It is not beauty that endears, it’s love that makes us see beauty. (5)

5 Things To Have On Hand This Holiday Season

It never fails, we are enjoying summer, school starts, and then BAM! The holiday season is upon us! This means the gifting season has begun. Teachers, neighbors, friends, party hostess gifts, and more. My list of the 5 things to have on hand this holiday season will help you survive that last minute “oh, crap!” sensation that will almost always happen.

#1. A Bottle of Wine

always-have-a-bottle-of-wine-on-hand-2This is a great gift for the holiday parties that will be happening. I realize that not everyone is a wine drinker; however, there are many people that are. I suggest one that is not terribly expensive, as you may want to keep a couple on hand. These are gifts that can easily be consumed at the party so that if the person who is hosting doesn’t like wine, they can just as easily open it for the guests to enjoy.

#2. Gift Bags  & Tissue Paper
Having a few gift bags and tissue paper you picked up from the dollar store, or even ones that you purchased after the holidays last year on clearance, will save you time and money for last minute gifts. There is no reason to fuss over wrapping, and most people are either really good at it or suck. There is no shame in dropping a gift in a bag. Just make sure you add the tissue paper so that it doesn’t look like you really just dropped it in the bag.

#3. Coffee Gift Cards 
Most people I know are living life one cup of coffee at a time. No matter where you are there is most likely a Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or a local coffee shop that people frequent. Stop by and grab either a few $5 cards or $10 cards. I sometimes even ask if I can get a couple of the cups to put them in (the small ones so it looks cute) when I give them out. It looks just a little fancier than the cardboard envelope they give you. Plus when they pull it out of the gift bag. Try it and I know you will be hooked. These are great for those gifts of people you know you should gift too, but don’t want to spend a fortune one, and it still looks like you put in the effort with the cup!

#4. Gift Mugs
Almost every holiday store has a holiday mug you can pick up. Something festive and possibly with a cute saying on it as well. Grab 5 of them, grab some holiday chocolate, and then put it in some clear wrap.  Done. These are great for teachers of any kind, admin assistants, and those that help you with tasks throughout. I usually grab about 5-6 of these and make them all up in about 15 minutes. Then you are always ready when you need them instead of trying to remember to get back in touch with that person to give it to them. You may even opt to not get a holiday mug, this way they can use it after the holiday season has passed.

#5 Your Favorite Book
always-have-a-bottle-of-wine-on-hand-3It doesn’t matter if it is a personal development, cookbook, or fiction book. Grab a couple of them and pass them out! People need to slow down and read every once in a while. Why not help them out by providing them a great read? This type of gift is very personal and will let the person you gift it to know that you thought enough of them to grab them a copy as well. Again, I typically grab 4-5 of these off of Amazon so that I can get a great deal.

These are my go-to gift ideas and items that I typically have in the house at all times starting at the beginning of November. I hate forgetting people, and I do not like to feel last minute, even when my notice for the event was last-minute. Every person who helps you out in life deserves to be thought about. If budget is tight, don’t forget that the discount stores also carry many of these items for under $5 each. A hand written note also goes a long way.

What are your holiday gift items that you always keep on hand?

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List 3.20.16

My in-laws just left and I hate that it will be a while until I see them again.

Our internet is awful here. Just say “no” to satellite internet.

My email has so much stinking junk mail. I think I click “unsubscribe” more often than anything.

I had a really great weekend around the house.

Easter is next weekend – crap!

I get to see my niece next weekend and I am super excited.

There are times I feel like I have no clue what I did today, but I know I did something. I have to have done something, right?

My blogging calendar for next month is all done. Who wants to actually right all the content now?

I like taking pictures. I think I need to do more of that.

I want to find a few more virtual runs to complete.

I have all but 1 goal written for next month. I have a weird need to have 5 goals. No more, no less.

I think list posts are my favorite kinds to write.

The following week my kids will be on spring break and I think we are all ready to be not going to school, but doing something fun.

I think that after a year I am starting to figure out this work from home/mom from home thing. I *think*.

 

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A List

A list for you today.

It is the last week of school. Most kids are not even going. My kids however are going until a birthday book shows up. Hopefully that day is today because I am tired of fighting with them in the mornings!

I keep making plans for how I think the summer will go, but I have this feeling I am doing all of this planning for nothing really.

There are times I feel like Starbucks isn’t close enough. Oh wait, it isn’t.

I I wish some people lived a whole lot closer.

I have times where I wish I had next to no “things” but that turns into times where I wish I had more of something. I keep telling myself less stuff means less laundry, dusting, etc. but it doesn’t really end up changing regardless. I still want less and more.

I would really like to just sit down and read a book without interruption of someone wanting something. That means I need to find a good book worth reading. The latter part is harder that is seems, I assure you.

I do love my children – I do! I am enjoying this time at home with Bailey as it makes me somewhat more patient, and I get to spend the good times with her. Oh, and the bad times. Ha!

I struggle some days with wanting to do anything. That was my issue with yesterday. I think it was just because it was so dang hot.

I have been irritated and I wish the feeling would leave.

I cleaned my Keurig but it is still acting stupid. Unreal since I got it at Christmas.  It works perfectly fine, it just takes too long in my opinion to brew a 10 ounce cup of coffee.

That is all for my list today. Short and sweet. Random at best.

 

 

 

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