I hope you’re enjoying the gift giving guide blog series! I know I’ve had fun seeing gift suggestions from this amazing group of people. I’ve already been inspired by their suggestions and have a few people checked off my gift list. The series is every Tuesday and Thursday throughout November and part of December.
I’ve asked each of the guest bloggers to answer a few questions about themselves, so you can get to know everyone.
Today’s guest blogger is Tricia. She’s a hip grandma and one of my favorite co-workers. We often arrive to work about the same time, which is a treat for me. For one thing, she is one of the kindest, funniest and most genuine people around. And she has great purses. She waits until they’re on sale and snatches up name-brand hand bags for pennies on the dollar.
I asked Tricia to be a guest blogger for several reasons: She is a hip grandma, and I know she’ll provide great inspiration to other hip grandmas out there. She’s intentional with her gift giving. She shops early. And once she told me that she has a spread sheet where she keeps all of her gift giving organized – name, gift, bought, wrapped. She’s my hero. And let’s face it, I’ll probably never be that awesome.
I buy gifts for: Granddaughters and nephews, ages 1-6, our daughter and son-in-law, and other family members ranging in age from their 30’s to their 50’s. I also buy gifts for a few co-workers and close friends.
Since both of my parents and my father-in-laws are deceased, it’s a real treat to do something extra special for my mother-in-law at Christmas. All three of her sons and our families usually pool our money and buy a big item for her. It’s always a big surprise, and part of the fun is figuring out how to get her out of her house while the gift is being delivered and set up.
My gift-buying philosophy is: I LOVE Christmas! And I enjoy giving gifts my family would not otherwise buy for themselves. It’s the time of year when I wish I had lots of money so I could buy gifts for everyone I know and even people I don’t know.
Apart from gifts under the tree, we enjoy giving our three granddaughters gifts that last throughout the year, such as horseback riding, acting and ballet lessons, and usually have one large gift for all of them to share.
I do realize that Christmas is not all about the gifts. I know that it’s about our Savior, Jesus Christ, who was born in a manger and came to earth to die on the cross to forgive us for our sins, and I am so thankful for that, not only at Christmas, but throughout the year. But I’m also thankful that we have a certain time of year that we can set aside to truly celebrate Him and to show those that we love, in some small way, how much they mean to us by giving gifts and spending time together.
My favorite part of Christmas: There are so many things I love about Christmas! I don’t know what to focus on first. Well, that’s not exactly true. I love to shop! Therefore, I begin shopping for next year’s Christmas the week after Christmas, when I can find things on sale. I love finding a good deal! You always have to keep in mind, though, if the gift will still be relevant and useful by the end of the year.
Black Friday is like a religious holiday for my daughter and me. We both usually have our Christmas shopping finished well before Thanksgiving, but we look forward to leaving home early that morning and spending the day looking for stocking stuffers and visiting with friends and family that we seem to run into every year.
I love Christmas caroling with our church. I love baking Christmas cookies with our granddaughters. I love putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house. I love the Chrismon service at church. I love wrapping gifts. I love the Christmas parade and play put on by our children at church. I love the anticipation of our 30-year-old daughter who still acts like a child at Christmas. I love that our 6-year-old granddaughter will take toys from the toy room in our home and wrap one for each family member and be giddy with excitement for them to be opened. I love it all!
My favorite Christmas movie: A Christmas Story – I just love Ralphie. And the movie takes me back to when I was a child – sibling conflict, family dynamics, childhood fantasies, parental love.
Tricia’s Gift Ideas
Every year I give our daughter a 440-page Blurb photo book I work on throughout the entire year. It’s 440 pages because that is the biggest size Blurb makes. She has three small children, which doesn’t leave any time for her to do such things, but she takes hundreds of photos throughout the year. She always knows she’s going to receive the book, but she’s always so excited to see which photo I’ve chosen to use as the cover, and she can’t wait to find the time to steal away and browse through it page by page.
I like this publishing site because it offers WAY more pages than any other book publisher at a more reasonable price. And these great gifts are not just for Christmas, but birthdays, anniversaries, wedding gifts, etc.
These necklaces are SO cute and SO popular!
Having two sisters, I can remember waking up on Christmas morning to find three of the same gifts “from Santa” under the tree. One particular year, it was three Susy Smart dolls dressed in plaid jumpers and crisp white blouses, each with their own school desk. So last year, there were three monogrammed sleeping bags for our three granddaughters in pink, blue and purple under our tree.
Our granddaughters bring these to our house every Friday evening when they spend the night with us. It’s much easier than making a pallet and they have their own “built in” pillow!
These beautiful vintage flash cards are a favorite of our granddaughters. And it’s always nice to be teaching while you’re having fun.
I love decorating the Christmas tree each year with these photo ornaments and seeing how much the kids have changed since last year. These are truly a treasure to give or keep.
This handy little gadget is awesome to turn your iPhone into a stereo. Simply turn on iTunes, place your phone on the box and “voila”, it plays your music loud and clear.
Our granddaughters love to help me cook. And they feel special wearing their own monogrammed chef hat while doing so.
You can’t call yourself a chef without having the proper tools! These are so much fun, and perfect for your little “helpers.”
I love to entertain! And having this beautiful silver napkin holder with different weights for each occasion is the perfect accessory to fit the theme.