I always feel like I have to preface my posts about children by saying that I'm not a mom yet, unless you count dogs and cats! However, I've heard from a number of parents that these three gifts are a must when you are purchasing things for your children each year.
So, here are the three types of gifts you should include under the tree for your kids this year.
SOMETHING THEY WANT
With that being said, sometime children will want something that is outrageously expensive and just kind of out of the question. This might include a new cellphone, laptop, gaming device, etc. Have them identify something they really want in different price ranges so that you and family members can give them at least one thing from their wish list.
SOMETHING THEY NEED
I can tell you as someone who regularly received clothing items and necessities that I always loved wearing my new stuff as soon as possible. As an adult, I'm thrilled to receive things like socks, shoes, and clothing items.
With that being said, it might not be clothes that your children need. Maybe they need something for school or work like a new bag or even a piece of technology!
If you don't know what that is, it is basically a word game that gives you a funny story. You have to ask your group for different types of words like nouns, verbs, adjectives, and more. You fill in the blanks and get to read a funny, custom story. These are always fun and are educational. Educational things could also include books or other educational games.
That's it! Those are the three things that I think you should include under the tree this year for your child. Do you think I'm missing a category? Drop it in the comments below!
'Tis the season of giving. During this time of year, you may find yourself receiving a gift that doesn't fit your body or personality, you simply can't use, or you find that someone else could use more than you.
Some people likely were taught growing up that re-gifting something is tacky or rude. However, today I want to share with you five reasons why I believe re-gifting is OK. Let's get into it:
1: IT'S NOT BECAUSE YOU'RE UNGRATEFUL
2: SOMEONE ELSE WILL TREASURE IT MORE
3: YOU'RE USUALLY NOT RE-GIFTING A GIFT THAT WAS
Most of the time, if someone gave real thought and careful consideration into a gift for you, it won't be something you want to give away. In my experiences, re-gifting typically happens from office parties or when relatives you really have no relationship with always get you something you simply can't use. For example, I remember growing up that my dad's side of the family would almost always buy my brother and I
We usually had friends or people at our church who would appreciate those as little gifts.
4: IT CAN HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
5: IT SAVES MONEY
Last but not least, re-gifting can help you save some money around the holidays. You won't have to invest in purchasing as many presents. As sort of mentioned previously, this should be done with gifts that you obviously can't use. However, if you have a holiday white elephant party to go to and you happen to have a gift that doesn't work for you, wrap it up and put it in the exchange!
WAKE UP AND ENJOY SOME FOOD!
This morning, I make and enjoy some treats including sausage balls, one of my favorite things! We normally do stockings at my mom's house in the morning, as we are going to see Jonathan's family today and probably won't do Christmas presents at my family's house until tonight. I always love having Christmas breakfast and just enjoying the morning before heading out!
HEAD TO JONATHAN'S GRANDPARENT'S HOUSE!
On Jonathan's side of the family, they get together on Christmas Eve at his mom's parents' house and meet up again the next day for some food and gifts for the little ones. It is a nice time to get together and hang out with cousins. Afterward, we will probably go to Jonathan's parents' house where we will exchange gifts with them!
HOPEFULLY SEEING MY GRANDPA!
If you're a loyal reader, you may remember me mentioning that my grandpa has been in several hospitals and rehab facilities this year. I really would like to see him on Christmas, but I don't really know what the plan is. He may be able to come home on Christmas, or he might have to stay where he is and we may need to go and see him.
Regardless, it wouldn't be Christmas if we didn't see him if we could, so I'm hoping we can go and be with him for a bit this year instead of leaving him wherever he is all by himself. I'm hoping that this will give him the strength he needs to work hard in rehab so he can come home, but it is all up to God! Please continue to pray for him!
PRESENTS WITH MY FAMILY!
But, it is the thought that counts, and you can actually make a ton of amazing gifts that anyone would love to receive. In today's post, I'll give you instructions on six DIY Christmas gifts that most people would be happy to receive! Enjoy:
1. CUP OF CHEER HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
It may seem a little cliche because hot chocolate mix is cheap. However, hot chocolate made from scratch is soooo much better, as I've recently discovered.
In a baggie, container, or mason jar, layer 1/2 a cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of baking cocoa, and a dash of salt. In a separate baggie, and at the top of the container, add in some marshmallows. Then, you can simply print out this free label or make your own with the same instructions!
I tried this hot chocolate out for myself and it was so delicious. I also added in a bit more cocoa and some chocolate chips. It really enhanced the chocolate flavor, so you can suggest that when you give them their gift. It is so simple and you can make a ton of these. Each container will make 5 cups of hot chocolate!
2. DIY CANDLES
All you will need for this DIY are empty mason jars, essential oils of your choosing, candle wicks, and a big dollar store candle.
First, glue your wick to the bottom of your jars and allow it to dry. Next, cut up or shred the candle and add the pieces into your empty jars. Melt the wax using the double boiler method and add in your essential oils. Let it sit over night to harden and make a custom label!
3. SUGAR SCRUBS
Winter can take a toll on everyone's skin. Sugar scrubs can be use to rid the body of dead skin and moisturize it, keeping it safe and soft during the coldest months of the year. All you will need is a container, sugar, coconut or olive oil, and essential oils.
Make a candy-cane inspired scrub by using a body-safe red food dye on half of your mixture and layering it with the white. To create the scrub, combine a cup of sugar with 1/2 a cup of oil and a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
4. DOLLAR STORE GIFT BASKETS
If you know a coffee lover, fill your basket with coffee grinds and creamer. A movie lover? Add in a ton of snacks for a movie night! You can create a cheap yet full basket of items just by going to the dollar store!
Other ideas include a makeup basket, a skincare basket, an automotive basket, a kitchen basket, toy basket, pet basket, or decor basket! Your options are limitless and you just need a basket and the items you'd like to gift them!
5. A HOME-MADE HAT OR SCARF
My mom has been crocheting for years, and she has taught me how to do it. I'm a little rusty because I don't do it much in the spring and summer months, but you can easily look up a tutorial. All you will need is yarn and a crochet hook.
You can make hats, scarves, socks, gloves, and even blankets if you choose to do this. It is time-consuming, so leave yourself enough time to work on it!
6. HAND-MADE JEWELRY
Jewelry is always a big hit around the holidays and, if you get skilled enough at the craft, no one will even know that you were the one who made it. You will just need beads, clasps, and jewelry wire.
This is an awesome way to give a one-of-a-kind necklace, ring, earrings, or bracelet to that special someone in your life without spending a fortune!
But, I wanted to inspire you to try something that may be new to you: a different way to celebrate. I hope you enjoy these unique Christmas party ideas.
1. A PAINTING PARTY
Painting is a unique and fun way to spend time with friends and family this season. Simply choose a fairly easy scene or character to paint, have some food and drinks, and you've got yourself a great get together with a take away that you can either put in your home or give to a loved one for Christmas! You decide.
2. A BAKING PARTY
My mom and our friends did this last year and it was so much fun. Each of us brought the ingredients for various treats and we made them together! At the end of the day, we put our creations into tins from the dollar store and took them to our respective homes to enjoy on Christmas with our family members. I absolutely love this idea because you may just stumble upon a new recipe that you and your family loves!
3. A CAROL-AND-KARAOKE NIGHT
Honestly, who doesn't like singing Christmas songs at the top of their lungs? I know I do! Have a get together where you each perform a Christmas song. Make it extra festive by choosing one and teaching it to everyone. You can then take your karaoke on the road and fa-la-la your way throughout the neighborhood, spreading Christmas cheer to all who will hear.
4. WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE
I am actually set to do this next week with my coworkers. Set a price range for your gifts. The standard price range is normally $5 or $10 for these things, but set your own! Each person will bring a gift and you will draw numbers to see who will choose first. The gift can be stolen twice before the last person who has it can keep it. It is a fun and interesting gift exchange idea!
5. A PJ PARTY
Nothing says the holidays like kicking back with some hot chocolate in your PJs for some Christmas fun! Have everyone wear festive pajamas and bring sleepover snacks. You can amp up the cheer by having a holiday movie marathon during your PJ party, or you can bake or craft various Christmas DIY gifts while you're all together. It is a cozy and fun way to spend time with your friends and family this year.
6. CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
This fun and educational party can help you learn and celebrate the ways people celebrate Christmas all around the world. You can do various activities that people in other countries do, or you can simply eat traditional Christmas foods from around the world.
On WhyChristmas.com, you can click the flag of various countries to see how they celebrate Christmas each year. It is such a unique way to celebrate!
In a time when candy is so easy to reach for, this list will feature NO CANDY whatsoever, so your coworkers or boss are sure to love any of these ideas! Keep reading for the full list of ideas!
1. CUSTOM OFFICE SUPPLIES
2. GIFT CARDS
Gift cards are an easy way to give to your coworkers this season. Give them a gift card they can use anywhere, at a shop like Target or Walmart, or to a coffee shop in your area. They will be so happy you thought of them and can use the gift cards to buy what they need or want from the store that you got it from!
3. GIVE AN OFFICE GIFT
4. HANDMADE OUTERWEAR
5. NOVELTY DESK ITEMS
So today's blog post will hopefully give you a few ideas for some things you can get for the people on your list this year.
Christmas is a great time of year to spoil your mom. One thing you can get her is a nice piece of jewelry. Save the "Mom" necklaces and jewelry for Mother's Day and get her a piece that she can wear every day or on special occasions. I'm not personally a mom, but I know I always got things for my mom and nana that were specific to their "titles."
- Manicure, pedicure, or spa gift card
- Technology that will allow her to connect easily with you
- Candles in her favorite scent
I think that a great idea for a Christmas gift for dad is something practical that all dad's probably use: a wallet. I say this because not all dads are beer-drinking, sports-loving, tool-using, grill-o-hollics like society thinks they are. Give it a personal touch by adding their name or initials to the wallet!
- Hobby-related gifts: sports, tools, model ships, etc.
- A nice new watch
- An electric shaver
If your grandparents are like mine, they never really "want" anything for Christmas and tell you to save your money for something else. However, there is one thing that my grandparents would never tell me not to gift them: pictures of our family. If your family doesn't take photos often, schedule a photo shoot and add the photos to a book or to a frame. Your grandparents will love it!
- Something that helps them around the house like a grabber or special technology like a Rumba
- Specialty clothing or bags with their names on them
- A hobby item like paint-by-numbers or puzzle books
Last year, the first year Jonathan and I were married, I decided to give my mother and father in-law a basket of coffee stuff. It included coffees, creamers, and more. It was also supposed to include a "mom's coffee spoon" I ordered special from Etsy, but it didn't arrive in time. We also gave them a gift card and they really seemed to enjoy it. We made sure to use a basket they would reuse, as well!
- Make your spouse or partner pick
- Lotions and body wash
- Photos of you and your spouse
YOUR BROTHER/SISTER (IN-LAW)
- Money/Gas Card
- Sibling-inspired gift (necklace, photos, etc.)
Ah, to be a teen again! I remember being totally bratty about the things my mom picked out for me sometimes. Instead of having to wait in long return lines, you can always give your teen a gift card to their favorite store. That way, they can choose what they like. It will also save you a lot of trouble when it comes to finding what they would like, plus they aren't at the sentimental stage where they want you to pick something that you think they'd like.
- A cool piece of technology
- A "get out of chores free" card
- A laptop
YOUR LITTLE ONE
These guys aren't too hard to shop for. I think that toys are always a good option, but I think it is always a great idea to give an educational toy. You can spring for something like an e-reader or a computer for smaller children. This will help them learn while they are at play! It will give them a passion for learning new things, which is very important at their age.
- New clothing
- A trip to a zoo/aquarium/Disney park
- DVDs of their favorite movies/shows
If you aren't married but you have a special someone, they can be so difficult to shop for. However, I think most people who are in a relationship typically like to have a matching set of something. Bracelets are good and are understated, so they don't scream "I'M IN A RELATIONSHIP" and can work with every day outfits.
- A romantic date or getaway
- A new piece of technology
- A heart-felt, handmade photo book of your relationship
You either love your coworkers and boss, or you don't. Me, I love the people I work with. It is so easy to just give a blank coffee mug and candy, but I think the best gift to give would probably be some nice office supplies.
A nice planner for the new year or a zip-up notepad holder that is maybe personalized is a great idea!
- Something hand-made like a scarf or hat
- A nice travel coffee mug
- A gift for the office like a coffee machine or push-pin board
CLOSE FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER
- A hand-made photo book of your friendship
- A friend-date kit with a movie, popcorn, and candy
LESS CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
If you don't talk to someone once a week and you don't have a super close relationship, they qualify as "less close." Get them something simple like a $5 gift card to a store they use or to a coffee place.
You could also just give them some cash in a Christmas card and I'm sure they will be happy that you thought of them!
- Coffee cup and hot cocoa mix
- A handmade, DIY gift
- An ornament
Today's blog post will be a Christmas bucket list. Here it is:
GO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
I love roasting marshmallows over the fire, but we actually don't have a fire pit or anywhere to have a fire. Usually, when we would go to Tanglewood Park, we would stop in the middle where they had a fire pit and marshmallows to roast.
Last year, I wanted to roast marshmallows, so I did it over my stove, although that might not be safe. No matter what, I really want to do that this year, as it is just something special for the cold months!
PURCHASE GIFTS FOR PEOPLE
WATCH A CHRISTMAS PARADE
I'm not sure if this will actually happen this year, but I'd love to watch a Christmas parade at some point. I love going to parades, especially when I can pack some hot chocolate to enjoy as I watch the parade go by.
I am going to try and find the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from this year to rewatch it and enjoy the bands and performances!
HELP MOM DECORATE
My mom is in the home stretch of finishing her stint in her boot. In about a week, she should be able to start walking 20 minutes every hour. But, I know lugging a tree and decorations to the front of the house can be difficult, knee-scooter or not. I'm going to help whenever I get home for the holidays, which actually isn't for a few more weeks. But, I'm excited!
HAVE A CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON
Just the other day, I was adding a number of Christmas movies to my list on Netflix. I can't wait to watch them. In fact, check back on Mondays during December for my Merry Movie Mondays where I will review Christmas movies from the big screen and from Netflix. I recently saw the new Grinch movie and I know we have to watch my hubby's favorite, White Christmas, a few times this season!
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