#16: The Ultimate Shopping Guide for Adoptive Families

holiday gifts adopted children

Melissa and Lisa share some of their favorite gift ideas for the people you love, and a few suggestions for you too in this episode. Maybe you'll find some new ideas here!

We'd love to hear your suggestions. Join the conversation on our private Facebook group.

Babies and Toddlers

Growth chart

Cardboard bricks

Toy kitchen



Strider bike

Homemade Playdoh
Click here for a tried and true recipe.
Add citrus oils for an energizing experience or floral oils for a calming ritual.


Gorilla gym

Rice bin with toys - link to a blog post

Early Elementary

Kinetic Sand

Adventures in Odyssey and Radio Theater

Ant Farm

Bird Feeder


Later Elementary

Experiences - rock climbing, trampoline park

Subscriptions: magazines,

Middle School

Lego Robotics

Suspend game

Gifts to match their interests and hobbies

Athletic gear - gym bag, hoodie, socks


Craft supplies

Prismacolor pencils and sketchbook



Letter boards and magnetic poetry

Gift cards

Escape Room (check Groupon for a great deal)

Room decor: twinkle lights, banners, posters, bulletin board

Car tools and accessories - toolkit, car essential oil diffuser, organizers

Tickets to a concert, sporting event, etc.

Bluetooth earbuds


Tote bag/Carry on

Personalized mom jewelry

Travel pillow

Handlettering Kit

Yeti or Klean Kanteen travel mug

House cleaning - monthly or one-time deep clean

Spa gift card
(or have a masseuse come on-demand to your house using Zeel)

One-Line-a-Day Journal

Dutch Oven

Other Links

Top Ten Gifts for Kids That Aren't Toys 

Favorite Games for Everyone



Uncommon Goods

The Grommet

Cate Florey Studio

The Refresh Conference

The Adoption Connection Facebook Group

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