In our last post, we gave a few suggestions for simplifying the Christmas season with young children in the house. Today, I want to follow that up with some ideas that are fun, simple, require very little expense or preparation, and build loads of fun traditions and memories.
1. Do some form of Advent with them. I realize this is the third time (at least!) I’ve mentioned Advent this season, but it is so essential for keeping the season in perspective. We’ve given several suggestions on our Advent post. Maybe you have young toddlers or even babies in your home. I recently heard a fantastic suggestion for Advent-ing even with them! Take a couple minutes each night and sing simple Christmas carols, such as Away in a Manger or Silent Night. This can slip right in to a bed-time routine, but keeps the Christmas Story in front of them.
2. Have a special baking day. If you have little ones that are old enough (personally, I feel like the 3 1/2-4 year old range really opens up options for activities together), set aside a day to tackle one or two special baking activities. If you need something similar, why not create little Christmas baskets for your neighbors with packets of hot cocoa, disposable hot drink cups, wrapped candy canes, etc.? — all things little hands can easily put in a basket.
3. Decorate a small tree with them — just for their room. There are some adorable little Christmas trees out there. My boys had SO much fun picking out a blue tinsel tree this year, choosing a few non-breakable ornaments, and decorating their tree. It’s a fun time to relax a little bit on your perfect Christmas tree decoration standards and just enjoy watching them go to town on their little tree.
4. Set aside an evening to look at Christmas lights. You can definitely go for a drive in nearby neighborhoods to look at lights, but I’d also suggest just strolling through your own neighborhood… This might be a great alternative for youngsters who don’t do well in the car or for those kiddos who are still rear-facing in their car seat.
6. Go caroling to your neighbors. We caroled with my in-laws last Christmas season… just a few neighbors on their street. It’s a fun evening and people really do appreciate you taking a moment to make them feel special.
7. Christmas PJs! One of our favorite little traditions is to choose new pajamas for our kids to give them on Christmas Eve. (You could give their PJs to them earlier in the season, too.) This doesn’t have to be overcomplicated or expensive…. This year our boys are getting matching pajama sets…. that I bought during a “buy one, get one” sale.
8. Collect a stash of Christmas books. We have a small stack of Christmas books that we have out only during December. Some families wrap their Christmas books, unwrapping one each day leading up to Christmas. I love that idea, but this year we’re choosing to keep our books available in a special “Christmas book basket” for simplicity. Again, this doesn’t have to be expensive! All except a couple of our books were purchased at Half Price Books. They have a special holidays shelf in the children’s section, which makes finding great Christmas books easy and inexpensive. Since we intentionally do an Advent program with our boys, most of our Christmas books are purely festive. Some of our favorites are Little Blue Truck’s Christmas, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, Fa La La, and the classic Caldecott medal-winning Polar Express.
Leave a comment below and share your favorite Christmas tradition with your youngsters!
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*Begin Jingle Bells*
It’s that time of the year, folks! Christmas is just weeks away and your Christmas shopping list is awaiting your magic touch. You pile into the car, swing through the driveway for a tall PSL or peppermint mocha, wait for an hour at the mall for a parking space to free up…. and then it hits you. You have no idea what to buy that special person on your shopping list. Drat.
*Cue Magic Harp Effect*
Not to worry. We’ve put together an expansive guide to help your Christmas shopping come to a satisfying end. (Gift wrap and shipping not included.)
Monthly Box Gifts A really fun trend right now are curated boxes, created to appeal to the special interests of your special person. Many of them offer 1 month or 3 month options (or you can go ahead and gift a full year if you budget accommodates).
•Ipsy. For the gal in your life who loves to experiment with makeup, Ipsy sends a cute little bag, plus 5 trial size makeup and skin care items. ($10/mo)
•LitJoy Crate. What a fun idea for your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, or other cool kid on your list. Each monthly box consists of 2 or 3 specially chosen books (that are selected based on the age of said cool kid, starting as young as 2 years old). Also included are special learning toys, snacks, or crafts ideas that go along with the book themes. ($29/mo)
•Harry’s. Help your dude stay sharp and gift him with fresh blades and shaving products. (Starting at $3/mo)
•Happy Mail (from A Beautiful Mess). With $50 worth of stationary, paper pads, wall artprints, and more, it’s completely obvious why this monthly box is called “Happy Mail”! They also offer a similar box that majors in craft supplies. (As low as $15/mo)
•She Reads Truth Autoship. Give the gift of intentional and focused time in God’s Word. Each month your recipient will receive at least one beautiful study guide (some for topical studies and some covering solitary books of the Bible). There’s a version for men as well. ($24/mo)
•Graze. For the person whose love language is food, send them a box full of specialty snacks. Boxes are customizable for likes and dislikes; however this is probably not ideal for people with nut or wheat allergies. ($11.99/mo)
•BarkBox. This is for the dog person on your list. Each box includes a special assortment of treats, toys, and other goodies especially for Fido. (Begins at $20/mo)
•Date Box. A great couples’ gift. Each box includes an assortment of specially curated date night activities (with a new theme each month, such as travel) to help couples plan more meaningful date nights at home. (Ranges from $27-$35/mo)
•FabFitFun Box. This is the “new thing” in boxes, because it is a huge box with tons of stuff (to the tune of $200 dollar’s worth) and it comes quarterly (but we’re putting it in here, anyway). Look out for some coupons as several have been offering them for up to $10 off your first box. (Ranges from $45-$50/quarter)
Gifts of Experience There’s a growing trend that we LOVE and that is giving gifts that don’t amount to simply more “things”. This is ideal for individuals who don’t really need anything, for those who are working towards minimalism, or for young families who might not need more toys, but would love to add to the treasury of family memories. Plus, in a culture of millennials who love to experience, you can hardly go wrong with one of these.
•Movie Tickets. Because everyone enjoys a show now and again!
•Concert Tickets. Consider giving this gift “early” and making it tickets to a special Christmas concert.
•Yearly Passes. Zoo, museum, aquarium, etc. would all be wonderful places to for individuals and families alike to visit several times over the course of a year.
•Travel Cube. Earmark money for travel and gift them this cube so they can begin saving for those trips they’ve been wanting to go on!
Gifts with a Purpose Some people prefer to have donations made in their honor to carefully selected charities or causes. If you aren’t sure where to start, take a look at this shortlist of some organizations we’ve selected:
•Compassion International. With donation options beginning at less than $10, this is a creative way to give to families in need around the world, equipping them with the skills & tools they need to get out of poverty.
•KOFAEL. This non-profit operates in Haiti, giving women micro-loans to help them start a business and prevent children from unnecessarily entering orphanages due to lack of income in the family.
•Show Hope. This organization both provides medical care to orphans in China and helps funds adoption aid & grants across the globe. With a belief in family preservation and reunification before adoption, due to the large amount of children in orphanages whose families simply can’t afford them, Show Hope stewards their contributions towards doing what is best for the child & family.
•King’s Ransom Foundation. An incredibly well-planned effort in some of the most impoverished places in the world to establish villages, improve the quality of life, and empower families to live sustainably within their community. Every penny goes directly to the actual effort, not administrative costs.
•Fair Trade Gifts. While not a direct monetary donation, it’s a nice way to purchase from international artisans and insure that they are being paid fairly, instead of being taken advantage of, for cheap labor. Look up Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Indigo, or Global Goods Partners to get started. You’ll find everything from home goods, coffee, chocolate, jewelry and beyond.
Good Reads For the person in your life who loves a good book, consider these gift options: •Personal Library Kit. The perfect gift for the friend who has an extensive library and hates losing their books to friends who don’t return, this kit is a great way to make your friend laugh and set them up to start enjoying lending out books again with this fun library retention set.
•A Book Lover’s Journal. This journal is the perfect tool for the die-hard book fan, who wants to keep a record of the books they’ve read, journal their reviews, and much, more more.
•Bookworm Journal. Much like the above-mentioned journal, this is perfect for kids and their parents to enjoy together!
•Snack Kits. Have you ever been invited to a reading party? Something you’re sure to find is some snacks to enhance the experience. Give you gift-loving friend the gift of reading snacks- choose from all natural snack kits, cheese and meat samplers, fruit trays, tea sets, and more.
•Magnolia Story. Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas have been a smashing success from the dynamic duo behind HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Their story of faith is hilarious, heart-warming, and may make you shed a tear or two.
•Farm Anatomy. A super fun guide to all things agriculture for families to look through.
•The Compound Effect. Have an entrepreneur on your gift list? This book from the man at the helm of SUCCESS magazine is an affordable way to help your friend or family member make the most of the coming year, with tried and true success strategies for compounding the results of your efforts.
•How to Win Friends and Influence People. Give the gift of time-honored personal development training.
•StrengthsFinder 2.0. For the person in your life who loves learning more about themselves, this nationally best-selling program gives them access to discovering their top 5 natural strengths.
•The Best Yes. This book comes from the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and is the perfect gift for the woman in your life seeking to grow in making wise decisions about what she puts her hands to.
•Daily Devotional. Want to give a gift that last all year long? Consider these choices from Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, Charles Stanley, A.W. Tozer, Myles Munroe, Beth Moore, and more.
•Sacred Marriage. Perfect for the Christian couples in your life, married and unmarried, the premise of this book is, “what if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?”.
•The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings. Oldies but goodies, these book sets are perfect for the fantasy lover in your life.
Gag Gifts Everyone knows that person who loves to give and receive humorous gifts- and if that’s you (or the person on your list), look no further! We’ve got you covered. •Hangry Kits. That’s right; there is no better way to tell someone that sometimes they can tend to get a bit cranky when they’re hungry than with a fantastic Hangry kit, a box simply filled with plenty of packages for a snack attack. This is ideal for you not-so-health-conscious friend who regularly experiences snacking emergencies.
•Coffee Brewer + Shower Head Combo. It might seem a bit outlandish to spend nearly $7 on a box, but giving your friend or family member a coffee maker-showerhead combo (with your real gift inside this Prank Pack) and seeing all the looks you get is so worth it. Perfect for that person who loves time management or coffee a liiiittle too much.
•An Attachable Arm. iArm, another Prank Pack, gives the phone or tablet lover in your life something that pokes fun at how much they love their technology.
•Bacon Bandages. Know someone who really loves bacon? Get them the bandages to make them feel better all throughout the year.
•Muffin Tops silicone muffin molds. One word: Minions.
•Like and Dislike Stamps. Perfect for your opinionated friends with pent-up energy this election season!
•Unicorn Gold Toilet Spray. This toilet spray is for before-you-squat and great for practical use & giggles. Want to make a DIY version? Try our fabulous recipe here.
•Mermaid Tail Blanket. Oh, it’s a very real trend and some woman in your life would love to have one, too.
•Exploding Kittens. The game that has taken young adults everywhere by storm, this is perfect for the millennial crowd to have some fun staying alive to win it all.
•Pie Face. Another of the year’s most popular games, this game is great for children and adults alike who don’t care about getting their faces dirty.
•Watch Ya’ Mouth. The last of this year’s big hitters, this game is much more sanitary than you might think- it includes 10 mouth retractors (to be washed after each game, of course) and is a sure way to make the entire family roll laughing (be sure to watching the video at this link to fully understand the game).
•Battle of the Sexes. This oldie-but-goodie is great for gatherings, pitting men and women against one another in a game of gender-based common knowledge.
•Pandemic. A fun, yet very challenging cooperative board game.
•Machi Koro. Build your city by collecting cards and rolling dice in this boardless Monopoly-type concept.
•Qwixx. It’s similar to Yahtzee, but with faster game play.
•Ticket to Ride. Highly entertaining and less cut-throat alternative to Risk, your goal is to build your railroad across the country as you follow your mission cards.
•Catan Dice Game. A super light version of the classic strategy game.
•The Game of Life – Electronic Banking. It’s the classic board game – without hundreds of pieces of paper money.
For the Men •Tree Hut Handmade Wooden Watches. This is such a unique and sharp idea, using bands and watch faces made from bamboo.)
•Slow brand Watches. While this is definitely more of a splurge gift, it’s an unusual concept. Slow Watches utilize a 24 hour watch face to aid you in better pacing your day and budgeting your time.
•Watch Case. A true watch lover has more than a couple watches in his collection, and this case is everything you need to take your guy’s watch game to another level.
•Qalo Silicone Wedding Rings. These rings are perfect for the guy who loves to hike, run, or has an intense occupation that could cause damage to his “nice” wedding band. Because they are silicone, they accommodate for fingers swollen from the heat better than traditional rings. These are super affordable, providing him a way to still wear a ring, without risking an expensive replacement.
•Nice Messenger Bag. Perfect for the guy that needs his laptop available on the go, this sleek design is perfect for the student or tech guy looking to look smart and fashionable and upgrade from a backpack.
•Briefcase. The businessman in your life would appreciate this sturdy man bag, which allows plenty of space for paperwork, gadgets, a computer, and more, while providing a look of finesse at a practical price.
•Beard Balm. For that guy who rocks the beard, help him keep it groomed and soft. •Beard Oil. A favorite for all bearded men, help them take care of their hair and skin with some essential oil love. (Use our number, 1602685, in both boxes when you order)
•Nintendo Nes Classic Edition. Provide a little retro fun with this blast from the past!
•XBOX One or Playstation 4. Get the guy in your life the most up-to-date console if he enjoys current games and needs a new system.
•Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones. You saw Michael Phelps with them at the Summer 2016 Olympics. Why? Because over-ear headphones are all the rage right now and Beats can’t be beat! If your guy loves headphones, he probably wants these. If he prefers ones better for being active, try these instead.
•Tile Key Finder. Because no one likes lost keys and it connects to your smartphone.
For the Women •Adult Coloring Books. If the woman you’re shopping for is artistic, she is likely to be all about the adult coloring book craze and would be more than happy to get some more to add to her collection.
•Little House on the Prairie Coloring Book. If she loves coloring and literature, the beautiful and quaint pictures from the well-loved Little House on the Prairie series will be just perfect for her! •Watercolor Pencils. Making water colors cool and easy for adults to use, too!
•Creative Journaling Bible. Let her color and draw in this form of artistic worship in a specially-made Bible, just for this purpose.
•Write the Word Journals. Perfect for those who aren’t artistically bent but love writing, this journal is beautiful and simple.
•A Planner. Set the planner in your life up with something they will absolutely adore all year long!
•Artistic prints. Try one of these or something on Etsy to add some color to the life of the person you’re shopping for.
•New makeup. Check out a list of some favorites here.
•Essential Oils Creme Masque. Give the lady in your life something luxurious for her skin with this fantastic creme masque from Young Living. (Use our number, 1602685, in both boxes when you order)
•Qalo Silicone Wedding Rings. These rings are also great for the athlete, nurse, hairdresser, or stay-at-home-mom-who-washes-dishes-all-day on your list- or anyone else who doesn’t want to risk snagging or dinging their nice ring during their workday.
•Bath Bombs. For any woman interested in relaxing!
•Modern Initial Canvas Tote. These totes are well rated, fabulous, and perfect for the woman who loves a bag in your life.
•Bluetooth Shower Speaker. Because singing in the shower is fun! AND, this is the best way to enjoy a bubble bath with those bath bombs.
•Himalayan Salt Lamp. These are all the rage this year, so be sure to get these for the woman who likes to keep it natural and fresh.
•She Believed She Could So She Did Socks. Perfect for the student, athlete, businesswoman, mom, or just about any woman in your life, these inspirational socks will help the lady you’re buying for feel loved, supported, and believed in. •Hipster Beanie. Help your dearest hipster stay warm this winter with these fabulous beanies.
•Travel Toiletry Hanging Case. Great for the adventurous student, traveling businesswoman, or anyone in your life that stays away from home from time to time, this bag with help her stay put together.
•Fingerless Mittens. These cute and stylish mittens are perfect for staying warm and fashionable.
•Essential Oils Diffuser. A new diffuser is a great gift for any lady- and make sure to get her some oils while you’re at it, too!
For the Kids •Noah: A Wordless Picture Book. A truly stunning visual for the Biblical story of Noah, containing only pictures. What a great way for children to follow along, as parents teach this story to them.
•Melissa and Doug Car Carrier. Many kids love this delightfully simple wooden car carrier!
•Count Your Chickens. This is a great introductory board game for youngsters- and we love the fact that it incorporates cooperative game play.
•Theo. This simple, wonderful Biblical storytelling is great for fascinating your children when they get too old for nap time but still need some rest time.
•Soccer Ball. Soccer is only becoming more popular- get a new ball for the little athlete in your life.
•Hatchimals. If you’re in the know about this year’s biggest toy craze, you know these hatching animal toys are almost completely sold out everywhere, leading to a parental craze of stalking all the nearest stores, awaiting new inventory. Due to that, prices are really high at retailers outside of your Target/Toys R Us/Walmart, but stay tuned for when these toys go back to their normal pricing.
•Art Set. The artistic child in your life would love this 131-piece art set, perfect for the budding artist.
•Melissa & Doug Stamp Set. Help them get creative with stamps!
•Melissa & Doug Beading Set. Get one of these for the young girls in your life.
•Pop-up Princess Castle. Great for napping or playing, this adorable castle is perfect for the little princess in your life.
•Pop-Up Play Tent. Let them play with two play areas and a tunnel! •Walkie Talkies. The intrigue of walkie talkies is still alive for many kids today. Help them explore and imagine with this fun short-range radio.
•Magnet Globe Set. Want to make magnets and globes cool again? Take one look at this, perfect for any child’s room!
•Essential Oils Diffuser. For the oily kids in your life, get them their very own diffuser.
•LED Touch Nightlight. Perfect for kids of any age, this touch nightlight is a great way to add ambiance and a feeling of safety to the room of any kid you know.
•Science Kit. Help the adventurous and intellectual alike learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) principles with this fun kit.
•Race Car Track. Help the real little ones have fun racing with this car track.
•Remote Control Car. Help the older ones race and improve their reaction skills with this gift we all wanted as children.
•LEGO Star Wars Kit. Let them build it with this Star Wars speeder kit.
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Over the past couple of years, we’ve been a part of some fun, themed potluck dinners with a ministry we serve with. As the weeks have gone by, coming up with a solid list of dinner theme ideas can serve to stump some, but I have loved it! If you’re looking to hold a themed potluck-style dinner, look no farther for an extensive list of affordable, simple, fast, & fun ideas. We have you covered!
Let this list get the ideas rolling in your head. Pinterest serves as a great way to provide meal ideas to go along with these themes. There’s no limit to how creative you can be and how much fun you can have with friends and family!
With all the benefits of goal-setting, most people have some appreciation for the value of setting a target in mind to work towards. However, things can get tricky when you start setting goals with other people, especially in the context of a love relationship. Most of the times, people who end up together don’t view the world in the same way or react to things in the same way, despite the common values held that brought them together. After all, opposite attract, right?
My home is a great example of this. I’m the type of person that could literally have a plan and a system for everything, and a course change just means those plans and systems need to be updated! (Yay!) My husband, on the other hand, is more of a free spirit. So, when we got married, we realized we didn’t approach almost any sort of long-term planning in the same manner. That really stumped me (as the one wanting to plan) for awhile, because setting goals and making plans is only truly effective if everyone involved is on board. You know what I mean- have you ever begrudgingly started something, perhaps a diet, to support someone else or to go with the flow? How did that end up? Often, those things we don’t want to do don’t end well.
So, with our planning history and histories in mind, my husband and I decided we needed a system that would work for both of us. What we came up with has been working spectacularly well, and it is due to the way it works for both of our personalities. While quite simple, it has made a huge difference in being able to help us become more deliberate (which satisfies my planning need) while not overwhelming and squashing my husband’s need to plan in small amounts.
These simple steps took us to success! Give these a try and see if you and your special someone can tackle those goals in a way that works for you both:
Set a time aside to deliberately plan. Having a dedicated time set aside for the purpose of creating, evaluating, and reevaluating goals is essential to be successful.
Get the time for planning on the calendar ahead of time. This will give you both time to ponder what you want to talk about so the time is more productive. This is especially important for the spouse or spouses that don’t care for planning.
If planning is distasteful to one or both of you, try to make it different from past planning attempts and add a dose of something fun. I love planning; my husband doesn’t. Because of his poor history with planning, it was especially important for us to do something different than we had before. Besides following these other tips, we also don’t use terminology he didn’t like, such as “meeting”, which made him feel like he was working, and we have coffee and have the option of having a coffee shop date while we are planning.
Make notes, such as a list of bullet points, for what you want to talk about, plus a space for any extra things to talk about, that both spouses can review and prepare with in advance. This might seem like a bit much, but this was absolutely key for our goal setting sessions to go from failures to shining success stories. I prepare the notes, based on what’s going on in our lives, which works great for us, since I’m more given to those kind of tasks. Since we have done this, our planning sessions have been yielding great results and have propelled us toward our goals.
Set a schedule for your planning meetings so both spouses can be on the same page on how far out to plan, as well as to provide time away from planning for those who don’t enjoy planning. I could probably have a planning meeting every other week, but that would be a bit much for my husband. We set aside time for our goal setting together with notes every other month, and this works great to give me a tangible timetable (planner) and my husband time away from planning (free spirit).
Follow this tips and enjoy great success in moving towards your goals alongside your spouse!
A lot of us spend a lot of time focused on getting things done and making sure to check everything off our to-do lists. This is why I love the idea of making leap day a day to do something different! So often there are expectations of us, and the idea of taking leap year’s leap day to stop and do something different just because of those close-to-24-hours we skipped over the past four years is quirky and fun.
You know the story: Every four years, we have 366 days instead of 365 days to make up for the few extra hours a year we don’t recognize. Leap day creates an extra day in February, and in some cultures this is a day for unusual traditions. If you’ve watched the movie Leap Year (so cute, so sweet!), you may already know a bit about one such tradition. Just think- even if you live to be 100, that’s only 25 leap days you will experience, and you’ve probably already lived at least five of those. So, start a new tradition (I love those) this leap year by doing something fun and carefree with your “extra day” of the year.
Have a movie night for your family, or make it a chick flick girls’ night with your friends. Some suggestions- you could watchLeap Year for an ironically funny (and cute) choice, Captain America to get ready for the next movie coming out in just a few months, or Big Hero 6 to have a proper kids’ movie night (which adults will still totally love. We watched this movie in the theater for my husband’s birthday last year. And loved it. True story). Pair with some fun snacks to complete! Pinterest seems to suggest that frog-themed snacks are all the rage for Leap Day, but having an unusual meal you don’t usually take the time to cook or don’t usually have around the house is another fun way to celebrate.
Take the day to complete projects you just never seem to have time for. Some people enjoy celebrating Leap Day by recognizing it as time to “catch up” on that time you’ve “lost” over the past four years. Now, I’m much more prone to recognize something that is going to be a bit of silly fun, but there are definitely some fun projects you could work on for the day, like making that scrapbook, doing that DIY project, or painting that room.
Declare Leap Day a chill day (or chill evening). Don’t plan on anything but not having plans. Relax, read that book you just haven’t had time to read or catch up on some TV shows. Just be sure to rest.
Make a time capsule. If you’re anything like me, scrapbooking and other memory-preserving activities sound awesome, but I struggle to make time to do so. I love the idea of taking the day to look over the past four years by making a time capsule with friends or loved ones, or even as an individual activity, to be opened next Leap Day. It’s doable, it’s fun, it’s unique…what more could you want? (Side note: I made time capsules on the last day of school every year growing up, and I loved it! It is actually a really fun thing to do and look back on.)
Recreate your favorite moments from the last four years with a do-over day. Did you love going to that chocolate factory three years ago? Did you have a blast trying that foreign restaurant for the first time? Loved those photo booth moments from your friend’s wedding? Find some local places where you can do similar things- a gourmet chocolate store, a local foreign restaurant, a photo booth at the mall- and have a fun do-over day, celebrating the fun of the last four years.
Create a Leap Day date itinerary for your significant other, your kids, or your friends. One thing I love about Leap Day is the chance to do something I wouldn’t normally get to do, yet Leap Day is rare enough, it doesn’t feel like overkill or something hard to sustain. Celebrating in style with a “just because it’s Leap Day” date with loved ones puts no boundaries on what you can do, but creates a fun experience you’ll remember for years to come.
Celebrate the last four years at once. If you’re really into fun parties and themes, host a little party of your own, celebrating each of the last four years sequentially. Say it’s a two-hour party? Spend 30 minutes celebrating each year, complete with music, food, and/or memories that remind you of each one.
Go to a trampoline park. Take leaping to a whole new level by bouncing and leaping around- just because it’s Leap Day. This is an especially fun and zany idea for kids- and you can take it the next level by imagining and doing things those ten lords a-leaping would have actually done.
Have you ever celebrated Leap Day or do you have some fun Leap Day ideas to share? Comment below!
This week we bring you a gift guide from the both of us! You’ll find some of our favorite ideas for men, women, & children- perfect for Christmas or anytime of the year. Without further ado, the 2015 Christmas Gift Guide from Canvas & Table:
Planner – Help your man get organized for the new year with this compact and manly planner.
Blender bottle – A blender bottle is a must-need for any fitness enthusiast, making protein shakes and shakes of any kind easy to mix on the go.
Gym bag – Two words: wet pocket. This gym bag is perfect for the man who wants to make regular visits to the gym and may want to use the pool from time to time.
Grooming set – You’ll equip any man in your life to look better by giving him this portable, easily organized set of grooming tools to help him start his day off right.
Toiletry bag – If your man likes to travel or travels often, he will appreciate having a compact way to take all his toiletry equipment along with him.
Keychain toolset – If your man likes to be handy on the go, this all-in-one keychain toolset is a perfect gift for him.
Waterpic electric flosser – For the man who hates flossing, the man who enjoys making sure he always smells good and looks good, or any man that just loves his electric toothbrush, this electric flosser will be a game-changer.
Personal development books – Does your man love inspiration? Get him a book from an author like Jon Acuff, Stephen Covey, or Jim Rohn to sink his teeth into.
Wallet – Help him carry his cash in style with this extra-capacity men’s wallet.
Gloves – Invest in some nice gloves for your gentleman that make him look extra classy while still allowing him to use his devices.
Leather portfolio – Whether your man is a man who frequents meetings at the office or a man who runs his own business from home, gift him this quality leather notepad portfolio to upgrade his business game.
Coffee – If your man just loves his coffee, give him some coffee from Stumptown Roasters for a unique gift that is sure to be a big hit.
Essential Oils – Is your lady interested in Essential Oils? Buy her a Premium Starter Kit and get her a membership (she’ll receive a lovely oils guide from us when you order from the link above), or order her a couple singles by creating a “Retail Customer” account. We recommend Valor, Progessence Plus, Jasmine, or Joy.
Essential Oil-infused products – If your lady already enjoys Essential Oils and you really want to score, go to the link above, create a “Retail Customer” account, and get her one of the lip glosses or the shave oil that she will be sure to love!
Essential Oils bag – Want to find the perfect gift for the lady who already has her oil collection going? Get her an Essential Oils bag to help her tote around her oils in her purse!
Diffuser – If she loves oils, she will love this diffuser (even if she already has a diffuser- you can’t have too many).
Earrings – Get your favorite lady some adorable handcrafted earrings.
Artistic Prints – Beautiful prints are all the rage these days. Impress your woman by gifting her with one of these beautiful prints to frame and put in a place where she will see it often.
A makeup set – Buy her one of these lovely items to impress & delight.
Kate Spade notecards or thank you cards – If you don’t know yet, Kate Spade is a big deal and her stuff is the perfect combination of adorable, modern, and adult. If your woman likes chevron, polka dots, gold, or black & white, she will probably love these notecards.
Car Coffee Cup – If she’s on the go a lot, get her this coffee cup that plugs into the car to keep her coffee warm.
Throw blanket – Get her a throw to drape over the couch or to cuddle up in while she is reading. She will love it forever.
Devotionals- Get her a devotional she will enjoy all year round! Author recommendations: Laurel recommends the She Reads Truth- check out their app or blog! Ashley recommends a daily Joyce Meyer devotional.
Sharpie pens – Buy her some pens she will love. These are a perfect gift to pair with a planner or notecards!
Jewelry making set – Help your daughter learn to create with this fantastic jewelry making set!
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