Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for the loved ones in your life? Look no further. We are putting together some of our favorite gifts for Mom, Dad, Grandparents, and kids.

Our mind set to gifts might be a little different then most, as we believe that gifts should be minimal, but still impact the person they are given too. We are going to keep our gifts under $25.

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Gift for Mom

These always seem to be the hardest gifts to pick. What do you give the person who does so much for you? One thing we recommend is staying away from gifts that mom would use for cleaning, cookings, doing laundry etc. You want mom to have a gift that she can enjoy and love for many years to come.

Throw Pillow for Mom
Throw Pillow for Mom

Our favorite gifts of course are gift certificates for a new hair do, or a mani/pedi. But if your looking for something more personal, here are a few things we love.

  1. The gift of sleep- Get mom the Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb by Lush Cosmetics and send her up for a relaxing bubble bath and an early bed time. Have dad take care of the kiddo, or send them for a sleep over. Mom will love catching up on some sleep.
  2. All Roads Lead back to Mom- This beautiful throw pillow could be a combined gift with you and your siblings. Perfect for those who live far away from mom, but want to show they are always close at heart.
  3. You’re a Cool Mom- These adorable candles! Personalize your own scent and message to mom. We all know they are always trying to cover the sent the kids leave behind.
  4. Personal- Or just create something personal for mom, some art work, paint a coffee mug, something special she would like. I always give out personalized gifts made by Chief for the holidays.

Gift for Dad

This is an area I never had any problems with. My dad is a lover of all things Home Depot. I am pretty sure that this is exactly where my love for Home Depot comes from. We spent many weekends picking up things for a project he was working on. So every year he gets a Home Depot gift card from us.

Personalized Coffee Mug
Personalized Coffee Mug

Some great gift ideas for dad are:

  1. The Traditional Coffee Mug- This dad coffee mug is a staple of the past. I remember giving them to my dad growing up and he still uses them to this day.
  2. Reusable Cup- If dad is more into a reusable coffee cup then this Tervis Tumbler is right up his alley. With the lifetime warranty, its perfect for those with little kids who knock things over.
  3. The trusty gift card- I go this route every Christmas for my dad because I never know what he wants, but know he needs something from Home Depot.
  4. Something to Carry Around- This awesome Guitar pickKey Chain is perfect for Dad, and will always remind him how much you are grateful for him.

Gift for Kids

Here is where I tend to differ from most parents. I love to give gifts that last and are educational. I tend to give Melissa and Doug items, arts and crafts, or outdoor toys. I base each gift on the child, age and their current likes and dislikes.

In my opinion that when you buy gifts that are current fads or are really popular, you are spending a lot of money as these are typically not very cheap. When buying items that are educational or made to last, the children will get much more use out of them. A bigger plus is getting them toys for outdoor play, as these are not given very often and it helps promote getting outside.

Melissa and Doug Shape, Model & Mold Play Clay
Melissa and Doug Shape, Model & Mold Play Clay

Here are some of my favorite items to give as gifts for kids.

  1. Locks and Latches board by Melissa and Doug. Perfect for toddlers.
  2. Puzzles by Melissa and Doug. Tuns to choose from, from Chunky pieces for the littles to large floor puzzles for older children.
  3. Arts and Crafts by Melissa and Doug. We love the shape, model & mold play clay kit.
  4. Melissa and Doug have a great assortment of games. They are small enough to fold up and take with you to the park, camping, or just out back in your own yard.
  5. If you have a reader to buy for then I highly recommend Usborne books. We LOVE the shine a light series. So much fun.

Not about the gifts

In the end, Christmas isn’t about the gifts. It is about spending time with your family, coming together to celebrate. Don’t stress about finding the perfect most expensive gift for your children, niece, nephew, mom, dad, etc. I have found that the most meaningful gifts come from the heart.

If you can not find the “perfect” gift to give then that’s fine. No one will look back on Christmas day and say man my mom gave crummy gifts, or wow my daughter didn’t give me what I wanted. Well maybe younger kids may think this, but its our job as parents to teach them to be grateful for anything and everything they may receive.

What are you favorite gifts to gift? Let us know in the comments.

I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas! Happy Shopping!


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Holiday Traditions and Family

Boy it has been a busy few weeks. The holiday’s have officially started! This is always a super busy time for our family, as we really enjoy this time of year. So excited for all of our family Traditions.


Yes, I know this has already passed, but I can’t help but talk about my favorite food holiday. Our Thanksgiving is usually spent at home with just Chief, my husband and my self. This year was a big change for us, and we did things a little differently.

We have not spoken to part of my husbands family since I became pregnant with Chief. Long back story there. A few months ago his grandfathers cancer became worse, and it brought our families back together. We have really made an effort to be a family again, and chose to spend Thanksgiving with them.

It was nice being able to spent time with everyone again. I’ll be the first to say, it is odd being together like nothing happened after a long period of time. But I believe that this is what this holiday is about. Coming together and being Thankful for all the things you have in your life. I am so thankful that everyone can be a family again, get along, and spend time together.

In all, we had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Lots and lots of turkey, sides, and desserts. The food is by far one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving. I absolutely love Turkey, and left over turkey sandwiches. Plus, I love to cook. This year I made dessert for our get together.

Rice Crispy Turkey Legs.
Rice Crispy Turkey Legs.

I made these awesome Rice Crispy Turkey Legs treats for the kiddos. They were super easy to make, and the kids thought they were the coolest things ever. I found the recipe here. I had the same struggles that they did in the video. It was quite comical. I decided to cool my rice crispy’s in the fridge, and they I took them out to form them. This was MUCH easier then trying to do it while they were warm and gooey. In the end they were super yummy and well loved.


Now, this is my FAVORITE holiday. I love everything about Christmas, from the decorating, to the music, the weather outside (well when its not 80 degrees), the baking, and just the over all spirit of Christmas.

We started decorating early this year. I just couldn’t wait. We put up our Christmas Tree on November 1st, but didn’t decorate it. Which luckily we didn’t because I actually purchased a new tree after we set up our other tree. I couldn’t help it. My dream tree was on sale, so I just went for it.

We finally put up the decorations on the new tree a few days before Thanksgiving and its beautiful. I was finally able to go with the theme that I have always wanted, which is a country rustic theme.


Christmas Traditions

Christmas is a time filled with traditions for our family. A tradition that has gone on in my family for the past 30 years, is that all the kids get new Christmas pajama’s each year. That way they will all look good in Christmas morning pictures. This will be the first year that my mom has decided to only do this tradition with just the grandchildren. This has been a shock to me. I love tradition and I hate when it gets broken. But I guess now that I am 30, its time to continue the tradition on my self. The bummer of being an adult. Time to hit up Target.


Another Christmas tradition that my family has, is that each child has their own mini Christmas tree in their bedroom. My mom bought Chief his for his first Christmas. Each year she purchases all the grandchildren an ornaments based off their interest. I love this, as it is like a memory of each child and their personality throughout the years. We have also expanded on this tradition and we purchase a family ornament each year for our tree in the living room.

Tell me what some of your family traditions are. What do you do for the holidays?