Christmas-Themed Gifts for Kids that Keep Jesus as the Focus

Christmas-Themed Gifts for Kids that Keep Jesus as the Focus

One of my favorite Christmas songs growing up was “Happy Birthday, Jesus,” and in fact, it still is.

I love the lyrics: “Happy Birthday, Jesus.  We’re so glad it’s Christmas.  All the tinsel and lights, and the presents are nice, but the real gift is you.”  It still brings tears to my eyes.  He is the beautiful reason that we celebrate the season.  He is the true gift.

Here is a short list of gifts* for your children that can help keep Jesus as the focus:

Shepherd on the SearchShepherd on the Search.  This is one of my absolute favorite new gifts!  I just have never been able to bring myself to do the Elf on the Shelf as it puts so much focus on someone who is not the Birthday Boy (Jesus).  This sweet, little shepherd, however, is all about Jesus!  He’s trying to find Him and everyday up until Christmas, he’s searching for Him.  I love this little shepherd.  I hope you love him too.  Check it out here.

A Recordable Storybook

The Greatest Gift- A Recordable Storybook.  One of our dear family friend’s recorded this precious story about the animals at the nativity for my son, and he loved it.  My daughter now loves it too, and is most likely secretly hoping for her own, since our friend personalized the recording with my son’s name in it.  This gift is sure to be treasured.  Check it out here.


Nativity play set

Nativity Play Set.  I got this for my kids last year, and they played with it throughout the month of December.  (Mostly my daughter, but my son also had baby Jesus in some un-traditional places throughout the house.)  I love that they can play with all the characters and not worry about breaking them.  And this year when I unpacked the set from our Christmas boxes, she was so excited to see it again!  She even lent me a shepherd because my nativity was missing one! So cute!  Check it out here.


Beginners Bible Christmas

The Beginner’s Bible, The Very First Christmas.  This is a very well-done (and very inexpensive) account of the first Christmas.  I have found the Beginner’s Bible can tend to leave out essential elements of their Bible stories, but this time, they nailed it!  It’s a full and accurate, Scripture based telling from Mary and the angel to Joseph to the trip to Bethlehem to Kind Herod and the wise men and onto the escape to Egypt.  Last year, I bought 12 for my son’s preschool class to give as gifts!  They are only $1.99 on Amazon (and they might be cheaper on


Veggie Tales Christmas

VeggieTales Christmas Collection.  My kids enjoy VeggieTales, and I love that they bring the focus back to Jesus as well as being silly and entertaining.  This bundle has their 6 Christmas shows.  We have the “The Toy that Saved Christmas,” and “The Little Drummer Boy” but this DVD has them all as well as a CD of 25 songs.  Could be useful for a long car trip back to see the family?! Check it out here.


Play Birthday Cake

Triple Layer Party Play-Cake by Melissa & Doug – Throw a birthday party for Jesus!  We grew up doing this every year as kids, and now I do the same with my own.  We generally just make a real cake for Him, but having a play cake means you can do it over and over again.  (And they have a less-pink version if your little one so desires!)  Check it out here.


World Vision Gifts

World Vision Gift Catalog.  We want our kids to remember that Christmas is not just about receiving but about giving.  It can be hard to maintain that focus when materialism surrounds us, so each year, the kids take some of their Christmas money and choose an animal to donate to a child in need.  World Vision does a great job offering ducks, chicks, rabbits, and even a whole set of nativity animals if you want to go big!  You can check it out here.

(*Although I recommend these items because I love them and think they point kids to Jesus, I do receive a small commission from Amazon at no charge to you if you click on them through our website.  Another way you can support our missions work!)


  • Becca December 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I really like the shepherd idea! I have never been a big fan of elf on the shelf (it kind of creeps me out. Thanks for the ideas.

    • Brooke Grangard December 1, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      I agree! I fell in love with that little shepherd and his quest as well! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Julie Lefebure December 2, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Great ideas for Christ-themed gifts! You and I were on the same line of thinking in our posts today… keeping Christ in Christmas! So glad I’m following you this week at Crystal’s. Thank you for sharing these. I’m passing them on! Bless you.

    • Brooke Grangard December 2, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks, Julie! I will go and have a look at your post too! Love the Christmas themes!

  • Lisa notes December 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I wish I had known Jesus as the center of Christmas when I was growing up. We were a Christian family, but our church didn’t believe that December 25 was the “real” birthdate, so refused to celebrate ANY time for Jesus’s birth. But as an adult, I changed that in my own family. Thanks for sharing these ideas! I’m glad to see an alternative to Elf on the Shelf; I could never get on board with that either. ha.

    • Brooke Grangard December 2, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Yes, it will be interesting when we get to Heaven to find out when Jesus actual birthdate was! I love that much of the world is celebrating Him at the same time though! Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  • Lorin December 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    This is a great idea so that Jesus does stay the center. Christmas can become a stressful season if the focus is all wrong , therefore keeping our eyes on Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas will give us peace and joy which is the best gift. This helped me to rethink my attitude this season since I haven’t even bought any presents.

  • Tina at Mommynificent December 7, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Great recommendations! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on this week!


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