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I’m going to come right out and say it: I hate Amazon. I won’t go into detail as to why, but let’s just say there are thousands of other places to buy your Christmas and birthday gifts. And while you can get almost anything on Amazon these days ordering direct from small (and large) businesses supports them in ways Amazon never will. This gift guide for homeschoolers (and everyone else) offers a variety of stores with great items for everyone on your list. Click the images below to go right to the stores.
National Parks Official Online Store
First, on our holiday gift guide for homeschoolers is the official store of the National Parks. America’s National Parks are a true treasure. Their official online store has tons of great educational gift ideas for homeschoolers as well as options for adults. I especially like the games which are truly fun and your kids won’t even know they are learning. Another great gift idea is a Passport where you can collect stamps at different National Parks. They have a Junior Ranger edition for younger kids and a classic version even adults will enjoy. (Consider planning a National Park vacation with Christopher Travel as a complement to any of these gifts!)
Another great item on our homeschool holiday gift guide is bitsbox. If your kids keep asking “How does it work?” when it comes to computers and you have no idea what the answer is then bitsbox is for you. This is a simple subscription that teaches kids the basics of computer science and coding through really fun projects. You can even use one kit subscription for multiple kids and each can have their own log in!!
Annie’s Creative Studio
For kids interested in crafting Annie’s offers a great beginner crochet class by an 11 year old crochet prodigy. You can also purchase all your materials through their online store. Older kids and adults will also find plenty of options for online classes from beginner to expert and from quilting to knitting and everything in between. Annie’s also has all kinds of craft kits and subscriptions. I am new to the world of crochet, but as soon as life calms down I have all my materials purchased to do their online Learn to Crochet class.
Now I have used MEL Science for actual real live homeschool curriculum, but the truth is I wanted to include it in my gift guide for homeschoolers because, well, it’s really fun. If your child loves science give them something else for homeschooler science and just do MEL for fun. The experiments are over the top fun and “real”. The starter kit includes high quality equipment and all the kits have virtually everything else you need. This is serious chemistry though so while most kids can do it on their own you absolutely need to supervise.
While most people are familiar with KiwiCo subscriptions for younger kids the brand also has a variety of selections for older kids– including high schoolers. Their MakerCrate and EurekaCrate lines offer high quality materials and challenging projects for kids and adult 14 and up. They seriously have something for everyone from your youngest kids all the way through.
This is one that is new to me, but looks fantastic. Preschoolers LOVE getting stuff in the mail and these educational boxes cover all the basics. Honestly I think The Preschool Box would make a great curriculum, but why not give it as a gift and your kid won’t even know they are getting schoolwork as a gift!!
Think of holiday and birthday gifts as opportunities to enhance your child’s learning. If we are doing a good job homeschooling your child’s curiousity will blossom and they will truly love anything that challenges their brain and helps them learn more about the world around them.