Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Holiday Hop


Hi Ladies!!  One of my very favorite things about blogging is getting to meet and connect with other bloggers.  These ladies listed above me have been a BLAST to work with! 

We've teamed up to help you get Christmas ready-from gift wrapping to Christmas gifts to crafting with your children.  We have you covered!!

 Today, I have some treats for you.  I'm sharing some last minute gift ideas for the CHILDREN!  And...there might be a FUN giveaway at the bottom of the post.  Might-wink, wink. ;)

I've gotten a couple e-mails from ladies who have kids the same age as mine asking what I'm getting my kiddos.  I'm going to share items on their wish list, things they already have and love, and a few items they might not have asked for but are getting.   :)

Girl Gift Guide:

Kit (American Girl Doll)/Fashion Plates/Shopkins/Shopkins Calendar/Descendants' Doll/

These are all things Ebby Lee (age 6 1/2) is asking for or already has.

By the way, I have NO idea what those Shopkins are all about.  I ask Ebby Lee questions about them weekly and I just don't get it.  If you figure them out, PLEASE explain it to me.  :)  Also-do you guys remember those Fashion Plates?  They were my favorite thing when I was younger!  I can't wait for Ebby Lee to open that gift!!  :)



Boy Gift Guide:


I made this gift guide with Nixon in mind.  He's 5 1/2 and ALL BOY!  Nixon loves Legos but doesn't like having to read the instructions to really make a set.  This year I'm wising up and giving him a big box of Legos he can just create with.  Nix loves all things associated with sports...so football, basketball, street hockey...any of that he LOVES!  

*Note-I already ordered that Shock Hot Potato Game, but as I'm working on this post I'm reading that it's recommended for kids ages 10 and up.  I'll let you know how it goes.  :)




Little Boy Gift Guide:


This gift guide was all about Bowen, my three-year-old.  He is into all things trains, animals, and dinosaurs.  However, he also changes his mind about five times a day about what he wants for Christmas.  haha!  Most of the time the toys Bowen gets are the most popular.  Everyone loves his train set and I'm certain they'll all be playing with that farm.  

Mamas, I'd love for you to share your ideas....what are you getting your kiddos and what are their ages??  Thank you!!


These bloggers and I have you covered when it comes to all things Christmas!  Check out all the other Christmas goondess....go see what these girls are doing!  I promise you won't be disappointed.  

Gift Wrapping Idea | Thuy at Hey Thuy
Gift Wrapping Idea | Ashley at Fancy Ashley
What To Wear | Sandy at Sandy a la Mode
Gift Guide - Women | Chelsea at Two Twenty One
DIY Gift Idea - Teacher Destiny at Just Destiny Mag
DIY Gift Idea - Bestie | Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers
Gift Guide - Men | Heather at My Life Well Loved
Gift Guide - Kids | Erika at The Slaughters
Stocking Stuffer - Kids | Jennifer at Life in the Green House
Christmas Pajamas | Ashley at The Vanilla Tulip
Kids Craft | Andrea at Momfessionals
Kids Craft | Ashley at I Love You More Than Carrots
Free Printable Kristin at Taz + Belly
Cookies for Santa | Molly at Stilettos and Diapers
Holiday Decor Tips | Mandy at House of Rose

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223 comments:

Katrina said...

Great ideas!

Narci said...

Great ideas!! Waiting to see the pictures from that Pie in the face!! Ha!!!

kimm atwood said...

Shopkins...Olivia has been OBSESSED with them since January...and almost a year later I still just don't get it! We will have an American girl doll and lots of accessories under the tree this year and lots of electronics for my boys! Great post! And ummm...fashion plates, along with Lite Brite was one of my favorites growing up

Diana said...

Love the ideas and the links to all the other ones!

Jill Powell said...

Thanks for all the ideas!! Love your blog!

Allison Thompson said...

Thank you for the great ideas! I hope you have a great Christmas!

Alicia said...

Great ideas!

Stephie Chipp said...

Happy Wednesday! Great gift Ideas!

Sara Alexander said...

Great ideas! Shopkins are so weird!

Nadine Skinner said...

My 6 year old also loves shopkins. It is basically all she wants for Christmas, and I don't get it either!

The Menius family said...

Great ideas!!

Beth said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Myranda said...

My 3 year old has a pretty similar Christmas list.

Stacy said...

Shopkins were on our list too! I think they are a little silly and will most likely be thrown around and lost in our house but we bought some! Kit was on our list too!! Love this post!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

All great ideas! I ordered the NERF football for Carter last night along with a handful of other things, and now I'm done with his presents! WooooooooHooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

Inspired Isabella & memphis bridges said...

Such fun ideas and always enjoy reading your blog!!

Lyn Goff said...

Fun ideas!

Jen V. said...

I know a cute little five year old in my house that will be getting her first AG doll! Great ideas!!

Maggie Corner said...

This will definitely help me decide what to get my 6 year old neice! Thanks!!

Jess said...

You and your group of friends have some awesome blogs...I love to follow along and see what you girls are up to! Such great ideas!!

Sara Lynn said...

The pie in the face game seriously makes me laugh!! My niece is getting one and I can't wait to try it!

Lisa B said...

Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! xo

Ami said...

My 6 year old is all about Shopkins too!

Devra Harden said...

Great ideas! Merry Christmas!

Kathy Olson said...

Thanks so much for the ideas! I'm really interested in the Kindle.

Regine Karpel said...

Great ideas

Katie M said...

These are all adorable ideas! Thank you!

Cheri said...

Lots of blogs to read this AM with what looks like some great ideas.

Unknown said...

My niece will live the pie in the face.

lorisavage said...

Does anyone have ideas for older boys stockings? He's 10 and so far as he has for his stocking are Nike socks and the new Diary of a Wimpy kid book. I was thinking about a Rubin's cube but need lots of ideas. Help!!! ...and I love your younger boy and girl ideas!

Molly said...

My 4 year old son loves Shopkins! He sets up battles and fights them. Haha. I just hate that they're all over my house!

Jane Setkowicz said...

My niece will love the pie in the face game! Thanks!

Ali Marshall said...

Great ideas! Shopping for my cousins who are this age are my favorite to shop for!

Britney said...

Thank you for the boy ideas!! Perfect ages for my nephews gifts!! :)

lisamcmil said...

I think these are perfect gift guides for the ages and I also have some of the same things picked out. Pie Face was #1 on the list this year

Olivia said...

love your blog!

City Style Country Living said...

I love the fashion plates. We used to make hundreds of outfits with those when I was a kid! I can't believe they still have them on the shelves!

Cathi said...

Our granddaughter loves shopkins

Sara Liker said...

Love these ideas and your blog!

Allie said...

Great ideas for all the kiddos in my family!

Heather S said...

Just want to say I love your Blog.

Emily Forever After said...

How fun!

Sarah Witowski said...

Love these ideas!! I used to LOVE fashion plates as a kid!!

Lauren Fisher said...

Great ideas!!

Kjlb37 said...

I am out of the loop when it comes to gifts for younger kids so your list is very helpful for me as I shop for our grandchildren, thank you!

KW0410 said...

Woo Hoo! What an awesome opportunity to win!

Janelle said...

Love these ideas! Thank you!

Brooke Lee said...

What a fun giveaway girls!!! xoxo

Melanie Hooks said...

Thank you for the fun ideas.

Renee Powell said...

Great gift ideas!

Stacey O'Neill said...

my kid loves bean boozled!

Savannah Leigh said...

Pie in the face is the best game to play with littles and adults!! Love these ideas!

Alison Nieves said...

What an awesome giveaway and great ideas!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing!! I got the fashion plates for my niece who is the same age as Ebby Lee! I can't wait for that to get opened!

Tiffany Green said...

Thank you for all of the gift ideas!

Caelin Micks said...

Omg!! So fun and helpful

Jeannine Hopper said...

Thanks for the chance to win! Love your blog :)

Kim said...

Great giveaway!!

April Bryan said...

7 year old boy - legos, books, actioncam, ipad mini
4 year old boy - legos, ipad mini, books, soft air soccer ball
3 year old girl - AG bitty baby and accessories, karaoke machine

JDeffenbaugh said...

Such great ideas! I was looking for one or two more small things for my 3 year old boy and you totally helped out! Thanks!

MnMKyle said...

Love reading your blog:) Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Dan Clifton said...

Great ideas - great give-away!

Dan Clifton said...

Great ideas - great give-away!
Carolyn Clifton
cliftonsangels@gmail.com

Caroline Mattingly said...

Love these ideas. I can not wait to buy sweet little things for my niece (due this summer) next Christmas!! XO

Amanda Bacon said...

I have a 7 year old boy who is asking Santa for an air hockey table and a kidizoom camera. I also have a 2 year old boy who is asking Santa for Star Wars stuffed animals. Thanks for the giveaway!

Laura Stein said...

This is my son's first Christmas :) So we are off the hook for kid gifts for this year, but I know that will all be changing very soon! This year I can get away with wrapping up Christmas books and toys we've been playing with for the last month.

dresselfamily.blogspot.com said...

great giveaway!!!!.
ok.. pie face is sold out everywhere in canada..it's like the hottest thing thus year lol

Cindy P said...

I love your blog and am so excited for the giveaway! Thanks! :)

Molly Blanchet said...

Great ideas!!

Sally said...

Good gift ideas! Thanks.

Unknown said...

I loved fashion plates!

Sheri Banwart said...

Great ideas!

Amber said...

Love the ideas!

McCraine Family said...

Merry Christmas!

Michelle K said...

I have two girls ages 5 and 3 and they are getting dolls, magformers, and a scooter.

Laura said...

Great ideas! The shock hot potato game sounds like a hit!

Dollie said...

You all will love pie face game! It's brought lots of laughter and giggles to our family! Our kids ask often to play it

Abby VandenBosch said...

Great kid ideas!

Erin said...

That barn set- LOVE it!! I have a three year old boy as well he seems to really be in to transformers this year!!! :/ I come from a family of girls so this boy toy thing is all new to me.... #ijustwanttobuyabarbie ;)

Suzi said...

My 6 year old boy would love these ideas! Thanks!

Kathleen Kaiser said...

Great ideas and Merry Christmas!

Cathy T said...

So many great ideas for what to get my neice for Christmas!

Mary Feagley said...

Thank you for the post and the r-discovery of FASHION PLATES. I spent hours playing with this as a kid!

Traveler, Party of 1 said...

Sorry, no help on shopkins! I don't get it either!

Andrew said...

I'm loving these gift ideas!

Janet said...

Love your blog!! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

Janet said...

Love your blog!! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

Raven said...

Love the holiday hop! So fun!

Heather said...

Thanks for the ideas! This helped for my nephew!

Three Gals and a Guy said...

Shopkins!!! Yes! I don't get it either, I'm so glad I'm not the only one! My 5 year old just recently discovered them and she LOVES them! Anyway, love all the other ideas!

Emily Zwonitzer said...

Awesome ideas! Have a Merry Christmas :)

Emily Zwonitzer said...

Awesome gift ideas! Have a Merry Christmas! :)

dassy said...

These are all great ideas!! Tx!

Cassandra Short said...

Thanks for the ideas!

Jessica Stroud said...

Love the little boy gift guide! I have two - two year olds and one almost three year old on my list this year and was at a loss. You and amazon prime might have saved Christmas this year ;)! Thanks for the awesome gift guides!

Helen Neudorf said...

Great ideas!

Mollie said...

Thanks for the ideas and giveaway!

Jenn DeVille said...

I have 2 daughters, almost 19 and 17. James Avery charm bracelets for both of them, clothes, itunes cards, jammas, makeup, ect...Merry Christmas!

Dustie Day said...

Love the ideas! We also have this notebook for our 3 yr old boy. It's awesome, amazing, and educational! Comes pre-loaded with all educational things for kids at different ages. I highly recommend! 😊

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Alisha said...

I got my niece Pie Face for Christmas and I might be more excited than everyone to play it!

Libby J said...

Great ideas!

Libby J said...

These are great ideas!

Allison said...

Such great ideas!

Jessica Taylor said...

Such great ideas. I am wanting to get Pie Face for the kids in our family so I can play. Hope your family has a Merry Christmas!

Melinda {Delighting in Details} said...

Super helpful gift ideas! :)

A Gal Named Al said...

My kids and I laugh so hard watching those pie game videos! Thank you for the chance to win! I'd use the money for our Disney World savings.

Celina said...

My daughter loves shopkins too.

Kim said...

My three year old boy has been asking for a "chomper dinosaur" (Zoomer Chomplingz). So far the only explanation for what is does is it chomps! lol

Donna Houser said...

I always struggle with gifts for my grandchildren. Great gift ideas. Thank you!

Krista Morris said...

Great Ideas Love This

Kristen Krueger said...

Agreed about shopkins! My niece is obsessed and we don't get it!

laura courtney said...

Great ideas! Thank you!

Charity said...

EEEKS!! I would LOVE to win this!!!

Kristi said...

Great gift ideas!

Kristi said...

Great gift ideas!

Ansleighsmom said...

Omg I am right there with you on shopkins Ansleigh wants them to and I so dont get the point! She is getting grace thomas this year as well sounds like our girls like the same things! have a merry christmas!

sdweltzin said...

Thank you for these great gift ideas! And Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!

Lee Family said...

Thanks for the fantastic ideas! Merry Christmas!

Jan Webb said...

Love the Pie Face game!! It's a big hit with all the kiddos!!

Leigh (Balancing By Faith) said...

Such fun ideas!! I always end up with more clothes for my kids...which they don't LOVE opening....need to add a few toys for their holiday cheer!

Christene Demers- Rowland said...

I am going to check out Fashion plates for daughter. I love your blog. I found your blog through Mix and Match Mama blog and now read your blog daily with my coffee. This giveway is wonderful blessing and very thoughtful. Thank you for the opportunity.

Glo Stro said...

Great gift ideas! Merry Christmas

3-shaylaburton said...

These are all such great ideas! I have many little cousins that would love some of these gifts!

Meagan Satterfield said...

What great ideas! Thanks so much! Merry Christmas!

Cheryl Metcalfe said...

Love the gift ideas!

Elise said...

Great ideas! Thanks!

Kelley Cerny said...

Love this! Great ideas :)

Jessica Wesley said...

Love the Kindle Fire idea...we're done Christmas shopping, but our daughter has a birthday just after the new year so this is going to be a great idea for her bday.

Morgan Weller said...

These are such good ideas! I'm all about Nixon's ideas. We have a five year old too!! We also got our boys a rock tumbler and they love the coloring cardboard kits you can get off of amazon. So far they've gotten the house and the dog house and now they are getting the rocket!

MAK said...

My Bowen is 3 too and would love all the same stuff as your Bowen!

Jack and Kate's Mommy said...

My 9 year old plays with her shopkins for hours on end...I don't get it either!

Susan H. said...

I'm already done shopping for my little guy, but these are some great ideas :)

Priscilla Slockett said...

My children are 18 and 20 now. We still have our bitty baby, and the twins, and a couple of AG dolls.I still, actually Santa, give my 20 year old son a Lego set every Christmas. He would be disappointed if he didn't get one! They have some pretty complicated sets.BTW, he is anot engineering major, I think because of his love of Legos! Merry Christmas! !

Nerine said...

Loved clicking through the links to get some last minute gift ideas! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Beth said...

Great ideas and great links! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Kristin Wheatley said...

Love this gift guide! Great ideas!

Beth said...

Great ideas and great links - Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Kerry Forristall said...

Thanks for the chance to win!!

The Heeren Family said...

Great ideas, thank you!

Rebekah McCracken said...

Love the ideas!

Sandy a la Mode said...

these are such great ideas!!!!! my son would love any of those ones for boys!! so fun to be in this hop with you!! :)

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Crystal K. said...

Great ideas - my son wants that pie game!

emily b said...

Love these ideas!

Kristina Reimer said...

What a great idea - my young boy is all about those toys.

Haley Nelson said...

Love the Pie Face game idea! I think we may need to make that a Christmas Eve tradition. :)

Camille said...

This would be great to win to help at time time of year with all the gifts to buy! Loved the gift ideas for little girls. Reminded me of the things I loved :)

live compassionately said...

Great ideas!

Amber Sanders said...

I just love your blog and your adorable little family. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

The Fair Melissa said...

My kids are getting several of those things :)

Rachel Hunt said...

Love that Lego duplo set! Got it for my neice. :)

Kelli @ A Deeper Joy said...

Great ideas for when I have kids! Thanks!

Ashley Anguiano said...

Can't wait to try that pie game!

Elise @ Cheers Yall said...

Pie face?!! YESSSS! xx

Kristen said...

I absolutely loved my Spirograph and Fashion Plates when I was a kid!

Kristen said...

I absolutely loved my Spirograph and Fashion Plates when I was a kid!

Haley Bishop said...

Love your gift ideas! Kids are going to be thrilled!

Melodie said...

A spooner board for my active 7 year old. A homemade (by dad) lego table for my 6 year old. And either lincoln logs or a fire truck for my 3 year old.

Laura said...

What great gift ideas!!

Melissa said...

thanks for the giveaway!

Mandy's Notebook said...

We bought the Kindle for our girls this year. Merry Christmas!

Stephanie said...

Great Ideas!

Crystal McDonald said...

Great ideas!!!

Lisa said...

i am doing the 4 gifts ( something to wear, something to read, something you want and something to do) its our first year and it has made christmas so much easier!

Hayley's Helpings said...

Love the American girl doll! I always loved getting new things for my Samantha and Molly dolls when I was a little girl. Happy Holidays Erika!

April said...

Thanks for all the great ideas!

Kathryn Turner said...

I love your blog. :) Merry Christmas!

Tracy said...

Fun post! I'm sure your kiddos will love their new toys!

Allyson said...

My 5 Year old would love some of those gifts!

Angela Ellingson said...

I do not understand shopkins either! :) That dinosaur robot makes me think of my 3-year-old boy. For the past couple weeks every night during bedtime he prays for a robot. He wants one so bad! We found one at Target. He's going to be so excited! Also, best giveaway EVER!

teleana said...

love your blog. thanks for the gift ideas

Rachel Fowler said...

Love your ideas! I want that Pie Face game!

Jessie Wilson said...

Thanks for sharing these ideas! I think you just helped me finish up my shopping!

Reba said...

Great ideas! I have a 3 year old boy as well, so this post was super helpful!

Bekah Faddis said...

Thanks for the ideas!

Staci said...

Great ideas! My nieces and nephews would love these!!

Sharon Kruschen said...

Great ideas!

Kelly said...

Love following your blog! Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

I love reading your blog! I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway

JessF said...

My 4 yr old is still very much into the movie Cars and everything that goes with it!

Erin Peyerk said...

Love your little boy gift guide! Our 19 month old is all boy so this is right up his alley! :) We're getting him some Little People tractor toys and picked up a Home Depot workbench at Toys R Us. Finishing up the shopping on Monday. Thanks for the ideas!

Lauren Kussmaul said...

Great ideas!

Pn said...

Great gift ideas! Thanks for the recommendation.

Kylie McGraw said...

I don't understand Shopkins either (I'm a teacher)! Ha! They also love Minecraft and Pokemon...both boys and girls...and I'm just thinking to myself, I was ALL girl when I was little so there was no way I liked Pokemon!

Abatha Boyle said...

Fantastic ideas!

Julie Dinsmore said...

Great ideas!

Skoglund5 said...

Cute ideas!

cara said...

Merry Christmas!

Brittany Hisel said...

Love these ideas!! Merry Christmas!! :)

J Ochoada said...

Love all your ideas for a girl! I have a 6 year old daughter that is getting a very similar list!! :-)

Melody said...

Die hard Shopkins fans here. My 5 yr old has the Small Mart and put her Shopkins in that and then her princesses go grocery shopping! Some have the funniest faces and names. We just love em. :)
She's also really into jungle animals, so from Santa she's getting the huge Melissa And Doug stuffed cheetah. I can't wait!

Lauren Topakoglu said...

Great ideas!

Rachel said...

Wow I love how much thought you put into these! No one knows their babies like mamas do! AND YES! I have the same confusion with Shopkins. My nieces love them. But I actually don't even understand the point of them...? Let me know when you figure it out :)

-Rachel at thefashionistahousewife.blogspot.com

Missus Via said...

Merry Christmas!

JKim said...

Love the ideas!

The Lindquist Family said...

I love reading your blog every morning. Merry Christmas to your family! Thanks for the giveaway!

Betsy said...

As someone without kids, these are helpful suggestions for age appropriate gifts.

Linnane Carrasco said...

Thank you for the toy ideas and for the giveaway! Merry Christmas everyone!

Debra said...

These are some great ideas for those of us who have littles in our life, mine are all grown , but, no grand babies yet! Thank you for generous heart! Love your blog!!

Sarah, Joe and Xavier said...

I have a 5 1/2 year old boy and a 2 1/2 year old boy so your gift guides are great! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

Kim in RI said...

Great ideas and so many of them I gave to my kids when they were little!