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Happy Black Friday!
Do you go shopping on Black Friday? How do you feel about retailers starting Black Friday on Thanksgiving Day?
For me, it kind of ruins it. When my kids were little and I wanted to get them a major gift like a bike or a guitar or other large purchase, Black Friday saved me so much money. I lost sleep, but I did get some good deals. It was fun for me to wake up super early while everyone was still sleeping and sneak out for some maniac Christmas shopping. I haven't really needed to shop like that for awhile now that my kids are older and since they put some of the best deals on Thanksgiving when I am trying to enjoy family time, I don't participate as much in Black Friday as I used to. Besides, now in the cyber space age, we can get great gifts online and have them delivered to our door without even paying shipping. (Thank you Amazon Prime!)
Thinking about Black Friday shopping got us all thinking about some of the favorite gifts we have received over the years. The fun thing is that some of them were purchased items and some were homemade, but all of them touched our hearts in some way. We thought that maybe you could be looking for just the perfect gift for someone and maybe some of our Friday Faves will give you an idea that you hadn't thought of before. So, here goes!
Gifts Kids Can Make & Give:
Painted salad tongs and tongue depressor clip picture frames!
Kids would love to make these adorable ornaments from Dollar Tree Toys! There is even a video to show them what to do!
Small Gifts Kids Can Afford:
Large Ticket item Gifts for Kids:
More Great Gifts for Kids of All Ages:
As we have gone through our memories to think of the favorite things we have received, I also think of the little school ornaments each child has made us, the poems they have written, the songs they have sung and my heart warms as I think of them. I could go on and on with our favorites. I find it kind of cool that we didn't really mention video games or other electronics, except the keyboard, on our list. We have spent some fun family times with those things though, so I am not discounting them. It just goes to show that gifts are great and we love to give and get them, but it is the time that we spend together and the memories we make that makes Christmas special!
I hope our faves have given you some ideas if you have been stumped! What have your favorite past gifts to give and get been? We would love to hear your stories. And, if you are doing Black Friday shopping, have fun and good luck!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!