Gifts That Are Learning Favorites: A Guide for Thoughtful Giving

Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic! Today, let’s explore a different angle on gift-giving.  I’m Shanna, and if you’re new here, we’re a homeschooling family of four in our seventh year of homeschooling, with a sixth grader and a second grader. I want to share some fantastic gift ideas that aren’t just valuable but also count as learning gifts—our personal learning favorites.

Gifts That Are Learning Favorites

2023 Holiday Giveaway

What I am hoping will turn into an annual tradition is my Holiday Giveaway!

The giveaway will be hosted over on Instagram @makingeverydaymagic.

14 of my favorite vendors have agreed to partner with me for a Holiday Giveaway!

These are the gold standard in learning gift favorites! Since they are willing to offer you all a free goodie this holiday season and because they support the Secular Homeschool Community, I will give them top billing in my gift list!

Melon Rind Games  Knowledge Crates  Tiny Values  David & History For The Ages  Timberdoodle  Kids Learning For Life  Tappity  Schoolnest  The Cultured Kid  The Nomadic Professor  Royal Fireworks Press  Times Tales  Hearth & Story  Night Zookeeper


Puzzles, Books, & Board Games: The Classics

Let’s start with the classics—puzzles, books, and board games. In this digital age, it’s easy to overlook the value of these tangible, simple items. They make for wonderful gifts that encourage critical thinking, creativity, and family bonding.

*Bonus Tip: Consider gifting an app like Khan Academy Kids for a digital learning experience without the cost commitment.*


Building Sets & Skill Building Sets: Construction for All Ages

Building sets are a timeless favorite. Whether it’s basic Lego kits or advanced construction sets, they provide a hands-on approach to learning. Advanced Lego sets, circuitry sets, and engineering kits can be particularly engaging for middle and high schoolers.


Osmo: Smart Fun for All Ages

Osmo offers a smart and fun learning experience. From second-grade curricula to art sets, Osmo caters to various age groups, making it a versatile and valuable gift option.

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Tablets: The Gateway to Digital Learning

Consider gifting tablets like iPads or Amazon Fire tablets. In today’s digital world, many learning apps and resources are available digitally, making tablets a practical and versatile gift.

Gifts That Are Learning Favorites

Apps: Adventures in Learning

Explore educational apps like Adventure Academy, Prodigy Math, Tappity (for science), and ProblemScape (for pre-algebra). These apps provide engaging content that aligns with educational standards.


Subscription Boxes: Knowledge Crates, Tiny Values

Subscription boxes like Knowledge Crates, Tiny Values, and Kiwi Co offer a curated learning experience. Whether it’s themed activities or values-based kits, these boxes deliver excitement and education to your doorstep.


Pretend Play: Fostering Imagination

Encourage pretend play with costumes and dress-up items. Pretend play is a crucial aspect of childhood development, helping kids understand their roles and interact with the world around them.


Memberships: Investing in Experiences

Consider gifting memberships to places like the zoo or children’s museums. These memberships, especially those part of reciprocity networks, offer a wealth of learning opportunities and family experiences.

Gifts That Are Learning Favorites

Experiences & Classes: The Gift of Time

Gift your time and skills. If you have a particular skill, spend time with your loved ones engaging in activities that foster learning. Experiences and classes, whether it’s a workshop or a cooking class, can be memorable and enriching.


Smartphones for Older Kids: Pinwheel for Safer Access

For older kids getting their first smartphone, consider options like Pinwheel, providing safer access to the digital world. It ensures responsible and restricted internet access, promoting a secure online environment.



Time, the Ultimate Gift

In the end, the most valuable gift is time—time spent together, learning and creating memories. While tangible items are wonderful, investing in experiences and quality time with loved ones is truly priceless.

I hope these ideas inspire thoughtful and meaningful gift-giving. Remember to cherish the moments and the joy of learning together. Don’t forget to participate in our exciting holiday giveaway starting December 1st, featuring amazing partners who share our love for learning!

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Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.
Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.
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