I’m pretty particular about what I buy my kids for Christmas, especially in recent years. If you’ve been searching for gifts with meaning- this post is for you.
It’s been a goal of mine to avoid the hype that surrounds many of the popular Christmas gifts for kids.
We don’t stand in line at Black Friday and we really try not to emphasize STUFF over the meaning of Christmas.
When I start making Christmas lists, I like to carefully choose presents my kids will remember for a long time. Or, you know, at least until Spring. 😉
I also want to choose at least a few gifts that reflect our goals and values as a Christian family — all while sticking to our Christmas budget!
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This year I decided to round up the best Christian Christmas gifts for kids. These aren’t elaborate gifts, but they do have meaning and that’s what I love about them.
At any rate, it still takes time to hunt down a few presents that each of my four kids will enjoy.
I’ve spent some time browsing and narrowing down my top picks for each age group to help out all the busy moms (and grandmas, aunts…) like me.
30 Christmas Gifts for Christian Kids
Listed below are some of the best Christmas gifts on a budget for kids of ALL ages.
We own many of the items on this list, and these are gifts specifically aimed at encouraging kids in their faith.
Of course, I’m writing this at Christmas time but these gifts would be great picks for any occasion.
The best part? Each of these affordable Christmas gifts for kids can be found Amazon, which is perfect when you have little time to shop, especially alone!
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Noah’s Ark Shape Sorter
This Noah’s Ark Shape Sorter from the high-quality Melissa and Doug toy line is not only the cutest.thing.ever but it will keep your toddler entertained for hours. It comes with 26 animal blocks and it’s built to last for many years!
Jesus Loves Me onesie
Lift the Flap Bible Stories
You can’t beat a good lift-the-flap board book for babies – all the way through the preschool years. We must have a dozen but this one is especially cute.
It’s never too early to start reading to your child. PLUS, books typically fall into the “cheap Christmas gifts for kids” category and they’ll last longer and hold more meaning than any plastic toy.
Nativity Puzzle Board
Wooden toys are meant to last. This set is great because besides being a puzzle, you can use it to narrate the nativity story as well.
Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional
At Christmas, devotions for kids is one item that’s always on my list.
I’m pretty sure I learned all of the Important Lessons of Childhood from the Berenstain Bears. They’ve been helping parents communicate important truths to kids since 1962 (for real)!
In this Devotional, kids not only learn life lessons but they will see that these truths come from a very personal, loving God. I think there are a lot of great conversations that will springboard from these daily readings!
We have loved this devotional at our house with both of our 2 younger kids (ages 3 and 6).
Bible Stories Reusable Sticker Pads
WHERE HAVE THESE BEEN ALL MY LIFE. I just bought a similar Melissa and Doug reusable sticker book for my son a few months ago and let me tell you — genius! I have always hated regular stickers and banned them from my house a long time ago!
If you’re looking for budget friendly Christmas gift ideas, reusable sticker books like these provide hours of (non-furniture-destroying) fun. 🙂
I also found these new sets from the Beginner’s Bible line this year and the smaller size would fit in most stockings! Includes both reusable stickers and activity pages.
This is one of those classic Christian gifts for toddlers that just never gets old or forgotten. My younger kids love to play with my (extremely fragile) nativity set and beg me to keep it up longer each year.
So, I’m gifted this playset to my youngest last year (finally), and they actually enjoy playing with it all year long.
Good, Good Father
This is a newer book – written by Chris Tomlin who authored the song by the same title – which I predict will become a classic. (I mean, can you even listen to this song without tearing up? Just try it.)
I can’t wait to read this one with my two youngest – what a great message!
Galilee Boat Playset
Kids can act out the stories of Jesus traveling with his disciplines (and more) with this play set.
Tales of Glory Play Sets
I love these figurines that can help teach Bible stories at the same time. Would be great to use for Sunday School as well. (My son is 7 and I think he would still enjoy playing with these sets.) There are several to choose from such as David and Goliath, Jesus Walks on Water and Daniel and the Lion’s Den.
Melissa and Doug Water Wow Bible Stories
My three-year old is OBSESSED with the Water Wow “paint” sets. It’s sort of like water-colors, except mess-free. It comes with a pen that you fill with water and the color appears when you brush the water-pen across the picture. After it dries, you can re-paint the picture again and again. (P.S., cheap entertainment alert.)
God Gave Us So Much
This 3-in-1 book collection by Lisa Tawn Bergren includes God Gave Us the World; God Gave Us Love and God Gave us Heaven.
I bought this two Christmases ago for my son, now 4, and it’s still one of his favorites.
You might be familiar with the original book, God Gave Us You, which we also love at our house. It’s simply a must-read and it’s always at the top of my recommendations for Christian gifts for children.
Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids about God and Science – by Louie Giglio
This devotional book has a five-star rating and when you flip through the pages, you’ll see why.
With photos, illustrations and facts about animals and our world that speak right to the science-loving kid, this has quickly become my ten-year-old’s favorite devotional. (In fact, she can never stop at just one day’s reading.)
What better way to encourage learning than by discovering the Earth’s creator and His master plan that set everything in motion!
Buck Denver and Friends 1-Hour Bible for Kids
You can’t go wrong with Buck Denver! This creative collection of videos comes from the creator of Veggies Tales, Phil Vischer.
You may be familiar with the Buck Denver “What’s in the Bible” series. It teaches about the history and foundation of the Bible in such a fun way (think puppets teaching apolgetics) that I even find it entertaining AND educational as an adult.
We just bought this video and it’s amazing AND hilarious. I have actually seen it twice so far and wouldn’t mind watching it again.
Just a fair warning: You’ll probably get the songs stuck in your head – but it could be much worse! (Dora the Explorer comes to mind.)
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Yep, another science book! I have a science-and-animal lover so I’m always on the lookout for a great science book that teaches from a Creation standpoint.
I also see it as one more tool to keep us busy on snow days and summer break! P.S., also check out the Institute for Creation Research for more book ideas for kids on science and Creation.
The Action Bible
If your child loves the graphic novel style of books that are popular right now such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate or Dork Diaries, they will likely be enthralled by the format of the Action Bible as well.
My ten-year-old has read this Bible cover to cover maybe twice already?
This Bible has been around for many years and the format tends to appeal to both boys and girls. It tells the Bible stories in chronological order and it will keep your young reader on the edge of their seat!
There is also the Action Storybook Bible which is the version recommended for kids slightly younger- up to age 8.
This game is recommended for 6 through adult, so it can involve a wide range of ages.
It’s an awesome tool for learning more about the Bible and it can keep your family busy for HOURS.
For Girls Like You: A Devotional for Tweens
For the 8-12 year range, I really like this devotional and it’s sparked some thoughtful conversations between my two daughters at bedtime. It’s easy to digest but not “fluffy”, if you know what I mean.
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One Year Be-tween You and God: Devotions for Girls
This was my newest devotional purchase for my middle daughter this year. It’s a beautiful book and it’s perfect for her age in my opinion- not “babyish”; asks thought-provoking questions and has space to reflect and write down your thoughts alongside each devotion.
It can be hard to find Christian gifts for kids, but especially for the preteen / teen in your life.
My 13-year-old steals my Christian t-shirts all the time so it’s safe to say these would be a winner at our house. (Her official uniform is t-shirts and zip-up hoodies lately.)
Let your preteen/teen daughter make a statement with these “Grace Wins“, “Blessed”, “Be Kind, Be Brave“ or “Be the Light” t-shirts.
For guys, take a look at these “Amazing Grace“ “I Am Not Ashamed” and “He Died So That We May Live” tees or “Cross Training“ hoodie.
Sports Pendant Necklace
This would be a great gift for the student athlete in your life – boy or girl.
Joshua 1:9 Wallet
A genuine leather wallet with Joshua 1:9 inscribed on the front. I love this simple design!
Phillipians 4:13 ring
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” One of my favorite verses and a great reminder for the tough teen years especially.
Guy’s Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket
I’ve recently used some of Jonathan McKee’s materials for Bible study in our Youth class at church and it’s been a great experience for us. This book covers topics specifically relevant to guys, and I think it addresses some incredibly important details – in a very relatable way.
Any journal can record prayers, but this one is formatted for this specific purpose. It’s also beautifully inspiring; the perfect Christmas gift on a budget for the creative girls in your life.
A Young Woman’s Walk with God – by Elizabeth George
We have several books by Elizabeth George and my girls have requested more by this author. They are really encouraging and we’ve enjoyed reading them together.
This one is recommended for teens but depending on maturity level, girls ages 12-16 would probably enjoy this book.
Simple Truths: A Journaling Devotional for Teen Girls
This is the devotional I picked out for my 14-year-old this year. I’m hoping she likes it as much as I do! It includes space for journaling- which she enjoys lately – and I thought this one would be perfect for her. The content seems in-depth yet very relevant for her age.
I hope you find that these popular Christmas gifts hit the mark with your kids like they did with mine!
For more Christian inspirational gifts for the non-kids in your life, I recommend taking a look at Dayspring. I have found many affordable gifts there for my mom, sister and the graduates in my life (just to name a few).
While I like to remind myself that the best Christmas gifts for kids are the kind that don’t come under the tree (thanks, Dr. Seuss for this reminder!), this selection of gifts can reinforce the message of faith and truth that you seek to instill in your kids.
Happy shopping! Leave me a comment below and let me know if this Christmas gift guide was helpful for you! 🙂
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*This post was originally published on 11/4/18 and last updated 10/10/20.
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