Whether your daughter is filling a literal hope chest or just learning how to be a homemaker right now, give her “hope chest” a boost this Christmas!
Here’s a gift guide for any age and any budget.
#1 Space to Work or Store Stuff
So that she can easily learn the skills she needs, store her tools, and store her hope chest goodies!
#2 Home Comforts
A modern (and thorough) housekeeping manual. Get the hardback edition, if you can (it’s a thick book!). I highly recommend it as a reference manual and have always thought it would make a good textbook too!
Spend time with her either helping her with learning projects (like sewing, gardening, or baking), or helping her choose or make things for her hope chest.
- Offer to help her with a specific project or with a project of her choice.
- Set aside specific mentoring time.
- Offer to teach her a specific skill.
- Take her shopping.
#4 Something Handmade by You
Nothing could be more special!
Here are some ideas if you sew:
If you knit:
If you crochet:
A cozy throw
A potholder set
If you cross stitch or embroider:
If you don’t do anything:
Make her a book of wisdom or a scrapbook of family history. See the links at the end of the post for more info!
#5 Your Favorite Homey Book
That you think she will use either now or later.
Biblio (used and rare books)
#6 Something Fun and Creative
A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers – $11.95
from: Dover Publications
#7 The Hidden Art of Homemaking
A book about art in everyday life (which I love!).
#8 Homemaking Toys
For younger girls, get some homemaker toys! She’ll enjoy them but they’ll also help her learn how to be a homemaker.
Here are some possibilities:
#9 The Girl’s Guide to Home Skills
#10 Canning Jars or Supplies
Glass Juice Canning Jar, 2 sizes
from: MightyNest LLC
Canning Jars, sets of 6 or 12
from: MightyNest LLC
#11 A Versatile Pattern or Pattern Book You Know She’ll Use
30 Easy-To-Crochet Stitches
from: Leisure Arts, Inc.
#12 Pretty Home Decor Items (or Tableware) That Are Just Her Style
Honestly, the first place I would look for these would be my local Goodwill store, followed by other thrift stores! I would also check Etsy vintage. However, that does depend a lot of the style of the women you’re buying for!
If you have no idea what she would want, get her a gift certificate or set aside some money specifically for this purpose (and combine #12 and #3).
#13 A Book or Pattern Specifically for Making Things for her Hope Chest
I like this one for a full-grown daughter. What about embroidery or cross-stitch patterns for girls?
Leisure Arts has books and ebooks for knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, and other crafts (+ yarn).
Also see the links below and above for more sources and ideas!
Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham Fabric Collection
#14 Materials Specifically for Making Things for Her Hope Chest
Like fabric or yarn. Or notions! Or trim! Grab some fabricnotions, or yarn. You could even make her a kit! Or, if you have no idea what she would want to make, give her a gift certificate or a specific amount of money for this purpose.
- Did you know that you can get free FREE SHIPPING on orders $35+ from Fabric.com?
- Check the Fabric.com Coupon Corner!
- I highly recommend that you check out Crafty’s Black Friday Sale.
- Actually, it’s a good idea to shop anywhere on Black Friday (or the evening before, or the whole weekend, or Cyber Monday) if you can squeeze in the time! And by “anywhere” I mean anywhere online. I’m not sure fighting crowds is EVER a good idea!
Do you have any more ideas? How will you boost your daughter’s hope chest this Christmas?
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