Gift Guide: What’s On My Christmas List – Home

Now that we are heading into our ninth (!!!) year of marriage and our second home together (sixth if you count every apartment too!), our home stash is getting a bit worn. Especially during our move this year, I had quite a few bowls break and other items not make it to the new house. I’ve been eyeing a couple other things to add to my collection too! Read on to see my picks for my Christmas list.

Lanterns These would be adorable on our front porch or sunroom! Or even the foyer. I will find a place!

Dutch Oven This has been on my list for a looong time. This one is much more affordable than the name brand option!

Candle Holders These are perfect! These would be great to add to a centerpiece on your dining table or on your mantle. Or to give as a hostess gift!

Robe I an an unashamed robe wearer all winter long. Its that perfect extra layer while the house warms up in the morning when I drink my coffee! My current robe is very tired, and this one looks so luxurious!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up  I have been on a mission to organize and simplify my life. A lot of it has to do with parting with clutter and things that I don’t really enjoy. This book has such high reviews! I would love to read it to help me on my minimalist mission.

Crock Pot My crock pot was one of the first things we got as a married couple, but it has seen better days! This one is programmable and everything. It makes mine look ancient.

Cutting Board Can one have too many cutting boards? The answer is no.

Popcorn Maker I love homemade popcorn. Not the stuff in the little packet, the kernels you pop on the stove. This method can be tricky unless you are really watching it like a hawk and shaking the pot the entire time. And then kernels still get burnt. So I am thinking this would be a good investment!

Gold Bowls So many things got broken in our move, and my favorite white mixing bowls were one of them. Yet another original wedding present. I may have had a little funeral for it. These bowls are so classy and would make a suitable replacement!

What do you think? Which is your favorite item? What are you getting for your lady friend? Share below!

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Why We Don’t Do Santa

Why We Don't Do Santa

This is going to sound like the biggest ba-humbug statement ever, but our family doesn’t do Santa. (I know, I can hear you gasping in horror from here). Now, please let me explain. I am not out to make my kids’ childhoods terrible or deprive them of something awesome. It is just something that we decided wasn’t something for us. Here are a few reasons why:

We want the credit.

My husband busts his butt to provide a nice home for our family and put food on the table (and I make a few pennies here and there, but nothing to support our family on). That magical moment when the kids are opening gifts and they are in AWE of the great gifts they got; oh how I live for that! And to hear them utter “thanks SANTA” instead of “thanks mom/dad”? No thanks. I spent hours planning, shopping, and wrapping. Why would I let my kids believe someone else gave them that gift? No sir! I am selfish, and I am completely ok with that!

It is confusing.

We are Christians, so we believe and teach our kids about Jesus and his birthday. That’s the meaning of the season, right? While I know there are ways to teach about Jesus and Santa cohesively and without taking away from the true meaning of the season, we just couldn’t figure out how to balance that. Our focus as parents was to point our kids to Jesus, and we felt that by introducing Santa would only take away from the true meaning of the season.

It is complicated.

Since our kids are all under the age of four, they aren’t quite to that age where they can think about the dynamics of the whole Santa thing. But, I’ve heard of the questions the kids come up with- and I can understand why it would be confusing! How can one man visit the millions of kids around the world? How does he enter homes with no fireplace? How do reindeer actually fly? How old is Santa? The story is flawed. And I know I would feel like I was lying to my kids or misleading them if I couldn’t answer sufficiently. I just can’t get beyond the fact that I would straight up lie to my kids. It just feels unnecessary.

 

We try very hard to make the Christmas season magical for our kids. So, even though we don’t introduce Santa, the season is filled with love and fun traditions. We cut down a tree at a local farm and decorate it as a family. We open special Christmas jammies. We go see Christmas lights. We open presents and stockings on Christmas morning, as well as other days throughout December with family/friends. We read the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible on Christmas. Our kids watch Christmas movies, some of which have Santa in it. I am not anti-Santa, we just don’t “do” it. We are a few years into this parenting thing and our kids seem to have survived thus far!

What do you do as a family? Do you introduce Santa or not? Do you have any special traditions? Share and let me know if you agree!

Why We Don't Do Santa

Did you check out my other Christmas gift guides? Click the links below for some gift-buying inspiration!
What I Want for Christmas

Women’s Stocking Stuffer Guide

Men’s Stocking Stuffer Guide

 

 

My Amazon Wish List

Let’s be real here. Christmastime is a wonderful time of year for giving, but that also means receiving, right? I figured I would share what is on my wish list (cough Marcus cough) and maybe provide some inspiration for gift giving for the woman/friend in your life. Here’s what’s on my Amazon list this year! (Affiliate links used)

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 [eafl id=721 name=”echo dot” text=”Echo Dot”] / [eafl id=723 name=”socks” text=”socks”] / [eafl id=724 name=”DW watch” text=”watch”] / [eafl id=726 name=”yhl book” text=”book”] / [eafl id=728 name=”sneakers” text=”sneakers”] / [eafl id=729 name=”leggings” text=”leggings”] / [eafl id=730 name=”boot socks” text=”boot socks”] / [eafl id=732 name=”blanket scarff” text=”Blanket scarves”] / [eafl id=733 name=”puffer” text=”puffer jacket”] / [eafl id=719 name=”pom pom hat” text=”pom pom hat”] / [eafl id=734 name=”belgian waffle maker” text=”waffle maker”] / [eafl id=735 name=”cheese board” text=”cheese board”] / [eafl id=736 name=”lace extender” text=”lace extender”]

I am OBSESSED with my [eafl id=722 name=”echo” text=”Echo”]. Well, it’s actually Marcus’ Echo he got for Christmas last year… But seriously people, you need this! It’s basically a personal assistant. I stream music all day, add items to my shopping list, and check the weather. You need this, therefore you need the [eafl id=721 name=”echo dot” text=”Echo Dot”]. That way you can do all of the above in any room of your house! Done. Order it.

I like to wear taller socks in the winter when I am around the house. These [eafl id=723 name=”socks” text=”socks”] are perfect! Great stocking stuffer too. Great fit and super cute!

This [eafl id=724 name=”DW watch” text=”watch”]. Oh how I have lusted after it for so long. If your girl is a fashion enthusiast, she will love this. Guaranteed. Also comes in a [eafl id=725 name=”mens DW watch” text=”watch”] I bought for Marcus last Christmas! He wears his all the time, so I promise it would be a big hit.

Have you followed Young House Love over the years? I was an avid follower from (almost) the very beginning. If you like to decorate your home, this [eafl id=666 name=”YHL book” text=”book”] is a great tool to guide you!

These [eafl id=728 name=”sneakers” text=”sneakers”] are adorable. Lately I’ve been into the really simple sneaker look. If your girl works out (or just loves the Athleisure trend) then these are a great buy!

Also trending with athletic gear are mesh [eafl id=729 name=”leggings” text=”leggings”]. These are sooooo adorable! Cute and great ventilation. Ha!

My mom gifted me my [eafl id=731 name=”hunter boots” text=”Hunter boots”] for my birthday this year and I wear them more then I thought I would! Love. So naturally, I need a pair of [eafl id=730 name=”boot socks” text=”boot socks”] to accompany them. Please and thank you.

[eafl id=732 name=”blanket scarff” text=”Blanket scarves”] are also new the past couple years. And while it is like wearing a blanket on your neck (my husband nicely reminded me when I wore it last week), who will be laughing when you are snuggly warm and they aren’t?! That’s right. Add to the cart.

I like to wear a thin but warm jacket when I go to the gym in the morning. The one I have I love, but is showing it’s age. [eafl id=733 name=”puffer” text=”This”] is a really cute option! Plus a hood because snow. It’s coming.

I am a bit of a winter accessory hoarder. Do I really need [eafl id=719 name=”pom pom hat” text=”this”] hat too? Yes.

I thought for most of my life that I was a pancake lover. Earlier this year I made waffles instead of my normal pancakes… How could I have been so wrong? Waffles are life. I have a thin waffle maker, but I need to [eafl id=734 name=”belgian waffle maker” text=”get this”] and make big Belgian waffles. Even better!

Charcuterie is my weakness. I could eat my weight in a cheese plate for every meal and be totally ok with it. (My waistline, however, would not be.) [eafl id=735 name=”cheese board” text=”This”] one is really cute! Perfect for holiday parties.

Lace extenders have been around for a bit now. I am not sure how I don’t own one yet? [eafl id=736 name=”lace extender” text=”This”] would be really cute thrown under a simple sweater to dress it up a little bit, or to add length to a shirt to make it acceptable over leggings. Because we all know my [eafl id=737 name=”leggings” text=”leggings”] addiction….

 

Are you paying attention, boyfriends and husbands? Hopefully this provides some inspiration. Let me know what you think and bought! And make sure to report back and tell me how much she loves it.

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