Happy early holidays! You guys might think I’m crazy for already starting to think about holiday gift giving, but I just like to call myself prepared. Ha! No but really, every year I wait until the last minute to buy Christmas gifts and this year I told myself I’m just not gonna let that happen. Also, I think I’m just more excited about the holidays this year. To be completely honest with you guys, growing up I didn’t love Christmas. In fact, most years my brother and sister would have to drag me out of bed because I’d rather sleep another hour then wake up early and open presents. How bizarre is that?! I’ve never really understood why I felt that way about Christmas. It just wasn’t my favorite holiday. I think part of it was probably because I grew up in Massachusetts and it was absolutely freezing during holidays. And I’m just not a fan of the cold whatsoever. That’s part of the reason I moved to California the day I graduated from college.
Anyway, I couldn’t possibly be more excited for Christmas this year! And I absolutely know that’s because of Molly. She’s just about 2 1/2 now and she’s really getting into the different holidays. Last week, she was absolutely floored with all things Halloween! She loved the skeleton and ghost decorations all over our neighborhood and the costumes everyone was wearing. And of course she loved the candy! It made me see Halloween through fresh eyes and it was awesome. So I know this Christmas is going to be just the best! I can’t wait to decorate the house with her (if you guys watch my Instagram stories you know I’ve already put up one of our Christmas trees! Ha! I’m one of THOSE people now). I can’t wait to read Christmas books with her and sing Christmas carols. And I absolutely can’t wait to see her face when she walks down the stairs on Christmas morning and sees all the presents under the tree. That moment is going to be absolutely magical! Not only for her but for me and Kevin too! I could honestly cry just writing about it.
So with all that said, I’m in the holiday spirit this year for sure! And I’ve already started buying gifts! Not just for our family but also for donating. Giving to those less fortunate is going to be a big part of my holiday experience this year. We’re so lucky to have all that we have and I want to give back and teach Molly the importance of giving back. So today on the blog I’m sharing five gifts that I bought for different people on my list. Everything I’m sharing today is totally affordable and from eBay! Plus I just think they are pretty great gifts, so I’m sharing something I bought for Kevin, Molly, Riley, Owen and a gift I bought to donate!
And FYI for anyone shopping on eBay, I didn’t realize it until just recently that you can filter your search results on the site to only show you new products that ship for free. In fact, the majority of items on eBay ship for free! And over 80% of the items are new. Just thought I’d let you guys know since I used to think eBay was only for buying and selling stuff that was preowned. But it’s totally not anymore! And I found so many good deals on there!
Molly – A Toddler Gift
I’m gonna start with what I bought Molly because really Christmas is all about her this year. And I swear when I bought her this guitar my plan was to give it to her on Christmas morning. However, my little explorer happened to make her way into my office and into my closet and she found it the other day. Ha! This is our first Christmas where she’s old enough to get into things around the house so I’ve got to get better at my present hiding skills! I’m a newbie at this so cut me some slack. Ha! Anyway, I figured since she found the guitar I might as well let her have it and take some really cute pictures of her with it.
I got it for her because she absolutely loves music right now. And she’s super obsessed with the movie Coco so I knew having a guitar of her very own would absolutely thrill her! So I started looking online for one I could get her and they were all either bright colors or looked fake. I really wanted to get her one that looks like a real mini guitar. Mostly because my dad comes over once or twice a month and brings his guitar and plays it for her and one day she told me that she wanted one just like grandpas. So when I saw this child’s guitar on eBay for under $20 I knew I had to get it for her! And it’s so stinking cute! I can’t wait for my dad to come over so they can both play their guitars together. That’s gonna make for the cutest photo op ever! Plus I think getting kids musical instrument as gifts is a way to expand their minds and encourage creativity.
Riley – A Infant Gift
Let’s face it, newborns and infants don’t exactly need presents. When Molly was a baby and had her first Christmas I remember we wrapped a bunch of empty boxes to take cute photos of her sitting in front of them. We didn’t want to buy a bunch of presents for a baby when, one – they don’t need a lot of stuff, and two – it’s kind of a waste to spend a ton of money on baby gifts. But of course I still wanted to get Riley a few things! So I decided on a practical gift to start. I went with this inflatable duck tubby. It’s only $12 so it’s super affordable. But I honestly would’ve paid even more for it because we used this exact same tub with Molly when she was little and it was awesome (we gave it to a friend when she grew out of it which is why I’m buying another one). Basically you put it in your bathtub and fill it with water to give your baby a bath when they are too big for their sink tub but still too small for the whole bathtub. Plus, it saves money on your water bill because you don’t have to fill up the entire bath when you give them a tub! Well, when you have one kid. Now that Molly takes a bath in the big tub we’re going to put this little ducky tub in the bath next to her so Riley can start taking baths with her soon! Basically as soon as he can sit up on his own. Riley is such a big baby that he’s totally already starting to outgrow his sink tub at only 5 months old. How crazy is that?! He’s a massive child. Ha!
Kevin – For Your Hubby or SO
Kevin’s gift is really easy. He told me the other day that he needed to get an ugly Christmas sweater for work since they all wear them around the holidays so I started looking for one online. Some were so expensive! I couldn’t believe it! So when I was browsing eBay I was so happy to find some for under $15. So we are for sure ordering these this year rather than spending over $50 on something we’ll wear one time. Or at the most, once a year. Plus isn’t it a rule or something that you are supposed to buy your spouse UGLY PJ’s or something ugly for Christmas?! I also found an affordable pair of wireless earbuds that I think I will get him as well.
Owen – For the Dog or Dog Lover in Your Life
Our dog Owen is pretty easy to please. Give him some treats and a couple squeaky toys and he’s good to go on Christmas morning! But I wanted to get him something that would not only be fun for him but also be fun for Molly to play with him. And I found this massive tennis ball for only $9 on eBay! This is another one of those gifts that I should’ve put away so I can actually put it under the tree, but I got too excited when it arrived because it was hysterically big so I just gave it to Owen. I actually think this could be a good gift to give to an animal lover in general. One of the girls I work with is super dedicated to rescuing dogs and I’m tempted to buy one of these to give to her because I know she’d get a kick out of it. And it’s only 8 bucks so why not!
To Donate To Someone in Need
Last but certainly not least is the gift that I bought to donate. This is just one of many things I plan on buying throughout the holiday season to donate to a local organization that help those less fortunate. I went back-and-forth on a lot of things that I could buy. I know there are so many kids that just want a new toy, just one, under the tree this year. And I’ll definitely get my fair share of those to donate to put a smile on a kiddos face. But I wanted to start with something that is really needed. So I decided to get this 12 pack of mittens that are under $20. It’s affordable, so I hope a lot of people can buy something like this to donate this year and it’s something that’s desperately needed by so many children all over our country. I live in Southern California and they’re not exactly needed here, so that’s why I am bringing these home with me when I travel to the East Coast tomorrow to visit my family so I can donate to a local organization there. So I hope you guys join me in setting aside time, and if you can, some dollars to buy something this year for someone less fortunate! All it takes is a few extra dollars to do something nice for somebody else!
Oh and by the way while I was shopping I decided to include a little gift for myself! I found this sweater for only $16 and had to get it! I got a size medium for a little bit more of a fitted look, but size up if you want a looser fit! I feel like it’s much more fitted than it is in the photos online so just size up if you want a baggy look! Even consider sizing up by 2!
That’s it for me today! I just wanted to share some super affordable and cool finds to get you thinking about gift giving this year! Hope you guys enjoyed my gift guide today! Excited for everything this holiday season will bring!
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