Perfect Parenting: 4 Great Christmas Gifts for Kids

Christmas is one of the most special occasions for any child. The anticipation and excitement of receiving gifts can have your kids buzzing. To really make a Christmas special, you need to think of great gifts to give your kids. These are things that will be cherished and enjoyed well after the Christmas season has passed. Here are four great Christmas gifts for kids.

Toys

Toys are part of any great Christmas for a child. They can be all sorts of fun for them to enjoy, whether they’re for indoor or outdoor use. Lots of great memories can be formed from playing with or building these cherished toys. One of the best things to do is get toys based on pop culture characters that your kids love. This lets them bring their love for the characters into your home.

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5 Beautiful Decorative Christmas Gifts for the Home

When you have someone who’s fascinated with home décor on your Christmas list, you’ll give them some satisfaction with a gift that’s creative and distinct, but matches their interests. Start with this list of decorative Christmas gifts to get some ideas.

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10 Sides Suitable for Any Holiday Gathering

When it comes to serving up holiday sides you have many delicious choices to make. Deciding on the perfect menu for the occasion is part of the fun of seasonal meal planning, don’t you think?

The following list features yummy ideas for things like salads and veggie dishes. Some are classics like Ambrosia Salad and Southern-Style BBQ Baked Beans… holiday favorites for generations. Others, like Pumpkin Stuffing, bring a bit of variety to the table.
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3 Ways to Give Small Space Big Impact: Christmas Edition #Minimalism

Guest post contributed by Elise Morgan

Dealing with a small space for your festive spirit during this holiday season doesn’t have to be stressful and less jolly. With adequate décor, strategically placed details and minimalist approach you can truly make your place shine without looking like a cluttered mess. It’s important that you analyze the space you have and pinpoint all the openings in the process that would allow for some Christmas décor. If you’re still unsure on how to go about giving your space that touch of festivity, keep on reading.
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Silly Southwestern Printable Gift Tags

Silly Southwestern Printable Gift Tags

Christmas is almost here! It’s the time of giving and if you’re like me, you have everything but the gift tags! Don’t simply write names on your gifts, print adorable clip art gift tags and add a little humorous character to your presents this year.
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Teenage Son? 4 Christmas Gifts That Will Rock This Holiday

Guest post contributed by Emma Sturgis

When it comes to Christmas gifts, you’ll find that shopping for a teenage son is often the hardest to do as there aren’t as many choices as there are for girls. Some young men are selective when it comes to the items that they enjoy, and there are some who don’t have any specific item that they want for Christmas. An easy option is to give a gift card so that your son can get exactly what he wants after the holiday season.
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3 Things My Kids Don’t Need for Christmas This Year

 

While putting my kids Christmas lists on my phone last week (because, if they want me to remember, my phone has to remind me!) I stopped in my tracks.  I have been beyond busy for the last several weeks.  This time of year seems to breed functions to attend or projects to be completed.  I have been running here and there like an absolute mad woman.  It’s December.  What’s a mom to do come December when the tree’s up and there’s no gifts to wrap?  Get that list and add shopping to the endless list of things to do.  Why?  Why mama?  Why are we running ourselves ragged to buy things for our kids that they do NOT need?  Our kids don’t need things!  They need us!
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BELIEVE is Coming to Theaters on December 2! #WhatDoYouBelieve

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In a small town going through tough economic times, business owner Matthew Peyton (Ryan O’Quinn) struggles between his desire for financial success and the responsibility of funding the annual Christmas pageant. Desperate business decisions ruin his popularity and angry employees seek their revenge. But
when Matthew meets Clarence (Issac Ryan Brown), a joyful boy who believes in miracles, he must make a choice: do what’s best for himself or give faith a chance by opening his heart to help his new friend and his community.

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Out Of Gift Ideas? 4 Unique Ideas That Will Ensure You Rock The Holidays

Guest post contributed by Emma Sturgis

Out Of Gift Ideas?

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It’s easy to feel like you’ve run out of good gift ideas after searching online and exploring stores. However, this quick list will show you some stunning and unique gift ideas for anyone on your shopping list. This holiday season, you can impress your friends and loved ones with unique, memorable gifts.
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Sweet Creations – Baking Cupcakes for the Holidays!

Sweet Creations Cupcake Carrier

 

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My daughter loves to bake cupcakes.  She bakes them for birthday parties, holidays, basically any time she gets the chance. 😉  The problem has always been – “how do we transport these and display them once we arrive?” We have hauled them in multiple cake pans and whatever we could fit them in!  They always get messed up despite our efforts.  For the display, we even purchased cardboard cupcake stands that end up falling apart and simply look cheap!

Sweet Creations

I am thrilled to say that Good Cook has a beautiful solution to this problem!  The Sweet Creations Cupcake Carrier is a three tier plastic cupcake carrier that doubles as a stand.  You can use it for cupcakes, cake pops, or both combined!  It has a clear plastic lid that covers the carrier with a handle for easy transport.  All of the shelves are level and very sturdy.  You don’t have to worry about the cupcakes sliding around.  They fit neatly in their snug little place. 😉

Cupcake box

If you are thinking of delivering just a few cupcakes, the Sweet Creations Snow Flake Cupcake Boxes are perfect!  Each container holds 4 cupcakes along with a cupcake tray to prevent them from moving around in the box.  These will make stylish affordable gifts for teachers, co-workers, or church friends.

Don’t forget the cupcake papers!  Good Cook has thought of it all!  They have a pack of 50 Snow Flake Cupcake Papers that match the cupcake boxes!

 

How to:

For the cupcakes, I used a box recipe of Red Velvet Cake.  GASP!  Yes, I am a busy mom too. 😉  Some days you have to improvise!  The bottom layer of icing is cream cheese piped with a star tip using Wilton disposable piping bags.

I began on the outer edge of the cupcake top and piped in a circular motion until arriving in the center.  Then, I used a bottle of Betty Crocker Decorating Cake Icing (in red) using the same star tip, made a smaller circle on the top.  The final touch is one Cake Mate Cupcake Perfect Pearl.  These are so easy to make and they looked fabulous!