Top 10 Gift Ideas for Homemakers

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It’s the time of year for gift guides, and I thought I’d try my hand at one, too. I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time making my own gift list.

If you’re in need of ideas to populate your list for your husband or family, here are a few! These ones are themed around homemakers who have a practical bent, but I also made some lists (because you know I love lists) on gifts for an organization junkie (or wannabe) and gifts for the home cook.

There’s a special giveaway at the bottom of the post, so make sure you get all the way to the end!


Top Ten Great Gifts for a Practical Homemaker

1. Things to make a great cup of coffee

What sort of homemaker and homeschooler would I be without coffee? Not a good one. If you are the same way, an extra tool to make your coffee even better would make a great gift.

burr coffee grinder | Chemex coffee pot | electric tea kettle or nice stovetop kettle | stovetop espresso pot | milk frother

2. Nice planning supplies

Sometimes we make due around the house with free bank pens and other cast-off office supplies. A great gift idea is a little splurge on everyday tools that say, “You have a respected job.”

clipboard | Sharpie stylo pens | G-2 Pilot or RSVP pens | moleskine notebook

3. Encouragement to relax at the end of the day

My mother-in-law gave me a foot soaking tub for Christmas several years ago and I use it almost weekly. I add a cup of Epsom salt to it and the tingle when I stick my feet in is like feeling the tension of the day leave. A good scrub with a pumice stone afterward helps, too.

foot spa | bath salts w/ extra epsom salt | pumice stone

4. Updated homemaker uniform

Sometimes we need someone else to gift us these things as permission to update the closet or add accessories. A pair of Dansko shoes made all the difference for me after we moved into our current house with its very hard tile floor kitchen.

cute apron | Target t-shirts | Dansko shoes

5. Beautification for the home

Last year my husband gifted me a framed poster print of Vermeer’s Milkmaid, and I love it. To me, it epitomizes the beauty of simple provisions, and the portrait of a pretty woman with strong arms, ample clothing, and wide hips is a good antidote to other images we all see elsewhere.

A framed art print or photograph to beautify the home is a good gift, as well as things like cloches, vases, trays, wall ledges, and other things you might like for decorating.

6. New kitchen tools

I never mind receiving new kitchen tools as gifts, because I use them so much. I tend to buy the cheap wooden spoons, but new bamboo spoons and silicone spatulas are a nice update.

misto | glass storage containers | wooden spoons

7. Help getting through the cold season

Long, dark days are upon us, and they can make it hard to get moving in the morning. 20-30 minutes in front of my “happy light” does wonders for my energy level the rest of the day.

happy light | therapy light

8. Digital tools

You know I like my digital planning system, and it’s my iPod Touch – not even a phone with a data plan! – that makes it possible. Making it possible would be a great gift.

ipod touch | ipad mini | tablet

Then, of course, you need Paperless Home Organization to walk you through using it to its full advantage. ;)

9. Points for moving

Homemaking can be an active lifestyle, but it’s also easy to cultivate the sedentary possibilities. A Fitbit tracker will accurately count steps and motivate movement with numbers. It’s especially fun if you know others with them, because you can have competitions and see how you rank against each other.

I thought I was moving plenty until I got my fitbit and saw the hard numbers. Now I know that if I work it, I can get to 10,000 steps in a day – but it takes trying. If I don’t try, I stay between 3,000-5,000. That’s a pretty big difference. Plus, it’s fun having a dashboard of my personal stats.

Fitbit Zip | Fitbit Flex

10. Upgraded beauty routine

Many want to make the switch from conventional soaps, cleaners, and cosmetics to more simple, natural options. The great thing about the natural options is that many cottage businesses have sprung up to fill that need, so you can choose handmade products over mass-produced, support likeminded families, and add an extra touch of beauty to your routine.


hard lotion & lip balm | sugar scrub | pretty soap

One such home business is Third Day Naturals, owned and operated by Sarah and Robert David. Sarah has been a long-time blog reader, and she wanted to do a giveaway for you all!

She sent me a few things to try and I love them! The hard lotion stick is my favorite – it’s like a jumbo chapstick you can use anywhere. In fact, my hands were already dry and cracking, like they do in the cold, and within three or four days of using the hard lotion 2-3 times a day, they had cleared up!

With a java and a chocolate lip balm option, how can you go wrong? A sample soap pack and some lip balms would make the perfect stocking stuffer. And, they are offering a 15% off your entire purchase with the code TDNgift through the end of December, plus they always have free priority shipping on orders over $35.


Third Day Naturals has offered a generous giveaway of their Cleanse – Smooth – Nourish – PLUS gift set, which normally sells for $37! Whether you win thi s set or purchase it as a gift, you get to select the scent (or lack thereof) for each particular item.

Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win the gift pack from Third Day Naturals. I’ll select the winner and announce it on Thursday!

Third Day Naturals did send me free product to try, but did not pay me for this mention, review, or giveaway. My opinion, of course, is my own. Simply Convivial does not do sponsorships or advertising.

Leave a comment to enter to win!

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19 Responses

  1. April

    Colorado winters really dry out my skin. Third Day Naturals are the kind of products I would feel good about using for smooth and moist skin!

  2. Katie

    Great list! I’ll be looking into Dansko shoes!

  3. Kristen Rendall

    I love these hard lotion products for my daughter’s eczema!

  4. Rebecca

    Thanks for all the lists. Lotions and nice soaps are fabulous gift ideas for this time of year. I would love to win some.

  5. Kristi

    I would love to win, thank you for holding the giveaway! Their stuff looks lovely. That foot bath also sounds amazing right now. ;)

  6. Kristin

    I just had my tenth child – yep, tenth! – and I think the foot bath and those body products look wonderful! Thanks for the ideas! Pampering myself is usually the last thing on the list . . . and so it never happens! ; )

  7. heathermeyer5

    Love the lists. Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Erin M

    These are such great ideas!

  9. C Webb

    Thanks for the good ideas.

  10. Jeni G

    I hve a few of these gift sets in my shopping cart to give as gifts this year, but I’ve never tried them myself. I’d love to win this and give the products a try!

  11. Amanda L.

    I got some really good ideas from this article and new things to try!

  12. Kris M.

    I love your list. I am thinking of getting a happy light this year to improve my winter productivity. The lotion stick sounds fabulous too.

  13. Paola Collazo

    Thanks Misty, I love your list. This giveaway sounds fabulous as well. Hope I WIN!

  14. Debby

    Great ideas!

  15. thekennedyadventures

    Love, love love my Danskos — I’m a nurse and have been wearing them for YEARS. I’m a sucker for handcrafted soaps, so I’m off to check things out.

  16. yolande labrasseur

    great list, I couldn’t make it without my Danskos! I would dearly love to win the lovely natural beauty items!

  17. becky

    Hard lotion? I’d be really curious to see how that works…

    • Mystie Winckler

      I love it! You can’t accidentally squirt out way too much. You just rub it where you want and that’s that. I can hand it to the kids and they rub it wherever they want and put it back and there’s no mess. :)