Tick tock, tick tock. If your gifts need to ship out, it’s time to lock in those purchases! True to Business of Motherhood style, here are some quick tips and links to top sellers.
First, here are some creative gift ideas that will extend the joy:
1 – Encourage the gift of giving. Have your kids clean out the playroom and box up toys they’re either outgrowing or are willing to share with someone less fortunate.
2 – Magazine subscriptions. You can give a year of fun to someone in their specific interest area. Pick up a copy of the magazine at the grocery or book store; send in the subscription card yourself; and wrap the magazine with something related (for example, some tools if it’s hardware-related; a portable USB flash drive with a computer magazine; some kitchen utensils with a cooking magazine.
3 – Draw names – Gift giving can get really excessive. Draw names; set a spending limit; and have each person purchase for their “Secret Person.” Use the extra time to add a family activity to the night (charades, roast s’mores, board games, etc.).
4 – Give the gift of an experience, rather than a thing – a certificate for a special dinner out; a day trip; an overnight at a hotel. Unwrap something greater than a gadget!
5 – Check out my dozen creative tips for the holidays – everything from gifts to finance, eating, and stress.
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I pulled together the top sellers in several categories I thought fellow parents might find useful – completing this “to do” list is truly a click away: