you may have noticed that i'm not getting my blog posted as early as i used to. i don't really know what my deal is. today it could be because i have an almost 4 month old baby boy here. we're spending lots of time snuggling. he is such a sweet good natured baby. full of smiles too-
he's a pretty cute santa baby.
so i've shared lots of Christmas lists with ideas, thoughts, favorites....and i've already focused a bit on gift giving, but i still had some tangible gift ideas and actual products that i love, that i wanted to share, in addition to the ones previously listed.
the *b* list of favorite Christmas gifts:
1. books not just any book. i typically don't buy novels as gifts, with the exception of classics or when i know that it's a favorite author of the recipient. i like to give more reference type books as gifts- books that they will refer back to again and again. here are books that i would definitely love to give or receive (if i didn't already own them):
the one year Bible i've mentioned this Bible many times in past posts. i love it. i read it every day. and it's super affordable.
live your best life now by joel osteen i bought 6 copies of this book a few years ago, and gave it to friends on their birthdays throughout that calendar year. i love his stuff. very uplifting and practical.
here are some classics that i love to give-
little house series by laura ingalls wilder
any jane austin book
cookbooks - my faves are any jr league collections, martha stewart, and of course, my classic 30 year old betty crocker cookbook (which i know many of the pages of favorite recipes by heart....you would think i might just memorize the recipes rather than page numbers!) OR you could compile all of your family and friends favorite recipes and have a custom cookbook to give.
i think a book that you love, is a great gift to give to any loved one.
2. a giving gift. i think sponsoring a child through compassion international would be an awesome gift to give someone who you don't know what you give. or if you know the person you are buying for has a favorite cause, donate in their name.
3. for someone on a fixed income or who lives in a small apartment with no room for extras. i love whole foods and they offer home service and delivery if you have a loved one who lives in another location.
4. wood wick candles i heard about them at the Christmas tree decorating class and thought i would like them. so one day when jennifer and i were out for lunch, we stopped by "in bloom" and i was telling her about them. she ended up buying one for me for my birthday, along with one for herself. they are awesome! i went back and bought one for donna and jamie as a housewarming gift. and then i got a ww diffuser for my birthday from kathy and kandy and it's awesome too!
5. for children. i love to find a classic sort of toy or collection to start them on when they're young and then just add to it every year. as i wrote in a post a while ago, we bought all 3 of the youngest granddaughter's bitty babies last year, and this year we're adding to their collection with an accessory or two. i love to give the boys legos-you can't get much more classic than that.
6. custom gifts. i love the idea of giving photos and there are so many different ways to customize photo gifts. check this out, and you know i love canvases. if you are the photographer in the family, maybe you could just print out all the photos you've taken of loved ones and put them in an album and wrap that up. in the age of digital photography, a lot of times we don't even print half the photos we take.
7. give an heirloom. for several years before my gram died, she gifted us things that were precious to her for Christmas and our birthdays. those precious things are among my most treasured earthly possessions. and i love that she got to see how much i loved receiving them. i plan to do the same, Lord willing.
8. give art. i've shared many, many favorite artists with you. but it really is simple to find art that you love. with all the opportunities artists have to share their artwork online, it really is a different world now.
9. collections. sort of riding the coattails of my ideas for children. i think it's lovely when you can add to a loved one's collection. my mom collected spode Christmas dishes for years...until she ran out of room for any more! always an easy way for family and friends to know that they are giving something that a person truly loves.
10. the gift of time/learning/experience. some of my favorite gifts to give are classes (such as cooking), concert or event tickets....and i just had the thought that a zoo pass would be a great idea! we have a wonderful zoo in omaha.
so, now i've shared every gift idea and philosophy i have in my entire head! i really do hope that it isn't too redundant! it's been fun sharing. and i do intend to have all of my blog entries printed some day for my grandchildren and children to have when i'm long gone!
i still have wrapping paper and gifts strewn all over the family room and we're having a party here in 2 days! i need to wrap a ton of gifts today, and i still want to make a Christmas decoration thats been burning in my head for weeks! plus there's a lot of food to make and the house to clean! yikes! i do love the hustle/bustle. i wouldn't want to give it up for anything. i hope you are enjoying the process. and not overwhelmed to the point that it's not enjoyable. take care of you. otherwise you'll resent the whole season. and focus on the depth of the real meaning of Christmas.
God bless you!