking for that “one more little thing,” these are some fun options.
’Tis the season to share some of our favorite holiday posts from years past, from tips to celebrate the winter solstice on short notice to ideas for a no-stuff holiday season. So whether you're looking for a last-minute gift to make with the kids (the chai tea mix mentioned here is a favorite of ours) or just in need of a quick unit study to round out the year, you'll want to check out these flashback posts.
As I’ve said before, we follow the “something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read” guide for holiday giving, and nerdy t-shirts are our favorites for something to wear. All of these witty tees made my short list this year.
I thought a roundup of bookish Christmas foods was in order. After all, descriptions of Christmas feasting are pretty much the next best thing to holiday eating. (I tracked down recipes for everything if you want to play in the kitchen—and places to pick them up ready-made if your to-do list is already too long!)
The “something to read” is always my favorite part of shopping. I can’t buy all the books for my own family, so here’s a roundup of fabulous titles for many ages and interests.
Percy Jackson may just be the best thing to happen to Greek mythology since Homer. Rick Riordan's ridiculously addictive books about modern day demigods have been a big hit in our homeschool, so we put together a list of fun gift ideas for Percy Jackson lovers.
If you like Pippi Longstocking as much as we do, you'll love this roundup of this roundup of gifts celebrating Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking, Thing-Finder extraordinaire, the strongest girl in the world, and all-around super-fun neighbor.
Looking for a gift for your favorite Jane Austen lover? We've rounded up a fun mix of gift ideas to inspire you. (These are ready-to-buy, but they'd be great bases for DIY projects, too.)
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.
Finding Avengers holiday gifts is easy. Finding real Norse mythology-themed presents? That's a little more challenging. Happily, we've pillaged and plundered a list of holiday gifts that would make any Viking grin — and if we did succumb to one Thor plushie, well, can you really blame us?
Think outside the box, and focus your energy and your budget on experiences that will make your life richer and your homeschool more fun all year.
More adventure tale than epic, The Hobbit is an awesomely fun read and good inspiration for holiday shopping, too. There are lots of Tolkien gift ideas, but we've rounded up our favorite Hobbit-specific gifts here.