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We all have those certain gifts that are required of us each year. You know, the ones we have to buy but really don’t want to spend a lot of time or money? We all have a few of them whether it’s our I-Don’t-Really-Know-You-But-Live-By-You-Neighbors, teachers, church friends, co-workers, or mailman. We still want to to say “I’m thinking of you”… but are sick of buying the same candle and hand soap. Here is your must-buy gift list for all those presents you are obligated to give (but want it to be something nice!).
This post is not sponsored. These are items that myself and other TodaysMama editors really love and are giving out to our friends!
These sweet, precious and unique collection of 20 can be the start to quite a few gifts. Buy an adorable pot (or don’t) and you’re all set!
Real cacti not their thing? Buy an adorable tumbler like these cactus double wall 24 oz tumbler. I know I can always use an extra lid/straw drink option in my house.
3. HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD CARAMELS
This fantastic recipe from Martha Stewart is a great option for all those neighbor gifts. It makes a million caramels in just one batch and the gingerbread flavor makes it unique enough they won’t get bored from “just another holiday caramel”.
4. PERSONALIZED TEACHER BANGLE BRACELET
Teachers have come to expect gift cards for Christmas. I’m sure they don’t mind, but if you want to break out of the norm, try these bangled bracelets. You can personalize your appreciation. I love their simplicity and daintiness.
5. REDBOX NIGHT (PRE-PURCHASED PROMO CODES)
One of my favorite gifts given to me from a neighbor was a movie night on them. They provided a Redbox promo code and a microwave popcorn and/or 2-liter of soda for a fun family date night. I loved this idea because it was so simple and something I would have never thought of — and of COURSE it was getting used! Free movie and treats?! Yes, please!
(TIP: Email the purchased codes to yourself so you can hand them out using your own design and gift tag!)
6. MOVIE THEATER TICKETS
Know someone who would rather hit the movie theater? You can buy gift cards to most movie theater companies at your local grocer (look for their gift card section) or even online.
7. WORDS OF INSPIRATION (PRINTABLES)
A sweet thought can go a long way. Share these beautiful words with your friends. And it is SO easy! Find a cute frame, download, print and you’re done!
8. TRADER JOE’S BODY BUTTER (Only $4.99!!)
We are IN LOVE with Trader Joe’s body butter. And we are even more in love with the price. You can’t beat $4.99 for a product that you actually buy and use for yourself. Don’t trick yourself in to buying this online because you will be paying WAY more than necessary. You have to hit up your local Trader Joe’s (or bribe a friend that lives close to one) to fetch these beauties for $4.99 each.
Do you have a favorite obligatory gift? Please share your ideas below! 10 bonus friend points if you link to the product…because you know…I’m lazy.
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Get the inside scoop on some of our favorite Amazon Black Friday deals! Save money with these 2018 Black Friday shopping ideas.
Who else is excited for Amazon Black Friday Deals?
It’s time to get ready for Black Friday shopping! Since Amazon is one of my favorite places to shop I thought I would tell you about some of the Amazon Black Friday deals that I’ve found. The Amazon Black Friday deals actually start NOW, November 16th, and run through Black Friday on November 23rd. ALL of Amazon’s Black Friday products can be found on the their Black Friday page here.
If you want to have great success with Amazon Black Friday shopping, don’t forget to sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime Day trial. If you are not already a member, sign up here: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
Free shipping for 2018 holiday season
Amazon has announced that, beginning Nov. 5, it will offer free shipping on all orders with no minimum for the holidays. So, if you don’t want to shell out for a Prime membership, you can still get free (although not two-day) shipping on your gifts.
Best Black Friday Deals
Here are some of the best things I’ve seen so far on Amazon. Of course, there are a lot more sales coming soon because their deals roll out daily, but these gift ideas will get you started on your Black Friday shopping.
- All New Echo Dot for $24.00 (usually $49.99)
- Save $15 on the Fire Stick 4K
- Save $60 on the Ring Video Doorbell 2
This pretty Cast Iron Dutch Oven is one of the Black Friday deals… you save $16!
The Instant Pot is 10% off now! If you want one, get the 8 Qt Instant Pot. Believe me, it is life changing!! The bigger the better with the pressure cookers, so you can fit baking dishes inside of them.
I go crazy over camera gear and my daughter is dying for a Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera! Save 16% right now.
I love my Amazon Echo Dot and Fire Stick! There is a great deal now where you get an Echo Dot (2nd Gen) for FREE when you buy a Fire TV Stick. See the deal here.
Save $55 on this Robot Vacuum Cleaner. I LOVE mine!!
This pink play kitchen is so cute and one of Amazon’s great deals!
I’m excited about Black Friday! I hope you find some good deals for the holidays. I’ll update this page when I find more scoop.
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KinderPerfect is the new Cards Against Humanity, but for Parents. If you need something to keep you and your fellow parents entertained through the holiday get-togethers, cabin trips and late-nights, this is the game for you! This game was inspired by sleep deprivation and too many episodes of freaking Dora the Explorer.
KinderPerfect is simple and hilarious. A person selects a red card and the players submit from their hand a white card that they think the red-card holder will like that ideally somehow matches the phrase on the red card. The holder of the red card selects a winner from the white cards, and that winner gets to keep the red card. The object of the game is to win the most red cards.
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KinderPerfect was created by Washington DC-based husband and wife team Amy and Wayan Vota. The couple was inspired by their daughters — nine-year-old Hanalei and eight-year-old Archer — to put a parenting twist on Cards Against Humanity. “My wife and I loved playing Cards Against Humanity but we felt the cards didn’t really speak to our experience as parents,” Wayan tells Scary Mommy. “What are the true reasons why Mommy drinks? I’m going to put puke, pee, and Calliou.”
The couple started creating their own parenting-themed cards to mix in to their Cards Against Humanity deck. Soon their parent friends were having so much fun with the made up cards that the group found themselves playing exclusively with their own cards. After a super successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $20,000 from 800 backers you can now order KinderPerfect on Amazon, without even making the trip to Target.
Vota says thanks to the Kickstarter campaign, they had no problems coming up with hilarious question and answer options for the original 210 card deck. “We had over 800 parents give us 7,000 card ideas — it was crazy,” he says. “Ask parents, ‘What drives you mad?’ and they’ll have a few answers.”
Using actual KinderPerfect players as sounding boards for ideas, the Votas worked to come up with new cards that could create answers that aren’t just funny but “perfectly cringeworthy.” Vota explains that the game is so fun because these cards echo the natural humor we parents deal with day in and day out. He says his goal was to create cards that would have players saying, “‘Oh dear God, let’s stop and have a conversation about the time I had to deal with a poop mural.’”
You can grab the original deck right now, or you can pre-order the brand new 400 card deck that drops next week and have it arrive in time for Thanksgiving Break! I know what we’ll be playing at our annual Eat-All-the-Thanksgiving-Leftovers-Now Feast!
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Mother’s Day is around the corner and I know you will be celebrating the moms in your life with some sweet gifts.
I will sure miss my mom this Mother’s Day. I wrote this gift idea post before she passed away with her tastes in mind. My mom always liked practical, simple gifts. She enjoyed gardening and had a love of cats. That must be where I got my crazy cat lady personality from!
If you like my Facebook page, you have probably seen a few of these gift ideas. They are some of the most popular items among the women who follow me on Facebook. Some items have been shared over there a ton, so I wanted to makes sure you saw them here when shopping for gifts.
Also, it’s Mother’s Day, so don’t forget to take some time out for you! If you’re a busy mom, this might be your only chance to get your nails done or time to finish that book you’ve been reading.
Enjoy these Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. I hope you find some fun things for the women in your life… or for yourself!!!
I absolutely LOVE this –> handwritten signature bracelet.
A personalized video is a great last-minute keepsake gift idea for mom! Takes only a few minutes to make.
Here is a Funny Wine Glass that I would love!
Make a Custom Necklace from your child’s art.
Moms who love to cook would enjoy an Air Fryer! Make fast and easy crispy food without all of the fat and only a tiny bit of oil.
Wouldn’t you love this nail polish holder with some new nail polish? I would!
For the Cat Lady! Love this –> Cat Coloring Book!
What cat lover wouldn’t want a cat rolling pin? Cat cookies all day!!
These Mason Jar Measuring Cups always make a cute gift!
This is true right? Get a Cute kitchen tea towel for Grandma!
Cute Hedgehog Dryer Balls! Makes laundry fun and clothes softer.
Glowing flower pots that change colors are perfect for the gardening mom!
A Beautiful Bird House is another great gift idea for the garden lover.
No time to order gifts? Printable Mother’s Day Cards make great last-minute gift ideas!