December 11th: Gift Guide Showcase

christmasgifts Photo by Zecheriah Judy

I am experiencing lots of technical difficulties this week – perhaps my internet connection finds it difficult to move quickly in the winter in the same way that I do?

This week’s Showcase will be short and sweet.Β  Though the most organized amongst have surely completed gift shopping, I know there may be a few in our community still working on tackling the gift list (including yours truly!).

Today, I’m showcasing some of the gift guides I’ve come across in the past few weeks. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but hopefully it will spur some inspiration either for this holiday season or for gift-giving the year ahead!

Playful Learning Gift Guide: Presents that Stand the Test of Time

No Time For Flash Cards: Our Favorites, Reader Favorites, and Books Every Home Needs

Imagination Soup: Educational Holiday Gift Guide

thelongthread: handmade GIFT GUIDE 2009

Make and Takes: DIY Holiday Gift Guide 2009

And Twins make 5: 2009 Holiday Gift Guide (complete with discount codes)

If your family is looking for frugal and/or homemade gift ideas, check out the Frugal Friday: Gifts for $10 or Less link-up going on today at Life as Mom!

Finally, my past two columns at Simple Mom may also inspire a gift idea or two: 10 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for Kids and Handmade Gift Ideas for Tweens and Teens.

And, speaking of Simple Mom, today Tsh is sharing some delicious ideas for creating edible gifts!

I’m curious – am I the only one who hasn’t completed Christmas gift shopping? Also, have you found some gift guides that you think might be helpful for others in the SK community? Feel free to share the link in the comments!

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  1. Heck I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping!
    My siblings and I have agreed not to exchange gifts this year and I do have ideas for the kids and in-laws, but have been too busy to get anything yet.
    .-= wesleyjeanne´s last blog ..Please excuse my unscheduled absence =-.

  2. I love the paint your own doll family on Make and Takes–thanks for the link Megan!
    .-= Kelly Feinberg´s last blog ..advent no.1 =-.

  3. Oh, you are so funny Megan! Have I finished my Christmas shopping?? Um. No. I’ve barely even started…. πŸ™‚
    .-= Emily @ The Pilot’s Wife´s last blog ..10 on the 10th: Booklist =-.

  4. Thank you for sharing this list, Megan! Can never have too many ideas bookmarked πŸ™‚
    .-= Diana (Ladybug Limited)´s last blog ..Review: Veggie Tales: St. Nicholas — A Story of Joyful Giving =-.

  5. Wow! What a wonderful list… I can’t wait to to browse all of the great suggestions. Thanks for including Playful Leanring’s πŸ™‚

  6. I’m MOSTLY done. I try to spread out the spending so that it falls during 3 different billing cycles.
    .-= nopinkhere´s last blog ..Advent 2009~Kitch-Lover =-.

  7. We buy so few presents that I never even find myself thinking about whether or not we’ve completed the shopping. It’s so easy to do it. And many of our purchases seem to be online, so that’s easier as well.

    We’ve got a small stash accumulating in the basement (away from little eyes, of course!)

    Thanks for showcasing these guides, Megan! Off to check them out!

    .-= steadymom´s last blog ..What We’ve Been Up To =-.

  8. Megan, Thanks for including our (And twins make 5!) holiday guide among these other great ones. I feel inspired! Happy shopping and making …

    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..#109 wins the Young Scientist Giveaway =-.

  9. Thank you so much for including Imagination Soup’s educational gift guide! And, no, despite my gift guide, I haven’t shopped for any gifts. Hoping I still have time . . . πŸ™‚

    Happy holidays!

    .-= Melissa Taylor´s last blog ..Lab in a Bag Test Tube Adventure Giveaway =-.

  10. Thanks so much for including our guide, I was so organized when I made it but have fallen sorely behind . Now I have the other great ones to browse!
    .-= Allie´s last blog ..Crafts Of Christmases Past =-.

  11. I don’t have fancy or necessarily educational gift ideas but I save those silly chain mails people send around that are lists of this and that. There are usually favorite things of all types on there so whatever I lack in expense or effort, I usually get points for thoughtfulness. My sister was wonderfully surprised last year when one of her gifts from me was a box of Cocoa Pebbles! Inexpensive and easily accessible.

    • Oh my goodness, Jeanine! What a GREAT idea! I would not have thought of that, but it’s a gold mine for gifting ideas. So clever!

  12. I’m scaling back on gifts this year and learning to focus more about the reason for the season. We’re making more of our decorations & gifts and choosing to buy more handmade items as well. Still, they’re still a need for some bright & shiny gifts under the tree {My husband isn’t quite ready to give up on store bought gifts} and I have a knack for finding great gifts, That’s why I publish several gift guides on my site, Kids Stuff World and offer to find the perfect gift for the hardest to shop people on your lists as well. Love your site, Happy Holidays!
    .-= Stacy of KSW´s last blog ..Handmade Holidays: DIY Christmas Ornaments =-.

  13. We’re keeping out focus on the reason for the season. It gets harder each year. With this in mind, this year Alternative Play Activities gift guide We did well and were finished much earlier than anticipated but have a few new gifts from family that we now need to get.
    .-= Melitsa´s last blog ..Do you think we did it? =-.