Best Homeschool Gifts
For Christmas

Choose the very best homeschool gifts to celebrate Christmas with this guide which picks out extra special presents which are both fun and educational.

Christmas gifts for homeschoolers

These Christmas presents come top of the list with our children William (now at Oxford University) and Catherine.

You'll also find the top picks from the 2,000 members of my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group. It's a support group for homeschoolers where we give each other encouragement and share resources.

Genuine recommendations from fellow homeschoolers are such a helpful guide to what to get for Christmas because you know you're getting what other homeschoolers love.

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This list is for the US; if you are from the UK click here.

THE WINNERS

Board Games

We love board games!  They are brilliant for a special Christmas present and bring the whole family together over the festive period.

Here are the Top Three: 

#1

Ticket to Ride
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Best Overall

  • Easy to learn
  • Great for the whole family
  • Teaches geography in a fun way
  • Quick to play
  • Map art well designed
  • Age 6+ to adult

#2

Wildcraft board game
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Homeschool Favorite

  • Fun cooperative game for all the family
  • Educational - as you play, you learn the herbs that help an ailment
  • Beautifully designed
  • Age 4 to adult

"It is lovely and a cooperative game rather than a competitive one... Both children have learned a lot about herbs and their medicinal uses and it sparked a real interest in herbs and foraging." ~ Diana, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

#3

Terraforming Mars
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Homeschool Science Favorite

  • Good for older children
  • Collaboratively competitive game - everyone working towards common goal of terraforming Mars
  • Lots of variation so encourages you to play again
  • Incorporates real science and ideas based on reality
  • Age 12 to adult
educational board games

Lots more brilliant recommendations for the best kids games in this page.

Board games are top of the list for best homeschool gifts; they are a wonderful way of bringing the whole family together over Christmas.

Best Board And Card Games To Teach Math

If you want to slip math into Christmas without anyone noticing, board and card games are the way to do it!

Best kids math games

I asked 2,000 members of my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group to pick out their favorite games for teaching math here.

Board Games - Allie's Top Choices

Allie from the Courageous Homeschooling group has picked out her top choices for best homeschool gifts.

She owns all of these and particularly recommends No Stress Chess.

They all look fun to me!

Christmas Books

Christmas isn't Christmas without some seasonal books to celebrate!

Here are some of Bianka's favorites:

Inspirational Homeschool Journals And Memory Books

Inspirational homeschooling journal
Homeschooling Memory Book

"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

These Journals and Memory Books are the place to dream, write your hopes and fears, and remember the little things which make teaching your child at home so special.

They also make one of the best homeschool gifts.

David Attenborough

David Attenborough has hero status in our homeschool.  We watched him so often it felt like he used to pop in for tea every afternoon!

And in terms of learning, you couldn't hope for a better introduction to help your child see want an amazing Planet we live on and encourage us all to look after it.

Planet Earth II is simply fabulous and has to be top of the best homeschool gifts.

When my children sent David Attenborough some of their homeschool drawings, he took the time to hand write letters to each of them individually.

Blue Planet 2 was a blockbuster:

Last year Animal Dynasties was a great favorite of ours:

Book

Blu-Ray

And this year he's done it again!

If your child loves animals, David Attenborough ticks all the Christmas boxes.

Animals

Monica recommends Scanorama Books which have movable sliders to reveal virtual x-rays of the animals.

"These books are amazing, for anyone that is interested in animals, anatomy, x rays, etc." ~ Monica,  Courageous Homeschooling group

Art

The How to Draw series is fabulous for getting your child to understand the basics of drawing.

You can see a page here where we show you how the books work in real life to help your child draw animals.

Children Just Like Me

It's wonderful when you can get your children to visit other children across the world!  Children Just Like Me and Celebrations are fantastic at making connections between all children, wherever they live.

It's also the perfect time to learn about festivals like Christmas across the world.

Classics

Always good to have some classics among the list of best homeschool gifts for Christmas! Wolves often are a child favorite, so White Fang is a perfect choice.  Little House on the Prairie is an enduring tale, as is William's favorite Jules Verne 20,000 leagues under the sea.

Coloring Books

Coloring books are really popular so I have slipped in a few for you to enjoy while the kids get on opening their Christmas presents.

The fabulous animal coloring book is by our favorite artist Tim Jeffs  who has been a great supporter of our daughter Catherine's homeschool art.  Wonderful book from a highly talented and modest artist.

Crafts And Activities

Crafts over Christmas are such a good idea to calm things down and give the children time to get creative.

Sew Cool is a threadless sewing machine.

It is simple to use with no needles to thread and no foot pedal - basically you just push the button and the machine starts.

There are 9 projects to make including a purse, a pencil case and stuffed characters.

"Morgan absolutely loved it. She works on it at night for hours. I'd recommend it. I had actually read that it is the hottest new toy this Christmas." ~ Nikki, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

"I recommend it too, Kaitlyn loves it and I've had a sneaky go on it as well xx" ~ Emm, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

We love Klutz craft kits which easily come high on the list of best homeschool gifts.  They are all generally very good quality and perfect for a crafty child.

Our special favorites are the ones on how to make friendship bracelets (you can see how to make them here) and window art, but all the kits are good value.

Here is the page we made about hand art using a Klutz kit.  Great fun!

Here is a brilliant needle felting kit:

needle felt kit

"This starter kit is great." ~ Diana, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

We love needle felting as you can see from these birds!

needle felt birds

And you can go on to make some fabulous needle felted creatures, like the ones Catherine made from Little Felted Animals - a great homeschool Christmas present!

Monica has some brilliant suggestions for the best homeschool gifts which appeal to young children.  She suggests getting a light table and using it for some great activities with sand, beads, marbles, and, as in this photo, agate pieces:

light box
light table
light table

Monica explains that there are all sorts of "things you can do on the light table, all sorts of blocks, shapes, figures, glass, plastic, colors, transparent things, play doh, sand, painting, etc." - and her photos show what fun it is!

Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs have to be one of the biggest hits in our homeschool, as you can see from this giant lapbook we made covering all our living room walls!

fun dinosaur activities

We also enjoyed stories featuring dinosaurs.  If you think your kids would enjoy dinosaurs in space, check out Astrosaurs - William has the complete series! Z-Rex is for the slightly older as it is a bit more scary.

DVD's

"I highly recommend the animated series Avatar the Last Airbender. It is the best animated series we have ever watched. The story is powerful, as is the messages of love, friendship and forgiveness. This show is loved by kids and adults alike at our house."

~ Lisa, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

Best Homeschool Gifts: Encyclopedias

Usborne has some great encyclopedias - great if your child loves facts like my son!

Factual

little kids first book of who

"Bought this book yesterday for the girls. It will be very interesting learning about the different figures throughout history.

First up, daddy's favorite - Aristotle." ~ Alison

National Geographic have a series of these which would make brilliant Christmas presents:

"Those Nat Geo Kids books are amazing! We have the Space one, the Big Book of How, and the Big Book of Why. So easy to understand and the colorful photos are a great way to keep the kids engaged."

~ Lydia, Courageous Homeschooling support group

Globes

Having a great globe is one of the exciting things about homeschool!

And it's the sort of present which fills Santa's stocking.

Insight Globes have ones with animals on - even one with dinosaurs!

Sheila and Maddy have the political globe - Maddy says she loves the colors :)

My Mom who homeschooled me wanted to buy a special globe for the children to have and she chose an illuminated National Geographic one.

It's expensive but really beautiful.

Microscope

Microscope

Monica from the Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group found this microscope which has less reviews so far but seems to be the more modern version of one which has great reviews on Amazon.

Thanks Monica.

K'NEX

K'NEX is one of the best homeschool gifts because it sparks an interest in how things work and constructing simple models.  The amusement park filled the top of our garden!

Lego

When you're looking for best homeschool gifts you can't go wrong with lego!  Here's another example of a toy which teaches so well and so much.  Every year a lego set was top of the Christmas list for my son William. And my friend's son wants to show off his jet fighter:

lego jet fighter made by Lucas

Lego teaches so many skills; here is a page with more than seventy different learning activities.

lego learning activities

Magformers

Monica wants to recommend Magformers.  Her children have loved them as homeschool presents and she sent this photo to show you what you can do:

Magformer shape

"My kids love Magformers, you can make anything with them. Or magna tiles :)"

~ Monica, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits are a fantastic way to get hands-on with science and have fun with buzzers and bells.

Magic

You have to blame William for these!  We acted as the (sometimes unwilling!) audience.  If your child loves magic, a good kit is a really exciting Christmas present.

Magic Kitten

Magic Kitten

"I think this is the 9th book in the Magic Kitten series she has read now....I love how much my big girl enjoys reading."

~ Alison, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

Magic School Bus

Magic School Bus

"My girls have recently discovered this show ( our doctor recommended it). It's educational and fun. I'd say suitable for 5-8 year olds. X" ~ Alison, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

"Our kids really enjoyed that show. They have a whole series of books that do with it which are also good!" ~ Lisa, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

Science

I am certain that science is easier to teach at home than at school.  After all, the main thing you need to awaken is curiosity, which is what lies at the heart of everything.

I haven't included science kits in this list of the best homeschool gifts because we often found them a disappointment. 

But what we did find is some fantastic Christmas science books:

You'll notice quite a few of these are human body books - but then the place we live in really is fascinating.  We turned it into a project making blood from jelly beans as well as our own eye here.

Theodore Gray is mad - in the best sense.  He absolutely loves the elements and does some really daft things with them - and in the process he awakens an interest in the Periodic Table which will never dim.

Space is amazing; William is responsible for getting me interested as I have to say I didn't know much about it.  But an early project making a solar system with a cotton wool sun and leading on to a Voyager space probe got me hooked.

Brian Cox is a wonderful presenter and - like many of us over a certain age - rather a hero of mine! His books are aimed more at teens.

Story Books

Mog the Cat will always have a special place in our hearts, Judith Kerr's stories are so gentle and amusing.  You have to read Mog at Christmas to find out about the walking Xmas tree!  Asterix and Tintin are all-time Christmas favorites; you might find (as with William and Catherine) that the cartoon style of short sentences encourages reading.

Old Bear brings back happy memories of the children being very young; you will love these cute stories with Old Bear the wise one always there to protect and look after his friends.  A definite must for best homeschool gifts for little ones!

Michael Morpurgo has to be part of any list of best homeschool gifts. He is one of the most talented story-tellers anywhere and, since his stories always include animals in some way, ideal if your child is an animal fan like our two!

Animal Ark and Little Animal Ark featuring the vet's daughter Mandy bring reassurance that the animals will get looked after in the end.

And for little ones, what could be nicer than a homeschool Christmas  of Paddington Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh and Elmer.

My friend Diana recommends books by Eva Ibbotson:

"We love her books! I can highly recommend them." ~ Diana, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

home school reading: kindergarten

You can see more books ideal for kindergarten here.

Great women who changed the world

"Just wanted to recommend a great book my daughter chose at the library......she has really enjoyed reading it and wants to find out more about some of them." ~ Anni x, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

Older Story Books

Warriors is Catherine's favorite; we have every single book and I can guarantee the latest in the series will be on her Christmas list this year!

Michelle Paver's Wolf Brother series is gripping and extremely well written; Alex Scarrow's Time Riders sneaks in a bit of homeschool history by the back door.

A few other highlights include the Indian in the Cupboard series and Peter Dickinson's The Kin.

Rick Riordan is a fabulously inventive writer who brings the Greek myths to life. If you can get your child interested, they will be great at quizzes forever - there always seems to be a question on Persephone and Hades, Theseus and the Minotaur or something similar which leaves most of us baffled!

The Hunger Games and the Divergent series are both hits in our best homeschool gifts for older teens.

And Harry Potter has to be on the list!

Special Gifts for Homeschool Friends

homeschool quotes and inspiration book

My new gift book for a homeschool Mom is published on Amazon.  It's a great Christmas present - or treat yourself!

  • Inspiring quotes to to sit on your bedside table to dip into whenever you need a boost of courage and confidence - and want to feel great!
  • Quotes from the greatest thinkers in the world to show they agree with you and give you the strength to keep going.
  • A book you can turn to over and over when the going gets tough (which we know it does!)
  • Uniquely personal. Beautifully illustrated pages to write your own favorite quotes that speak to your heart.

"Brilliant! Arrived today. Lovely book. A treasure. Thank you." ~ Sheila

Homeschooling Books

The Courageous Homeschooling Handbook and Homeschool Secrets of Success

The best homeschool gifts include those that reaffirm your decision to homeschool.

  • Homeschool Secrets of Success shows you how to avoid battles with the kids and keep learning fun.
  • The Courageous Homeschooling Handbook is great for those starting out to give reassurance and encouragement.

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Amazon review Homeschool Secrets of Success

This list of the best homeschool gifts is ideal when you are stuck for an idea for an unusual and special Christmas present.  I hope you enjoy these gifts as much as we have.

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