The Reason for the Season: Christmas Gift Guide


We love reading and recognize the power in books. From creating a foundation in faith to imaginative storytelling, many of our family favorites are from ZonderKidz. At Christmas we love Mary Engelbreit’s A Night of Great Joy, and A Very Fiona Christmas so it’s fun to see these are both available in board books, and this edition of Fiona has real working lights on the cover!

This year we were introduced to the beautifully written and illustrated Over in a Stable. It’s an engaging Christmas read-aloud for you and your little ones that tells the story of the nativity, featuring the memorable counting and cadence of the beloved classic poem “Over in the Meadow.”

And fun interactive board book for babies and toddlers is The Beginner’s Bible Little Lamb’s Christmas. It introduces the Christmas story told through the eyes of little Lamb. Children will love listening to the story of Jesus’s birthday while playing with the adorable, plush lamb finger puppet!

ZonderKidz Books: Over in a Stable, The Beginner’s Bible Little Lamb’s Christmas & Pugtato Finds A Thing

And, combining animals with vegetables in Pugtato Finds a Thing is something we never knew we needed. This adorable rhyming book has quickly become a favorite for story time. We also enjoy picture book I’m Going to Give You a Polar Bear Hug! and board book The Wonder that is You.

Christmas is always a great time to give Bibles and devotionals, like The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible and Tiny Truths Wonder and Wisdom, Everyday Reminders from Psalms and Proverbs. Both introduce children to important ideas and unique characters of the Bible, while clearly showing how everything fits together to tell one big story. Plus the lessons found in Psalms and Proverbs are enduring and key for understanding what it looks like to live a life of love and gratitude, make good choices, and ask helpful questions.

You can’t go wrong with gifting, stuffing a stocking, or adding to your own book collection with ZonderKidz.

The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible, Tiny Truths Wonder and Wisdom, I’m Going to Give You a Polar Bear Hug! and The Wonder that is You


Act out the story of a Christmas with this precious nativity kit & remember the true meaning behind it all! Young, Wild & Friedman provides a fun and hands on way to play and retell the story of Jesus’ birth!

Started by a mom with a child diagnosed with a speech disorder coupled with severe anxiety, the Friedman family doctor recommended incorporating more sensory play opportunities into their daily routine. When mom, Julie started making her own play dough and assembling sensory bins, she saw first-hand how it helped calm her child’s frustrations. This eventually led to the launch of their company with an entire collection of sensory kits that have now played a role in development of so many kids.

Each kit comes with three different play dough balls, and themed accessories/pieces to build and play, all in a durable container. From holiday-themed sensory kits to space, birthday, princess, construction and more, you are sure to find a theme your kids will love. The kits change with each season and they have monthly subscriptions too!

Young, Wild and Friedman Sensory Kits


Fashion can be an extension of our personalities and it can even be a conversation starter. 1Eighty apparel was named because everyone has a story; setbacks and comebacks.  They believe everyone does “180s” in life on a continual basis, they are lessons to learn from and help move toward a comeback in life. So whether its their (CHRIST)MAS collection, a verse or inspiration, 1Eighty provides thought provoking, stylish, conversation-starting apparel that just might plant eternal seeds. 

1Eighty Apparel


Make bath time a moment to share the true meaning of Christmas with your little ones as they enjoy the surprises inside the Away In A Manger Six Balm Set with wooden peg dolls as the figurines from the nativity.  We love the creativity of Musee bath balms, which make great teacher gifts and stocking suffers.

Reflect on the angelic chorus who shared the joyful news of the birth of Christ to shepherds in the field caring for their sheep with Hark! The Hearld Angels Sing where you can relax in a warm bath and give thanks for the true meaning of Christmas as you enjoy the scent of frankincense and a sweet surprise as your balm dissolves to reveal an angel peg doll.

Musee is also committed to restoring lives by providing work for vulnerable people in their community. They hire primarily women in recovery, people with disabilities and people who have lived in chronic poverty. 

Musee: Away in a Manger Six Balm Set, Silent Night Bath Balm, Peace Love Joy and Hark! The Hearld Angels Sing Balm


From decorating the house, to the smells, and songs, transforming your home (or room) into a cozy Christmas space is simple with Wonder and Wise. When it comes to Counting down to Christmas many families have the tradition of watching favorite films from It’s a Wonderful Life to The Star and this year a lot of streaming too as we stay at home and quarantine mandates are getting stricter.

From Happy Hearth Fireplace with Accessories to a Christmas Teepee or Campfire and S’mores and Tree Stump Poufs, Wonder and Wise helps us create a cozy area to enjoy movies and welcome Santa. Complete with a roaring pretend fire, the set has a sturdy frame covered with a canvas printed shell and a mantle strong enough to add the accessories, like the cookies and cocoa for Santa, the string lights, the stockings, and a plush gift box. Ho Ho Ho!

Wonder and Wise: Happy Hearth Fireplace with Accessories, Campfire and S’mores, Tree Stump Poufs and Christmas Teepee


From wearing a mask to sanitizing, Christmas 2020 is all about being clean. Between COVID and cold and flu season families are doing their best to combat sickness and we are equipped with RxEssentials. The company was born out of need during COVID by an infectious disease pharmacist who wanted to create effective, safe, and eco-friendly cleaning products. From hand sanitizers to disinfectant sprays and wipes, we love that RxEssentials allows science and nature to provide synergistic antimicrobial effects.

Take their holiday collection scent of Evergreen as an example, the smell is reminiscent of a Christmas tree feeling clean and crisp but because of it’s organic ingredients like lemon, cypress and spruce there are possible health benefits of antibacterial, cough relief, respiratory support, immune support and more — all which are important, especially during cold and flu season, in the middle of a world pandemic.

Perfect for stocking stuffers, we also love that the brand not only gives back but also donates in bulk to local schools and first responders.

RxEssentials: Disinfectant Spray and Hand Sanitizers


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