12 Days of Shopping

Gift Guides If You Need Ideas

If you are in the thick of holiday shopping and need ideas, I’m pulling up my gift guides from my archives in hopes they will be helpful to you.

Capability:Mom and I did two years of The 12 Days of Shopping which covered all our gift categories from kids making gifts to tutor gifts.

12 Days of Shopping

The 12 Days of Shopping

Saturday, December 1:  Make Your Own Gifts with granola two ways. Hers and Mine.

Sunday, December 2:  Kids Make Gifts Craft, Clove Fruit and Crafts.

Monday, December 3: Personalized Gifts, Hers and Mine.

Tuesday, December 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Wednesday, December 5:  Tutors/Teachers

Thursday, December 6:  High Tech/Low Tech

Friday, December 7:  Hostess/Doing Good

Saturday, December 8:  Sanitation Engineers, Mail CarriersHairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

Sunday, December 9:  Husband, Me (Our Own  List), CapabilityMom’s List

Monday, December 10:  Cats/Dogs

Tuesday, December 11:  Quick Gifts from Whole Foods and Gourmet Food Store

Wednesday, December 12:  ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts, Homemade Ornament Crafts for Kids and Capability:Mom’s Homemade Gift

12 Days of Shopping

This was our first year of gift idea collaboration.

Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

 Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7Hostess/Gifts That Give Back

 Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?) and Emily Post’s Etiquette on this subject.

 Dec 9Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List); Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Cookies & Personalized Holiday Tags


12 Days of Shopping

My Holiday Gift Guides are all here.

Popular ones include:

Gift Guide: Best Toys for Math and Science

Best Math and Science Toys

Gift Guide: Best Toys for Arty Kids

Best Toys for Arty Kids

Gift Guide: Toys to Get Kids Reading More

Toys That Make Reading Fun!

Gift Guide: Best Active Toys

Toys That Make Reading Fun!

Top 10: Best Fun and Educational Board Games

Best Fun & Educational Board Games

Gift Guide: Musical Toys for Kids

Musical Toys for Kids

Hope your shopping is going well! Happy holidays! What gift are you struggling with?

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Great ideas, Mia–thanks for sharing them! My favorite to give is always homemade cookies in nice cookie tins.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Wow! This is an impressive collection of gift guides!
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  3. Jeanette

    I always love your gift guides- you give the best ideas. And thanks for the clove oranges reminder!
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    • Thanks Jeanette,
      The older I get, the less I want so I didn’t do any gift guides this year. Instead, I just put my old ones on one post with a few updates. As my kids get older, their lists get shorter and shorter as well (and weirder). PickyKidPix is totally into hair styling so her list is very specific to her and not to most kids her age. Grasshopper and Sensei’s is mostly Apple electronics or accessories. My son wants only Minecraft toys which barely even exist.

      What about your kids? Do their wish lists get longer or shorter?
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  4. I loved our gift guide brain storming sessions! Agree, lists are more specific now – clothes, tech stuff, and love the arty kid guide 🙂
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