Tuesday, December 09, 2014

the ultimate family gift guide: women, children + men {mostly $25 + under}

I love giving gifts, and it's always so fun for me to gather some of my favorite finds from the web and share them with you! :D eek! :D

Because I like shopping in one place and getting free shipping, most of them are from Amazon. :) When you have lots of people to buy for, you understand the necessity of killing several birds with one stone. :P

This year,  I decided to share finds for the whole family- some of them I thought were unique and fun, some are things I think I would love, and some are tried and true gifts that have passed the test at our house. :D

{p.s : this gift guide contains affiliate link information, if you buy something from an affiliate link, {bh} gets a tiny percentage of the profit at no cost to you! Yay! Thank you for supporting this blog!}

gift guide for women, under $30

First, I have to tell you about this life-changing tool. I used this at my sister-in-law's house for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and this thing is as amazing as all of the reviews claim:

1/ Remington Ceramic Curling Wand, 1/2 Inch - 1 Inch, $19.99

Best curling utensil I've ever used in 32 years. :D I was completely amazed. :)

2/ JJ Cole Diaper Changing Clutch, $13.96

I've never had one of these before, but this whole idea seems genius. It's disguised as an adorable clutch but in reality, it's a diaper and wipes holder with a changing pad! What? So smart! I'd carry that! {everywhere}

And speaking of functional and gorgeous, I love this:

If I had a decent sewing bone in my body I would make it myself, but this girl can do such a good job for less than $20! And you won't have to lose your lens cap like I do all the time!

I love the aqua/teal color, of course. :) I always do.  So you know I love this sweet little thing:

4/ Loire Glass Square 7.75 inch Square Cake Stand - Blue, $25

This is so beautiful! I haven't seen it in person but it gets great reviews. It looks very anthropologie to me. :) I imagined it stacked on top of this bigger amethyst one:

Oh my gosh, too much pretty! :) I can't believe they're so affordable- it would be a great sister/friend gift!! You could pair either plate with the pretty food from one of my favorite cookbooks:

Or, hey if you know someone serving up portions for a large family on a budget like me, they might like this cookbook as much as I do:

Or maybe, you need learn how to enjoy a feast of a better kind:

I haven't read that one yet, but several of my friends recommend it. But I have read this one, and it's one of my top 5 favorite books ever:

/// A Little Princess (Puffin in Bloom) /// Little Women (Puffin in Bloom), $13 each

They may be classic titles, but I kind-of-sort-of asked for these gorgeous rifle paper co. books for my birthday and I love them to pieces. ;) I think they'd make a wonderful gift for ladies or girls!

gift guide for children, under $33

Speaking of the munchkins, we LOVE these babies. I have no idea how I lived without them. If a young one is on your list, I would forgo the toys in favor of these and mama will be forever grateful!

And another tried and true children's gift- my boys LOVE these books:

Don't tell them, but I'm getting them books 4-6 for Christmas! :)

3/ ESV Grow! Bible, $20

Another big kid favorite at our house is this study Bible my dad bought for Noah last year. The boys both love how colorful and useful it is! And I love that they love it. :D

Last year, I gave Isabella this cookbook and we had so much fun making the bibbidy bobbidy boo sticks. :D {tortilla strips with sprinkles!}. She was over the moon to have her own cookbook.

5/ Little Tikes Cozy Shopping Cart Pink/Purple, $32.99 with free shipping

We normally don't buy big toys for Christmas, but last year we bought two of these for the girls, and they've seen non-stop use. I'm not even kidding- every day! :) It might be the best investment in a toy we've ever made!

The kids don't know they're getting these for Christmas! :) I imagine some really fun rounds of Bible trivia after devotions... :P

gift guide for men, under $40

My husband loves these socks so much he spent his Christmas money and ordered them himself. That  should tell you everything you need to know. :) {He doesn't buy any clothing for himself, EVER! :) }

Rob needs this shirt. He really is! I love this.

I'm amazed to find these so well reviewed for less than $40- most comparable sets are $100+. These are perfect for runners or people who work outside in the yard!! No more getting tangled in wires! {happens to me all.the.time}

This would be a great scarf for anyone! I love the color combo, and buffalo checks are so very classic. I can see myself stealing this one. ;)

for iPad (all generations), Samsung Galaxy Tab & Note, Motorola Xoom, HP TouchPad, Acer Iconia, Lenovo Idea Pad, Asus Transformer & LG Optimus

A cover that looks like a book? Ah! Perfect for a guy, girl or anyone with a tablet who likes covers- I can't believe they're only $7! So fun.

Rob's a computer guy so I'm always afraid to buy him anything technical. ;) I just asked him, and he said he likes this 32 GB metal one that goes on his keychain and is nearly indestructible. {Guess what he's getting for Christmas now?? hahahah!}

Possibly the most manly gift on this gift guide, the LifeStraw lets you drink water from any and every source. {Only a guy would want to, right? I'm a camping weenie!}. It's perfect for hiking, backpacking, camping, or going on mission trips! Again, for men, recommended by a man. ;) 

And those are some of our family favorites!!! :D 

Have you started shopping for Christmas yet?
I haven't. But hey, I still have 2 weeks!!!

Any fun gifts that have been winners with the kids at your house?

Ever needed a LifeStraw/water filter? {bonus points if you have!}
I kind of wish I had a reason to have needed one. I've not been out of the country much. ;) Or camping either. :P

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