Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thriving Gift Guide Part 1 - Kids

With the holidays literally just weeks away, I really need to get on the shopping train and get crafting!  My family is always hard to shop for as they really don't want anything.  While I am sure they would love (as would I) a nice little home made craft or coupon book (yes, I did those a lot growing up), I feel sorta bad doing that now.  I mean I am employed and can really buy things now, so shouldn't I?

First things first, I needed to get an organized list going of who I needed to shop for.  I like to get the kids done first before hitting the top level family members and in-laws.  Once I had my list together, I started to brainstorm on what I wanted to give and then hit the ground running with plastic in hand.

While at Costco picking up some juicing supplies last weekend, I decided to pick up some children's books as well since that is what I like to give our nephews each year.


While picking out some great reads, I also found a complete fire truck set.  Obviously since their Uncle is a fire fighter, I haaad to get it, duh.  Best part about it? The toy not only speaks in English, but SPANISH too!  I try to speak to them in as much Spanish as possible (please say with an accent), it flew to the top of the must purchase list.  Whew, two down and lots more to go!


For my tweenage cousins, I decided to do cute manicure sets I found on Pinterest.  I decided to do a run through prior to Christmas to make sure I liked how they turned out.  I scored my mini mason jars at the Dollar Tree (big surprise, I know), bought some mani tools from Target and found great colors of OPI nail polish at Nordstrom Rack. I placed the items inside, added a little holiday sparkle to make it pop and was ready to "wrap".  I added some ribbon and a personalized note for practice. The total cost of this little set worked out to about $15.  For the real deal, I will put their names on the jars and throw in a little cashola too.


My little cousin R, loves money, so I made him a $10 gift card tree to work out to the same amount as his sisters... "what I do for one I do for the other" (famous quote from my MIL).


With the kids out of the way, now I needed to focus on what to do about the adults.  Back to Pinterest we go!




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6 comments:

  1. I love the mini-mason jars! Which dollar store did you find that at? They are so cute! I drool with mason jars and have an entire Pinterest page devoted to them. Love this!

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    1. I too share a SERIOUS love of all things mason. I even saved masons for 18 months to incorporate to my wedding! I got them at the Dollar Tree in Fountain Valley next to the Costco and bought a TON. If I don't recycle them and am in need of some "freshies" I will go to ACE and buy a case of them. They usually come out to being less than $1 each, score!

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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  2. Love these ideas how adorable! I have about three presents left to get. Was hoping to be done already. Oh well:)
    Kelly

    www.austenhill.com

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    1. Thank you Kelly!

      I too have some last minute gifts that snuck through the cracks, drat! But all I can do is plan to knock it out asap and REALLY be done!

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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  3. Great ideas and love your blog! I am done with shopping thankfully but am doing some crafting and baking this week... So I will still be grocery and supply shopping!

    xx kelly

    www.momwifebosslife.blogspot.com

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    1. Kelly,

      Thank you so much! I think once the shopping is out of the way the baking and crafting are sort of therapeutic. Well, I guess that is only true for me if I am alone, in a clean house, watching my shows and having a nice glass of wine. Geez, that sounds like a great night actually! Best of luck on your last holiday projects and thank you for stopping by!

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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