Enjoying Family Life Christmas Gift Guide 2021

Enjoying Family Life Christmas Gift Guide 2021

Holiday shopping is made simple with the annual Enjoying Family Life Christmas Gift Guide 2021! Find gifts for the whole family. With a few clicks, you can make sure to have thoughtful items under the tree!

For the working professional

Gift a monogrammed tote made with full-grain leather. The larger size is perfect for dedicated professionals, such as teachers who bring grading and planning home, and who need to check work emails on the school laptop. I’m all about disconnecting, but if you sometimes simply can’t, you might as well do it in style, and look effortless as you travel to and from work!

Monograming the Pegai La Salle Rustic Leather Tote with my initials made me nostalgic for my middle school L.L. Bean backpack in the best way. Even though I’ve been married for over a decade, this was one of the first items I monogrammed with my full married initials, which makes it a very special bag to me! It would be a good choice for a newlywed who is excited to see those new initials imprinted on an accessory.

The tote bag comes in multiple sizes, including a larger size that fits a laptop and a smaller size to take on-the-go. It is handcrafted from heavy duty cowhide leather with sturdy, vegetable tanned straps for extra durability.

Pegai La Salle Rustic Leather Tote

Give the matching monogrammed Marshall Leather Padfolio as a symbol of your faith in their career success. Staying organized has never looked so good. Made with authentic full-grain leather, it is designed for use with 8×5″ x 11.75″ standard legal pads, and it has an A4 pocket, business card holder, and pen holder.

Monogrammed Marshall Leather Padfolio

For the creative soul

Design virtual art projects with the small-sized One by Wacom and medium-sized One by Wacom. The art tablet and stylus hooks up to Chromebooks, Macs, and PCs, and it allows you to sketch, draw, and edit with a natural pen experience.

This item connected to our family computer and to our children’s school Chromebooks. Set-up was simple, and they were happy to have more precise technology to use to draw!

One by Wacom

For the traveler

Reminisce about a beachside adventure with the Dune Jewelry Boho Stack Ring. This personalized gift contains sand from whichever three shorelines are memorable to you. There are over 5000 places to choose from, or you can send in your own sand if your destination is not included.  Turn a moment or memory into something tangible with artisan-crafted fine jewelry designed to last.

I picked this out for my tween daughter, who recently shared with me that she has no rings and wanted to try out adding some to her outfits. Although I spotted some cute rings at major retailers, this item is the perfect gift because it is personalized with three family vacation spots that will bring a smile to her face when she receives it.

Dune Jewelry Boho Stack Ring

Another personalized travel-inspired item is the HipMaps Geography Puzzle. I selected the European Countries and Flags design as inspiration for my children for future travels. Each map includes a message with the recipient’s name along with their photo. This thoughtful touch is motivation to help engage my children in completing the puzzle and learning while working on it!

This company offers a variety of geography puzzles, including African Countries & Flags, Caribbean & Central America Countries & Flags, European Countries & Flags, Southeast Asia Countries & Flags, and U.S. States & Capitals. They also offer customized jigsaw puzzles with your own photo.

HipMaps Geography Puzzles

For the student

Provide a better future with a Gift of College gift card. These are redeemable into any already-created 529 College Savings Plan or student loan account. They make a good gift for young parents saving for their child’s future. They also make sense for adult college students who currently pay tuition and for recent graduates with loans.

I set this up for my daughters, and I found that it was simple to do. Having the gift of a great education is always smart idea!

Gift of College gift card

As a last-minute holiday gift idea, give an Outschool gift card! When my children have time off school for winter break, it’s nice to structure their day with an activity. On the Outschool website, virtual teachers are available at all times of day in different time zones around the world to provide interactive, interesting learning experiences. It’s simple to bring holiday cheer with festive activities on crafting, drawing, cooking, coding, and more.

Winter break is the perfect time for my children to try some fun classes. Some of my children’s teachers have had special themed classes lately. One encouraged the class to bring hot chocolate, and another led the class in acting out ‘The Polar Express.’

The experiences can also work wonderfully as an add-on to another gift you purchased. Buy a class on how to play Dungeons and Dragons to go along with the board game, or a class on Procreate to go along with a new iPad or Apple Stylus pen.  Taking classes helps make good use out of the gifts they received for Christmas.

Another idea for learners is an IXL membership. Boost academic potential with math skill practice that starts in PreK and goes up to Calculus and reading skill practice that begins in PreK and goes up to 12th grade. There is also Science and Social Studies skill practice from 2nd to 8th grade, and seven units of Spanish.

This program includes a Diagnostic assessment to see which skill level to work on not only within each content area, but even within each skill. It’s helpful for filling in gaps in learning while also providing challenging material in areas of strength.

My children have used this program for the past four years. It is helpful to have another resource for learning conveniently available on a device. They are able to see their progress and celebrate their achievements with milestone awards that the IXL system provides, which makes it a rewarding experience.

IXL membership

For the interior designer

Give the German Christmas Pyramid with Santa giving out Christmas presents. The neutral tones make it fit with different decor styles, especially since minimalist tones are in now. It was also authentically created in Germany. Tiny holiday figures on it will captivate the young-at-heart!

German Christmas Pyramid

For the party planner

Give a generous supply of balloons to make a holiday garland with the Candyland Christmas Installation Kit. Decorate for the holidays, and greet guests with a festive flair!

Creating balloon garlands is fun for crafters as well as anyone who enjoys party planning. Pre-made garland kits are a simple way to begin working with balloons, and can lead to designing original balloon arrangements with practice.


Candyland Christmas Installation Kit

For the nature-lover

As a symbol of peace and friendship, give the Arbequina Olive Tree from American Plant Exchange. The meaning of the Olive tree dates back to ancient Greek history when legend has it, Athena won a contest by producing an Olive tree, which the Athenians favored. It also has Biblical connections with the Olive branch being carried by a dove back to Noah’s ark to symbolize peace after the flood.

American Plant Exchange Arbequina Olive Tree

Two other nice choices for houseplants, which also happen to be pet-friendly, are the Chamaedorea Neanthe Bella Palm and the Calathea Beauty Star. They don’t require much maintenance, and they add a nice natural look to a room.

For the wholesome spirit

Shop for the Risera Jilly Necklace, which comes in sterling silver and 14k Gold Vermeil. This beautiful and spiritual piece of jewelry symbolizes guidance and support.

In my Italian Catholic family, there is a tradition of having at least one nice cross that can last. Since my daughter is receiving her first communion this year, this gift will be given to her now, while it can be worn throughout college and beyond.

Risera Jilly Necklace

For inspiring mindfulness

ZOX Bracelets offer a reminder of positivity. Combine a bracelet and charm to share a thoughtful message. They come in kids and adult sizes.

One of my favorites are the You Are Enough bracelet with the Believe in Yourself charm. Since the bracelet is reversible, you can decide whether to share the message with others or to have it be a hidden reminder.

ZOX Bracelets Inspiring Mindfulness

Some other combinations I like are the sweet You Are My Sunshine bracelet with You Are My Sunshine charm, the inspirational She Believed She Could bracelet with Guardian Angel charm, and the spiritual God’s Plan bracelet with Aquamarine Wave charm.

Zox Aquamarine Wave Charm

For creative children

Inside the Outside the Box Creation art subscription box, you can find everything needed to create an art project, including high-quality supplies and a children’s book to help guide and inspire your young artist.

My daughters tried out the Monster Drawing Project Box. They were delighted with the Faber Castell gel crayons that helped create beautiful monsters using a creamy soft effect. After creating their monsters, there were plenty of art supplies left over for future projects.

The combination of art and literacy made this an effective learning tool, while also being a fun way to fill the day. The book If Monet Painted a Monster shared visual examples of monsters, while also teaching about famous artists. I liked that the box came with lined paper so my children could write their monster’s story too.

Outside the Box Creation art subscription box

For the video game player

My children are always excited to see Switch games in their stockings. Here are a some I picked out that their dad might borrow too!

For A Civilization fan who has yet to check out the latest edition or someone looking for a deep and rewarding strategy experience, check out Civilization VI Anthology.

It’s the ultimate entry point for gamers new to the strategy game series. Explore new land, research technology, conquer your enemies, and go head-to-head with historical leaders as you lead your civilization from rocks to rockets. The Civilization VI Anthology includes all of the Civilization VI content ever released, including the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI game, six DLC packs, the expansions Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm, and the full New Frontier Pass.

Civilization VI Anthology

Check out the critically-acclaimed 2K title, PGA TOUR 2K21, making waves in and beyond the golf community. Buy this title for casual or avid golf fans and those interested in a competitive, yet relaxing and fun, video game.

This game brings players on their own PGA TOUR journey. Create your MyPLAYER, outfitted with equipment from top brands such as Adidas, Polo Ralph Lauren and Under Armour. Build your legacy in Career Mode to win the FedEx Cup, and compete with friends online via Societies. With new courses added to multiplayer playlists each month, now’s the moment to find your tee time!

For family fun, the wrestling or fighting fanatic, arcade lovers and the WWE Superstar in your life, check out WWE 2K Battlegrounds. The world of WWE is your battleground with this title in the over-the-top, in-your-face, arcade action-style brawler where your favorite WWE Superstars and Legends battle it out in a number of outlandish interactive environments.

Brawl with or against friends in local and online match types, or throw down in Campaign mode with an arsenal of exaggerated maneuvers, special abilities and devastating power-ups to unlock or defeat your favorite WWE Superstars and Legends from the extensive 140 character roster.

For the sports fanatic and players that want to see IRL culture personified in video games, check out NBA 2K22 NBA 75th Anniversary Edition. It puts the entire basketball universe in your hands with best-in-class visual presentation and player AI, historic teams, and a wide variety of basketball experiences with online community features and deep, varied game modes.

Legendary players grace this year’s cover, featuring Luka Dončić on the Standard Edition and iconic big men, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant, on the NBA 75th Anniversary Edition.

For the card game player

As a stocking stuffer, buy Bold Made, an educational twist on the classic Old Maid. It features 40 hand-drawn portraits of women in history. Created by a 9-year-old, this game is engaging for children, while also being a great way to teach them.

Bold Made 

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Enjoying Family Life Christmas Gift Guide 2021

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Disclosure: I received a free item, but it in no way influenced my opinion.