While the Ingalls family didn’t have many possessions, they delighted in selecting or making thoughtful gifts for each other. We celebrate that giving spirit with our Little House on the Prairie® Gift Guide, which we update frequently. Below you will find seven unique gift guides for each 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.
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 Little House on the Prairie® collection from Cūbles® – Cūbles are the paper toy re-invented, which makes them a fun activity for the whole family. Building a Cūble is unlike any other paper toy experience from your past. Assembly requires just the right amount of thought, care, and attention. And it’s fun – just like the challenge and reward of a puzzle.
2. The Little House on the Prairie® collection from The Queen’s Treasures® – The Queen’s Treasures has created beautifully-designed Laura Ingalls, and Mary Ingalls 18-inch dolls as well as lots of fun accessories to enhance their pioneer adventures! Everything from a full covered-wagon set to all the cooking and tool items the Ingalls family depended on.
3. 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!)
4. Lil League Pioneer Activity Boxes – Each Lit League Box, thoughtfully curated by seasoned educators, is filled with book-themed activities sure to delight both reluctant and avid readers. Each box includes an amazing book, a book-specific vocabulary bookmark, 4-5 book-inspired activities, discussion questions and answers, and book club fun to share with friends or family. All Lit League Boxes contain a joyous experience for your little reader.
- Little House in the Big Woods Chapter Book Activity Box
- Winter Days in the Big Woods Picture Book Activity Box
5. The Complete Little House Box Set (9 Books) – These are the chapter 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 beautiful picture books are adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories and illustrated by Renée 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 excellent 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. Amazon Kindle – An Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is an essential tool for avid readers with instant access to millions of books, audiobooks, and newspapers. There are several models from which to choose.
3. 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.
4. 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. A significant historical and literary achievement, this annotated edition of Pioneer Girl provides modern readers with new insights. Read this insightful interview with editor Pamela Smith Hill.
5. 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.
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 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 how the author and her daughter and editor, Rose Wilder Lane, worked to develop a marketable narrative.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Little House on the Prairie-inspired designs from Litographs – Laura Ingalls Wilder has been painting pictures with her words for over a hundred years, and now Litographs has created designs inspired by the Little House stories we know and love! Check out their ever-expanding Little House on the Prairie-inspired product line.
14. Little House on the Prairie-inspired designs from Storiarts – Created exclusively from the text of classic books, this new collection, a pillow cover, book scarf, book tote, and writing gloves, feature artwork is illustrating a theme, character, or setting from the Little House books. Move closer, and the text of the story becomes fully legible! Yes – these are the actual stories printed into your product designs.
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 smartphones 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 beautiful 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. Wendi Lou Lee’s memoir – A Prairie Devotional by Wendi Lou Lee (better known as Baby Grace) will give you insights into her time on “Little House on the Prairie” with a collection of stories which hopes to encourage and inspire people to live the way Charles and Caroline Ingalls lived: devoted to their faith in God, love for their family, and to spreading kindness to the people around them.
8. 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 fantastic 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. Little House of Quilts: 14 Nostalgic Quilts and Projects Inspired by the Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder – This book is a collection of blocks, which the author has joined into a sampler quilt, that were inspired by the Little House books. It includes blocks that are mentioned in the series as well as traditional blocks whose names reflect events of this pioneering time. The informative sections will lead stitchers of all ages into quilting as they explore Laura’s life and times through the stories the patterns tell.
2. The Big Book of Little Quilts: 51 Patterns, Small in Size, Big on Style – Colossal creativity abounds in this BIG book of little quilts! This latest addition to Martingale’s “Big Book” series offers a whopping 51 patterns for small quilts, 40″ square or smaller, to be exact. At just 55 cents per pattern, you’ll find tons of inspiration and a lot of savings!
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. 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. 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® 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.
2. 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.
3. Little House on the Prairie Pillow Cover – Now, you can get more comfortable while reading your favorite book! Add a touch of the homestead to your book nook with this high-quality pillow featuring illustrations and text from the first book of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House series: Little House in the Big Woods.
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. Little House on the Prairie Writing Gloves – Embark on a pioneering adventure with Laura Ingalls Wilder with these warm fingerless gloves featuring text from the first book of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House series: Little House in the Big Woods.
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. 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.
4. Smart Pen Stylus – You have your inspiration, 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. 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 beautiful memories to anyone you mail them to. There are several styles to choose from.
6. 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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