Holiday Gift Guide

Tis the season to be gift giving, fa la la la la. I love giving gifts.  It allows me to show love to people near and far. One of my love languages is definitely gift giving. My best advice is to find something they wouldn’t think of getting for themselves, but that they would enjoy. Here are some ideas for those hard to shop for loved ones in your life!

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For the pet parent:

This special dog tag will love on them and their pup at the same time! And it’s completely customizable.

Other options include leashes and collars in their favorite team colors, or this super comfy looking pet bed with a one year warranty, washer safe material, and a design pretty enough to fit in with their furniture!

For the Toddler

Toys and puzzles are wonderful and lovely, and will be enjoyed and exclaimed over. But the real hit, I’ve often found, is kid sized furniture. They get a kick out of furniture just their size, and it’s useful and enjoyable. Whether it’s a couch, table, or chair, they’re going to enjoy it and feel extra special every time they use it. (Of course I picked Disney. My kid’s have this in Lion Guard and when they first got it, they napped on it- that’s how much they loved it!)



Best Books for Teens

If you’ve got a teen in your life that loves to read, selecting books can be difficult. Here are my favorites! They appeal to a wide range of interests and have thought provoking plots.


You can find my review here.


You can find my review here.


This is the perfect choice for your Hunger Games fan!


For the Book Lover

Buying books for bibliophiles is challenging. The natural choice is books, but what if they’ve read it or it isn’t in their taste? Try these alternatives instead.

A book store scented candle may just help them read what’s on their to-be-read pile rather than buying more books, and either way, you’re helping them set the mood for a perfect evening spent reading.

Book Log: Keeping track of what you’ve read can be tough. Try these pretty book to keep a list of what you’ve read and when!

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer idea, bookmarks are great. Magnetic bookmarks are my favorite, as there’s no fear of losing your place if a certain toddler runs off with your book. Follow this link to see one adorable option, and then search for magnetic bookmarks for more designs to find the most suitable for your recipient.

For the Busy Mom

The best gift you can give a busy mom is a free babysitting coupon! The gift of time is so valuable. An afternoon to herself while knowing her kids are being loved on is the best.

If you live far away, you can give her the gift of indulgence. Some yummy chocolates and bath fizzies for after the kid’s bedtime will give her some at-home pampering.

For the Doting Grandma

I love to give photo gifts to my mom. From when she was a kid to my babies, a photo gift is something that will bring joy and practicality that’ll be used and enjoyed daily. Whether it’s a canvas collage, a photo mug, or a calendar, she appreciates the thought and effort that goes into making it as well as getting to enjoy it and wax nostalgic whenever the desire arises. I use Snapfish and Shutterfly to craft my photo gifts.

The Big Gift
If you’re looking to be a little more spendy and are shopping for something for your reader, be they a wife, kid, or in-law you want to impress, I highly recommend the Kindle Paperwhite. I adore mine, and use it all the time. It’s full of great features, from instantly downloading library books without any cords to having a built- in booklight that automatically turns itself on when you need it (then you can keep getting stubbed toes like me as you walk through the dark house reading and not watching where you’re going!). They are on the expensive side, but my husband gifted me this one for Mother’s Day and it’s definitely one of the top two gifts he’s ever given me (the other one being a KitchenAid mixer for my baking addiction). Bonus- they’re now making them waterproof for the bath reader in your house!

Or if you want the one that’s similar to mine without the built-in book light and a little less expensive:

What are your favorite gifts to give and receive?

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