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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- Gift Ideas for the Whole Family
- Top Ten Gift Ideas for an Organization Junkie
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- Top Ten Gift Ideas for the Home Cook
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