In case you’re looking for a few more gifts for the little (or big) people in your life, these are a few of our favorites…and some by a few of our friends:


The Jesus Storybook Bible

Song of the Stars Board Book

Just Because You’re Mine

Or ANYTHING ELSE by Sally Lloyd-Jones

My First Message by Eugene Peterson

Jesus Calling for pre-teens and teens


A Journal—Wreck This Journal is one we have lots of teens talk about

The Message by Eugene Peterson is what we use at our summer camps most often

To Be Told is fantastic for older teens

For Boys:

The Action Bible and The Action Bible Devotional

Flight Plan by Lee Burns and Braxton Brady

For Girls:

Liked and 10 Ultimate Truths Every Girl Should Know by Kari Kampakis

For Girls Like You and You’re God’s Girl by Wynter Pitts

The Smart Girls Guide’s by American Girl


Rain For Roots—Waiting Songs


Ticket To Ride Board Game

Mexican Train Dominos

Gymnastics Mats—Heidi Spangle

Stuffed Animals from TJ Maxx to heat up—Katie Jo Hollis

Experiences—concert tickets, events to attend as a family—Tiffany Klusacek

Snap Circuits, Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit—Connie Cooper Sager

Marble run, Rock Tumbler—Becky Sharrett Pinzer

Toys that Build Kindness and Empathy:

Little People’s Caring for Animals Farm

The Moodsters—games   

Q’s Race to the Top

Kindness Tins

Toys that Create Conversation:

“How Would You Feel If…” Fun Deck Cards and others by Super Duper Publications

The Ungame

Tabletopics Family

Melissa & Doug Family Dinner Conversations

Suggestions from our Friends!

Play Mats from melanieshanks35--momtorooandluandavatoo

God Gave Us Christmas—peaceloveandhoppyness

For You:

Johnnyswim Christmas

The Story of God’s Love For You

David’s Favorite Book—Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott

Sissy’s Favorite Book—A Room Called Remember by Frederick Buechner

Melissa’s Favorite Book—The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen 

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron & Suzanne Stabile

and we might have a few more in our Raising Boys and Girls Library!

And a few more suggestions from our friends at