It’s about that time! Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? We bought for our two nephews and that is all. Because they are 3 and 6 and easy to buy for! HA! The rest not so much. But, if you are searching for some good gifts for older teens, or the men and women in your life, I have rounded up a few of our family’s favorites and a few things that are on our lists. Hopefully these gift guides will be helpful for some of you!
2019 Christmas Gift Guides
Howdy friends! I think this might be a first for me! A Christmas gift guide! Well, I think I might have done a couple of small ones, but never one this big!! I’m super excited actually to be sharing with you! I honestly never think I have enough things to share that would make it worth your while, but this year I really put some thought into it and came up with a list of 15 of my favorite things in all different categories, and all different price points! I hope it is helpful and you find some good ideas! The bonus is I own 95% of these things, and the other 5% are recommended by friends (and are on my wish list). I don’t like to recommend things to you that I know nothing about!
- We are getting close to Christmas! Are y’all ready?? Do you have all your shopping done?? Need a gift they will love?? Try you hand at baking or candy making and I promise it will be a treat!! (ha! – see what I did there? :))I shared on Instagram how this tradition started when hubby and I were young and didn’t have much money, but it has continued over the years and I would like to think it’s one of the favorites. 🙂When the kids were younger we would make sugar cookies and they would decorate them. The grandparents and aunts and uncles loved them!! As the kids got older I started adding in some of our family favorites. And it just progressed from there.Each year I change it up. A few things are a must. And each year I try one or two new things. But, every year each household gets a package of home made yummy morsels!It all starts with a list. I go through my cookbooks and pick what’s going in the packages, and then there is the grocery shopping.Next is the day of making. It’s messy, it’s long, but it is so much fun! I play Christmas music all day and the house smells divine. Sometimes I have help and other times I don’t. But, the memories are always there. Cooking and baking was my favorite thing to do with my grandma when I was a little girl and some of the things that go in are things she taught me to do. 🙂This year the packages are these I found after Christmas last year at Hobby Lobby.Simple pre-made boxes with plenty of room. I have used tins in the past, and I have even just used a gift bag. I like to get a little creative with the packaging and make it look cute! These year each treat was placed in a cello bag and tied up with twine.Then the boxes were
filledstuffed.And I made these tags with a list of the contents using PicMonkey (a free online photo editing site that you can do so much with).And ta-da! All ready to be delivered and enjoyed!The contents this year – (links to some of the recipes included)*Chocolate Fudge With Sprinkles (I use sprinkles so people will know these have no nuts)*Chocolate Fudge With Nuts*Butterscotch Fudge*Oreo Bon Bons (I use white chocolate or chocolate almond bark instead of baker’s chocolate)This is how they were packaged two years ago. (And wow, that yellow kitchen…)For more details on that check out this post!Merry Christmas friends!!
- Wow! You guys were up to some good stuff last week!! Thanks for partying here with us each week!! Remember one link, six blogs!As with most people it’s been all about Christmas around here! I shared our mantle for this year,and some crafty decor that I put together.I love this time of year, but sometimes it’s easy to get grumpy in the midst of the hustle and bustle. There are crazy people e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e!! I am thankful for a few peaceful evenings with family, Christmas movies, and this.Looking for a great advent devotional? This is a great one. Since our kids are older now, we decided to challenge them a bit spiritually this year and change things up a bit from our previous advent tree. It has been neat to see their eyes widen as they begin to actually get it!Like I said, you guys gave us some good stuff to look at and read this week, it was hard to choose! Since I have been in an extra crafty mood lately, I decided to pick a few of my favorite crafty goodies.Remember, If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there – thanks!These hand-painted wood coasters by Andrea at Scrapality are so cute! And you know how I love to use scrap wood!!
Pallet Wood Rustic Coasters from ScrapalityHolly from The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide shared her Kate Spade inspired ornaments. I love them and at a fraction of the cost!! Kate Spade DIY Christmas Ornament from The Coconut Head’s Survival GuideMarcy from day2day SuperMom got crafty with her kids and made these cutie pie melted snowman ornaments! What a great idea!! Easy DIY Melted Snowman Ornaments from day2day SuperMomVickie at Making Our Sustainable Life shared these adorable snowman kits. What kid wouldn’t love to receive this as a gift!! (you must click over and see what it looks like on an actual snowman – really adorable!) Snowman Kit from Making Our Sustainable LifeIf you were featured be sure to grab a button!!And, remember to check out the other hostesses to see what they chose as their favorites and check out our Pinterest boards!Your turn – what have you been up to this week??Remember the rules 🙂
- Did you miss us last week?? Hope you enjoyed time off with your family like we did!! But today we are back and ready to see what’s been going on with you!This week was all about Thanksgiving clean-up and Christmas decorating, as I’m sure it has at so many homes!!I took a moment on Monday to share my love and thankfulness for the friends God has brought into my life.And then, I shared some wreath ideas with you :).You guys were as creative as usual this last week!! Thanks so much for linking up your goodness! Here are my features for this week.If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there – thanks!Kristi from Making it in The Mountains created these beautiful and simple Rustic Clay Ornaments
Rustic Handmade Clay Christmas Ornaments from Making it in The MountainsAnd how cute is this yarn ball wreath from Jessica at Designers Sweet Spot! Yarn Ball Wreath from Designers Sweet SpotI love the way Elaine of Heart Rocks in My Pocket transformed a thrift store cast-off into an adorable Christmas decoration. Holiday Thrift Store Challenge – Christmas Chalkboard Globe from Heart Rocks in My PocketJennifer from Dimples and Tangles made-over a craigslist find for her daughter and can I just say wow – so glamorous now! Red Hot Nightstand Makeover from Dimples and TanglesI am a lover of chocolate and this snack from Summer at Summer Scraps looks super yummy and super easy to whip together, maybe as a gift?? Double Chocolate Sweet and Salty Party Mix from Summer ScrapsAnd speaking of gift ideas, check out this cute baking gift that Kelly from The Moon and Me put together. I know several people who would love to receive this one!! Bake Yourself Silly Gift Basket DIY from The Moon and MeIf you were featured be sure to grab a button!And, remember to check out the other hostesses to see what they chose as their favorites and check out our Pinterest boards!Now let’s have some fun! What have you been up to this week?Remember the rules 🙂