However much you might like to ignore it, the Christmas season is fast approaching. “But can’t we get past Halloween first?” you wonder. Sure. You can get past Halloween…and Thanksgiving…and then be blindsided by the presence of Christmas music on your radio and Santa staring at you from every store window. You can be ready for the season in advance…or you can realize on Black Friday that you need to get out and do some shopping in the insane crowds and rush, with absolutely no idea of what you need to purchase for anyone.
Shopping for the kids is a challenge—even more of one when, like many homeschooling parents, you’re on a limited budget due to a single income. Sure, they have lists a mile long; and you can probably make happy children by selecting a handful of items at random off of those lists. The problem is, many of those items will be discarded in a matter of days, forgotten by the kids almost as soon as they’re opened. How do you select gifts that will be both practical and enjoyable, that will stand the test of time and still be in use when the season is long past?