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Hoagies' Blog Hop December 2014: Holiday Gifts: Bye Bye Buy Buy
that we learned how to take care of ourselves and teach our kids
self care in last month's
Blog Hop: Gifted Self-Care, we're ready to face the holiday
season... or are we? How can we "do" the holidays without the kids'
chorus of "Give me, give me"? How can we ignore the ads and
the stores and the constant bombardment that the less we spend, the
less we love our loved ones? What options are there for our
Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, May:
The "G" Word,
and October: Gifted
If you'd like to join our next Blog Hop, visit
Gifted Blog Hops. Special thanks
to Pamela S. Ryan for our Blog Hop graphics, and Deborah Simon for our
"Next Blog" loop!
to click the Next Blog button at the bottom of
each blog to move on to the next blog without returning here. It's a great way to Hop around
our Blog Hop! (Note: Susrise Learning Lab's Pinterest contribution is not "in the
loop" this month; please visit separately.)
Find great gifts for gifted kids on
Hoagies' Smart Toys & Games (and Adults!) and
Hoagies' Hot Topics Reading Lists.
Gift giving without the Buy! Buy! Buy!
by Jo on Sprite's Site
lots more great ideas...
Christmas is Coming, the Goose is Getting Fat by Linda Wallin,
Living with Geniuses
- A common thread here is family time together. Although children are
seduced by media ads, the truly unforgettable gifts are those that involve
having fun together. That is my wish for you for the holidays...
Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything by
Planet Smarty Pants
- What I remember more is the feeling of anticipation, of family
togetherness, of me falling asleep in a tiny apartment of my grandparents
where we usually celebrated New Year’s Eve expecting something miraculous to
happen the next morning. This is the true Christmas memory that I want to
leave for my daughter – not what she got, but that she was loved on that day
and every day of the year...
- One of the things we've taken to in the last several years has been
handmade holiday gifts. Granted, a large portion of that is because we're
not exactly the most well-off of families, but it's also because a lot of
times the holidays are a time when we all accumulate... stuff. The state of
the toybox is usually the listed culprit, but it happens to all of us. So
what do you do?
Carolyn K., in
Hoagies' Nibbles and Bits
- What traditions will your kids remember next year, in 20 years, for a
lifetime? Will he remember the piles of presents, or that Grammy and
Grandfather took all the grandkids to the theater every holiday? Will she
recall that "perfect gift" you bought for her when she was 3, or 10, or 16,
or will she remember the year Daddy's gingerbread house was a train station
with the town clock on top (it's always 5 o'clock somewhere!), or the year
she created a wonderland gingerbread castle that looked a little like
Hogwarts, in red and black on a shimmering lake of silver nonpareils?
10 Free Activities To Do In The Holidays by
- This is the holiday season and it is time for gifts, or is it? My children
get plenty of gifts round the year from us and grandparents, so there is no
real reason to get them more presents. What they really need from me is
time. The gift of time is something that a busy working parent like me would
really want to give them. They grow up too quickly!
Ten ways on how to avoid the buy-buy-buy by Carolyn Fox,
A 2E Fox Revived
- So how best to avoid this unfettered materialism run amok?? How to avoid
that herd mentality? How to avoid the emotional tugs of needing the latest
Since the spring/summer, I have been doing much research and reading about
zero waste and refining my purge and resistance techniques. I think I've
come up with some ideas...
Gift of Love by
- So how to we find meaningful gifts that don’t cost lots of money? I
recently posted the question to my Facebook group, League of Excitable
Women, “What would be the best gift someone could give you that doesn’t cost
+ 1 = 2?? by
Braver than you believe
- We don’t want people to know how much a really meaningful gift makes us
feel loved because materialistic gain is frowned on in a season where
Scrooge is the bad guy. But even Scrooge valued love.
If we take a good, long look at who we are and decide that person needs to
be changed, so be it. But don’t hide who you are. Don’t pretend you’re
something different. Don’t lead the next generation to do the same...
‘Tis the Season to
- I can’t remember any of the gifts that I received for Christmas as a
child. Unless of course you count the year I got the radio that I still have
kicking around the house somewhere. I believe there might also have been a
wagon full of blocks? Not sure. And while I am certain that I always
received and anticipated gifts, it is the magic that preceded and surrounded
them that I remember: our living room transformed into a magical Christmas
wonderland with a tree full of candles that were lit while we sang carols in
the kitchen waiting to be summoned...
Gifts (Without the Buy Buy Buy) by Catie, My
- The gift of words:
There is nothing like a handwritten letter. In this age of texts, emails,
Twitter, and Facebook, no one takes the time to thoughtfully write anything
anymore. Everything is done in short, clipped bursts, without forethought.
Show someone in your life how much you care for them by sending them an
actual, old-fashioned, snail-mail letter. Remember how exciting it was to
get mail when you were a kid? It can still happen!
Pinterest Board of
Handmade Gifts by
Sunrise Learning Lab Blog
- From clothespin kinfolk, to mason jar baking mixes, to microwave caramels
and peppermint candy Christmas ornaments, find dozens of great handmade
gifts and wrapping ideas sure to please, and easy to create...
September 01, 2016