It’s December 2nd, and I am proud to report that I have pretty much finished with my holiday gift list! I only have one more yet to buy. This is pretty unprecedented for me since I am usually tight on money this time of year, and leave everything till the last minute.
I have always been a big believer that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get meaningful gifts for the people you love. I love to throw little handmade things into the mix because I love the idea of sending the people I care for away when our celebrating is through with a piece of myself, and my love for them to take with them and keep through the coming new year. There are so many simple ways you can do this without breaking your bank or taking up too much of the one thing that is always in short supply during this time of year, time.
This year handmade goodies are simply knitted scarves employing the use of novelty yarns and a basic garter stitch. They whip up in no time at all, since you can just blow through one as you watch the news in the morning, or work on them for an hour before bed, it only takes two days or so (an hour a day give or take) and you have a fun, funky and unique handmade gift to add to your package. It works so well if you are giving clothing since you can match the piece to your main gift to give it a sense of coordination, and class. The other thing I am doing is painting simple original watercolor work on blank greeting cards. These I will be sending to those I will not be fortunate enough to see this year, and whether they will be accompanying gifts or not, they are a wonderful and simple personal touch for the holidays! Even if you don’t possess painting or drawing skills, handmade cards are a simple inexpensive holiday touch anyone can do! There are rubber stamps and scrapbooking supplies on the market that make personal cards and letters a breeze!
I’m excited to share some of my Holiday hauls with you! This year I did a lot of my shopping on Amazon and Wal-Mart. I found lots of fun and some practical things for the people on my list. My husband, as well as all the adults on my list read this blog, so of course, I have to leave some of my finds out of this post, but I still have lots to show you! I kept a basic budget of $30 or less per person, with a few exceptions. I hope you enjoy my finds and maybe even get an idea or two for yourself!
For the Kids!
Most of the kids on my list are still very little, so shopping for them was so much fun! I picked up a Peppa Pig talking tea set at Wal-Mart for $15 and a little plush baby doll for only $5! Next, I found a walking, rainbow unicorn complete with leash priced at $20 for one of the little walkers on my list. I can already picture her walking her unicorn all over the house! Too cute! Next, I grabbed a Crayola light up dry erase artboard for the little artist. I know her parents will appreciate the hours of creative fun with no cleanup! For my budding fashionista, I scored a two-piece Juicy Couture set for little girls on Amazon for $30! For the outdoor-loving boy in my life, I scooped up a sensible pair of insulated Storm Kidz winter boots on Amazon for $30 that will keep his little piggies warm for hours of outdoor play in the Minnesota winter wonderland! Finally, for the music-loving preteen on my list, I grabbed a rose gold set of folding WorWoder headphones, with both wired and Bluetooth capabilities for under $30 on Amazon. Now she will be able to rock out to her favorite tunes anywhere and be super stylish and girly at the same time!
Don’t forget the furry friends on your list this year! Wal-Mart had a great selection of pet toys and treats, and I picked up these smoked Bovine Shin bones for only $6 a piece. They are HUGE and I just know those big lovable pups are going to LOVE them! What a treat!
These are just some of the great things I picked up this year for some of my favorite kids and pups! I have been having so much fun this year finding just the right thing for everyone!
How is your holiday shopping coming along? Have you found anything great this year? I would love to hear in the comments!
Happy Holidays, and thanks for reading!