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The holiday season is a special one in my house. James and I love decorating, putting up the tree and doing some fancy Christmas baking. What we want to instill most in Cash as he grows up is that it really is more exciting to give than it is to receive. Sure I still make a little Christmas list of wants, but it’s just part of the fun. Here are some of my favorite gift ideas this holiday season!
We first have to start with stocking stuffers because it’s so important to me that stockings aren’t left out! I’m really big on tradition and stockings are always the first thing you look through on Christmas morning. I like to give alternative things other than just the usual array of miniature chocolates, so when I found these awesome holiday 3D glasses I was so excited ! Holiday Specs are so fun for little ones, and even for a grown up after a glass of wine when you’re feeling silly 🙂 When you put on these 3D glasses they turn each ray of light from a Christmas tree into a christmas image! It was so fun playing with the different shapes they have like angels, candy canes, santa claus, and even reindeer! Unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to get a clear image of this awesomeness on camera.
*Another little tip for stocking stuffers that aren’t chocolate: go to the travel size section of any big retail chain and grab some nicer hair products, lip balm, lotions, and face scrubs to really make the stocking feel personalized!*
While personal items make a stocking fun, I do always add at least a FEW sweet treats in each stocking, but I like to get nicer candies, that way they really feel like ‘treats’ and not just something we can get any time of the year. We appreciate the nicer things more, so we conserve them and don’t pig out! While I was shopping on Black Friday this year, I found these awesome gourmet candies on sale at Steinmart, and I had a $10 off $10 coupon so I got our candy this year for basically only $2! Hammond’s Candies are so unique and have the best retro packaging I couldn’t help but instantly want to buy them. Then a look at all the different flavors and varieties they carried brought even more surprise! I grabbed 2 Pigs N’ Taters bars, and 1 red velvet bar, as well as a vanilla carmel and a Mitchell’s Sweet (a marshmallow wrapped in sweet caramel) to stuff in our stockings this year! YUM!
We have a family cat named Duke, he’s wonderful, however sometimes the house can smell a little cat-box-ish and the One Fur All Pet House Candle helps keep that smell at bay in our home! This soy candle lasts for up to 70 hrs and specializes in eliminating pet odors while refreshing the smell of your home! I LOVE the pumpkin spice smell! This is a great gift for all animal lovers out there. The company created a Rescue Fundraiser Program to help non-profit, no-kill rescues to raise funds to pay for vaccinations, medication and surgical care, proving once again it’s much more important to give back!
On #shopsmallsaturday, James and I walked downtown to local shops in downtown St.Pete. The weather was awesome and we found this awesome little shop called ZaZoo’d. My goodness, it made me want to redo my entire house and own everything there, but this is the season of giving, so instead I snagged some of these HILARIOUS tin boxes, They can be used to store a variety of trinkets around the home, but I know a few of my friends and family members who will really get a kick out of these awesome little boxes for Christmas!
I’m a firm believer in natural living, and while I do gift people things they enjoy, I like to think outside of the box a little bit and find things that they haven’t tried but I know they’ll enjoy. For example, my grandmother LOVES skincare products, so when I found Trusted Health Products and their personalized lines of skincare for him and her, I had to pick some up for her, and myself! These products are anti-aging and rejuvenating to skin cells! They have an awesomely light and natural citrus scent to them, and since they are all natural they are even great for those with sensitive skin!
Living in Florida, winter doesn’t last very long, and going to the beach is a year-round occurrence. While you can’t ALWAYS get in the water, you can ALWAYS catch some rays and relax in the sand, which makes Sand Cloud the perfect gift for the beach nut in your family (it even comes in a gender neutral charcoal color for the fellas). This light weight woven cotton towel comes with a pillow inserted to ensure comfort while you’re soaking up the rays! Easy to roll up and carry with you anywhere, and unlike terri-cloth towels they are really easy to shake out so sand doesn’t end up all over your house when you bring your beach bag in!
Favorite Gifts for Her
Another way to #shoplocal for Christmas this year is to order online from my FAVORITE local store in Mebane, NC Grit and Grace! This hand-stamped bent spoon bracelet is one of the most PERFECT gifts to give to any woman. She makes personalized ones and also ones that come in a variety of witty words and song lyrics!
Even though I am technically a stay-at-home-mom I’m always on the go! I know I’m not the only busy mom out there and the Hipz Bag is the new fanny pack, I was a little hesitant at first (“Fanny packs will NEVER BE BACK” was the quote I initially gave) but fashion forward celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwen Stefani have been caught rocking them pretty awesomely, so they get the seal of approval in my on-trend winter look book! Grab these for trendy teenagers in your family or even the fashion forward on-the-go mom like myself!
My hands-down go-to gift that never fails to make someone happy is a cool travel tumbler! I especially love the ones with unique sayings and designs like this one from Natural Life. Natural Life products are one-of-a-kind and made of recycled and organic sustainable materials! Just another great way to give back to mother earth while gifting this year! While they have some great coffee mugs and insulated tumblers as well, there’s something about the versatility (since this one can be for hot or cold beverages) of this awesome tumbler with the straw that really stands out as an all around great gift!
Once again, this is one of my favorite times of the year because it is all about giving! Click the link below to win a few of my favorite things from the gift guide this year!
1 Pumpkin Spice One Fur All Candle
1 Baby-Pink Sand Cloud
1 “Bar Lights and Backroads” Bent Spoon Cuff from Grit&Grace
1 Hot/Cold Tumbler from Natural Life
1 Set of His or Hers (winner’s choice) Personalized AM/PM skin care set
1 set of 3D Holiday Specs to have stocking stuffers for the whole family!
1 Pigs’N’Taters Hammonds Chocolate Bar
Giveaway ends at 12am Dec. 16, 2014 to ensure arrival of items before Christmas!
Deck the Halls & Fa la la la la,