December 07, 2017
I love the holidays. I love that it brings together family and friends that I don’t get to see often enough. I love that we get to enjoy gathering and parties and of course, with that, great food! AND I really love to give presents. In my family, we want to impress on our kids to value the times we spend together so we love for our gifts to be centered around trips or other experiences that we can do together.
This year we found a great last minute deal on a cruise through Costco Travel and decided to take the plunge. I travel and work quite a bit so taking some time to reset with my family is not only needed for them but very much for me. Also, an unfortunate side-effect of being “FarmHer” is that to really shut off and relax I need to physically go out to the middle of the ocean where I CANNOT use my phone. So, we spent the first big part of the holidays, Thanksgiving, enjoying each other where the air is salty. I would always suggest checking Costco if you are going to take a vacation because they not only offer great pricing and service but booking a trip usually comes with some Costco Cash to help buy the Cheerios and coffee once you have to re-enter real life.
Because we choose to spend most of our money on the memories, when it comes to Christmas we give just one or two gifts each and I focus on giving useful and practical yet fun gifts…and this year, here are a few things on my list.
1. For my kids - Yes, I am the mom that basically stops buying much in the fall in anticipation of it showing up under the tree on Christmas. Think PJs and socks as basic staples. I also love to get them a new electric toothbrush because it is fun for them and isn’t what we use the entire year. This year their gifts are going to center around a 2018 goal of mine which is to get outside more and stare at a screen less.
For my son, it’s his first big kid bike. In our house, that means the first bike we get that’s not a beginner, crash it as much as you want, hand-me-down. We are going to give him a John Deere 20" bicycle that will be a guaranteed hit as green is his absolute favorite color! As a bonus, FarmHer has a John Deere 20" bicycle to give away to one lucky reader, compliments of John Deere! Like and share the Facebook post to enter for your chance to win! As a mom, I really hope this fun new outdoor toy will make him get outside more when Spring arrives. Ok…let’s be real, maybe it will soften the blow when mom kicks them outside to go play instead of becoming better friends with the iPad. Another great item that John Deere offers for those of you who have younger kids to think about is this great wagon with side wood stakes!
Remember that tops on my list are creating memories with the ones you love because tomorrow is not a promise. While you are making those memories, don’t forget to snap just enough pictures to fill up a photo book from Shutterfly and make sure that goes under the tree as well. I promise that you and your family will look back on that treasure for years to come.
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