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The other day a friend of mine asked some other friends what gifts they get for their kids’ school teachers. I listened as they bounced around ideas like gift cards to book stores, movie gift certificates, and wine!

I chuckled and began to fantasize about the gifts I would like to receive as a homeschooling mom.

Then I made my list….

The Ultimate Gift List for Homeschool Moms

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House cleaning services. I’m not talking about hiring a maid… I just mean a few days when everyone chips in and does all the cleaning.

// 2

A coupon book of complimentary marking and editing of my daughter’s writing projects. Oh. My. Goodness. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have a “free pass” from marking my daughter’s essays!

// 3

An afternoon at the library… alone! I love taking my kids to the library but I would love to spend an afternoon there without the kids in tow. I would bring a portable mug of coffee, my headphones, and chill out.

// 4

Speaking of coffee… I would never turn down a coffee basket, a cute mug, or gift cards to a coffee shop. Coffee keeps this homeschooling mama ticking!

// 5

Something sentimental. My kids know… if they make something mushy for me, I’ll cry buckets. I adore those sweet gifts from the heart!

// 6

Books about homeschooling. I love reading about homeschooling and there are some great homeschooling books out there! Here are a few to check out:

Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace

The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Merciful, Short Book on Homeschooling

Dumbing Us Down

My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool (I know I wrote it, but if you read the reviews, you’ll see that it’s a great addition to any homeschooler’s library). **Note to my dearest husband in case he reads my wish list… please don’t buy any of these books… I already have copies).**

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Stationary. I admit it… I’m a stationary junkie (and I know I’m not the only homeschooling mom who’s like this)! I have many journals and planners, I love a great pen (the Pilot G-2 is a personal favourite), and cute washi tape sets or sticky notes make my day! Stationary rocks… right?!

// 8

Tickets to a show. It doesn’t matter what it is; a play, a concert, a ballet, a movie… just take me somewhere fun!

// 9

Some sleep-in days! As a homeschooling mama, I like to rise before my kids. This gives me the time I need to read my Bible, eat, caffeinate (remember #4), and gather my materials for the day. During the week, I don’t get to sleep in. It would be lovely to experience some weekend mornings without the kids barging in and waking me up!

// 10

Cooperative students. Ha! Isn’t that the ideal?! I still get resistance sometimes when I ask my daughter to do a writing assignment. I would love to experience some days without battles over how to spell “animal”.

// 11

A getaway. Send me on a short overnight excursion somewhere! Let me rest and recharge in the comfort of a quiet hotel room. Ahhh, the bliss!

// 12

Appreciation. Nothing is more heart-warming than when the kids thank me for teaching them something or when the hubby expresses his admiration of our homeschool. What can I say… I love kind words.


Yes, it’s not a conventional list but these things would make for great gifts. What do you think?! Is there something I missed? Tell me all about it, and then share this post with your homeschool communities.


Jennifer Bly is the creator of The Deluxe Homeschool Planner. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram for homeschooling updates and inspiration.

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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of Deliberate Homeschooling, The Deliberate Mom and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about her homeschooling journey and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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