Annual Christmas Shopping Guide 2012

This is the third year that I’ve put together a shopping guide to help you find the perfect present for the Laura Ingalls Wilder fan or Little House fan in your life. The first year I created a list if you had no idea where to start and I don’t think I can really improve on the present idea list. The next year I added a few new ideas and things that were selling well. Here at Beyond Little House we hope that you will consider shopping at one of the Laura homesite giftshops. Many people don’t realize that the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museums are all local museums and open an incredible amount of time for a local museum which means high costs, while they might get occasional grants or donations they get no regular money from state or federal government or from the Wilder estate or HarperCollins (outside what any bookstore would get for selling the books). So they count on admissions and gift shop sales to keep the museums open so you can come and visit them. Please consider them for your Christmas shopping.

Walnut Grove Gift Shop

Walnut Grove Gift Shop

Of all the Christmas themed gifts, I’m still loving the glass ball Christmas ornaments and the collect them at the different sites. Book titles that seem to be doing well this year are the new editions of Laura Ingalls Wilder of Mansfield and Laura Ingalls Wilder Reader both by William T. Anderson. The sites that have it are also reporting the Dean Butler, Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder DVD is proving popular (Walnut Grove and Ingalls Homestead). Walnut Grove is still offering autographed copies of Alison Arngrim’s book (since they are mailed to her and back shipping is $10 extra).  The Ingalls Homestead  reports bonnets are doing well as always and so is their hardcover set of the books in a wooden crate. The Memorial Society in De Smet reports that Charlotte dolls and book sets are selling well. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum are reporting steady sales of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook with the Les Kelly photos. But feel free to check out the online stores to see what they have and not everything they have is online, feel free to call them yourself  and ask if you are looking for something in particular.

I haven’t yet found a copy of either version of the  new Library of America edition of Laura’s books at the homesites yet, but you can find them on Amazon.

Pretty boxed set

Standard black covers – Volume 1 and Volume 2

Walnut Grove MN

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Phone 1-800-528-7280

Last Day for Priority Mail – December 17th

Managerial Specials

Birthday/ Christmas Packages

De Smet SD

Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Click on Gift Shop

Phone 1-800-880-3383

Last Day for Priority Mail – December 14th

Ingalls Homestead

Phone: 1-800-776-3594

Last Day for Priority Mail – December 14th, call if questions

Free Shipping for orders over $100, Same day shipping prior to 3:30pm

Mansfield MO

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum

Phone 1-877-924-7126 (Toll free)

Isn’t giving a last day, call if you have questions, Tuesday and Thursday are best.

Malone NY

Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Farm

Phone (518) 483-1207

Malone also says for their set up, online ordering has a quicker response. They didn’t respond with  a date this year, I’d recommend online ordering only because I’m not sure how often the answering machine is getting checked.

Spring Valley MN

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum (Store not online, but they are one of the glass ball ornament sites)

Phone (507) 346-7659

Last Day for Priority – December 14th

Burr Oak IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum

Phone (563) 735-5916

Last Day for Priority – Not giving a last day, it’s up to the customer

And Don’t forget you can also get your Laura fan gift memberships.

Sarah S. Uthoff blogs at TrundleBed Tales; look for her on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and Blog Talk Radio
Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, Vice-President and Membership Chair

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5 comments on “Annual Christmas Shopping Guide 2012
  1. Laura says:

    DO you know how we can reach Pepin to order one of their glass ball ornaments?

    • Sarah Uthoff says:

      Laura, I don’t think you’ll be able to get one before Christmas. I didn’t call them this year because the last two years they said they weren’t doing mail orders over the winter. However, it wouldn’t hurt to try. You can call them at (715) 442-2142 or e-mail at I’d probably try both.

  2. Dean Butler says:

    Thanks, Sarah, for offering these LIW related Christmas shopping suggestions. I hope Laura enthusiasts will also consider acquiring PA’S FIDDLE: THE MUSIC OF AMERICA from Compass Records on DVD and/or CD. I believe a number of the museum sites are carrying both the CD and DVD. The show contains wonderful recordings of great American songs performed by some of Nashville’s finest singers and musicians.

    Happy Holidays to all.

  3. laura says:

    Sarah, thanks for your help. I have been able to order the glass ornaments from four sites. And the Pa’s Fiddle CD will be under our tree along with the Laura DVD that was done by Dean.