Great Ideas for Classic Christmas Gifts 2016!

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Nope, that's not the Home Alone kid, it's my son - hee,hee.

Sometimes this can be hard! But I tried to compile some of my FAVORITE gifts that I have received or used (or my kids favorites) to get the ideas flowing :-) 



One of my favorite "merry" pictures of my kids when they were young. 




Gift Idea for ANYONE

The first gift idea is this starbucks coffee cup. (Even though I am not a huge fan of Starbucks coffee)



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christmas list starbucks stay hot mug
Alright, does anyone else out there REALLY dislike drinking lukewarm coffee? For me, it's the worst, I won't drink it lukewarm  - it has to be hot.  It's like paying the bill after an amazing massage....all the stress that just left,  came back on - ha!  Yes, I view lukewarm coffee and bills one in the same - hee,hee.

I received this as a gift last year and let's just say, it's been used EVERY DAY SINCE.  I will never use another mug.  (I should buy myself another one just in case I lose it - HEY, I now have a Christmas idea for myself! LOL)

So, if you like coffee that stays HOT for a LONG time (around 3+ hours) this is the coffee cup to get.  The one receiving this gift will thank you forever, or you will just thank me forever if you get it for yourself - hee,hee!  (Just don't get burned with how HOT the coffee is, then you will hate me forever!)  Plus I love that it's stainless steel and has a gripping rubber bottom.  I promise, you'll love it.  (Read reviews if you don't believe me - hee,hee)



Gift idea for the person who loves GOOD coffee!

Aeropress Coffee Maker


I'm not even sure what to say about this next one - maybe that I couldn't live without it - that it gives me morning hope that my life will turn out OK?  haha! 



areopress coffee maker gift idea


Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker


Honestly, this makes the BEST cup of coffee.  Yes, a single cup of coffee :-)  So if you are making coffee for 5 people every morning I wouldn't recommend this but if it's just for you or you and your spouse I have not found anything that beats the SMOOTH, non bitter flavor.  It's very simple to use and a really great gift idea for under $30. (Who needs a 200.00 Keurig?)  Just read the reviews off Amazon......I won't have to convince you that it's a pretty awesome gadget. (And you can even TRAVEL with it - woo whoo.....it has accompanied me on many camping trips.)




Gift Idea for the person who cleans the house - LOL

This next idea is something I decided to try out and now I wouldn't live without one. I really do not like cleaning, BUT I have to say I actually get a little excited when I see a dust bunny dog running around as I can just grab my quick and easy vacuum sweeper!  

Nearly my entire first floor is wood and it's always showing the dirt and miscellaneous debris my kids are bringing in so I absolutely love being able to pull out my electronic sweeper instead of a broom.  It just goes SO FAST and it works great.  NOW, if you needed to do a deep cleaning sweeping job, I would still pull out the broom (to get all the nooks and crannies) but let's just say, I use the "old fashion" broom once a month and the rest of the time the easy electronic sweeper is fantastic.  (Especially for picking up the dog and Selina hair! haha.....yes, I shed nearly as much as the dog - I probably should have saved that for my next Fess Up post /-:) You can run this over carpet too and it will pick up surface stuff....but a real vacuum is better over carpet.


My favorite one is the Electrolux:


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My crazy cleaning girl always crack me up - yes, we play music loudly when we clean as a family :-)






Best Gift for Kids (ages 4 - 12 ish)


Quadrilla Basic Set -
Quality Wooden Marble Run!

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Finally, a quality toy you could give them that they would want to save for their OWN kids.  This is a ton of fun.  It comes with a booklet of all different templates of marble run ideas.  My kids have had this for years and STILL like pulling it out.  (my kids are 7,11 and 13 now)



Best Gift for Older Kids (ages 7 - 16 ish)


The Complete Calvin and Hobbes [BOX SET]

calvin and hobbes christmas gift idea blog post
My kids were being VERY goofy for this "staged" photo :-)  


My children ADORE this collection (it has three large hardbound books in one case) and has entertained them for HOURS.  They never tired of it and sit by the fire and just laugh and laugh.  They quote me entire comic stripes and will tell me how Calvin would have reacted had HE been in a similar family situation  This is such a classic gift to get a child. My daughter (13) just told me again, "Ya, that was an AWESOME gift!" They are all hardbound and definitely something that could be passed down. :-)

Also as a side note, superhero COMIC books (xmen,marvel characters etc) are HUGE with this age group.  I have a feeling you might become the "cool" aunt/uncle if you got your niece/nephew one of these.  

My kids FAVORITE card games!
Tons of family fun. Adults will love these games too :-)



best family card game pit


This game will have everyone on the edge of their seat!  Fast pace and vocal :-)  My 7 year old just saw me writing this and was jumping up and down saying "I want to play pit!"  Adults will enjoy this game too.  (Hey, has anyone notice I haven't put ONE electronic gadget on this kid list LOL, yes, that is on purpose! - You're welcome mom ;-)

pit card game gift



Best Stocking Stuffer for a woman

Need I say more ;-)




Try this fun sugar scrub for your lips :-)  Ha, okay, that's not really how the lip exfoliator looks!


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I have LOVED using this elf lip exfoliator, it really makes your chapped lips soft.




I always enjoy getting smelly things like bubble bath and candles in my stocking too.  



Best Stocking Stuffer for a man

Alright, let's get REAL here.  Men are SO HARD to get things for.....in general, I can't seem to find anything my husband would like under $50.00.  Men don't seem to like little trinket stuff like us woman do (am I right about this?)  

So I'm at a LOSS of giving you lots of ideas on stocking stuffers for the significant other in your life BUT I know my husband loves Quest Bars.  He doesn't buy them very much because they aren't cheap, so this year I'll be adding a few of his favorite ones to his stocking.  He's also on an "eating right" kick so getting an amazing yummy COOKIES AND CREAM protein bars instead of his normal fancy licorice, mints and toffee will probably make him happy. :-)


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 (If anyone is laughing at me, I'd politely ask them to stop - hee,hee)



Alright, if the bars were "odd" - how about making him these DIY comic book coasters that he can put his new "everlasting hot" coffee cup on!



comic book coasters gift list by blogger

A few other MEN gift ideas are:

Gift Cards 
(For his favorite hobby - Fishing shop? Scuba shop? Hunting shop?)

Movie Tickets 
(You kind of score on that gift too.....hopefully - haha :-)  

Event Tickets.
(The sky is the limit! There are so many fun events to go to)

A Planned Romantic Getaway 
(If you have little kids, this gift might be the best present he ever got - ha)

Lesson/Classes 
(What would he enjoy? Cooking? Dancing? Brewing? Instrument?)

A Massage 
(My husband would like that....oh wait, not from ME, from this amazing Russian gal I found that is not afraid to actually WORK your muscles!)

PS - Anyone notices all those listed above are CLUTTER FREE!  That was just an extra bonus for ya :-)


That's it my friends!!! I hope I have given you a FEW ideas for Christmas this year.  At least you know they are things that are USEFUL and fun.


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I'd love to hear what your favorite gifts have been - Although a mouse with a pink cage sounds delightful (hee,hee) I need ideas for ME! Just leave a comment!




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Million Dollar Blueberry Muffins

Alright friends,

I debated sharing this recipe because it's SO amazing that I could have become incredibly wealthy by starting up my own blueberry muffin shop and selling just these :-)  I knew that once the recipe got out on the World Wide Web my dream could be over - nothing is secret on the internet - nothing :-)

But then I realized that I'm not that type of person, I share good things - hee,hee.



I got this typed recipe from my daughter's highschool Home Ec class.  Actually, I haven't made these myself, but my daughter has baked them many times as people have even told her they will pay her if she makes them a dozen. These muffins are SO moist with perfect texture and the crumble topping makes them irresistible!

Once you try these, you will understand why people pay her AND thank me for not holding on to the family dream of Selina's Blueberry Muffin Coffee Shop (that was going to make millions with this amazing recipe that I was going to keep all to myself) ;-)


Inspirational Covered Porches with Fireplaces.

Well it has FINALLY started to warm up over here in Idaho.   There are buds starting on all the trees and I am not sure I should admit but I laid down on the front pavers and just absorbed all the sun's warmth on our first "hot" day.  I am pretty sure I should retire somewhere really warm as it makes me so happy. (Or I suppose I could just go on a trip to the tropics, that would make me happy too) ;-)


Being that I am gearing up for summer, I thought it would be fun to show you some awesome outdoor patio rooms.

Get ready to be inspired!

First, I LOVE this porch with the build in fireplace.  I wrote a whole article about decorating with lanterns and what the best classic accessories are to use in your home.

outdoor porch with stone fireplace
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