Useful Christmas Gifts


My mom gave me a Christmas gift last year that I've been grateful for all year long. Every time I use it, I think of Mom and am thankful. It was a big ol' tub of laundry detergent that has lasted all year long, even though I use it almost every day. I haven't had to buy any laundry detergent or worry about making it all year! So I've been thinking of gifts to give, making our lists here, and decided to throw a couple of ideas out to you.

Please mail these gifts to:

Kidding, kidding! (Like I'd put my address right here for just anyone. Email me, and I'll send you the address.)

    1. Nellie's Laundry Detergent. This is the kind my mom bought, and it's seriously the best gift ever.
    2. Coconut Oil. I think we're going to ask for this for Christmas. It's so expensive but so nice to have. You could buy a gallon and split it up among several people.
    3. Following that thought would be a really nice olive oil.
    4. Garden Seeds. You could also do the little planters with some seeds. Or gardening tools. Or with chicken wire if you're like me and need to keep some dadgum chickens out of your garden.
    5. Cast iron pans. These could be bought used and re-seasoned. We love ours, but we could use a bigger one. It is so easy to clean and cooks everything, from breads to meats to stir-fries, perfectly every time.
    6. We're asking for barn boots this year. I know not everyone needs these, but they will be very useful for us! Chickens peck my toes in my sandals.
    7. Overalls for the kids. One year the kids got some overalls and they loved them. And it was such a nice gift because they used them all year. Anything for the kids that can get dirty is always nice.
    8. Bath towels. My sister got all the kids fun towels from Etsy one Christmas and we still use them.
    9. Hats, gloves, scarves for the kids. Handmaid is really fun.
    10. Blankets for the kids. These sometimes drive me bonkers, but the kids use them all the time.
    11. Cloth napkins, kitchen towels, and washcloths are always handy for the paper-less kitchen.
    12. Or paper towels and napkins for the paper-full kitchen. Or for when the paper-less kitchen needs a break from all the laundry.
    13. Cloth diapers for those who use cloth, or disposable diapers for those who use disposables.
    14. Goat milk soap! Best soap ever! Or whatever kind of soap your giftee uses.
    15. Bullets for hunters. Nails and screws for builders. Nuts and bolts for engineers.
    16. Books and school supplies for kids. Here's a great list of books for kids.
    17. Mom always does toiletries in our stockings (yes, we still have stockings at Mom's house) like shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and razors. Just find out if they have any preferences!
    18. Fancy foods like dark chocolate, spelt flour, or organic meats. Or fancy cheese or coffee! I think one thing I might do is the fixin's for a breakfast meal with organic meat, a homemade biscuit mix, and fair trade coffee.
    19. This is kind of a weird gift but a bunch of cards, like birthday, anniversary, etc. so that the gifted doesn't have to run to the store to get cards for the year. I believe Dayspring has packs of cards, or you could just go pick out a bunch. Or make a bunch!
    20. Light bulbs! Shed a little light on your giftee's! (See what I did there?)

We believe giving gifts that inspire gratefulness creates a more meaningful Christmas. Gifts that would help a family. We try to teach the kids that gifts fulfill a need just as often as they fulfill a want. Some of these gifts would take some investigations, finding out brands, types or what not that a person would need. (Just don't get caught snooping in the cabinets.)


Any other ideas?

18 comments

  1. I don't like to be the Christmas Scrooge, but I really do not like receiving presents that I don't like or need. I know that sounds selfish, but we have a really small house and I kinda resent having to keep stuff I've been gifted when I can't fit in stuff that I really would love or use. There are some great items on this list and I think I will have to drop some hints around!

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    1. We're in the same boat Jayne! Small house means we're pretty picky about what we keep because of a lack of space. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. I don't know what you're talking about with the stockings. I don't fill them up! Also, you should plan on getting some olive oil when you go to Theo's. Great list. So excited that my gift made the top billing!:)

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    1. Mom! You figured out how to comment! (And you do fill the stockings up to overflowing. But don't stop.) Theo's olive oil is what made me think of it as a nice gift. Maybe that's what you're getting. Maybe not. We shall see!

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  3. Lots of good ideas. I love useful gifts - the breakfast basket sounds great, but I'll have Chai tea instead of coffee! (found at ARt of Homemaking Mondays)

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    1. Hot chocolate would be nice too! Thanks for commenting Abi!

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  4. Great gift ideas, I love to receive a basket or box of useful things. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  5. What a wonderful list! I like to give little sewing kits, first aid kits and tool kits that people can have in their cars or offices!

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    1. Great ideas Mary! A first aid kit would be really handy, thanks for contributing!

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  6. I love this post! I'm tweeting it!
    Blessings for a happy Thanksgiving!
    Please drop by!

    Blessings,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  7. I hate cluttery gifts, and they go straight into the charity box. Too many of those from the same person, and I will propose and enact a mutual cancellation of all future gift exchanges. May as well both save our money and time. I also vote for "luxury" consumables: fancy chocolate, a selection of loose teas, etc. Stuff that is used, thoroughly enjoyed, and then gone!

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  8. I love this list, thank you for sharing it at Good Morning Mondays. We tend to give useful gifts that people need, I must admit that I just love giving gifts and finding things that people need, and maybe sometimes wants. Blessings to you this Christmas. Your new baby is just beautiful (and so are your other children).

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    1. Thanks Terri! I love picking out just the right gift for each person too. I think it's a love language of mine.

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  9. I am right there with you on your list! These are my type of gifts :) I also wanted to thank you for taking the time to share each week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! You have been a blessing to us! Also, this post was the #3 most viewed post last week and so I have featured it. Happy new December to you :)

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    1. Thanks Jes, you always leave such sweet comments!

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  10. Great post! I recently did a post on gifts for the "Rugged Man" and these would work too! I love practical gifts. Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop!

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