While the Ingalls family didn’t have much, they delighted in selecting or making thoughtful gifts for each other. We celebrate that giving spirit year round with our Little House on the Prairie® Gift Guide. Below you will find seven unique gift guides for each special Little House fan in your life.
- Gifts for the Young Ones
- Gifts for the Historian
- Gifts for the Ultimate TV Fan
- Gifts for the Quilter
- Gifts for the Person Who Seeks Experiences
- Gifts for the Interior Decorator
- Gifts for the Writer
We hope that you will find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
Gifts for the Young Ones
Help children embrace the hands-on fun and learning that we saw Laura and Mary bring to life each week on the TV screen. Encourage playing together, reading together, and enjoying the bonds of family with these thoughtful gift ideas.
1. The Queen’s Treasures® Little House on the Prairie® 18-inch Doll – The Queen’s Treasures® Little House on the Prairie® 18-inch Doll is beautifully designed to show the playful spirit of Laura Ingalls that is conveyed in the Little House books. The soft, posable body and easy-clean vinyl arms and face, are perfect for hands-on play.
2. The Queen’s Treasures® Little House on the Prairie® 18-inch Doll Accessories – Your child’s favorite 18-inch dolls can join in their next pioneer adventure with these Little House on the Prairie® doll accessories! Everything from a full covered-wagon set to all the cooking and tool items the Ingalls family depended on.
- Covered Wagon
- Pony for Laura
- Kitchen Tool Set
- Cooking Set
- Dishware Set
- Shaker boxes
- Prairie dress outfit
- Jack, the brindle bulldog
3. Cotton Babies Cloth Diapers – Cotton Babies, the leading supplier of cloth diapers, has brought the spirit of Little House on the Prairie to the littlest ones in your family. In honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday, Cotton Babies is offering the Little House in the Big Woods™ Collection, an exclusive set of 3 prints available in all bumGenius™ and Flip™ styles and accessories.
4. Old-Fashioned Games and Classic Kids Toys – There are so many lovely pioneer games and toys that kids still enjoy playing today. These will give your child some old-fashioned fun!
- Wooden Pick-Up Sticks
- Glass Marbles Gift Set
- Metal Jacks and Rubber Ball Gift Tin
- Cat’s Cradle String Game
- Burlap Potato Sacks
- Jump Ropes (Real rope!)
5. The Complete Little House Box Set (9 Books) – These are the books that started it all – the stories that captured the hearts and imaginations of children and young adults worldwide. Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, these beloved books remain a favorite to this day.
6. My First Little House Books – These wonderful books are adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories and illustrated by Renee Graef to bring the stories to colorful life for a younger audience. Titles include:
- Christmas in the Big Woods
- A Little Prairie House
- A Little House Birthday
- Going to Town
- and many more…
7. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography by William Anderson – For children 8-12 years old who want to learn more about Laura, this wonderful biography by William Anderson will invite them into a delightful world.
8. Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson – An illustrated book for 2nd grade and up, this book is a gorgeous overview of Laura and her writings. Perfect for read-aloud family times.
Gifts for the Historian
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pioneering stories have enthralled generations of readers throughout the world. Below are some outstanding, gift-worthy resources to learn more about the extraordinary life of this American author.
1. The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder DVD – This one-hour documentary brings the true story of one of America’s most iconic authors to life. It was directed and narrated by Dean Butler who played Almanzo Wilder on the TV series. Read more about the documentary here.
2. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder – by author Marta McDowell, explores Wilder’s deep relationship with the landscape. Follow the Wilder’s wagon trail starting in the Wisconsin setting of Little House in the Big Woods, through the Dakotas, and finally to Missouri.
3. Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder – Edited by Nancy Tystad Koupal, this book sheds new light on the story behind Wilder’s original manuscript and examines the ways in which the author and her daughter and editor, Rose Wilder Lane, worked to develop a marketable narrative.
4. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder – Drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser ― the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series ― masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder’s tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.
5.The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder – Edited by William Anderson, The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a vibrant, deeply personal portrait of this revered American author, illuminating her thoughts, travels, philosophies, writing career, and dealings with family, friends, and fans as never before. Read more about the book project here.
6. The World of Little House – This hardcover book written by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson with illustrations by Deborah Maze and Garth Williams gives an in-depth view of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family complete with maps, family trees, historical documents and more.
7. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography – Hidden away since the 1930s, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s never-before-published autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life. Some of her experiences will be familiar; some will be a surprise. Pioneer Girl re-introduces readers to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions of people around the world. An important historica and literary achievement, this annotated edition of Pioneer Girl provides modern readers with new insights. Read this insightful interview with editor Pamela Smith Hill.
8. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist: Writings from the Ozarks – Did you know that before Laura became famous for her children’s novels, she was a frequently published columnist in magazines and newspapers? This collection of her essays shows both her practical and philosophical sides.
9. Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend – This rich biography by John Miller focuses on Laura’s personal development after her marriage to Almanzo and their move to Mansfield, Missouri. Follow along with the transitions of her life that ultimately led to her writing the Little House books.
10. Pa’s Fiddle: The Music of America – Pa and the music he creates brings the fictional family hope, inspiration, comfort, entertainment, and enlightenment. Little House fans will love this authentic music and the narration and historical background/introduction to each song. Read more about Pa’s Fiddle in this article.
11. Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder – Fans of the Little House books will love being able to hear the music that was an integral part of pioneer life on the prairie. Dale Cockrell recruited well-known mandolinist Butch Baldassari to co-produce the project, and they were backed by a grant from Blair School of Music.
Gifts for the Ultimate TV Fan
For many fans, this journey started with the “Little House on the Prairie” TV series and developed from there. Enjoy these perfect gift items from the TV series and the talented actors who starred in it. Pop some popcorn and enjoy a family fun night together.
1. The Deluxe Remastered Complete Collection DVD Set – Introduce your children to the joy of “Little House on the Prairie” with this complete collection DVD set in the shape of the Ingalls family home! This house-shaped storage box is perfect for keeping the discs well organized in a child’s room or entertainment area.
2. Seasons 1-9 on Digital HD – Digitally remastered for the next generation, these classic “Little House on the Prairie” episodes are now available to watch on-the-go with smart phones or tablets. That way no matter what adventures you are having, you can take Laura with you.
3. The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder DVD – This one-hour documentary brings the true story of one of America’s most iconic authors to life. It was directed and narrated by Dean Butler who played Almanzo Wilder on the TV series.
4. Melissa Gilbert’s memoir – Melissa Gilbert shares personal stories of her time on “Little House on the Prairie” playing Laura Ingalls in Prairie Tale: A Memoir. It’s a wonderful snapshot of her life on the show, and afterward.
5. Alison Arngrim’s memoir– Well known for her memorable portrayal of Nellie Oleson, Alison Arngrim will have you laughing and crying as you get to know your favorite TV villain better in her autobiography, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated. Expect to find all the wonderful wit, irreverent charm, and heart-felt warmth we’ve come to love from her.
6. Charlotte Stewart’s memoir – Little House in the Hollywood Hills: A Bad Girl’s Guide to Becoming Miss Beadle, Mary X, and Me by Charlotte Stewart (better known as Miss Beadle) will give you insights into her time on “Little House on the Prairie” and a heart-warming look at her resilience.
7. Melissa Francis’ memoir – Lessons from the Prairie by Melissa Francis (otherwise known as Cassandra Cooper) will have you laughing and crying your way through some amazing memories. Fans will enjoy the exclusive photographs Melissa found to include in the book.
Gifts for the Quilter
Little House on the Prairie inspires so many people to learn new, practical skills and we love seeing that happen. Quilting is one of the areas where modern methods and styles pair with the nostalgic joy of doing something that was such an important part of Laura’s life.
1. Craftsy Quilting Class – Ma Ingalls taught us many things, like living frugally without sacrificing beauty. This Craftsy “Mix & Match: Inspired Scrappy Quilting” Class will show you how to create beautiful quilts with a time-honored tradition.
2. Little House on the Prairie® Fabrics – Andover Fabrics has produced a beautiful line of high-quality fabrics that represent everything we love about the spirit of the times Laura grew up in. Use these in a variety of fabric DIYs and craft together as a family! Which project will you do first?
3. Quilting with Laura: Patterns Inspired by the “Little House on the Prairie” series – If you’ve ever wanted to start a quilt, but weren’t sure how to go about it, Linda Halpin’s book is the one for you. You’ll learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s connection to quilting and pick up tips for beginning an inspired quilt of your own!
Gifts for the Person Who Seeks Experiences
Laura did so many amazing things in her life, and she has inspired generations of doers as a result. Get together with your family and make some memories this year!
1. Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Maker – One of our most popular posts is this Farmer Boy Inspired Ice Cream Recipe written by one of our teen contributors, so consider a vintage-style ice cream maker for delicious family fun.
2. Rock Candy Making Kit – One of the things we love about Laura’s stories are her descriptions of the food she made. Special sweets and treats made an impression on her, and you can create similar memories with your family. Grab mason jars and fill them with the items you’ll need to make your own rock candy.
3. Gardening Like a Ninja – Pioneers were the original edible landscapers, and while we may not have the space to grow a large garden like the Ingalls family probably had we can grow good food around any home space. Gardening Like a Ninja: A Guide to Sneaking Delicious Edibles Into Your Landscape by Angela England will guide you in adapting your home’s landscaping into a delicious bounty.
4. Land of Laura: De Smet: Insider Travel Guide to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little Towns – This insider’s travel guide by Sandra Hume will help you find the best places to visit in De Smet, South Dakota. If you have wanted to introduce your family to the places Laura lived, but this book is a great way to start your research.
5. Craftsy Watercolor Class – Renée Graef shared her artistic techniques in our article, “Illustrating Little House” and showed us step-by-step how she created the illustrations. If her artistic journey inspires you, try taking a Craftsy art class like this “Getting Started With Colored Pencil & Watercolor”.
6. Litographs Little House on the Prairie® Tote Bag – Laura’s words have always created images in the minds of readers and now Litograph creates literal pictures with words. Created exclusively from the text of classic books, these t-shirts, tote bags, scarves, and posters feature artwork illustrating a theme, character, or setting from each book. Move closer and the text becomes fully legible!
7. CafePress Little House on the Prairie® Tote Bag – For all your adventures, you’ll need a library bag or lunch tote to carry your items. Choose your favorite Little House inspired icon, on heavyweight, natural canvas colored fabric. Machine washable!
Gifts for the Interior Decorator
If you are a Little House on the Prairie fan, you will love these country-inspired home décor ideas. Whether you want to go big with a total bedroom makeover, or just add a little rustic touch to your couch or kitchen, there is something for anyone.
1. Little House on the Prairie® Furniture Bedroom Makeover – Dundalk LeisureCraft has produced a line of bedroom furniture pieces inspired by Little House on the Prairie. Give your home a rustic, country-inspired makeover with these charming bedroom pieces.
2. Little House on the Prairie® Throw Pillow – Head over to our official CafePress store and add one of these Little House inspired throw pillows. There are a variety of icons and fabrics to choose from to spruce up your home and add a touch of country flair.
3. Little House on the Prairie® Home Cooked Apron – Bring a little bit of Ma’s spirit into the kitchen with a lovely Little House on the Prairie® apron. Choose from three different background colors on the heavy cotton twill apron. Two large pockets make it very convenient.
Gifts for the Writer
Laura didn’t start writing her first book until she was in her 60s, but it’s never too early to start expressing yourself and sharing your story. Most successful authors develop journaling and writing habits early in life. Use these fun and inspirational tools to encourage the writer in your life to begin writing their story.
1. Caroline: Little House, Revisited – In this novel authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books.
2. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life – As you are looking for inspiration for your own story, open up this remarkable biography written by Pamela Smith Hill. Pamela delves into the complex and often fascinating relationships Wilder formed throughout her life that led to the writing of her classic Little House series.
3. Kindle Fire with Leather Case – A Kindle Fire can be an essential tool for writers. Because writers read to get better at writing, and of course, writers write. And you can do both with the Kindle Fire. There are many apps that can be used to help you begin drafting your first story. To add a little nostalgia to the digital age, grab one of these leather cases to keep your Kindle safe.
4. Smart Pen Stylus – You have your inspiration and your new Kindle Fire, so now it’s time to write. This fun Neo smartpen N2, with its exclusive app ‘Neo Notes’, automatically syncs what you write on paper to Android and iOS smart devices. Digitized handwritten notes are easy to save, share, search, and organize, or can be converted into digital text.
5. Extra Dual-Purpose Stylus Pens – Make sure you are stocked up on stylus pens to go with your Kindle Fire and other smart devices. Keep them around the house to grab and jot down your thoughts when they come to you.
6. CafePress® Little House on the Prairie® Stationery – Bring back the spirit of letter writing with these Little House on the Prairie® stationery bundles. Several styles to choose from that are sure to bring back wonderful memories to anyone you mail them to. There are several styles to choose from.
7. Fabulous Writing Instruments – Every journal needs the right writing tool! Don’t forget the perfect writing accessories with these Prismacolor tools. Try these lovely fine tip markers, colored markers, and colored pencils.
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