|ATL ~ WAYYYYY Back in THA day .|
~ Roll or Sheet of Stamps ~ I asked for these for my birthday in September knowing that it would help me to keep with one of my favorite Christmas traditions of mailing Christmas cards .
~ Gas Cards ~ With the ever fluctuating costs of fuel I feel like EVERYONE would appreciate a gas gift card in their stocking . Can't go wrong kind of gift....unless the person isn't old enough to drive . Then I point to the next gift listed .
~ iTunes Gift Card ~ Yes , a iTunes gift card is not a "necessity" nor will it help pay any bills , but it would provide some guilt free down loading to anyone on a budget or living pay check to pay check . I also see it as a can't go wrong kind of gift for teenagers .
~ Movie Tickets ~ Again , in the gift card isle of this shopping post a prepaid date night or even as a mom/dad night out prepaid ticket to a movie would be so unexpected . Life gets loud , chaotic , and overwhelming for ALL of us in a year , making "self care" so important . I have found that going to the movies on your own , not having to debate what to see , what snacks to get , who pays for what can seriously be so refreshing . I was surprised at how much it helped me on a particularly stressful weekend .
~ Netflix Subscription ~ Cable is EXPENSIVE !!!! It also at times is useless . I don't know how many times I have flipped through hundreds of channels just to end up putting a DVD on . For folks trimming their budget by subtracting cable a Netflix subscription would be a wonderful substitute . Not only do they stream movies , but they stream T. V. Shows and in case you haven't heard starting in 2015 " FRIENDS " will be added to their offerings . So . I vote it is a can't go wrong kind of gift . A year of Netflix , if I have done my math properly is less than or very close to a month of cable/internet .
~ Restaurant/Coffee Shop/Fast Food Gift Cards ~ See description above . Add to it the thought that for a college student away from home , tired of 3 meals a day in the dinning hall and ramen in the dorm this is the equivalent of a gold bar . This would also be helpful to any friends who have brought a new baby home over the holiday season or who might be spending the holidays in a hospital .
~ Subscriptions ~ Magazines , News Papers or Ancestory.com are all cool subscription ideas . I often use Reward Points from varied companies customer rewards programs to get magazine subscriptions as gifts . Last Christmas two of my friends (a married couple) had just graduated with their PhD and Masters degrees . In celebration of these amazing accomplishments (along with a family bday celebration) they planned an overseas trip . So , to help them plan and dream , as their Grad gift I got them a subscription to Traveler by Conde Nast by using points I had earned through My Coke Rewards via the Coca~Cola Company . To learn more about how you can use MyCokeRewards and what other companies that offer customer rewards you can read my past post here .
|Ginormous tree that tried to kill me|
while I tried to set it up . #workerscomp Do you
think they would've believed me ?!
~ MAN TIME ~ Fella's I would never leave you out . As I posted in " Girlfriends and Wives " a post from Februarys Valentines Series , guys are really not that difficult to please....for the most part . Gift cards to their man stores (i.e. lowes , best buy , sporting goods sores) , making sure their favorite food is offered at a dinner or making them a special dinner , subscriptions to a magazine they love, but never would get for them self because they just are that sacrificial , or getting them tickets to a concert , lecture or car show . Food , Sports and Lovin' is really about all most of them ask for from what I have been told and observed . So , I would encourage you to find your mans love language or most favorite thing ( yes , you can count as his most favorite thing ) wrap it (for married folks...or yourself) in a bow and the man in your life can be marked off the to buy for list this Christmas season . You may be surprised at how much he enjoys a date night . Guys like Rom-Com movies too . They just aren't allowed to admit it in the locker room . Guy Code .
~ Payment for Classes ~ Once again , a potentially higher priced item , but also a potentially unexpected and very thoughtful item . Know someone who is always saying they " wish I had learned to.... " ? Paying for a language or skill class could be a wonderful blessing !!!! Since I have left Chattanooga a flower shop there has started offering classes . Sometimes it is arrangements , others it is centerpieces and around each holiday there is a class specific to that . I am so sad that they started offering this AFTER I moved and have always thought if I ever moved back this was for sure going on my to - do list . Their are also classes such as Financial Freedom that a lot of local churches host that could be so wonderful for a newly wed couple , college graduate , or even for your high school senior that is planning to or will have to pay for college on their own .
~ Child Care ~ Not everyone can afford to stay home with their babies and the monthly bill for child care can be almost as much if not more than a pay check . A young working couple or single parent would not know how to thank you enough for a gift such as this . A week , month or several months would be a huge relief to them . This thought sorda comes with the idea of a small group or Sunday school class looking to give to someone in their church , group , etc . If this is too BIG of a gift for your budget then you may wanna consider offering your services or paying for the services of a baby sitter for a day/night . Parents are always in need of some time to themselves . Between work , home upkeep , children , family , church , the kids sports or arts classes , parents find their date nights few and far between. If you have a small group or what not you could combine several of the items on this list to make a care package of sorts . Baby sitter, Movie & Meal gift card = relaxing night for a couple or single parent .
~ Grocery Gift Card ~ Wal-Mart , Target , Food City, Ingles , Food Lion , the list goes ON AND ON AND ON of grocery stores that offer gift cards . Milk depending on brand can cost close to $5.00 a gallon . For loved ones with a large family , growing teenage boys , or who host family dinners and parties through out the season this would make for a AMAZING and thoughtful gift . Along with the grocery idea for those looking to spend a little more on someone or a family , according to your location , co-op programs are available .They deliver to the home fresh veggies , fruit , (depending on company) meat , and dairy . I have several friends in varied cities that have used these programs and LOVE them .
|Adult version of a box of crayons . |
This week (12/15/14) there is a coupon in the
Walgreens sales paper there is a coupon $0.39 per
sharpie up to 4 per visit/coupon/customer .
~ Fur Babies ~ Fur parents are just as touched when you give a gift to their pet as they are when you give a gift to them . The Dollar Tree as you know is my new spot for unexpected yet awesome supplies and gifts . You can read here about my current baby shower gift of choice with items from the Dollar Tree . Pets love toys , ropes and squeakers , but they show their love of these items in a unusual way.....by tearing them up , taking them apart , taking out the squeaker , burying them in the yard or hiding them through out your home . Making spending $5 on a toy a total waste ! The Dollar Tree has had some great varieties in my experience . I recently got Jack a fun stuffed squeaky monkey that has rope on either side . A can't go wrong kind of gift for this pup ! Not to sound like a broken record , BBUUTTTT a gift certificate for a grooming , obedience classes or a check up is also a great gift ! I personally can NOT cut Jacks nails . Which means that I take him to have a groomer cut them ever so often .
|Jacks gift from Aunt Ashleigh last year . Surprisingly|
he has not torn it apart or gotten the squeaker out . It is one
of his most favorite of toys !!
|Merry Christmas |
The Faith Journals
& Jack Davis !