Your Holiday Gift Needs Answered!

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Your Holiday Gift Guide Needs Answered!

Friends!  You asked and I’ve answered! It was so fun to read your holiday gift needs.  I assembled a very simple list to answer your needs.  Let’s go!!

Husbands

A common theme most of you need is a gift idea for your husbands.  Believe it or not, this one is pretty easy.  My most important piece of advice is to not overthink it.  Most men are big kids, right? So my suggestion to you is to nonchalantly ask your husband about his favorite childhood toy. Next, get on eBay and try to find it for him.  eBay has everything, and you will be sure to find your husband his favorite gift.  Christmas is magical; it’s not practical.  So go for it! Let your husband feel like a kid again!

I asked my husband about his favorite childhood toy and his answer was “slot cars.” I didn’t have to look on eBay.  It was so easy to find a brand new set!

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Parents and In-Laws

Several of you mentioned that you give gift cards to your parents and in-laws.  I’m going to hold you to the same gift this year but add a creative twist to the idea.  First, come up with your budget. To  make it easy, let’s say your budget is $125 per person, so for your parents, that would be a total of $250.  During the holidays, several restaurants have gift card specials where if you purchase $100 in gift cards, you receive an additional $25 gift card for free.  Instead of purchasing one $125 gift card, purchase five $25 gift cards at two of their favorite restaurants.  When you add on the two free $25 gift cards, you will have a total of twelve gift cards to two restaurants for a grand total of twelve cards and a total of $300.00 in gift cards (but remember you only spent $250.)

The above monetary denominations is just an example.  The goal is to purchase a total of twelve gift cards.  Let me show you why.  You’ll need to purchase the following items in addition to the gift cards:

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I bought the above journals and mini envelopes at Michael’s.

Here is what you need to do:

  1.  Label twelve pages with the months of the year
  2.  Adhere a tiny envelope to each month’s page
  3. Insert a gift card into each envelope
  4. That’s it!

holiday gift needs

holiday gift needs

Now your parents/in-laws have a gift card to use once-a-month for the entire year!  This is so much more fun than just giving one gift card.  Spread the cheer throughout the year!!

Teens and Family Gifts

A few of you asked about group gifts for kids and of course you asked about ideas for the teens in your life.  First, who doesn’t love Harry Potter, right?  You MUST check out this fabulous collection of every Harry Potter book in brilliant hardcover editions, boxed in a collectible cardboard trunk. This is a gift that will be treasured for a very long time.

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For teen boys, the answer is simple:  an iTunes gift cards.  This is a great deal because you get four $25 gift cards for less than the $100 value. Just make sure to use fun packaging!

 

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holiday gift needs

cute gift card holders from tjmaxx

holiday gift needs

cute gift card holders from tjmaxx

Teen Girls

I always need to have a theme for Christmas.  Several years ago, our girls received money from their Oma in Canada that we used to purchase their first iPhones. I really struggled that year to come up with a theme, but when I finally did, I hit it out of the park!  Since we purchased their phones from the AT&T store in the mall, I came up with the idea to make their Christmas a “Tour of The Gardens Mall.” I went into each of their favorite stores in the mall and purchased one thing.  In the higher end stores, I bought the least expensive items, like key chains from Kate Spade and flip-flops from Tory Burch. I wrapped each gift in the store’s bag instead of with Christmas paper, so when they came out of their rooms on Christmas morning, they saw nothing but mall bags under the tree. They opened each gift and then hidden under the tree in the back were their iPhones.  It was the most creative and exciting Christmas for our girls!

You can do the same thing! After you decide what their big present is going to be, like a huge makeup gift set from Sephora, or perhaps even a new iPhone, just go to all of their favorite stores and purchase gift cards or some of their favorite items.  For example, you could purchase them a pair of earrings from MadeWell and include the earrings in a small MadeWell bag with a gift card.  I’m sure you get the idea!

Hostess, Teacher, and Friend Gift Ideas

subscription greeting card box

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How could I compile a Gift Guide and not include some shameless self-promotion?!  One of the best gift ideas for hostesses, teachers, and friends is a single box or a subscription to eWillow.com Greeting Cards. It’s a very popular gift idea and the card collections sell out quickly every holiday season. Currently, there are two promotions the expire at the end of the year:

Offer One:

  • Order our quarterly card package subscription for $59 and receive $6 off.  That’s only $53 for a total of 40 cards over 4 shipments.
  • No limit
  • Free shipping (USA only)
  • Enter shipping addresses in special instructions area on checkout page
  • Ship to your home or to the recipient’s address
  • Card will ship to arrive the week of December 19th
  • Enter coupon code XMSAVE6 at checkout

Offer Two:

  • Order a one-time greeting card box for $24.95 and pay only $20.00
  • No limit
  • Free shipping (USA only)
  • Enter shipping addresses in special instructions area on checkout page
  • Ship to your home or to the recipient’s address
  • Cards will ship to arrive the week of December 19th
  • Enter coupon code XM2017  at checkout

Have fun shopping! Be sure to leave a comment so I know what you ended up giving your husbands, parents, in-laws, and teens!  I want to know if you used any of these ideas and if the results were a hit!!!

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