We were gathered around a cozy fire sipping warm apple cider as we took turns opening presents. It was anything but quiet! There was laughter, stealing, hiding, and good natured teasing. This group of Charlotte Mason moms was having a blast during our Dirty Dickens gift exchange.
Each year, our Charlotte Mason Discussion Group gathers at Christmas time for a celebration. We have a potluck meal and then a rousing Dirty Dickens gift exchange. (Think Dirty Santa gift exchange with a living books twist.)
Whether you gather with the moms from your homeschool co-op or just a group of friends, this list of gift ideas is sure to be a hit at a Christmas, back-to-school, or end-of-year party. You can pull most of these items together with a quick trip to your local art supply store or used bookstore. Many items can also be purchased directly from Amazon (and you won’t even have to leave your house!).
And you don’t have to break the bank pulling together these gift ideas. With a little creativity, coupons, or keeping an eye out for supplies throughout the year you can pull these gifts together for under $25.
Gift Ideas For A Homeschool Mom’s Christmas Party
Living books are always a great choice for a homeschool mom’s Christmas party. You could choose books to use for lessons or books for mom to enjoy. Whatever you would
fight for/steal choose during a gift exchange would be a good choice.
Books do not need to be new either! Some of the most fought over books at our parties have been used books that are out of print. Good places to look for books include Amazon, Abe Books, used book stores, and library sales. I keep an eye out for books throughout the year that I think would make a good gift.
Scripture Memory Box
A scripture memory box has been a hit at previous parties. You could purchase the supplies listed below and include a link to the post so the recipient can learn how to use a scripture memory box system.
Nature Study Supplies
It often seems like half the battle of getting out the door for a nature walk is having all of your supplies gathered up and ready to go. You could gather a few supplies (see a supply list here of what I include in our nature study bag) and present them in a backpack, satchel, or decorative basket.
Art supplies are a great gift option for kids and moms alike. Below are some of our favorite supplies to have on hand. If you use a coupon at your local craft store you can purchase these items inexpensively over a few weeks. A higher quality product will yield a better finished piece so if you need to keep the cost to a minimum, include a higher quality item along with a sketchbook or two.
- Tutorial book such as Chalk Pastels, Dover How to Draw books, Disney Storybook Artists books
- Sketch pad
- Tracing paper
- Watercolor paint
- Watercolor pencils
- Chalk pastels
- Zigg markers or Prismacolor markers
- Oil pastels
- Prismacolor markers
We love reading Shakespeare’s plays. They are attainable and enjoyable for everyone, if you approach it in a fun way. Below are some items that would make a fun gift basket. You can read more about how we incorporate Shakespeare into our homeschool.
- How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig
- Bruce Coville book – We love the illustrations of these books. They are a great way for all ages to hear the play for the first time.
- Nesbit, Lamb, or Garfield book – These books are nice for learning the plot in a story form before reading the play. The Nesbit version is better for younger students. We prefer the Garfield version.
- Supplies for a Shakespeare tea such as cookie mix, tea cups, and hot cocoa or tea.
Almost all kids love to learn how to create something with their hands. Sometimes the difficult part is knowing what supplies to purchase to get started. If you have a particular craft you enjoy, you could put together a starter kit of supplies and include an instruction book. Or, if you want to learn a new craft with your kids, you could put together two kits for the new craft—one for your family and one for the party.
Composer Study Kit
There are many resources available for studying composers in a fun way. You could gather some of the supplies below for a ready made composer study gift.
- Opal Wheeler book—These are lovely stories of famous composers from their childhood through adulthood.
- Classical Kids CD—We love hearing the story of the composer through these audio books incorporating the composer’s compositions.
- Maestro Classics CD—Another great story option for learning about the composer and hearing his music
- CD of music
Homeschool Mom Pampering Basket
Every homeschool mom likes to be pampered a little bit. Include a few of your favorite options and wrap it up in a pretty basket or carry bag.
The possibilities really are endless as to what you could put in a gift basket for a homeschool mom party. Instead of being overwhelmed trying to figure out what to include, find a time for your husband to watch the kids and go to your local bookstore alone and lose yourself in the stacks or wander the isles of a craft store. Once you get started, you’ll find plenty of items in your basket that will be perfect for your next party.
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