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All I want for Christmas…12 Perfect Gifts for Bilingual Kids

The holidays are almost here – can you believe it?! We can’t either! The calendar doesn’t lie, though, so it’s time to buckle down and make those plans.

There are so many amazing products out there specifically for bilingual kids (like our books, a present that the kids can open again and again –

wink wink), but often the best gifts are experiences rather than things to unwrap.

Here are 12 fabulous multilingual, experience-based gift ideas to make this Christmas memorable and language-filled!


Bilingual movie night for kids

1. Pick a new movie or an old classic to watch together.

Pick a new movie or an old classic to watch together. Order in or make your own pizza, then snuggle up on the couch and enjoy! Classic Christmas movies for the whole family


Christmas with bilingual family and friends

2. Invite a special family member or friend who speaks the home language.

If that isn’t feasible, schedule a virtual visit over Skype! A beautiful tradition in Germany and Scandinavia is to celebrate the 4 Sundays before Christmas by inviting friends and family to gather around the Advent wreath.  The wreath holds 4 candles. Each Sunday before Christmas, one new candle is lit, until all 4 candles are burning. Christmas is now less than a week away! Make it a tradition and organize an Advent Sunday brunch, tea, or barbecue. If you can’t gather in person, host a Skype session with family abroad.

Bilingual Game Night this Christmas 20193. Have a bilingual game night.

Play Uno, Pictionary, Scrabble or other games in the target language. A game my kids still love is “Yes, No, Black, White”. In this game, you are not allowed to say any of the before-mentioned words, while the leader is asking rapid questions. It is a lot of fun and kids of all ages can play and have a blast. Here’s a quick example:

Leader: “What color are your teeth?” 
Player1: “yellow”  (remember he is not allowed to say “white”)
Leader: “What? Did you not brush your teeth today?” 
Player 1: “yes, of course, I did!” You guessed it… Player 1 is out XXX

4. Home language storytime.

Did you know that in Iceland it’s a tradition to give books for Christmas? It’s called “Jolabokaflod” (Yule – or Christmas – book flood).  Families gather around a fire, drink hot chocolate (always a good addition, no matter if it is winter or summer where you live) and read books together. Start your own Jolabokaflod Tradition.

So go ahead, create a special reading nook and snuggle up for storytime. This is a great opportunity to introduce a popular book, character, or fairy tale from your home culture or a classic you always loved. Don’t forget the hot chocolate!!!

Dance with Santa to your home language tunes

5. Have a bilingual Christmas dance party night! 

Create a playlist of the catchiest hits in the home language, and make sure to mix in some Christmas songs as well.  Make it extra fun by stringing up lights and dressing up for the dance floor! Christmas Songs in various languages

Bilingual Christmas Cookie Baking

6. Spend an evening baking holiday treats together! 

Practice your language together as you cook. You could even research traditional desserts in the target culture and try a new recipe! Here’s an easy cookie recipe we have used a few times: Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe. The cookies are done in no time and can be baked in advance. Smaller kids can easily decorate, so you can spend quality time focusing on your target language

Make a Snowman for Christmas in two languages

7. Plan a special outing for the family or go outdoors. 

Buy tickets to a sporting event, a kiddie concert, the ballet or the zoo. Discuss the trip in the target language as you prepare and while you are there.  Or simply go outdoors and enjoy the rain (splash in the puddles), snow (make angels in the snow and build a snow ma) or sun (You lucky bugger! Just don’t rub it in).

Family Images for the Bilingual Album

8. Build a Family Scrapbook or 2020 Calendar together. 

Print out pictures from the year, and spend an evening reminiscing as you create a photo album documenting all the fun you’ve had.

Dinner Date with your Bilingual Child

9. Gift your child a one-on-one dinner date with mom or dad. 

Let your child choose a favorite restaurant and spend time discussing the menu options in the target language. Bonus points if they choose a restaurant from the home culture!

Multilingual Magazine for kids this Christmas

10. Magazine subscription – in the target language of course! 

Try to find a subject that fits their interests. You can find popular titles like National Geographic Kids, People, and Highlights for Children in Spanish and several other languages.

Bilingual Christmas Scavenger Hunt TimTimTom Books

11. Plan a scavenger hunt with clues in the target language.

Have a fun prize waiting for them as a reward for solving the clues.

TimTimTom Books Underwater Adventure for Christmas 2019

12. Read a personalized bilingual book together! 

Customize and order one of our popular children’s books. Make your child the hero of their own Underwater Adventure, Swan Lake performance, or Football/Soccer match!

If you choose to make us a part of your child’s Christmas this year, don’t delay! We offer FREE SHIPPING for Christmas orders, but we have some tight deadlines depending on where in the world you live. Check out all of the international shipping deadlines here:

We’d love to hear your ideas for experience-based gifts for kids! Leave a comment or visit us over on Instagram to join the conversation.

Personalized Book for Bilingual children

Bilingual, Personalised Books by TimTimTom!

A bilingual and personalized story that will spark your kid’s imagination and language ability.

You can customize the name and look of the child and choose any combination of two out of ten available languages.

(Some available language combinations: English-Spanish, English-German, English-Russian, English-Chinese, English-Portuguese, English-Italian, English-Dutch, English-French, French-German, Russian-German, Spanish-German.)

The books are now also available in one language

TimTimTom – Reading in Two Languages is Double the Fun

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