I know it’s a little crazy to be thinking about Christmas when we haven’t even had Halloween yet, but my husband and I have been talking about what we’re going to get everybody for Christmas. I’m pretty sure my mother in law does her Christmas shopping as soon as school starts, something that I wish I could be better about! We’ve been busy working on our budget for Christmas this year and have been putting money aside at the end of the summer so that we aren’t left stranded this holiday!
Taking my 1 year old into the store has been challenging lately so I’ve resorted to shopping online as much as possible. While trying to figure out what we want to get everybody for Christmas, I came across a site called Uncommon Goods. They have Christmas gifts for everybody and all of their products are cruelty free. None of their products contain leather, feathers or fur and have also featured products that contain recycled components. Another great thing about Uncommon Goods is they have a passion for giving back and created the Better Give Back Program. When you make a purchase through their website, Uncommon Goods donates $1 to a non-profit organization that you choose at checkout.
I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time finding gifts for my family, especially the men. My kids are generally pretty easy, and are helpful in letting us know what they want for Christmas. If you’re struggling with some ideas, I’ve found some great Christmas Gifts for Men and Women you have to check out:
To help put some ease into your Holiday planning, I’ve created this Holiday Shopping List printable to help keep you organized. Whether you’re trying to stick to a budget or need to remember what you’re planning on getting a friend or family member for the holidays, this is the perfect printable for you! There’s also a spot at the end of the sheet so that you can mark off that you’ve bought the gift and if it has been wrapped. I hope these gift ideas and shopping list helps you throughout the busy holiday season!
I’m know we’re not the only ones, but it has always been a tradition in my home for each kid to open up one gift on Christmas Eve, our choice. It was so fun, and made it that much more exciting to see what was left under our tree the next morning. My husband’s family also got to open one gift before Christmas, but they were always pajamas. When I joined their family, I loved the idea that you would be getting a new set of pajamas each year (or every other year – that’s how we’ve worked out Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families).
While still carrying on my families tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve, I’ve converted to my husbands family tradition with making it a new set of pajamas each year for my kids. In order to figure out which gift our kids get to open the night before Christmas, I’ve made these gift tags to make it easier to find. You will no longer need to make extra notes on your gift tags reminding you to “OPEN ME ON CHRISTMAS EVE,” buy an extra roll of wrapping paper to determine which ones are the “night before Christmas” gifts (unless you enjoy doing that which isn’t a bad idea) or set them aside in another room until it’s time open.
Let’s be honest, Christmas Cards can get pretty pricey and sometimes it cuts into our Christmas shopping budget. It definitely cuts into ours. Our middle child’s birthday is 3 days after Christmas, mine is 2 weeks after Christmas, and the oldest is at the end of January… see what I mean? I can’t afford to spend too much money on Christmas cards, but I don’t want to sacrifice the look of my cards either. Luckily, this little project will turn your favorite family photo into a cute and festive Christmas card, and it’ll save you some money. Intrigued? I’ll tell you how.
We all know 4×6 prints are the least expensive, and if you’re new to Shutterfly, they offer 50 free prints – score! Cut out your printables and punch out a hole at the top. Wrap some string around your print and tie your printables to it and you’re all done. Stick them in an envelope and send them off to family and friends. I guarantee they will love them!
If you’re looking for some other Christmas cards at an affordable price, check out my shop!
I know Christmas was 2 weeks ago, but with all the hustle and bustle during last month I haven’t had a chance to share a project I worked on for my cousin. She came up with a fun way to share their year with a “12 Days of Christmas” card. I had so much fun creating this for her and loved the way it turned out! I’m thrilled she asked me to do this for her and her husband and was even more excited about it when I got it in the mail. Thanks Devon!
Who doesn’t love candy? I’ve created 3 Candy Gift Tags for this Christmas occasion that will make a sweet last minute gift! Put candy in a jar and wrap the tag around it, or wrap them in some clear wrap and attach the tag along with it. These tags go great with M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces and Hershey Kisses. This is perfect gift for friends, neighbors, co-workers, or even your child’s classmates.
If you haven’t wrapped your gifts yet (like me) and are in need of some gift tags, I’m sharing 6 gifts tags that I created for you to download. Use these Christmas gift tags for candy gifts, gifts in a jar, presents and more! Hope you’re enjoying your holiday season!
Last week was a crazy one for me. I was busy working on a couple of Christmas cards for my husband’s family (which I enjoyed making!), and to top it all off my entire family got sick, so that was fun… This week, I’m trying to catch up and I’m excited to share these cute Printable Christmas Gift Card Holders. You no longer have to worry about getting a card to go along with your gift card, and there’s room at the top for a small note. These are super easy to put together and your friends & family will love it!
Follow the tutorial below to put your gift card holder together:
Make sure you fold the card in thirds along the lines. This step makes it easier when you have to glue the tabs down.
Fold the tabs and apply glue (or a thin piece of double sided tape) on the tabs.
Once you’ve applied glue to the tabs, fold over the bottom portion of the holder as pictured above where the tabs are attached and wait until the glue is dry.
Once the glue is dry, insert your gift card, then fold the top over and you’re all done! Easy, right?
Chevron Christmas Gift Card Holder – download here
Striped Christmas Gift Card Holder – download here
Polka Dot Christmas Gift Card Holder – download here
Looking for a gift for a neighbor, friend, teacher, or co-worker but on a budget? This would make a great gift, and the best part is it’s under $10! This is one of those gifts that I honestly would love to receive. It’s the perfect activity they can do with the family, and they don’t have to eat it right away.
You can also switch it up and make your own cookie dry mix, or make your own frosting and put it in a cake decorating bag and tie it up with a bow. The possibilities are endless and the person you’re gifting it to will love it. Print out this adorable gift tag to make it extra special!
Santa Claus is coming soon and this Christmas countdown is the perfect way to help your kids get ready for his arrival! I love countdowns that let you see how many days are left, and it’s perfect for practicing numbers and counting with my 3 year old. Your kids will have fun crossing off the days left until Christmas!
I can’t believe November is almost over, and next week will be Thanksgiving! I’m getting around to prepping for Christmas, and I’m excited to share this Christmas Tree Countdown. I wanted to create something my 3 year old could cross off and see how many days are left instead of writing a “random” number down. When I showed this countdown to him, he got so excited and kept asking if it was Christmas yet. I can’t wait to finally start counting down ’til Christmas!