Our big plan this year was to do a handmade Christmas - only gifts that we made ourselves or purchased from artists on Etsy or the like.
But then I got pregnant. And making all the things either in the last trimester of pregnancy or while dealing with a newborn? Not happening. So that's postponed (although the kids ARE each getting a print from Flor Larios, so we're doing our part a *little* bit!) until next year... But what ARE we giving everyone?
Nothing. Jesus is the greatest gift!
No, sorry, I'm just kidding. I mean, Jesus is awesome and obviously the reason we're celebrating. We'll probably save a lot of this for Epiphany, but we DO do Christmas presents. Honestly, a lot of this is stuff we would have gotten for the kids *anyway* but now we have a reason to give it to them. Need ideas? Look no further:
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Gift cards! Bonus if they're to places where she can ONLY shop for herself, and won't be tempted to buy stuff for the kids instead (you know you've done it...), like the ones below:
Le Tote - Like Netflix for clothes! A great way for a mom transitioning in sizes to try stuff on without the obligation to buy, but she CAN buy if she loves it! I'm hoping to try it out and post a review for you in the coming months!
ThredUP (Here's $20 off your purchase of $75 or more for ALL customers, not just new ones!) - They sell children's clothes too but the prices are better for women's stuff
Twice ($10 off your first purchase!) - ONLY women's clothing! And they just added shoes and handbags, too!
(You know I love them both! Here's my review of them, in case you haven't read it already!)
Well, I finally ordered a pair of boots and am really looking forward to wearing them to death!
And mostly I just want things for the kitchen... I'd love this handy little gadget
that Emily recommended - we use a LOT of garlic around here! And it would be awesome to have a second apron - mine is always getting way too dirty before I bother washing it, and it'd be convenient to have a spare. My go-to pan has been in baaaaad shape and I think it's time to retire it, but a new stir-fry pan
would be the perfect replacement!
I don't use a planner, but maybe it's time to start? And I definitely think Kelly's looks awesome! Although I have a feeling John Paul would hijack it... What do you think, Kelly? Suitable for the 5-year-old crowd AND the 28-year-old crowd?
I've had this soccer goal
on my wishlist for a while, and it's cheaper right now that I've ever seen it so I think I may go ahead and get it as a joint present for Andrew and John Paul
It's been ages since we last played a video game together but I kind of miss it!
But I'm kind of at a loss beyond that - what would YOU get the man who has everything and really really doesn't want more stuff cluttering up the place?
For the easy-to-please nerdy 5-year-old boy:
I picked up this construction set
at a consignment sale in September and am really hoping it keeps him busy! He's the type to take EVERYTHING apart and try to put it back together, so having something actually geared towards that as the goal is probably a good idea!
I also got a great deal on this magnet lab kit, since he's been reading a lot about magnets and trying to set up his own experiments with the ones we have... But all we really have are letter magnets, so this should be a lot more satisfying AND double as homeschooling!
for his birthday and spent DAYS digging the pieces out and putting them together - it was amazing! Definitely a great gift for a 5-year-old, and a great way to keep a kid busy.
For the 3-year-old girl who thinks she's 30:
Cecilia has been bitten by the American Girl bug. Specifically, she's DYING for a Bitty Baby and considering her birthday is in January, I think it's a reasonable joint present. She spends all day every day playing baby dolls, and DESPERATELY wants a more realistic doll than her beloved Baby Stella
(who has really served her well for the past 3 years!).
I got her this dress-up doll set at a consignment sale last spring, and she'll be getting a couple of books as well. Her birthday's at the end of January so I don't want to get her much because she'll be overloaded!
Oh, but I did promise to make her a purple cape. Want to know how I do that? Buy a yard of fleece. Cut it in the shape of a cape. Tie it. BAM!
For the 2-year-old crowd:
Mary Claire and Elizabeth just had their birthday and each got their own baby doll (this one
and this one, so everybody matches!), so they're kind of set, plus they still don't get the whole present thing anyway, which I'm taking advantage of! But they need *something* so I got a couple more Water Wow books for them because they ADORE those things and I know they hold up really well.
We also got this Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set for my 2-year-old niece - it's been a favorite over here for a couple years, and is always a hit with the play date crowds!
I'm keeping my eyes open for good used books too - they're HUGE fans of anything Jan Brett, and Berlioz the Bear
is their current favorite from the library. We need to purge our home library and replace a lot of damaged (and terrible) books with GOOD books, and this is definitely the place to start!
For the newborn:
Well, I know my mom is making matching hats for him and John Paul (Size up! Enormous noggins on both these kids!). Does that count?
We've got more toys and books than we need - what would YOU get a newborn who already has 4 siblings close in age, and thus has all their hand-me-downs?
Maybe rompers? He has like, 3 things that fit and are seasonally appropriate, and I do love me some Hanna Andersson...
Or one of these adorable hooded numbers from Carter's? In reality, we have very few pairs of footie pajamas and might grab a couple pairs of zippered jammies to carry us through until he's big enough for John Paul's old winter stuff.
What do you think? Can we do a handmade Christmas *next* year? How do you keep yourself from going overboard with presents? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Linking up with the lovely new hostess of Seven Quick Takes, Kelly of This Ain't the Lyceum!