Holiday Shopping Gift Giving Guide

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I love being organized and even more so this time of year.  I start shopping early for the holidays and I have a list of ideas for each person I shop for, that way if I can’t find what I want, I have options.  The problem about shopping too early, I tend to hide things and forget where I have put them when it comes time to wrap.   I have many years found gifts that I have purchased months after Christmas in their hiding places.  Nostalgia sets in when heading to some of our favorite shopping areas.  Some of my fondest memories of holiday shopping are when we would head to the large Nordstrom mall area {outdoors} here in California and bring the kids.  They were younger then, so if we were shopping for them, they really didn’t pay much attention, they were too busy looking at the large Christmas tree center stage, lit up and decorated so sparkly and shiny or they were running to head to the line to sit on Santa’s lap {we got lucky, the kids liked to do that}, the hot cocoa and whipped cream was always a way to win them over.  The stores so beautiful, the music playing in the air, the actual hustle and bustle of the holiday shoppers dressed in their warm coats, scarves and gloves.  Even the shopping bags were pretty and full of gifts to be wrapped by all.  Hand holding and strolling with my husband, while sipping on our cups of hot warm drinks.  Strolling in and out of stores and just really enjoying the season and the kids, not really worrying about shopping.

Shopping these days consists of turning on a computer or smart tablet and scrolling through websites searching for some of our favorite things.  As much as I love getting bundled up to head out for an afternoon of remembered past, I know that these days it is not quite the same.  Maybe because the kids are older now and honestly, they just don’t have the patience to stroll in and out of stores, they definitely don’t sit on Santa’s lap, and they tend to bicker and gripe about me taking too long looking.  I am so glad to have my memories of season’s past.  Luckily for me, the husband and I take an evening in December to re-invent the holiday shopping night.  This romantic date night is usually done during the week as the weekends are just too nuts.  It starts with a stop at Starbucks {the very few times I visit one} to get a cup of something warm, tall and with an extra shot, served in that super beautiful red holiday cup {that cup, let’s chat}.  Then from there, we spend the next few hours strolling the stores while checking out list, negotiating with one another what “we” want or need for Christmas, getting separated as I lose him in the electronics department an I end up in any department with running gear, jeans and t’s, candles, cozy gear, board games, bedding or bath.  I am like a rat in a maze, I can’t stay in one place {it could be the extra “shot” in that coffee}.

Do you shop early for the holidays?
Have you found gifts hidden away after the holidays have passed?
On-line shopping or heading out to the stores? 
What is with the Starbucks holiday cup this season … does it really matter?

Check out some of these great gift giving ideas for the holidays.  Great for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, neighbors, teachers, office party or even for yourself.   I love candles and have a thing for coffee mugs.  Journals make great gift ideas. 

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  1. I was wondering where you’ve been haven’t seen a post from you in a while! I love holiday shopping and Nordstrom is one of my go to spots. I am not a black Friday shopper but rather like to do it on my computer or get it done early.
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  2. Due to finances I’m a last minute shopper. Yes, I’ve been to Walmart on Christmas Eve at closing time. We do a mix of online and in store, depending upon the items we’re looking for. This year I don’t know what to do as my son hasn’t come up with his wishlist.
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  3. Cassie if you need some great affordable gifts, I placed some on the guide. Budget friendly is my favorite way to shop 🙂 Our kids have their lists ready and make them colorful like an art project LOL
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  4. I love all those idea.. I have a mug obsession!
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  5. This is such a great and informative post! Love it 🙂


    Christine + Alyssa

  6. Those candles are so cute!

    Molly and Stacie
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  7. You know one of my favorite things is to go walk around through the department stores and malls just to not necessarily shop, but look at all the beautiful Christmas decor. But I also enjoy doing a little online shopping too!
    I always start the season with the best intentions of getting all my cards sent out on Dec 1st, all my shopping done the first week…. But I am famous for procrastination and the “maybe tomorrow” turns into last minute shopping and then hoping my cards get to people by Christmas Eve, LOL Yeah, I gotta work on it!
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  8. If I can get my act together and shop early enough, I love to get customized gifts. I’m a sucker for personalized paper products. If I am behind the curve, I hit the stores. It really just depends on the year! Hoping to be a bit more proactive this year 🙂
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  9. I love all the candles and mugs!

    xoxo, Jenny
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  10. I also miss the days of Christmas seasons past…when the kids (now 21,18 & 16) were little and loved seeing Santa, and actually wanted real gifts (now they just want gift cards). I still try to find each one a few small surprises & stocking-stuffers, but it’s definitely not the same ;-( I do (secretly) like the Black Friday fanfare…though, it’s usually for great bargains in general, and not so much for gifts.
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  11. I love all the things you picked out. Since I live abroad, I try to do my shopping either online or while traveling. I will buy a few things online and a few when I arrive, but the majority of it is done. My Mom frequently finds stuff after Christmas. Last year, she remembered hours later from opening presents that she had a ton of things for my oldest niece!
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  12. Love candles for the holidays! But not many people I know actually use them. Your holiday shopping memories sound so sweet! I don’t really have holiday traditions or shopping. I usually just end up at different stores at different times. But I have been to outdoor shopping centers near Christmas time and I really do find the outdoor Christmas decorated theme to be far more appealing than an indoor mall. Something about the Christmas lights against the night sky versus a tall ceiling is very much something I find beautiful!

  13. Oh, my mother is a master of buying gifts early and hiding them. It already happened that she gave me Christmas gifts on Easter when she was cleaning up 🙂
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  14. Sarah Twain says:

    Lots of great ideas here- you are making the Christmas shopping a little less overwhelming x

  15. That “I can’t even” mug is perfect!! I totally need one for myself, haha.
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