Who else is swinging wildly between celebrating and mourning this holiday season?
What a wild ride 2020 has been! We’re not going to be seeing family as much as we’d like/at all this season. Instead, we’ll be spending quite a bit of time at home.
My favorite activities with Andy include watching her ride fearlessly through our neighborhood on her bike…and COLORING! During the latter I spend most of the time yelling “Stop eating your crayons!” while feeling deep shame for ever judging any company for printing “non-toxic” on their packaging (On behalf of all toddler parents, WE THANK YOU for your invaluable foresight).
For those of you looking for indoor activities for little ones, this one’s for you! I’ve thrown together this coloring sheet (hope you like cats) as a FREE download for the holidays. Print it, color it, and mail it to your loved ones!
But don’t count on it getting there by Christmas…
But who cares! Happy mail is always fun to receive even if it’s after the holiday you intended it for.
A few years ago our family moved to doing a White Elephant style gift exchange rather than buying individual gifts for everyone. It’s been such a fun event each year! Not to mention it’s quite practical as our family has grown (never underestimate the mental load of finding gifts for a long list of people!).
We have had some practice at seeing the types of gifts that are popular and which are a flop.
TIPS FOR PICKING THE PERFECT GIFT
1. Avoid gifts meant for specific people.
Example: Don’t buy “hubby” and “wifey” mugs. Everyone may not be hetero married.
2. Unless your exchange is run by children, don’t buy kid gifts.
Even if everyone in your group has children, I assure you they do not want a gift meant for someone else – especially their kids who most certainly are receiving a ton of gifts anyway.
3. Pick a gender-neutral gift.
If your crew is mixed gender, pick a gift that’s not specifically “for men” or “for women.”
4. Consider the group as a whole.
Are there any common interests among the group?
It can be challenging to pick a gift that could suit anyone. I thoroughly enjoy researching and finding ideas to fit the bill so I’m sharing a few with you today!
This is one of those fabulous-to-have but boring-to-buy gifts. The extra thick foam gives superior support and comfort. Perfect for the kitchen (cooking, food prep, washing dishes, etc.) or office (under a standing desk!).
These Bluetooth wireless over-ear headphones effectively reduce distracting low frequency background noises. They also have a built-in microphone which is perfect for the zoom-filled world we’re living in right now!
I’ve tried several different brands, but if you want your coffee to stay hot, you need a YETI. Well worth the investment with tons of colors available. You can even personalize it with a vinyl monogram or fun [waterproof] sticker.
In our effort to continue to stay home in this pandemic, we have started grilling out in the driveway so we can wave at all the neighbors while eating s’mores. So, this 14-inch charcoal grill from Cuisinart would surely be a great gift this year. If we’re ever able to have cookouts again, you’ll appreciate the latches to keep the lid from rolling off en route.
This shredder cross-cuts sheets for security and turns it into confetti-like pieces. You can shred up to 8 sheets of paper at a time (bad news for junk mail!) without having to remove staples or small paper clips. It can also handle credit cards which [in my opinion] makes it the perfect at-home shredder.
A coworker got us these portable phone battery chargers for Christmas when I was pregnant and I used mine in the hospital after I had Andy. Having a battery nearby to charge my phone without having to get up was a blessing! These would be handy for camping and traveling or keeping charged during hurricane season just in case the power goes out 😉
Do you have any gift ideas to add? I’d love to hear them!
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As you already know, podcasts are my favorite way to consume media. Often when I’m curious about a topic, I’ll search for it on iTunes to see if there’s a podcast about it.
Throughout this global pandemic we are in, I’ve been seeking out podcasts that tell the story of COVID-19’s impact on our society. Like all of you probably are, I’m curious (and anxious) as to what’s ahead for us. We are certainly living through a time that will not only serve as a turning point in our own lives but will undoubtedly impact our society as a whole and how we function moving forward.