Hosting and lifestyle experts, Shannon and Jenna of The Busy Bee, are back on the blog today sharing some of their favorite people to shop for this holiday season and just what to get them!

‘tis the season, friends! One of the first things that comes to mind when the holidays approach is who we will be shopping for and what to get them. Topping the list is usually our significant others, our little ones, our parents, and our grandparents, but there are a few other people in our lives that come to mind while making our lists.

They include the women who stand next to us during triumphs and tribulations and who are always ready to celebrate whatever life has to offer. They are the women who help raise our children up, who open their doors in times of need and who pray for us diligently day in and day out. And because of these very special women, we are sharing our Christmas Gift Guide for Your Tribe to help you shop for all the special women in your life too.

Christmas Gift Guide for Your Tribe – Where to begin?

When it comes to selecting Christmas gifts for our tribe, we came up with a fun guide to help us think of purposeful gifts intended for each of our recipients. You can choose one gift from one of the categories, or you can pick an assortment of gifts to create a complete gift set.

  •       Something Sentimental
  •       Something Fun
  •       Something Useful
  •       Something They Love

Christmas Gift Guide for Your Tribe – Teacher Gift Idea

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We owe so much to the individuals who spend the majority of their week helping us to raise good humans. They support our little ones on their toughest days and propel them to achieve their greatest accomplishments. They love them at their worst and encourage them to be their best, and we just couldn’t do our job without their care for our children.

We have several friends and family members who have dedicated their lives to teaching, so we asked them to share their favorite gifts to receive. What we learned is handmade gifts and gift cards tend to be the most appreciated, so we created a gift set featuring those two items.

  •       Something Sentimental – Halfway Homemade Teacher Ornament

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o   Old Time Pottery offers an assortment of festive ornaments perfect for personalizing. With some simple craft tools, you can make a halfway homemade ornament expressing your gratitude.

  •       Something Fun – Mini Christmas Tree

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o   How adorable are these mini trees for the classroom from Old Time Pottery?! And they’re perfect for hanging that personalized ornament and a gift card to teacher’s favorite store.

  •       Something Useful – Children’s Books

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o   Many teachers spend their own money to enhance their classrooms, so any extra help goes a long way. Old Time Pottery has an assortment of children’s books that would be perfect for contributing to the class’s library.

  •       Something They Love – Blanket and Basket

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o   We imagined this teacher had a love for style and function, so we chose one of Old Time Pottery’s decorative baskets and throws, which also double as gift wrap. The basket can be used for storing books, etc. in the classroom and the blanket for teacher to curl up in at the end of a busy day.

Christmas Gift Guide for Your Tribe – Neighbor Gift Idea

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They often get overlooked when it comes to Christmas gifts, but our neighbors are usually the ones who come to our rescue when the water pipe breaks, or we’re out of a crucial ingredient to a new recipe, or we need to vent and get a fresh breath of air strolling around the block. They’re the ones who will scoop up our children when we’re running behind and bring them home and who we love to do life with, especially when the weekend rolls around.

With that, we crafted a gift set with “gathering” in mind, and we think any neighbor would love!

  •       Something Sentimental – Handwritten Note

o   Handwritten notes will never go out of style in our book. It’s the perfect opportunity to express gratitude for your friendship, because we don’t do it often enough. Old Time Pottery has a great assortment of Christmas cards and stationery that will help share your appreciation and tie everything together.

  •       Something Fun – Decorative Plates

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o   There’s a good chance your neighbors will have guests over during the holidays, so how about some fun Old Time Pottery holiday appetizer or dessert plates they can use while hosting?! They add interest to any tablescape and are sure to spark some conversation!

  •       Something Useful – Tray for Styling or Hosting

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o   A decorative tray that works as both gift wrap and for hosting or styling is a winner to us, and Old Time Pottery has so many choose from! We loved this woven tray because it’s out of the ordinary, and there’s so many ways you can use it!

  •       Something They Love – Tasty Bites

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o   We pictured this neighbor being one who enjoys tasty eats, and nothing is better than miniature versions of their favorite bites! We love how Old Time Pottery offers boxes of prepackaged foods perfect for the holidays. You can gift them in the box they’re packaged in or take everything out and find a creative way to style them like we did.

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Your Tribe – Bible Study Friend Gift Idea

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They laugh with us, they cry with us, they pray with us and they pray for us. They are the women who care for us like we’re sisters and love our families like their own. They lift us up when we’re feeling down, and they speak truth into us when we are full of fear, worry or doubt. They accept us as we are, and they show up when we least expect it.

For this gift set, we wanted to get a little more personal with the sentimental gift idea and keep the others fun and light-hearted.

  •       Something Sentimental – Personal Photos

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o   Remember all those times your sweet friend was there to celebrate life’s little and big moments with you? Print out the photos you took together to remind her just how much it meant to have her there.

  •       Something Fun – Faith Based Home Décor

o    Help your friend decorate her home with faithful reminders of God’s blessings. From wall hangings to decorative accents perfect for styling on shelves and such, Old Time Pottery offers an assortment of faith based home decor she is sure to love!

  •       Something Useful – Pray More Mug

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o   We can all use a cup of coffee no matter the season, and this Old Time Pottery mug is the perfect reminder of what she reminds us to do daily.

  •       Something They Love – Sweet Treats

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o   If there’s a sure way to a direct path to someone’s heart, it can usually be found with their favorite treats. We loved Old Time Pottery’s selection of packaged holiday treats and used the Pray More Mug as a creative way to present them.

All in all, friends, remember this while you are shopping for the women in your tribe. Don’t overthink the gifts you plan to give them. As long as it comes from the heart, they will know it came from a place of love and will appreciate it all the more.

For more Christmas gifting inspiration with Old Time Pottery, visit The Busy Bee’s Unconventional Gift Wrapping Ideas with Dual Function over on their blog.

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Written by Victoria Myers

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