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Christmas 2018 Gift Guides for Families

Christmas 2018 gift guide - Hundreds of awesome ideas for the best gifts for him, her, and the kids. Great suggestions for moms and women, for dads and men, and for children, toddlers, tweens, and teens. Includes books and games as well as clothes and toys for girls and boys.

It's November, so this is officially time to start talking about Christmas presents, right? I LOVE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! I love it so much that I start when school starts, if not sooner.

Most of my kids' Christmas presents are currently hidden either in the top shelf of my closet or in a trunk in the garage, although I haven't procured the necessary stocking stuffers just yet.

We do a 100% debt-free Christmas every year, thanks completely to my savings accounts that automatically deduct from our paychecks. I pull out a certain amount every other week, 26 times throughout the year, so that we have enough cash to pay for the elaborate Christmas that I want to give my kids. It's just how we roll, and I have to be honest – it is AWESOME to not have to deal with Christmas bills after the holidays.

So anyway, people ask me every year what I recommend for gifts for different ages and stages, so I have compiled all of my suggestions through the years below. There are sections for:

  • books – I think every child should get books under the Christmas tree!
  • games – These are gifts that give to the whole family, not just the recipient.
  • gifts by ages
  • stocking stuffers
  • gifts for moms and dads

I'll keep adding to this gift guide as new things come up through the holiday season, so stop back any time you need inspiration!

Books I Recommend for Christmas 2018

We are major readers at my house, easily owning over a thousand books and frequently donating the overflow to our local library. There's a constant stream of books into and out of my house, and I like it that way as it exposes my kids to all kinds of new ideas and stories and authors and words. Lots and lots of words.

Here are our favorite children's books (adult books are in the moms and dads section at the bottom of this post):

This former teacher put together a list of the best 101 children's Christmas books for boys and girls. The list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books, and there are funny and serious, religious and non-religious, and just about every book you can think of. Plus, she double checked to make sure all of her favorites were rated 4 or 5 stars at Amazon, too! This list is amazing! Perfect for Christmas gifts!

101 Best Picture Books to Read or Hear Before You Grow Up - This is an amazing list of the best children's books of all time! There are fun books, happy books, sad books, and all the other emotions for kids. Lots for boys and for girls. These ideas will keep kids reading and learning for years.

best chapter books for elementary kids or read alouds - This amazing list includes selections for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade and up. Every parent, mom, dad, and teacher will find good and appropriate books here, all curated by a former teacher and homeschool mom who included a summary of each book alongside its name!

Don't overlook the power and wonder of a good audiobook. We listen to audiobooks every time we're in the car, which means we've listened to hundreds upon hundreds of ours of amazing literature, everything from the Chronicles of Narnia to the Little House series to Harry Potter. The post below contains our favorites.

Wow, such a great list! These are the best audiobooks for kids and families! There are so many new and classic books here, definitely something for everyone for road trips or just listening at home. All roadtrips are better with audio books! Everything from fun books to serious ones. Great to listen with your parents.

These princess books are not the traditional Disney fairytale! They feature strong, independent, brave, smart girls who solve problems themselves. Great for toddlers, kids, and teens, these books are awesome and funny with beautiful illustrations and a strong life lesson for girls and boys alike.

The best big sister books for when you have or are expecting a new baby - Older siblings need reassurance and gifts when the new baby comes. Children need reassurance that life will go on and older kids won't be forgotten. Reading stories about families like theirs will help a lot.

Best books for 2 and 3 year olds and preschoolers - These learning books are great for boys and girls at home or in the classroom. Teaching kids life lessons in a fun way, many great ideas for read alouds. Awesome reading lists for young children.

Picture books to encourage kids to share without pressuring them - These suggestions are great for teachers or parents who want to reinforce sharing at home or at school. Includes a picture book list for kids to read or for adults to read to them. Activities for children and adults.

The best book movie adaptations for kids, teens, and families. Even adults will love these pairings. Awesome picture books, kids books, and young adult books with movies to compare. Includes Harry Potter and both fiction and nonfiction, lots of stories about real life and fantasy. Great for homeschool.

Games I Recommend for Christmas 2018

If books are our best friends, games are our beloved cousins. We play games all the time: family game nights as well as spontaneous matches in the afternoons and lunch times. Sometimes one or two of us will play a game, sometimes it's the whole family. We have games for non-readers and more sophisticated games that are mostly reading. There are games that I play only with Allie (who's almost 8) and only with Grace (who's 11 going on 17), and even a couple that only Joe and I play together.

Here are our favorite games, beginning with games for families with non-readers or struggling readers:

Tips and ideas for the 30+ best simple and easy family game night board, dice, and card games for kids and adults to play together, especially when you have a non-reader. These games make great gifts to buy and are the perfect addition to any home's game basket. Great to play on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, or any holiday. Games for all ages to play together.

45+ best tween, teen, & adult games for family game night, even games for the kids! Tips and ideas for the 45+ best simple and easy family game night board, dice, and card games for children and adults to play together. These games make great gifts to buy and are the perfect addition to any home's game basket. Great to play on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, or any holiday. Games for older kids, tweens, teens, and adults to play together.

Tips and ideas for the 30+ best simple and easy preschool board, dice, and card games for little kids to play together or with adults, especially since they can't do reading. These games make great gifts to buy and are the perfect addition to any home's game basket. Great to play on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, or any holiday. Games for young children.

Age & Interest Specific Christmas 2018 Gift Guides

I am a girl mom. I have two children, both daughters, so I can't really speak to gifts appropriate for boys. There are lots of things on the lists below that might interest boys, but I'm sure there are also a lot of things that will not interest boys at all. I would like to say that there's something for everyone here, but if you're a boy mom, I'd love to hear your gift ideas in the comments below.

101 awesome & unique Christmas gift ideas for girls who are 6, 7, and 8 years old - These fun ideas are sure to please the little girls in your life! With 101 ideas, there is something on this list for every girl for the holidays or even for birthdays!

51 Awesome & unique Christmas gift ideas for tween girls - These fun ideas are sure to please the tweens in your life! Whether they're 9, 10, 11, or 12 years old, there is something on this list for them for the holidays or even for birthdays!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Girly Girls

This next one is for the early elementary age, maybe kindergarten to 2nd grade.

Awesome & unique Christmas gift ideas for girls who are in kindergarten up to second grade - These fun ideas are sure to please the little girls in your life! There is something on this list for every girl for the holidays or even for birthdays - educational, toys, books, and more!

40+ awesome & unique Christmas gift ideas for girls who are 1, 2, or 3 years old - These fun ideas are sure to please the little girls in your life! There is something on this list for every girl for the holidays or even for birthdays - educational, toys, books, and more!

Best gift ideas for a new big sister or any older siblings - The best gifts to get for children when a new baby is born. Perfect for in the hospital or at home. Usually from moms or dads but could be from other kids or families. Awesome for toddlers and preschoolers. 51 awesome Christian Christmas gifts for kids - Wondering what to get your kids for the holidays? This post is full of tips and ideas for buying Xmas gifts that bring children back to Jesus without lame presents.

Stocking Stuffers I Recommend for Christmas 2018

I just shared this post last week. It took f-o-r-e-v-e-r to come up with so many suggestions, but I loved doing it because I love online shopping! It was like shopping for all your kids in addition to my own.

Of course, I found a thing or two (or twenty-seven) that my own kids need so I will have some decisions to make before I hit the buy button on my Amazon cart.

130+ educational stocking stuffer ideas for kids - Your children will love these great gift ideas that are small enough to fit in a normal Christmas stocking! Lots of unique and creative ideas including games, books, and more for kids, tweens, and teens both girls and boys.

Gifts for Adults for Christmas 2018

50+ Awesome & Unique Christmas birthday gift ideas for women - Any wife, sister, mother, or girlfriend will love these Xmas gift ideas from their husband, boyfriend, or friend. These are the best ideas for all price ranges including cheap and creative gifts. Stocking stuffers, too. Great for Valentines Day, birthday, or care packages.

40+ Awesome & Unique Christmas birthday gift ideas for men - Any husband, brother, father, dad, or boyfriend will love these Xmas gift ideas from their wife, girlfriend, sister, or friend. These are the best ideas for all price ranges including cheap and creative gifts. Stocking stuffers, too. Great for Valentines Day, birthday, or care packages.

Crafty DIY sentimental and thoughtful Christmas gift ideas from daughter or adults or teens or tweens or kids for mom or any women - Many unique and traditional ideas for homemade and handmade and often cheap, inexpensive, and frugal things to make. Includes jewelry and mason jar gifts. Cute, creative, simple, and easy. Many with pictures, photos, and flowers.

Easy DIY handmade Christmas gifts for friends or family - These unique and beautiful ideas are mostly for women (Grandma, Mom, or sisters would love them!) could be sold or given as homemade gifts. Lots of cute, simple, and useful craft tutorials.

There are literally hundreds of Christmas gift suggestions and ideas in the links above, so I'm sure you'll find something for everyone in your family including boys and girls, adults and kids. Let me know what Christmas gifts you're considering this year below in the comments.

Christmas 2018 gift guide - Hundreds of awesome ideas for the best gifts for him, her, and the kids. Great suggestions for moms and women, for dads and men, and for children, toddlers, tweens, and teens. Includes books and games as well as clothes and toys for girls and boys.

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