2020 Holiday Gift Guide

This gift guide isn't meant to literally click and buy (although I've included links for ideas). Instead, it is intended to make you think differently about gifting. Our kids may grow out of their toys, but they won't grow out of spending quality time together as a family. 

If we want to stay focused on what matters most around the holidays, then we need to consider the way we are gifting. Our kids can easily be distracted by the piles of wrapped gifts. There’s a whole lot of dopamine and anticipation build up to those gifts. And that can be distracting if we are trying to focus on the real gifts of the season--family, community, and religion.

Listen to it here.

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  1. Kayak or Kayak Outing
  2. Snow Shoes Little Kid Snow Shoes/Big Kid Snow Shoes/Adult Snow Shoes
  3. High-Quality Base Layers (Smartwool) Kid Socks/Kid Tops/Kid Bottoms/Adult Socks/Adult Top/Adult Bottoms
  4. Bike gear Tag-a-long/Child-Adult Tandem /Bike Bag
  5. Birding Starter Kit Squirrel Buster/Seed Tray/Regional Bird Book
  6. Mochi-making Kit
  7. Tortilla Press (Handmade in Mexico) + Maseca (get at your local grocer)
  8. SnackCrate
  9. Mexican Hot Chocolate Kit (Handmade in Mexico)
  10. Fortune Cookie Kit
  11. Pucket
  12. HABA Orchard Game
  13. Wonder Women Bingo
  14. Family Scavenger Hunt
  15. Rollet Ricochet game
  16. Year Cheer (10% off)
  17. Worm Farm
  18. The Week Junior
  19. See-Through Compost Container
  20. Flower Press
  21. Rock Tumbler
  22. Masterclass

Denaye Barahona

Dr. Denaye Barahona is a loving wife and mama of two. She partners with families to tackle the challenges of raising children. Denaye is a minimalist who claims to be a decluttering expert (don't let her near your closet). She loves to travel, talk health-and-wellness, and give unsolicited advice. She has been featured on the likes of The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Minimalists, Motherly, Becoming Minimalist, and numerous other media outlets. Denaye holds a Ph.D. in Child Development and is a Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in child and family practice.