It's Christmas time, friends, and with that comes obscene amounts of cookie consumption, a constant cacophony of holiday tunes ringing in my ears and the ever-stressful shopping for gifts. I do love to GIVE gifts, but I hate THINKING of gifts to give. You'd think after 30 years, I would have this gift-giving thing on lock, but every year, I find myself thinking, "It's time to buy Christmas presents, AGAIN? I swore it was just yesterday I was buying last minute gifts on Amazon Prime and splurging for the "One-Day Shipping" charge because it was December 23rd!" (I'm not the only one who's done that, right?!)
But alas, the time has come, and I'm feeling pretty good about my choices this year. After all, my mom does not need another set of hand lotions, and if I buy my dad another tie he will officially have enough to start a bonfire. So this year, I've done my research to come up with unique, useful, and enjoyable gifts for the people I love. Disclaimer: If you are expecting a gift from me this year (I'm looking at you family members), don't read this, because it will most likely spoil the surprise. But, if you're one of those people who goes peeking under the tree anyway (ahem, Brother), continue on, no one is watching. Here is my top gift for all the different people in my life (Added Bonus: ALL of them are under $40...you're welcome).
Kids - LOST MY NAME book. Ok, so I know I just gave one of these away, but they are seriously my favorite gift for any young child! Each book is personalized with your child's name and tells a fantastic story about your little one. Your child plays the starring role in this narrative as they wander through an imaginary world collecting the letters that spell their name. The website is extremely user-friendly and you can have the book ordered in under 10 minutes! Your kid might not be impressed at first (because, in their eyes,, it is JUST ANOTHER BOOK), but after you read through it, they will be ALL EARS! I mean, who doesn't love a book about themselves? My point, exactly.
(My giveaway contest for this little gem closes TONIGHT (12/8) at 11:59 p.m. PST, so you still have a few hours to enter! Go to my Facebook Page for details on how to enter!)
Husband/Dad/Brother - Bug A Salt - I know I am married to an outdoorsmen, but seriously, there is not a man out there who won't LOVE this gift. Using salt as ammo, this small pump-action sprays salt out to kill flies. The days of using a Fly Swatter are no more thanks to this handy little gun. Now husbands and fathers alike can make fly killing more entertaining and satisfying. Just imagine the family competitions that will ensue after the presents are unwrapped. You will be WANTING the flies to come in your house just to give this little toy a test run. **As a mom of 2 little boys, I will also add that this gun has a safety mechanism, and even if a child gets accidentally "peppered with salt" (see what I did there?), they will not sustain any major injuries. Promise.
Mom/Sister/Girlfriend - Birchbox is my go-to gift for the women in my life, no matter the occasion! For as little as $30 you can gift a subscription to a friend. Each month, they will receive fun beauty samples in an adorable little box. Each woman can personalize their style profile to get beauty products that suit their needs. Plus, I LOVE consumable gifts, and this one definitely fits the bill. If you're looking for other fun gifts for the ladies in your life, check out the SHOPPING page on my website. It lists some of my favey-fave mompreneurs who are creating some beautiful things for women. Supporting small businesses is the best,, so go show them some love!
Whole Family/Coworkers/Neighbors/Random Friends - One word: BOOMF! Fun meets tasty with a box of personalized marshmallows. Y'all. THIS IS A THING. Any description I give here will be inadequate once you see the pictures of the Boomf boxes. Nothing says Happy Holidays like your face our the faces of your children on nine tasty marshmallows. I literally couldn't STOP thinking of people I wanted to give a little BOOMF to. And, it's a consumable which, like I said before, is my favorite kind of gift!
And in case you're wondering, I am receiving exactly ZERO dollars from any of these companies to advertise their products and am just sharing them with you because I LOVE THEM!
What are you gifting to the people you love this year? I would LOVE to hear more suggestions!
I am a lover of people, a child of God, and a laugher at jokes. I write words, cry tears and smile at strangers.