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Christmas gifts for Waldorf children

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I am often asked what Christmas gifts we will be giving the children.

So this year, I thought I would share ahead of time {and I have to tell you, taking the photos for this post, without anyone seeing, was no mean feat!}

We continue to use our gift giving philosophy of

Something they want, something they need, something to wear & something to read

And find it works well for us. Sometimes we might swap something out, and add ‘something to create’ instead.

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This year Ruby will be receiving the beautiful book The Apple Cake.

I’ve often wondered what this book is like, and recently had the chance to look through a copy at a friend’s house. It is super lovely, so I can’t wait to share it with Ruby. She will also receive The Cleo Stories, A Friend and A Pet. We have the other Cleo book and they are delightful and sweet.

For something to wear, I was lucky to find a second hand rainbow swirl skirt and leggings on a Waldorf Buy Sell Swap page ~ I know she will love these!

And for something she wants, Ruby will be receiving some rescue dolls. Dolls that have been ‘made over’ to be more childlike and innocent {this is a compromise, given we prefer to minimise plastic in our home}

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My little Teddy will be receiving this gorgeous rabbit hutch, to go with our trio of sweet rabbits.

He is very engaged by small world play at the moment, so think he will really love this gift.

He will also receive a beautiful wooden toolset so he can work with his dad around the house *grin*

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For something to read, Teddy will receive I Took the Moon for a Walk and Sun Bread. Teddy is very intrigued by the moon and sun at the moment, so these too books should fit the bill!

And because I couldn’t resist the handmade horse reins at our local Waldorf Spring Fair, he is getting a set of those too.

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Max is getting a little trickier to buy for now that he is a bit older. And I would love to give him a carving knife but think we will wait a bit longer for that.

He is super into games through, so he will be given Australian Menagerie. As well as some fun face paint from Giotto.

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For something to read, I picked up a few books second hand that he will love, The Magic Knot from Reg Down and The Boy who knew what the Birds said by Padraic Colum.

The lovely angel, and blue and blush red play silks are also for Christmas, they will be part of our Advent journey which I shared about last week.

What are your children receiving for Christmas?

???  You can follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see snippets of our days ???

Blessings, Kelly

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Waldorf gifts for 8 year old boys

Gnomes-&-Friends

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Max is turning eight.

He is becoming such a great helper to me around the house and with the other kids. He is kind and considerate. And full of ideas.

I often tell him, ‘you’re an ideas boy‘, which he loves to hear.

He is creative and passionate. His teacher tells me that he really loves learning. That he is a beautiful balance between the imaginative, creative soul while being a boy of our times (he tells me he wants to program computer games when he is older! So I know what she means).

So for his eighth birthday ~ in keeping with our gift giving philosophy ~ we are giving him…

Clip-circuit

Something he wants

Max loves tinkering and working out how things work. So we thought he would like this starter electronic kit, ClipCircuit.

He will be able to make his own circuits and experiment with the components.

compass

Something he needs

Max’s teacher told us that the children in Grade 2 are at a great age to be given a compass.

They are starting to work out where they fit in the world around them.

For Christmas we might also give him a map of our area.

Ruby-holding-gnome

Something to wear for fun!

Max is pretty set clothes wise at the moment. But when I saw this sweet little gnome it called out to come home to him *wink*

Max is really into gnomes at the moment from reading the Limindoor Woods series. He is even having a gnome themed birthday party!

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Something to read

We have two books for Max this birthday, The Eight-Year Old Legend Book and the recently released Gnomes and Friends: Tales of Limindoor Woods.

Last year we gave Max the Seven-Year Old Wonder Book and he really loved it (and I really enjoyed reading it with him), so we thought we would try the Eight-Year old book too.

And Max and I have loved reading about the lovely gnomes who inhabit Limindoor Woods, so when I heard a new book was out our choice was clear *grin*

For more birthday inspiration, you can read about the birthday chair here and Ruby’s fifth birthday gifts here.

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Blessings, Kelly

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