Jeanette and I thought we’d try to remember those who are easily forgotten because … sometimes we forget about them. A small gesture goes a long way. Jeanette has Unique Client Gifts … helpful because one year, I forgot to gift my clients during the holidays so I had to do the late thing which is not very impressive.
If this list of the forgottens is too long, maybe this is a good list to DIY with your kids?! Everyone loves this granola recipe from Nigella Lawson. I’ve gifted it year round to teachers who love it!
For Day 8 of our 12 Days of Shopping, Jeanette and I thought we’d explore gifts for both sides of the brain for kids and adults. I have a selection of STEAM toys. STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art an Math. I think the math belongs with its more popular cousin, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), because creativity is the root of all problem solving!
I also have two gift guides that fit the bill: Science and Math Toys and Gifts for Arty Kids. I’m pulling out tried and true toys that we’ve really enjoyed for Right Brain/Left Brain toys for kids and adults! Read more…
For day 7 of our 12 Days of Shopping series, Jeanette and I are getting sneaky.
Day 7 Gifts to Steal From Loved Ones
- Self-serving gifts (things to give to your husband and kids that you really want)
- Disappearing gifts (gifts that you receive but everyone else takes)
Clothes are fair game in our house to steal. There’s already the general confusion as to who owns what now that the girls are close in size to me. But there is something about men’s wear that appeals to us; it’s oversized and cozy. So beware, these are gifts that are going to be swiped.
Johnnie O’s Quarter Zip Sweatshirt, $115
Made of 100% Pima interlock cotton, it’s soft and warm.
Has anyone ever complained about those holiday decorations outside your home? Really?! No one? You are missing out on an important rite of passage. Jeanette and I are going to ensure that you get those public letters to the editor complaining about your tacky religious celebration and you’ll be the talk of your company party in these memorable ugly holiday sweaters. Don’t miss out. It’s the holiday season. Time to break out the tacky!
Day 6 Oops, I Did It Again
- Tackiest holiday gifts and accessories
- Ugly Holiday Sweaters and Other Terrible Gifts
Let’s start with some Ugly Sweaters!
This is from The Frisky. I’m not sure you can buy it but if you are crafty, you can make it yourself. It just needs a little glue gun action!
Jeanette and I thought we’d search for gifts today that open young minds; gifts for kids who hate art, and books for kids who don’t like to read.
What gifts have you had success in introducing your kids to something mind-expanding that they have resisted?
p.s. More Art Gift Ideas for Kids here:
Art Activity Books
45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my daughter
10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids
Our Art Gift Kits for Arty Kids
Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading
Wreck This Journal, $9, to bring out the inner artist in any child!
Here’s a completed Wreck This Journal to see the possibilities!
Today, Jeanette and I are focusing Day 4 on Difficult to Shop for Gifts including your spoiled pet and those who have everything yet you must procure a gift during the holiday season. This includes husbands, wives, father-in-laws and mother-in-laws.
This is a tough category for me. I’ve started using The Gift Huntress for help because I’m running out of ideas for my difficult-to-shop-for list but I hope my old ideas will work for you!
My husband would also like a 1970 Porche 911 like Jeanette’s or a $5000 watch, but then he just recently sent me this video of a car that flies that he fell in love with. So that’s on the list too. The FANTASY list that is!
How about you? What is your best idea for difficult to shop for people? Please share!!!
For Day 3 of the 12 Days of Shopping, Jeanette and I wanted to break down gender stereotypes with gender bending gifts for kids. We want to celebrate mighty girls AND sensitive boys; crafts for boys and science kits for girls; and imaginary play can go beyond tiaras and tutus!
How about you? What are your favorite gender bending gifts for kids?
Tools and Ovens for Boys and Girls
10 Piece Tool Set from Red Toolbox, $43
Combine this set of REAL woodworking tools with a book and a trip to the local hardware store! My girls and my son took woodworking classes at summer day camp and in middle school. It’s a great life skill and a lot of fun too!
If you are not handy (like me), you can take it slowly, step by step, and learn together!
The Kids’ Building Workshop: 15 Woodworking Projects for Kids and Parents to Build Together by Craig Robertson and Barbara Robertson, $10