100 Days of Christmas Gifts $25 or Less (Day 92-100)

100 Days of Christmas Gifts $25 or Less (Day 92-100)

This is it! The very last of this year’s huge list of 100 Christmas gifts worth giving that will cost you less than $25. We’ve come a long way since day 1. If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, here’s your chance to go back and catch up. And if you hurry, Amazon might still be able to get something to you in time for Christmas.

Days 1-42

Days 43-49

Days 50-56

Days 57-63

Days 64-70


Days 71-77

Days 78-84

Days 85-91

Day 92Goodnight Moon book ($6.00 or USED for cheap). My kids love this book! A good bet for any child or even a baby…because books don’t get old.

Day 93Melissa and Doug Color by Dots ($4.99). Annie is in LOVE with this coloring book. When she’s done, I think I might have to get another one. Ha! This would be a great gift paired with a pack of crayons.

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Day 94Norpro Bread Pans ($8.60) or try your local Amish store which is where mine are from. These are some of the best bread pans I have found. Great for the baker in your life.

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Day 95Muffin Scoop ($12ish) or a local cooking store OR Bed, Bath and Beyond with a coupon. This might seem like a frivolous gift, but dude. I wished and pined after this thing for almost a year. When I finally bough it, I cannot. stop. making. muffins.

sequence board game

Day 96Sequence game ($14.85) or Target/Walmart. This is probably my favorite board game of all time. Barry and I kick tail when we pair up for this. But WATCH OUT if we’re on opposing sides. Things get dirty. He likes to cheat. But he says it’s me. Whatever.

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Day 97My First Piggy Bank. All my kids have their first piggy bank. Train up a child, right? Great gift for a new baby! Or any child…because they all like to collect money. Ross sometimes has them for great deals.

Day 98 – My Busy Book. Annie has two of these and LOVES THEM. They are kinda pricey online, but I’ve seen them at Sam’s Club for reasonable prices. It’s a book and toy all in one. Easy to store and doesn’t take up much space.

Day 99 – Snack/Candy basket (prices vary) Easy to pick up quickly and easy to package – no dusting. I make candy baskets a lot for the men on our gift list. Make it even better by pairing it with a movie or movie tickets.

Day 100 – Gift Certificate to their favorite place ($25) available at drug stores for a quick pick up. This is VERY good for last minute. Walgreens is always open (sad, but true) so you can stop by and pick a gift card from their vast selection. Nothing says “I Love You” like a piece of plastic that can be exchanged for food. Ha!



100 Days of Christmas Gifts $25 or Less (Day 85-91)

100 Days of Christmas Gifts $25 or Less (Day 85-91)

He knows when you are sleeping! He knows when you’re awake! He knows if you’ve been bad or good…dude, Santa is a STALKER.

Well – we’re almost done! Next week I will have the remaining days of Christmas gifts all listed…including a few gifts that are easy to pick up at the LAST MINUTE for those of you who procrastinated and need a gift NOW. Although I have never done such a thing in all my life. *Cough*

Days 1-42

Days 43-49

Days 50-56

Days 57-63


Days 64-70

Days 71-77

Days 78-84

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Day 85Children’s Plate Set ($15+). My kids love their plate sets. And I love giving useful gifts. My mom gives these plate sets all the time. Useful and fun! Plus, you can get them in just about any character. Make sure to also check Ross Dress For Less because they regularly have them for around $10/set.

Day 86Mason Jar Lamp Kit ($16). My mom got me this last year for Christmas and I love it!!! It will work on a newer jar, but I like vintage. If you want to find a jar to go with it, check antique and thrift shops – and for the shade, my burlap one is from Ross.

Day 87Farberware Tea Kettle. I get so many compliments on my tea kettle. I love it! I don’t drink tea, but I do drink hot cocoa and sometimes instant coffee. Plus, it just looks cute sitting on my stovetop. A good gift for any homemaker in your life! Check out Ross for great deals on these or stay at home and have it brought to you from Amazon.

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Day 88Biggie Beads ($8.82) and Flat Board ($6.70). My sister bought this set for Annie and she has so much fun with it! I had the mini version when I was younger, but these big beads are easier for little hands.

Day 89Foam Soap Dispensers ($10.99) + Liquid Soap + Instructions. This is what I gave for gifts last year. I used mason jars as the dispensers, but they require a bit more work. The instructions to make foam soap are on my blog or all over Pinterest. Foam soap has been a lifesaver here!

Day 90Homedics Sound Machine ($19.97). Ohmygoodness. These things have saved our butt several times. Annie and Andy both have one in their room. Because our house is small, it can get noisy. These really help drown out noise – especially morning noise, so that I don’t wake the kids up as I am working in the kitchen.

Day 91Sit and Spin ($24.99). Annie and Andy love this – I’m not sure why because it kinda makes me want to yak. Barry loved it when he was young too – so I guess I’m the weirdo.
Once again, Amazon is all over the board on this price. It usually runs around $25, but it can go up or down. Check Walmart or Target for sales.

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Our 2014 3 Gift Christmas

Our 2014 3 Gift Christmas

As you all know, we celebrate a 3 gift Christmas in our home. I am already able to tell that as our family expands, this will keep things simple at a time of year when things can easily get out of hand – or out of house, if you catch my drift. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have time to clean up oodles of toys every day…I’m just excited when I have time to brush my teeth. So, yeah. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

Some have asked if we still do stockings – and yes we do. I love tights and pantyhose. Hardy, har, har. But anyway – yes we do stockings. I don’t spend an arm and a leg on them – I am usually buying stuff throughout the year as I find clearance…then I just trot down to the basement and fill their stocking up.

I buy clearance and used items for my kids…because I’m cheap and I’m making them suffer. ;-) Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. Or maybe it’s because I know they might break it in approximately 5 seconds, and I”m less likely to cry if I only spent $.50 instead of $10.

So without further ado (what’s ado anyway?), here are the gifts we decided on this year for our suffering kiddos.

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Eli (age 3 months)

Gold

A chew toy. Let’s be honest. What does a 3 month old need? I’ll tell you – the ninnie and diapers. That about sums it up. So, a chew toy it is!  Plus, it’s pretty cute and might turn out to be a lovey. Purchased from my favorite place to shop, Wee-Cycle It.


Frankincense 

Each child receives their own nativity for their first Christmas. I am hoping to get a different one for each child so they are each special. I found this felt version on Amazon for Eli and I think it’s SO cute!  Plus, if you get hit by a flying felt Wise Man, it probably won’t hurt as bad as a plastic version. Ahem.

Myrrh 

I have a thing for hats. I found this aviator set at Wee-Cycle It and couldn’t pass it up. I wish I could wear it myself. But my sister would laugh.

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Andy (age 2)

Gold

Andy loves the farm and tractors and little pieces of anything he can move around over and over again. Barry says he’s a tad OCD – I just think he takes after me. Anyway, we found this cute little barn at Wee-Cycle It and it came with all the animals and fence parts. I’m quite smitten with it.

Frankincense 

My boy loves to dance – and he loves music. He won’t have much to do with movies or television. We’re still a little old-school around here, so I found these tapes (brand new) on eBay that he can put in our little Fisher Price cassette player. He’ll be groovin’ all day with Jesus.

Myrrh 

A farm boy needs his farm boots. Plus, Mama enjoys the fact that when he gets all muddy, I can just spray him off with the water hose. Let’s hear it for plastic shoes! Found used at Wee-Cycle It. Because let’s be honest, who wants to wear new shoes through cow poop?

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Annie (age 5)

Gold

Annie has been asking for a doll house – but as our family expands, we have less room to be taken up with large toys. So, when I found this FOLDABLE, FLAT book dollhouse, I snatched it up at Wee-Cycle It. Brand new! Woot! She already has small pieces that will work, but I may purchase some furniture and other accessories for her later on. Now I won’t be stubbing my toe on a dream-house. Boom.

Frankincense 

Our family verse is Romans 13:8. Annie has already learned it and repeats it to me very often. :-) Since the Word says to bind the “word” on your forehead, we thought this might do. I’m not really cool with tattooing my 5 year old’s forehead. I found this wooden pendant on The Plaid Barn and it was personalized for free. The word FREE gives me happy shivers.

Myrrh 

My girl LOVES boots. She wears them out very quickly – so I am always happy to pick up a pair or two at Wee-Cycle It (are you sensing a trend?). She can slip these on and play in the snow or wear them around the yard after Barry mows – because then I can spray her off with the water hose…I like the water hose.

TOTAL SPENT ON ALL GIFTS – $56.48

Now each child has something new and fun to play with…without taking over our house. That’s spiritual right there.

Just in case you’re interested in gifts from past years, I’ll link those below for ya. :-)

Annie’s 1st Christmas

Annie’s 2011 Christmas Gifts

Annie and Andy’s 2012 Christmas Gifts

Annie and Andy’s 2013 Christmas Gifts



100 Days of Christmas Gifts $25 or Less (Day 78-84)

100 Days of Christmas Gifts $25 or Less (Day 78-84)

I think this has turned out to be a great idea! Unlike some of my other ideas, like Shrimp Pot Pie or white comforters for the kids.  I’ve had so much fun putting this Christmas gifts list together! Already my wheels are turning for another idea next year. Let me know if you have any ideas for that…unless it involves vast amounts of time, making something straight on the wall, or scary kinds of glue.

Days 1-42

Days 43-49

Days 50-56

Days 57-63

Days 64-70


Days 71-77

Days 85-91

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Day 78Lap Desk ($9.75). I use mine ALL the time. Since most people have laptops these days instead of desk top computers, these are nice to have. This would make a fabulous gift for anyone – especially that “hard to buy for” college student.
Available at Amazon or mass retailers like Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Day 79Thistle Ridge Soap ($5+ with free shipping over $50). This is our FAVORITE homemade soap. It’s the only shave soap that Barry can use without breaking out. He’s been using it since we were married. You can get a mug and shave soap to make a GREAT gift for any man. I also like using the Oatmeal Soap on the kids. (I’m not an affiliate.)

Day 80 – Popcorn Popper ($20ish) Vintage or with a coupon from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. We love our popcorn popper! It’s an old one we bought on eBay…but they sell newer versions at mass retailers. Nothing can beat homemade popcorn on the stovetop! Especially when you pop it in coconut oil. YUM!

Day 81My cookbooks in print or digital ( $5+). Yes, this is a shameless plug for my books. But hey, I use them all the time. It would be weird if I didn’t, right? I’ve given them for gifts over and over…and people seem to like them. Or else you’re all lying to me. Give the crock pot lover in your life a great gift this year! NOTE: we are limited on the amounts of Crock Ons that are in print and we won’t be printing more anytime soon…so don’t delay.

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Day 82Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards ($15.77). We use these for school (and in Anne’s Quiet Mornings Basket) and she loves them. I gotta admit, it’s pretty fun even for me. We love wooden toys! Melissa and Doug is always a hit here.

Day 83Spirograph ($20ish). I had one of these when I was little and now Annie has one. Such a great classic toy! It’s a lot of fun – and it’s quiet…and needs no batteries. NOTE: the price on this one seems to bound around on Amazon. I would also check Target and Walmart.

Day 84Travel Potty Seat ($8.29). Ohmygoodness. I can’t even tell you how many times this little thing has saved our butts – pun intended. When you have a child, this is so handy…because it makes any adult potty child friendly. And it folds up nicely to fit in a large purse or diaper bag. Winner! Winner! I have two.

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Please don’t say THIS to your children

Please don’t say THIS to your children

A joint post from Barry and Stacy

I’m sure you’ve heard someone else say it to their child. Or maybe you’ve even said it yourself, not really thinking of the ramifications it might have. I know I’ve heard it – and I know Barry has heard it…and really, it needs to stop.

Barry came home and had recently heard this, and it just lit a fire under me. What am I ranting about?

Picture this: A child is being unruly in the store – not listening to mama. Maybe he is throwing a fit or being mean to his sister. Whatever the issue, mom doesn’t feel like taking care of it herself…so, she lays the responsibility on someone else with the following line (or a similar one): (more…)