Kohl’s Cares: Holiday Giving With The Peanuts Gang

(Disclosure: I am working with Kohl’s to promote their Kohl’s Cares program and received promotional items but all thoughts are my own.)

Kohl’s Department Stores is offering classic Peanuts storybooks, plush toys of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends and gifts, for just $5 each that will leave the entire family grinning from ear to ear this holiday season. Through the Kohl’s Cares program, 100 percent of the net profit from this collection supports children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. I love this program because it’s a great way for people to find gifts for those they love while giving back to the community at the same time.

Now through late December, Kohl’s offers exclusive hardcover editions of beloved Peanuts storybooks by renowned author Charles M. Schulz, along with coordinating plush toys. Kohl’s also offers a cookbook, holiday CD and a Peanuts Jigsaw Puzzle –perfect gifts guaranteed to spread holiday cheer this season.

Kohl’s Cares Cause Merchandise for Kids

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas and Charlie Brown plush: Join Charlie and Linus as they uncover the true meaning of Christmas through fun holiday traditions, including ice skating, participating in the school pageant and finding a Christmas tree.
  • You Can Be Anything and Snoopy plush: Children will dream big with Snoopy as they learn they can do anything or be anything – from an astronaut to a lawyer to just plain cool – as they grow up.
  • Be Yourself! and Woodstock plush: The whole Peanuts gang is gathered together to show children that being yourself is fun and everyone has different qualities that make them unique and special!
  • Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown and Snoopy plush: Follow Linus as he tries, with the help of his friends Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy, to part with his beloved blanket before his Grandma’s visit.
  • Peanuts Classic Gift Set: Experience two-times the holiday cheer and endless Christmas miracles with a book two-pack of Happiness is a Warm Puppy and Christmas is Together Time – great classic Peanuts stories.
  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE – Linus plush and Lucy plush: Children will buddy up with Linus and Lucy plush toys as they celebrate the holiday season. Available exclusively at Kohls.com.
  • Peanuts Jigsaw Puzzle: Wrap up in a blanket, pour a cup of cocoa and get to work with the family assembling a jigsaw puzzle with artwork from the classic Peanuts storybooks. It is the perfect stocking stuffer or new family tradition this holiday season.

Kohl’s Cares Cause Merchandise for Grown-Ups

  • Holiday Cheer: Make sure the halls are decked and everyone is jolly this holiday season with the perfect book for holiday recipes, decorating, entertaining and gift ideas. The go-to holiday handbook this season is filled with tips and tricks from Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Country Living and makes the perfect hostess gift for holiday parties and festivities.
  • Upon the Winter Solstice: Trans-Siberian Orchestra CD: Delight in the holiday spirit with the sounds of this year’s CD from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Grab one for the car, the home and the office to spread the holiday cheer!

Gifts that promote literacy and give back to the community? These are a must for any gift list!

Gift Giving With Lindt Chocolates

Every Christmas my children’s teachers get the same thing as gifts: chocolate! I figure that it’s a pretty safe gift because almost everyone loves it. One of my favorite chocolates are LINDOR truffles so I was really excited to get an assortment of them to review. They come in a variety of flavors and literally melt in your mouth.

Lindt’s special Holiday collection contains, among other items, two large gift bags filled with truffles. Each bag is ready to gift which is nice because you can save yourself some time since you don’t have to wrap it. I love the felt bag because the design and ribbon make the gift look like it cost a lot more than $25.

The bags feature some of Lindt’s top LINDOR truffle flavors including: Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Extra Dark Chocolate. My favorites are the White Chocolate Truffles and Peanut Butter Truffles.  They are so delicious!

Find all of the flavors on Lindt’s website. Which flavor is your favorite?

An Expert Answers My Questions About Choosing Educational Toys & Games

(Disclosure: This interview is sponsored by LeapFrog and I am receiving some of their products in exchange for posting. Thoughts are my own.)

The Holiday gift giving season is coming up and if you are anything like me you are overwhelmed by the choices of educational toys and games on the shelves. I had a chance to ask some of my top questions when it comes to this topic and get them answered by Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos. Jody is the math and science development expert of LeapFrog’s Learning Team where she works on products across all platforms to teach math and science concepts in developmentally appropriate ways using research-based techniques. Before joining LeapFrog, she was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, a researcher and instructor, and a math textbook author. She is also the proud mother of two boys.

Here were the questions I asked her:

  • How are the age ranges on toys/games/apps decided?
  • How would you suggest dealing with younger siblings wanting older siblings games/toys that are not made for them?
  • What should parents look for when buying toys for preschoolers?
  • What Leapfrog toys do you think will be hot this Christmas season?

Check out her answers to my questions below:

If you can’t view the video, here is a direct link: http://bcove.me/tegllg0zFind more details about the LeapPad Ultra mentioned in the video here.

P.S. Stay tuned this weekend for an awesome LeapPad prize pack giveaway!!

Personalized Gifts From Personal Creations

There’s nothing more special than a personalized gift that I know was created just for me. Personal Creations has hundreds of gifts for everyone and I loved exploring their website for some gifts for my family members. Here are some great gift ideas from their online store:

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I got a bookshelf for Lucas with his name embroidered on it. It was easy to assemble and made from brightly colored, sturdy canvas so I think it will last until he outgrows it. I like that it has his name on it but i wish that the name was up a little higher because the lower half is hard to see.

Still need some Christmas items? Personal Creations has those too! You can get personalized stockings, matching pajamas, and personalized ornaments.

(Disclosure: I received a gift card but all thoughts are my own.)

Once Upon A TreeHouse {Cute Gift Ideas}

If you have a little girl in your life (or even a little boy who likes dolls) you are in for a treat! Once Upon A TreeHouse makes dolls, doll clothing, doll houses and doll house furniture. Along with being really cute they are great quality toys made out of wood and eco-friendly. Here are some of my favorite items on their site:

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Adorable right?! Makes me want to have a little girl so I could buy one of everything :)

I received one of the dollhouse dolls to review. I loved that you could tell this wasn’t some cheap plastic doll. The materials were high quality down to the little wooden shoes the doll wore. I loved that the clothes all had velcro on them so that they are easy for little hands to get on and off. The one thing I’d maybe change would be the hair. I like how soft it is but it seems like it would become really frizzy easily.

You can find out more about Once Upon A TreeHouse and see all of the items they have here.

(Disclosure: I received a doll to review but all thoughts are my own.)

Stocking Stuffer & Gift Ideas For Boys From Hasbro

You probably know Hasbro makes great games but did you also know that they make some amazing toys, too? Jacob is all about super heroes lately and a lot of the toys on his Christmas list were made by Hasbro and I didn’t even know it! Check out these stocking stuffer and gift ideas from Hasbro!

Stocking Stuffers
  • MARVEL THE AVENGERS 3.75″ HEROES ASSORTMENT: The Ultimate Super Hero action collection features IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, HULK, BLACK WIDOW and HAWKEYE.  Kids and collectors will want to assemble the whole team from Hasbro’s line of THE AVENGERS 3.75″ Action Figures.
  • ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS Mystery Bags: For the ultimate Holiday surprise, pick up ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS Mystery Bags, which offer two figures from the collection in each bag.

For the Movie Buff
  • THE AVENGERS HERO MASKS: Every Super Hero needs an awesome mask! Now kids (and parents!) can pretend to be Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with these masks based on the blockbuster hit, The Avengers.  Choose from IRON MAN, HULK, THOR AND CAPTAIN AMERICA!
  • THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN HERO FX GLOVE: Kids will feel like SPIDER-MAN when they put on this fun electronic role-play glove.  Sensors in the “web shooting compartment” will sense motion and respond with web shooting sound effects.

Kid at Heart
  • TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS ACTION FIGURES:  The TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS DELUXE Assortment features Transformers characters and designs from throughout the history of the TRANSFORMERS brand.  The assortment includes OPTIMUS PRIME, JAZZ and SHOCKWAVE.
  • TRANSFORMERS KRE-O allows builders to construct both the robot and vehicle mode of their favorite Transformers characters with the same set of bricks!

You can find more gift ideas from Hasbro in their Gift Guide here.

(Disclosure: Hasbro sent me gifts for my boys from the Gift Guide but thoughts are my own.)

Five Green Gifts Under $25

Still looking for a gift for that Eco-conscious friend or family member? The Green Bride Guide, the nation’s leading resource for eco-friendly wedding ideas, product and services, offers five great green gift ideas for under $25.

1)    HAPPINESS WOODEN COASTER SET

Price: $24.95 for a set of four

Description: This set of four coasters is handmade from the branch of a fallen maple tree, making them a unique and eco-friendly gift or decor piece. The coasters are kept as natural as possible. The bark has been removed and each one has been sanded smooth on all sides. Each coaster is finished with 2 coats of water based polyurethane that is traditionally used to seal hardwood floors. You will receive the 4 coasters that will look very similar to the photo.

2)    Hand & Foot Care Gift Set: Refresh

Price: $20.00

Description: Want to give someone a special gift? Give them the gift of touch. What better way to give a memorable gift than by giving someone a neck and shoulder massage, a hand or foot massage, maybe a mani-pedi, or all the above. Incorporate a little aromatherapy and you have the perfect formula for putting them into a state of bliss. This little Hand & Foot Care aromatherapy gift set keeps hands and feet in tip-top shape and smelling great.

3)    BEACHWOOD BIRD KITCHEN UTENSILS

Price: $16

Description: Liven up your kitchen this holiday season with this gorgeous set of whimsical beechwood bird kitchen utensils. These sensational spoons are laser-engraved to ensure the images will not fade, they won’t scratch or damage non-stick cookware, and they do not impart any flavor.

4)    RECYCLED GLASS RING

Price: $25

Description: These amazing eco friendly rings are created from the antique glass reclaimed throughout the wooded habitats in the Pennsylvania Amish Country.   The glass from vintage mason jars are hand cut and fired, producing tons of beautiful seed bubbles in the glass, then and mounted on a sterling plated platinum ring. The silver back reflects the light through the pretty transparent glass giving the look of a constant glow. Band is fully adjustable to fit everyone with a comfortable fit.

5)    PEARLESCENT SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS

Price: $25

Description: Indonesian artistry is showcased in the opalescent mother of pearl with Pearlescent Salt and Pepper Shakers. These elegant serving accessories includes one of nature’s most beautiful offerings from a fully sustainable source.

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I received one of the beachwood bird kitchen utensils to review. The detailing on the spoon is beautiful and I like that the image won’t fade. The quality of this wood is really nice and the spoon is very sturdy. I also really like that it won’t scratch my expensive pans.

(Disclosure: I received a product for review but all thoughts are my own.)

 

Gift Ideas From The ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’ Book Series

The Chicken Soup For The Soul series of books has been around for a while. I remember listening to my mom read them to us when we were a child. I still enjoy reading them now as an adult. Chicken Soup For The Soul has almost 200 titles, with new ones being written often. Here are some of the newest books that someone you know may love to receive for Christmas:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith, 101 Inspirational Stories about Life, Belief, and Spiritual Renewal

Everyone’s faith story is different. People of all faiths share their personal experiences in this inspiring collection of amazing stories about the number of ways people discover, or rediscover, their faith — whether it’s Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or any other religion. These inspirational and powerful stories will touch the hearts and souls of readers.

 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas, A Special Collection of Joyful Holiday Stories

Share the magic and joy of Christmas. You’ll love these heartwarming, inspirational, and fun stories of Christmas miracles, family reunions, charity, the wonder of children, the joy of giving, and family and religious traditions. Most of these stories originally appeared in a limited edition book called Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tales of Christmas that was sold exclusively by Barnes & Noble in 2010.

 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey, 101 Stories about the Players Who Love the Game and the Families that Cheer Them On

Hockey fans and hockey families will love the 101 exciting and inspiring stories in this collection about playing, living, and loving hockey! This collection of stories from everyday hockey players and fans, as well as revealing personal stories from NHLers and hockey insiders will delight anyone who enjoys hockey, whether it’s in the backyard, in school, or at the professional level.

 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can't Believe My Cat Did That! Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can’t Believe My Cat Did That! 101 Stories about the Crazy Antics of Our Feline Friends

We all rejoice in the simple absurdities, funny habits, and crazy antics of our cats. They make us smile every day, but sometimes they really outdo themselves. You will love reading all the heartwarming, inspirational, and hysterical stories in this book. We know after reading the stories you’ll say, “I can’t believe a cat did that!”

 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can't Believe My Dog Did That! Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That! 101 Stories about the Crazy Antics of Our Canine Friends

We all rejoice in the simple absurdities, funny habits, and crazy antics of our dogs. They make us smile every day, but sometimes they really outdo themselves. You will love reading all the heartwarming, inspirational, and hysterical stories in this book. We know after reading the stories you’ll say, “I can’t believe a dog did that!”

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey, Surviving and Thriving During and After Your Diagnosis and Treatment

Inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Julie Silver of Harvard Medical School. The stories in this book from women with breast cancer and their family members, along with the up-to-date medical information provided, will give you inspiration, strength and hope. This book will educate and comfort you and will serve as a support group from diagnosis through treatment to rehabilitation and recovery.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Great Health Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Great Health, Use Your Mind to Promote Your Own Healing and Wellness

Inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Jeff Brown of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brown unlocks the mysteries of the mind/body connection and shows you how you can feel better and really be better by using your mind and thinking positively. The great stories will show you how other people have used positive thinking to affect their physical and mental well-being.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Married Life! Chicken Soup for the Soul: Married Life! 101 Inspirational Stories about Fun, Family and Wedded Bliss

Marriage is a wonderful institution, and in this fresh collection of stories, husbands and wives share their personal, funny, and quirky stories from the trenches. This book will inspire and delight readers with its entertaining and heartwarming stories about fun, family, and wedded bliss. Whether newly married or married for years and years, readers will find laughter and inspiration in these 101 stories of love, romance, fun, and making it work.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost Your Brain Power! Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost Your Brain Power! Redesign & Energize Your Brain at Any Age

Inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Marie Pasinski of Harvard Medical School. Many people would like to enhance their brainpower and are looking for help to do just that. Others are retraining their brains after traumatic injuries or strokes. Others are looking for ways to keep their brains young and dynamic. This book will fascinate you with stories and useful information on how to improve your own brain.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Back Pain! Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Back Pain! How to Handle Flare-ups, Injuries, and Everyday Back Health

Inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Julie Silver of Harvard Medical School. Many people suffer from back pain. The lucky ones have occasional flare-ups and the unlucky ones have chronic issues. This book is filled with great advice on how to care for your back, recover from injuries, improve your mobility, handle pain, manage chronic problems, and maintain a positive attitude.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Stress Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Stress, Manage Your Problems, Big and Small, Every Day

Inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Jeff Brown of Harvard Medical School. We all have stress in our lives. What differentiates us is how we handle it. The combination of these stories, from people who have learned how to manage stress, and Dr. Brown’s practical advice, will have you wondering what you were worried about! Who knew there were so many easy ways to manage your stress?

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Hello to a Better Body! Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Hello to a Better Body! Weight Loss and Fitness for Women Over 50

Inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Suzanne Koven of Harvard Medical School. Women over 50 fight menopause, creaky joints, busy lives, and other factors that interfere with their quests for weight control and fitness. These advice-filled stories from women over 50 who have figured out how to get fit are combined with Dr. Koven’s practical advice and medical information. You won’t have any more excuses!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Here Comes the Bride Chicken Soup for the Soul: Here Comes the Bride, 101 Stories of Love, Laughter and Family

The wedding day, and each day leading up to it, is a special and exciting time. In this collection of 101 heartwarming and hilarious stories, brides and grooms, families and friends share their memories of the big day. With stories about everything from the proposal, to the planning, to actual wedding day events, the honeymoon, and all the joys and frustrations in between, this book will delight and encourage any bride or newlywed. A great gift for bridal showers, engagements, and weddings!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stay-at-Home Moms Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stay-at-Home Moms, 101 Inspirational Stories for Mothers about Hard Work and Happy Families

With stories by famous moms, including Jane Green, Melora Hardin, Liz Lange, Jodi Picoult, and Jill Kargman, and stories from other moms who elected to stay at home or work from home. Every stay-at-home and work-from-home mom will view this book as having been written just for her! A reissue of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms, this book contains 101 great stories from mothers who have made the choice to stay home or work from home while raising their families. These multi-tasking, high-performing women have become today’s power mom. This is perfect for book groups as it contains a reader guide.Originally issued as Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers, 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice and Bonding

Do you have a family member who requires constant care? You are not alone. This collection offers support and encouragement in its 101 stories for family caregivers of all ages, including the “sandwich” generation caring for a family member while raising their children. With stories by those on the receiving end of the care too. These stories of love, sacrifice, and lessons will inspire and uplift family members making sacrifices to make sure their loved ones are well cared for, whether in their own homes or elsewhere.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters, 101 Inspirational and Entertaining Stories about That Special Bond

Mothers and daughters. They are, at the same time, very similar and completely unique. This relationship — through birth, childhood, teen years, adulthood, grandchildren, aging, and every step in between — can be the best, the hardest, and the sweetest. Moms and daughters will laugh, cry, and find inspiration in this collection of entertaining, poignant, and heartwarming stories that remind them of their shared love, appreciation and special bond. A great gift for Mother’s Day.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven, 101 Stories Miraculous Stories of Signs from Beyond, Amazing Connections, and Love that Doesn’t Die

When our loved ones leave this world, our connection with them does not end. Death takes away their physical presence, but not their spirits, and we often sense them after they have gone. Sometimes when we see or hear from them, they give us signs and messages. Sometimes they speak to us in dreams or they appear in different forms. The stories in this book, both religious and secular, will amaze you, giving you new knowledge, insight and awareness about the connection and communication we have with those who have passed on or those who have experienced dying and coming back.

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My mom also reviewed ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul: Food and Love’ in the Spring. You can find the review here.

All of these books can be purchased at Amazon.com.

(Disclosure: I received copies of most of these books. All info about books and images of books are courtesy of Chicken Soup For The Soul.)

Ability Path’s Holiday Gift Guide For Children With Special Needs

I’m excited to share the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide For Children With Special Needs put together by Ability Path. The guide features gift ideas from many bloggers, including a suggestion from me. If you have a child with Special Needs on your “to buy for” list you have to check this guide out.

You can find the Holiday Gift Guide here. Enjoy! :)

 

Hickory Farms: Great Gifts & Charitable Giving

How’s the Christmas shopping going? Have a hard to buy for person on your list? Everyone has to eat so I think that a gift basket from Hickory Farms would be a great gift to give them this year. They have a variety of products from sausage & cheese to fruits & nuts to sweets & cookies that are perfect for any budget.

Hickory Farms has been around for over 60 years. Their Hickory Farms Signature Summer Sausage was recently rated the #1 Summer Sausage in America, winning the Masters of Taste Gold Medal for Superior Taste, in 2011. You can be assured that when you purchase something from Hickory Farms you will get quality and value for your money.

Hickory Farms is also a company that gives back.  Hickory Farms has eight products that they offer free shipping to military APO and FPO addresses, including the “Home for the Holidays” gift basket. Hickory Farms has a partnership with Share Our Strength (SOS), a leading national nonprofit organization that works to stamp out childhood hunger.  For each Party Planner gift box sold this holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. To date Hickory Farms and its customers have donated $1.9 million. They have also has a partnership with Operation Gratitude – a national nonprofit that creates care packages for military men and women and their families.

I’m happy to support a company that supports others and puts together such fantastic gift baskets. You can read my review of the Pack and Go Picnic Tote that we received last month. We really enjoyed all of the delicious treats that were in it.

(Disclosure: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.)

Green Gift Ideas From VivaTerra

VivaTerra is a popular contemporary eco-living brand that sells exquisite, eco, artisan products from all over the world ­ always with a sense of luxury, and a splash of Zen. It is the trusted brand that consumers count on for socially responsible and organically sourced products for the home. Every product is made from recycled or environmentally friendly materials ­ many of which are exclusive to VivaTerra.

Right now VivaTerra is having a Home For The Holidays event where every day, Monday through Friday, a great item is 50% off for 24 hours. This online event runs through December 14th. Here’s an example of some of the past daily specials so that you can get an idea of the gift ideas available from VivaTerra:

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and here’s a sneak peak at Monday’s item which will be 50% off:

I hope you will check out the website and the great gift ideas that VivaTerra has. Remember to stop by on the weekdays to see the newest daily deal :)

(Disclosure: I received a set of dishes from VivaTerra that I will be reviewing in the future.)

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

The holidays are just around the corner, so you know what that means….time for the Melissa & Doug “Terrific Twenty” list! This list compiles the “best of the best” holiday gifts for the 2012 holiday season, and I’m excited to share it here with you!

To celebrate, Melissa & Doug are having a “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway on their Facebook page! Every day they’ll be giving away one item from their Terrific Twenty list to at least one of their lucky Facebook fans!

Be on the lookout for a giveaway here at Making Time For Mommy because I’m giving one of these terrific items away soon! :)

(Disclosure: I received an item from this list for posting this information.)

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas {Courtesy of Restaurant.com}

Still looking for the perfect gift for mom? I know some of you will be frantically shopping tomorrow to find the right gift so that’s why I am really excited to share these gift ideas {that you can purchase some of online tonight}.

All moms deserve a meal out of the house for Mother’s Day, that’s why Restaurant.com gift cards make such great gifts. But rather than arming her with simply a gift card and an “I love you” mom, why not do it in style? The Dish team put their imaginations to the test and came up a few fun and affordable ways to surprise mom with a Restaurant.com Gift Card.

Gardening Supplies

Flower pot – $5

Gardening gloves – $6

Chalkboard sign – $1

Hose sprayer – $7

Seeds – $1

$50 Restaurant.com Gift Card – $20

Mom’s Favorite Dessert

Strawberry cake from the local grocery store – $7

$50 Restaurant.com Gift Card – $20

Colorful Flower Bundle

Bouquet of Spring Flowers – $15

Vase – $6 (or reuse a vase you have at home)

$100 Restaurant.com Gift Card – $40

Keep in mind, Restaurant.com gift cards are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100, starting at just $10, so you can replace any of the ones shown above with the gift card that matches your budget. If you are shopping for mom last-minute, be sure to use Restaurant.com’s e-Gift Card service in denominations of denominations of $25 for $10, $50 for $20, $75 for $30, $100 for $40 and even $250 for $100 and $500 for $200.

(Disclosure: I occasionally receive compensation in the form of gift cards and products for posts. However, the opinions I share are solely my own.)

Last Minute Christmas Shopping At Family Dollar

Still have shopping to do? Family Dollar has a great selection of name brand toys at wonderful prices. Hundreds of their toys are only $5 or $10. They also have a coupon online for 10% off a toy purchase of $100 or more.

Last time we were there they had a large assortment of Disney themed toys which is great for my boys who love Cars and Toy Story and for little girls who love Princess toys. The also have Paper Jamz. We got a guitar to try out. Look at Jake as a Rock Star:

He loved playing it and even climbed up on the little picnic table pretending it was his stage. Luke liked trying to play it too though he had no idea what to do with it.

(Disclosure: We received the Paper Jamz Guitar from Family Dollar to review but all thoughts are my own.)

Scentsy Online Party {And A Giveaway}

Still need great gift ideas for teachers, friends, grab bags, bus drivers, mail carriers or for the person who you never know what to get?  How about getting them something from Scentsy? An elegant ceramic warmer, a highly fragrant Scentsy bar…..and with a simple flick of a switch, your room is filled with one of Scentsy’s unique fragrances. With no flame, soot or wick, the Scentsy system is a safe way to enjoy more than 80 Scentsy fragrances. Some holiday scent recommendations are Christmas Cottage, White Out, Festival of Trees, Silver Bells and Black Ruby!

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Scentsy has something for everyone, with warmers to match any decor and prices to match any budget.

A safe alternative to flame burning candles, it just makes scents!

Nicole Swallow
Independent Scentsy Consultant
nicoleswallow.scentsy.us

Fan her on Facebook to keep up to date on new specials!

BUY IT:

Nicole’s Online Store

*For orders to arrive by Christmas they need to be placed by December 19th*

The scent of the month and warmer of the month are being sold at a 10% discount all month! See them here. There’s also deals when you buy multiple warmers with wax. You can find out about the discounts here.

WIN IT:

One reader will win a plug in warmer and three bars of wax

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each you do)

1) Visit Nicole’s site and tell me which warmer is your favorite

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Tweet: “Enter to win Scentsy products from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

4) Subscribe to this blog via RSS or email (look in the upper right hand corner)

5) Enter another one of my giveaways (found here)

Giveaway ends on January 9, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US only.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post.)

Edible Gifts In A Jar {12 Gift Ideas!}

Here are some more great gift ideas. This time they are all edible and all given in a jar. Makes me want to go out and buy a bunch of Mason jars! {Find 8 non-edible gifts in a jar here}

Hot Cocoa In A Mason Jar

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Pie In A Jar

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Granola In A Jar

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Cupcakes In Jars

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Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar

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Peppermint Stick Cocoa

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Layered Dip In A Jar

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Cowgirl Cookies

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Brownie In A Jar

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Pumpkin Butter In A Jar

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Cookie Dough In A Jar

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Appleesauce In A Jar

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Find more great gifts in a jar ideas here!