Busy Christmas Shopping

Hello! It’s been over a week since I’ve posted and I’m glad to have a couple of you check in to make sure everything was ok! I’m flattered!!!!!!!

It is a crazy time right now as I’m sure it is with a lot of you out there! My husband and I have been finishing our Christmas shopping for daycare teachers and extended family. I’ve been spending lunch hours addressing Christmas cards that were late getting to us and evenings baking goodies for co-workers and neighbors. I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted and ready for the holiday break!! Thankfully I start my vacation today so I can have a breather!!

So, I’m not sure what to share with you first – goodies or gifts? I guess since I’m still finishing up a few goodies I’ll share gifts!!

I do most of my shopping online, but I had no clue what to get a couple of people on our (my husband’s) list. I took a day off work expecting to finish up my last minute gift shopping and hopefully avoid the weekend crowds but boy was I wrong!!! School was out and the mall was packed! Unfortunately this was the only time I had so I had to suck it up and get it done. Parking was a nightmare and the lines were ridiculously long but I was without kids so it was still a little bit of a treat.

I always wonder what other people buy teachers, grandparents and others so I thought I’d share and in hopes to draw some ideas out of you guys?!?

My favorite of the gifts I picked up during my shopping spree was for my husband’s grandmother. I picked out a few items that I’m only hoping she loves as much as I do!! My husband was indifferent about these so I needed to share them with other girls!

His grandmother is an amazing cook! I could only dream to have her talent! So this year I thought I’d use that as my theme. I purchased an elaborate dishtowel, this adorable measuring cup set and recipe cards from Anthropologie (in hopes she will pass on some of those delicious secrets – hint hint).

I found so many cute things on sale that I couldn’t resist purchasing these colorful spice jars ($2 each!!!), this old school kitchen timer (approx. $5) and this helpful grocery list pad for me. We’ll just call these my stocking stuffers.

For those who participated in the Lipgloss Giveaway a couple of months ago, you know I’m a MAC Lipgloss fan! Well, I couldn’t pass up this Christmas bulb of assorted MAC lipgloss. They are a gift for someone who shall remain nameless but I picked a set up for me as well.

Check out the blurred background!! Still practicing what I learned in our photography class! Pardon the glare, it’s from these ornaments on the chandelier.

For the teachers: With the regular teachers, the floaters, the directors at daycare, Jacob’s school teachers, administrative staff principals, bus drivers and afterschool, the amount of people to consider gets a little out of control! So I tried my best to keep it simple but it added up quickly. I got most of this at TJMaxx so I paid discounted prices which I feel allowed me to get better gifts.

Lily’s teachers are receiving this cute scented dove with an Olive Garden gift card. I recently learned that you can use an Olive Garden gift card at any of the Darden Restaurants which includes Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse and Capital Grille so I like that they have options.

For the teachers that impact Lily but are directly responsible for her, they are receiving a candle, picture frame or Harry and David chocolates – each averaging between $5-$7 a gift.

So what do think? Are these ok gifts? I know it’s the thought that counts but I want to give gifts that people would enjoy or use. What did you give teachers, co-workers or neighbors?

Now to close with my favorite!! My husband surprised me this morning with an early gift from Tiffany!! He said it wasn’t a Christmas gift but something he got me just because – how sweet is that?!?!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!!

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2 comments

  1. Sue says:

    Hi there….Welcome Back…yes I was one of those who was getting worried. I like all your choices. You did great with your shopping and cost. I am finally glad to know the name of your dog!!! Please include her in future photos…thanks!! What is the “just because gift”? So sweet of him….he is a keeper!! I have a significant HB on Christmas Eve (but guess they all are)..Merry Christmas…hugs..Sue

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