Holiday Gift Recommendations & Where to Shop This Year


Disclosure: All of these recommendations are based on reviews I have written or will write for products that were sent to me in exchange for a review. Some links will be affiliate links where I will receive a small percentage if you purchase through them. Thank you for your support!

This year there will be shortages for gifts, especially toys. They are saying to shop early and not wait to see if things go on sale. I decided to provide my gift recommendations and my favorites of 2021 for you earlier than usual. I went through what I have shared with you and some of what I will share with you to give these recommendations. I may make additions in the future since I don't have everything I will review this year yet. I am dividing it up by ages for actual gift recommendations! Many of the recommendations are for books. If you follow the rule of four for gifting this should be helpful! I hope you find this list helpful!

Younger Children:

Grace and Box by Kim Howard My Review

Fun picture book about an imaginative young girl who loves playing with a refrigerator box!

MerryMakers & matching book My Review (coming soon)

Dolls and stuffed animals that are picture book characters like Froggy from Jonathon London's series

Born to Sparkle: A Story About Achieving Your Dreams by Megan Bomgaars My Review

An adorable picture book with the message that we all can sparkle with hard work, practice and being brave. 

The Book of Hugs by Tim Harris My Review

A sweet picture book about giving and getting hugs with permission of course!

Howl Like a Wolf! by Kathleen Yale My Review

This is a fun book that includes activities and masks for kids to learn about different animals.

Middle Grades (Ages 8-12)

A beautiful book all about trees of different types.

Crafting calm: Art and Activities for Mindful Kids by Megan Borgert-Spaniol and Lauren Kukla My Review

A fun activity and craft book to help kids learn to calm themselves and teaches mindfulness.

Outdoor Series from Macmillan Publishers My Review

The perfect series for families and kids who like to be outside or want to get outside more.

A fun and humorous novel with some math in it as well.

Big Apple Diaries by Alyssa Bermudez My Review

A graphic novel based on author's own diary from living in New York City as a middle schooler when 9/11 occurred.

The Ambassador of Nowhere Texas by Kimberly Willis Holt My Review

Historical fiction of middle schoolers living in Texas during 9/11.

Young Adults

You Were Made for Me by by Jenna Guillaume My Review

A novel with a Weird Science twist. Teenage girls create the perfect guy for one of them and deals with what creating life truly means as well as learning about love and relationships.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo My Review

First book in a trilogy and the trilogy is part of the Grishaverse series. Fascinating fantasy and can also watch the series on Netflix which combines several of the parts of the series. 


Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon My Review

A novel with a look at Down Syndrome as well as sex trafficking and more.

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley My Review

My favorite of the year!! Native American characters that have to solve a mystery and learn about relationships, dangers and more.

Historical fiction about the destruction of Black Wall Street in 1921.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé My Review

Amazing novel sharing a horrifying story about being Black in the United States.

Big Fat Notebook Series from Workman Publishing My Reviews

Educational books on topics in middle school and high school that are helpful for students and teachers.

Adult Books

A memoir of growing up as a Black Christian in America.

When Women Pray by Bishop T. D. Jakes My Review

My favorite Christian book thus far. It shares the power of women and pray by looking at the women in the Bible who prayed.

It's On the Way by Lisa Osteen Comes My Review

An uplifting spiritual guide to help you get through the tough times.


Diamond Painting from Craft-Ease  My Review

High quality diamond painting that creates beautiful artwork while relaxing you.

Adult Paint-By-Number from Winnie's Picks My Reviews

So many choices of beautiful, high-quality paint-by-numbers meant for adults!

Instructions to make beautiful, life-like paper wildflowers for crafts and more!

Jigsaw Puzzles

Great for learning about Native Nations as well as state history!

Bambi Puzzle by Nathalie Lété’ 1,000-Piece from Workman Publishers My Review

My favorite puzzle of the year. Doing it and looking at it makes me happy! I love the picture!!

Beautiful photograph from Japan with information about the place in the photograph.

Cultivated 1,000 Piece Puzzle by Christin Geall from Princeton Architectural Press My Review

This was the most challenging puzzle I completed this year! It is beautiful and perfect for people who love a challenging puzzle!

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