Well, you guys know that crowds stress me out, and I’ve always preferred to do my holiday shopping online versus in person (however, Andrew loves standing in a long Black Friday line for a deal…he loves the hunt), so this year, I feel very excited that we’re all supposed to stay home, stay cozy and online shop.
I loved what I did last year on Black Friday, so I’m going to repeat it again this year too…instead of one really long post, I rounded up my favorite things this holiday season to gift and stuck them in one great big GIFT GUIDE plus a few extra ideas for grins. And bonus, most of these items are ON SALE RIGHT NOW.
Easy as that!!!
It’s officially Christmastime, friends!!!
Awwwww! You guys know how much I love to gift these pouches!! They’re so cute, so personal and so much fun to pull out of your bag. You can create a million different versions on their website for someone you love. Right now, they’re on sale too!
Our screen in the backyard would make an excellent holiday gift! We LOVE OURS SO MUCH! It’s great for watching movies by the fire and even by the pool too! EDIT: Many of you asked for a step by step of how we set this up, so Andrew just took some pics. Here you go…
Grey Cord: It’s the USB charging cord
Black Cord: It’s an HDMI cable that comes with the Cube (projector), see below
Cube: That’s your actual projector, ours is old (and I couldn’t find it), but there is the link to updated versions
The HDMI Lightening Converter connects from the HDMI cord to your phone.
Speaking of the screen, you’ll need a great wireless speaker to go along with it…I’ve told you about this one many, many times. It is Andrew’s very favorite! It’s light, it produces great sound and we take it everywhere. It literally goes in the suitcase and on trips with us. We use it outside, we use it inside…we use it all the time. To make it work with your outdoor movie (above)…
The little box on the bottom left-hand corner (the TV with the triangle), you’ll click this…
…and then select the Bose Revolve + SoundLink. And then, you’ll have your outdoor movie with sound 🙂 .
I receive so many comments, DMs and emails about our coffee maker. I bought it for Andrew three years ago for his birthday, and we love it! It’s a Jura from Williams-Sonoma and since ours is older, our exact version isn’t online, but you can look at all of the newer models HERE. It really is amazing!
Ashby received these walkie talkies for her birthday and loved them so much that we’ve continued to gift them to other people too. They are not only fun for kids, but they really work well too!
I’ve also shared these bangles with you so many times too!! They’re waterproof, they don’t make noise when they rattle together, they’re light and THEY’RE SO CUTE! They come in every color under the rainbow…and even rainbow too! They would make excellent stocking stuffers this year!!
For the jewelry lover in your life, this hanging jewelry organizer has ROCKED MY WORLD this year!!! It makes seeing my jewelry so easy, out of the way and organized!
One last find, my favorite skincare line (and my mom’s too!) is having a major sale today! If you’ve ever wanted to try Colleen Rothschild, now would be an excellent time!
There are a few fun finds and now here is my master list of Black Friday ultimate gifts. I recommended each of these items last year too…and stand behind them all again this year! They really are my favorite things to gift!
1: A Peloton! Andrew and I love, love, love our Peloton bike and if you and/or your hubby are fitness people, I really think you’ll love it too. We have had ours for three years now and someone uses it at least once a day. The classes are so interactive, so tailored and customized and just plain FUN that it makes working out a lot less work.
2: Echo Dots for Kids is what we bought our three big kiddos two years ago and we LOVE them!! Your kids can use them as alarm clocks, to play music, to ask questions, and you can use it as an intercom to speak to your kids whether you’re home or away or to make household announcements. These were some of our very favorite Christmas gifts ever and are still so loved!!
3: What did I do before my Air Pods?! I wear them EVERY SINGLE DAY! I run in them, talk on the phone in them, use them while I’m doing chores and want to be hands-free…they’re amazing! I gave both of my parents these as Mother’s Day/Father’s Day gifts this year, and they love them too! They are so easy to use, so easy to charge, just so EASY! I love, love, love mine!
4: Our Echo Show as a great addition to our house! We placed ours in the kitchen and it makes playing music, communicating, watching Prime shows/movies just so easy. Really, that’s just the tip of the iceberg…it can do so much more than that! I think this would be a great for teens, adults and/or families.
5: I love Apple Watches!! For me, they’re a great way to stay connected while not having to be tethered to your iPhone 24/7. If you know someone with an iPhone, an Apple Watch would be a great companion!
6: Speaking of watches, the Garmin Jr. is still a fave gift around here too! My big kids both had them when they were 7-9ish and now, Ashby has one too. She can tell time, set a timer, check her steps for the day and things like that. It’s waterproof and doesn’t need to be charged, so she basically never has to take it off.
7: Gizmo watches ruled our house last year! Andrew and I bought our big kids watches and then connected them with Verizon (you do not have to have Verizon for your own cell carrier to use the watches) and now, we can text and/or call our kids any time we want (and vice versa). We can also use the watch to check the GPS and see where our kid are AND we can “mute” the watches during school so that they’re not using them in class. I think Ashby is a little young for one of these as you need to be able to text, but my big kids are at the perfect ages.
8: This Bose Speaker right here is our very favorite! Andrew Shull absolutely loves his and uses it all the time! It’s such an easy way to boost sound whether you’re by the pool, at the beach or even in rooms in your house!
9: Jo Malone perfumes are some of my fave! This mini collection here gives you several scents to try all year long.
10: This Kiehl’s set has a little bit of luxury in every bottle. For the person you know who has everything, get them this!
11: Not a day goes by when I don’t use my T3 Curling iron! I love how you can buy different barrels and wands to change up your style whenever you want. I truly think this curling wand makes my hair shinier too!
12: Speaking of hair, my Revlon dryer has revolutionized how I do my hair. I now never leave home without it!
13: The most loved toy ever at our house (and the most gifted from us to others!) is this Leap Frog coffee maker. My kids play with it every single day!
14: Barrington totes just make me HAPPY! Customize and personalize one for someone today! I always think this is such a fun gift to give!!
15: This little MAC makeup set is great for ladies of all ages! I actually loved it so much that I bought it for myself this year in “blush”.
16: Sparkly stud earrings are always a win!! I love the many colors these come in too.
17: A candy cane candle? Yes, please! What a cute hostess gift this would make!!
18: I have gifted Hunter boots so many times! I love to pick fun colors for each person that receive them.
19: For the person who truly has everything, Saltopia Salts are a fantastic gift!! These salts are absolutely delicious and come in so many great flavors!!
20: If someone you know loves diffusing oils, these are without a doubt my FAVORITE diffusers!
21: Speaking of diffusers, these reed diffusers are so nice in rooms where you don’t burn a candle. I always keep one in my closet.
22: I love giving and receiving yummy bubble bath! This brand is one of my very faves!
23: Cozy pajamas in fun prints? Yes, please!
24: I have gifted this blanket so many times! It comes in so many fun colors and is so cozy!
25: Friends, Andrew and I cannot sleep without our My Pillows!! Honest to goodness, we are IN LOVE with these crazy pillows 😉 .
26: Ugg slippers!!! I have them on right this minute!! These are THE MOST WORN ITEM IN MY CLOSET! Gift them with pjs and you’ll be forever loved 😉 .
27: I wear this very robe every single day! Last year, I gifted three of them to women in my life. They wash and dry perfectly and are oh so cozy.
28: The gift of the blardigan…the world’s coziest cardigan.
29: Santa brought my kiddos these big bean bag chairs six years ago, and we still love them! They’re big enough for adults too!
30: If you’re in the market for a new mattress, look no further than a Sleep Number. For some reason, Andrew and I resisted for so long and then the minute we bought one, we declared it the best purchase. Ever. In the history of our marriage.
31: Perhaps one of our very favorite gifts from Santa are our cozy sleeping bags!! My kids sleep in these MULTIPLE times a week!! They are so cozy that I wish I had one too!!
Okay, if you’re still looking for an idea of two, I’m going to re-share my Amazon Gift Guides for Kids…
1: Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Candy Delight Playset for Kids 3 Years and Up with 5 Cans, Non-Toxic • $18.82
2: ZMLM Scratch Paper Art Notebooks – Rainbow Scratch Off Art Set for Kids Activity Color Book Pad Black Magic Art Craft Supplies Kits for Girls Boys Birthday Party Favor Game Christmas Toys Gift • $11.95
3: Snap Pop Beads for Girls – 730pcs Kids Jewelry Making Kit by Blue Squid, Pop-Bead Art and Craft Kit DIY Necklace Hairband Bracelet Ring Earring Great Toys for Age 4 5 6 7 8 Year Old Girl Gifts Toy Set • $17.99
4: Toys For 3-16 Years Old Girls Gifts,Karaoke Microphone For Kids Age 4-12,Best Fun Birthday Gifts For 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Years Teens Girl Boys • $19.99
5: My First Princess Make Up Kit – 12 Pc Kids Makeup Set – Washable Pretend Makeup For Girls – These Makeup Toys for Girls Include Everything Your Princess Needs To Play Dress Up – Comes with Stylish Bag • $15.44
6: SLIMYSAND Twist – Teal/Pink Scented Stretchy Cloud Slime, Cotton Candy & Watermelon, Stretchable, Moldable, Play Sand, 10oz.Great for Tactile Fun • $6.99
7: Crayola Sprinkle Art Shaker, Rainbow Arts and Crafts, Gifts for Girls & Boys, Ages 5, 6, 7, 8 • $19.99
8: LEGO Disney Anna and Elsa’s Storybook Adventures 43175 Creative Building Kit for fans of Disney’s Frozen 2, New 2020 (133 Pieces) • $15.99
9: Blinger Ultimate Nail Wand Collection, Purple – Glam Your Nails in No Mess, 3 Step Process, No Drying, No Waiting – Nail Art for School, Parties, Special Occasions, Everyday Use – Amazon Exclusive • $14.99
10: GirlZone Arts and Crafts Fruit Scented Markers and Pencil Case For Girls, Great Gifts For Girls • $15.29
11: Just My Style ABC Beads By Horizon Group USA, DIY Jewelry Making Kit With 1000+ Charms & Beads, Alphabet Beads, Accent Beads, Seed Beads, Charm Beads & More. Skeins & Instructions Included • $9.97
12: Ravensburger – Disney Princess Heartsong 60 Piece Glitter Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids – Every Piece is Unique, Pieces Fit Together Perfectly • $13.99
13: Candy Land Disney Princess Edition Game Board Game (Amazon Exclusive) • $18.13
14: VIAHART Brain Flakes 500 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set | A Creative and Educational Alternative to Building Blocks | Tested for Children’s Safety | A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • $16.99
15: GirlZone Unicorn Egg Sparkly Surprise Slime Kit for Kids, Everything in One Egg to Create Lots of Different Slimes! Great Gift for Girls. • $24.90
16: Disney Frozen 2 Elsa Styling Head, 14-Pieces • $14.97
17: Modeling Clay Kit – 24 Colors Air Dry Ultra Light Magic Clay, Soft & Stretchy DIY Molding Clay with Tools, Animal Accessories, Easy Storage Box Kids Art Crafts Gift for Boys & Girls Age 3-12 Year Old • $19.99
18: Crayola Ultimate Light Board Drawing Tablet, Gift for Kids, Ages 6, 7, 8, 9 • $17.49
19: ZITA ELEMENT 10 Complete Sets Fashion Handmade American 14.5 Inch Girl Wellie Doll Casual Wear Clothes and Party Dress, 14 Inch to 14.5 Inch Wishers Doll Clothes Outfits • $24.99
20: Dan&Darci Marbling Paint Art Kit for Kids – Arts and Crafts for Girls & Boys Ages 6-12 – Craft Kits Art Set – Best Tween Paint Gift, Ideas for Kids Activities Age 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Marble Painting • $19.99
21: Crayola Inspiration Art Case in Pink, Coloring Set, Gifts for Girls & Boys, Age 5+, 140 Count • $24.99
22: Aqua Magic Doodle Mat 40 x 28 Inches Kids Doodling Mats Water Drawing Writing Board Toy for Kid Toddler Animal Educational Painting Pad Toys for Age 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Girls Boys Toddlers Gift • $19.99
1: VATOS 316 PCS Stem Building Toys,Building Blocks Toys for Kids,Take Apart Toys,Preschool Educational Block Set, Best Gift for Kids 3-8 Years Old • $19.99
2: Take Apart Toys with Electric Drill | Converts to Remote Control Car | 3 in one Construction Truck Take Apart Toy for Boys | Gift Toys for Boys 3,4,5,6,7 Year Olds | Kids Stem Building Toy • $29.99
3: ZMLM Scratch Paper Art Notebooks – Rainbow Scratch Off Art Set for Kids Activity Color Book Pad Black Magic Art Craft Supplies Kits for Girls Boys Birthday Party Favor Game Christmas Toys Gift • $11.95
4: Toy Rocket Launcher for kids – Shoots Up to 100 Feet – 8 Colorful Foam Rockets and Sturdy Launcher Stand With Foot Launch Pad – Fun Outdoor Toy for Kids – Gift Toys for Boys and Girls Age 3+ Years Old • $19.99
5: IQ BUILDER | STEM Learning Toys | Creative Construction Engineering | Fun Educational Building Toy Set for Boys and Girls Ages 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old | Best Toy Gift for Kids | Top Blocks Game Kit • $24.97
6: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab – 4 Types of Amazing Slime For Girls & Boys Plus 4 Types of Putty Including Magnetic Putty, Fluffy Slime & Glow-in-the-Dark Putty • $29.99
7: Jasonwell Aqua Magic Doodle Mat 40 X 32 Inches Extra Large Water Drawing Doodling Mat Coloring Mat Educational Toys Gifts for Kids Toddlers Boys Girls Age 3 4 5 6 7 8 Year Old • $21.99
8: Kids Camping Gear-Outdoor Exploration Learning Set for Boys/Girls Age 2 3 4 5 6 7 & 8-Boy Adventure Gifts-Toddler Explorer Toys: Kid Binoculars, Headlamp, Flashlight, Compass, Magnifying Glass,Whistle • $19.99
9: Remote Control Car RC Cars – Drift High Speed Off Road Stunt Truck, Race Toy with 2 Rechargeable Batteries, 4 Wheel Drive, Cool Birthday Gifts for Boys Age 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Year Old Kids Toys • $28.99
10: Ravensburger Minecraft: Builders & Biomes Strategy Board Game Ages 10 & Up • $24.97
11: Dinosaur Toys, 258Pcs Create A Dinosaur World Road Race Flexible Track with 2 Cool Dinosaurs Cars,4 Dinosaurs,Best Gift Toys for 3 4 5 6 Year & Up Old Boys and Girls Kids • $32.99
12: SGILE RC Robot Toy, Programmable Smart Infrared Sensing Robot for Kids Birthday Gift Present, Blue • $21.58
13: VIAHART Brain Flakes 500 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set | A Creative and Educational Alternative to Building Blocks | Tested for Children’s Safety | A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • $16.99
14: Crayola Ultimate Light Board Drawing Tablet, Gift for Kids, Ages 6, 7, 8, 9 • $17.49
15: Basic Fun Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic Retro Toy, Gift for Girls and Boys, Ages 4+, Multicolor • $12.82
16: Modeling Clay Kit – 24 Colors Air Dry Ultra Light Magic Clay, Soft & Stretchy DIY Molding Clay with Tools, Animal Accessories, Easy Storage Box Kids Art Crafts Gift for Boys & Girls Age 3-12 Year Old • $19.99
17: 163 Piece STEM Toys Kit, Educational Construction Engineering Building Blocks Learning Set for Ages 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old Boys & Girls by Brickyard, Best Kids Toy, Creative Games & Fun Activity • $29.95
18: Flashing Cube Brain & Memory Game for Kids – 4-in-1 Electronic Handheld Games for Kids – Gift Toy for Boys and Girls 6-12 Years Old • $29.99
19: Desire Deluxe Magnetic Tiles Blocks Building Set for Kids – Learning Educational Toys for Boys Girls for Age 3 – 8 Year-Old – Birthday Present Gift (57PC) • $29.99
21: Crayola Inspiration Art Case Coloring Set, Gift for Kids, 140 Art Supplies • $21.44
Well, that wraps up my Black Friday! I hope you all have a blessed weekend! I will see you back here on Monday with DAY ONE of FIVE DAYS OF FABULOUS!!!!! xo