12+ Meaningful Gift Ideas for the Parent on Your Shopping List

Christmas will be here before we know it.

I realize there are many types of shoppers among us. Some shop all year and are nearly finished. Others wait until November to begin but are well on their way. Many don’t even start thinking about their shopping list until December 1st, and others, still, do all their shopping on Christmas Eve.

No matter the type of shopper you are, if there’s a parent on your shopping list, these ideas are for you.

12 Meaningful Gift Ideas for Parents

(In no particular order.)


1. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson

Written by a mother and daughter team, Give Them Grace is a revolutionary perspective on parenting that shows us how to receive the gospel afresh and give grace in abundance, helping our children know the dazzling love of Jesus and respond with heartfelt obedience.

2. Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp

Offering much more than a to-do list, Paul Tripp present parents with a big-picture view of God’s plan for their role. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that parents need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, they need the rescuing grace of God―grace that has the power to shape how parents view everything they do.

3. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child’s heart into the paths of life. Shepherding a Child’s Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing.

4. Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training* by Louis Paul Priolo 

Most of today’s Christian parenting resources fail to emphasize what is perhaps the most important aspect of true biblical parenting. That is, how to relate the Bible to the raising of our children in actual, practical ways. This book is a tool for strengthening parents as they use the Bible for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness with their children.

5. Visionary Parenting: Capture a God-Sized Vision for Your Family  by Rob & Amy Rienow                 

Readers will capture a fresh, God-sized vision for their family. It begins with understanding God’s purpose for the family and taking an honest look at the current state of the home. The author shares foundational truth that God created the family to ensure that the next generation grows up to know, love, and serve Him.

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6. Missional Motherhood:  The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God by Gloria Furman

Searching the Scriptures for the mission of God in motherhood, Gloria Furman opens our eyes to God’s life-giving promises―promises intended to empower each and every woman as she makes disciples in her home, in her neighborhood, and around the world.

7. Professionalizing Motherhood: Encouraging, Educating, and Equipping Mothers at Home by Jill Savage & Liz Curtis Higgs

“Just a mom?” There’s no such thing. Motherhood isn’t a second-rate occupation. Professionalizing Motherhood will do more than help a mom radically redefine how she sees herself. It will guide her toward practical development as a career woman who specializes in the home. This book casts a fresh and meaningful vision for mothering as a worthy career choice for this season of life.


8. Gospel Conversations for Kids Cards* (The Daily Grace Co.)

Verses and questions for starting gospel conversations with kids.  Each card includes a memory verse and two questions to ask your children. The questions are aimed at encouraging gospel centered conversation and application of Scripture to daily life. Set of 12.

9. How to Study Your Bible for Kids* by Kay Arthur

This easy–to–use Bible study combines a serious commitment to God’s Word with fun illustrations, games, puzzles, and activities that reinforce biblical truth. How to Study Your Bible for Kids introduces the basics of inductive Bible study―observation, interpretation, and application―to children ages 9 to 12. As they learn, young people will discover that God’s Word speaks to them right where they are.

10. Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God* by Marty Machowski

Ten minutes a day, five days a week is enough time to pass on the most valuable treasure the world has ever known. Long Story Short is a family devotional program designed to explain God’s plan of salvation through the Old Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school.

11. The Character of God: Kids & Family Study* (The Daily Grace Co.)

Great for kids of all ages. This 30-day kids and family Bible study focuses on the character and attributes of God. Short but powerful daily devotionals help teach who God is! Intentionally designed to be flexible, the study can be used as a family tool for devotions or completed independently by a child.

12. The New City Catechism: 52 Questions & Answers for Our Hearts & Minds* (The Gospel Coalition)

This short book lays out 52 questions and answers related to God, human nature, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and more. Whether used devotionally, recited orally, or memorized over the course of a year, families will treasure this as a valuable tool for teaching the core doctrines of the Christian faith.           

And if you didn’t find just the gift for the parent on your shopping list, don’t despair. Many more ideas can be found on our Parenting Resource List that can be downloaded with a simple CLICK.


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7 comments on “12+ Meaningful Gift Ideas for the Parent on Your Shopping List

  1. What a great list of books. Looking up a couple of these titles.

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  3. Thank you for taking the time to gather and recommend titles for the moms and dads.

  4. Deborah, Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp and anything from The Daily Grace Co. is a great choice for the parent, mom, sister, aunt, mom-to-be, mother-in-law, girlfriend, coworker, lady at church… in your life! Great post! Great selection of gift ideas!

    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

  5. This is a wonderful list of books for parents! I love “Shepherding A Child’s Heart” and am also a fan of Kay Arthur too. Thank you for the helpful list =)

  6. Thank you for all these suggestions!
    You’re must welcome to join me in a cuppa at Tea With Jennifer,

  7. Bethany McIlrath

    November 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    So many great resources! Thanks for sharing!

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