Parenting can be tough, plain and simple. Your kids go through unique challenges. The hard days can add up into exhaustion. Juggling everything can be overwhelming. Whew!
At the same time, if you are a parent in any capacity, it’s such a special role to be in. Seeing your kids grow and develop into who God created them to be is incredible.
Even just thinking back to the holidays when our kids were younger, I remember the beauty and excitement of the season, and I also remember feeling quite exhausted. It’s tough to get your little people from place to place and still have the energy to be fully present!
Last week, Mark and I shared a gift guide for your marriage. So this week, I wanted to share a few gift ideas for those in your family or friend group who are parents. While I can’t give you ideas for the specific interests of the people in your life, I hope this list is helpful to round out your Christmas shopping with some meaningful gifts!
Parenting looks different in every season. Someone who is a parent to adult kids is still a mom or dad. Someone who is expecting a baby in the new year is often eager for resources to prepare. If you are buying gifts for people who are foster or adoptive parents, parenting resources are so valuable. It’s simply important to remember that once you become a parent, it is deeply engrained in who you are as a person, no matter how that role takes shape over your lifetime.
Let’s jump in to some gift ideas for parents:
There is simply no such thing as a perfect mom. And there are no such things as perfect kids, perfect homes, perfect bodies, perfect marriages, or even perfect meals. With refreshing honesty, Jill exposes some of her own parental shortcomings with the goal of helping mothers everywhere shelve their desires for perfection along with their insecurities of not measuring up to other moms.
Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.
Meal times can be stressful as a parent. A subscription like Hello Fresh is a great way to take the load off for parents in the planning and preparation of meals. You can purchase a gift card or a subscription through their website!
Mom and dad, your kids are created in God’s image, not your own. Jill Savage and Kathy Koch will guide you in truly appreciating your kids. They will teach you how to study and become an expert on your children, because you cannot fully embrace them until you truly know them.
A 1- or 2-Night Hotel Stay
Oftentimes, one of the best gifts you can get a friend or family member who is a parent is a small break. Pay for a night or two at a hotel, and provide care for their children during that timeframe. This is such a meaningful gift that will likely be remembered for years to come!
“Just a mom?” There’s no such thing. Motherhood isn’t a second-rate occupation. It is a career that can maximize your talents and strengths to their fullest. Look past the surface of mothering—the endless tasks and frantic pace—to the incredible skills required to raise your children while nurturing your marriage. The truth is clear: You’re a professional in one of the most dignified, demanding, and rewarding fields any woman can find.
Beth McCord is a good friend of ours, and I love her Christ-centered way of teaching the Enneagram. These books for every Enneagram Type are broken down into 21 daily readings, which could help a parent unpack their story using the powerful tool of the Gospel-centered Enneagram. Learn More >>
Those in the empty nest or approaching the empty nest are parents too! This is a 4-part course to help Your kids enter adulthood successfully without you being gutted by grief. You can grab access to it for a friend or family member for just $97! Learn More >>
We hope those gift ideas were helpful, and we’re wishing you a very Merry Christmas this year! Anything you’d add to the list? Leave a comment below!