Why Buy Christmas Gifts Now

Christmas is only a month away—can you believe it? This year, save yourself the stress and don’t wait until the last minute to start your shopping. Even if you enjoy the hussle and bussle of Black Friday and everything else, there are some benefits of getting your shopping on.canstockphoto5027780

Need some reasons not to wait to start your Christmas shopping? Check out these 3 top tips—

  • Selection. When you wait to start shopping, you lower your chances of having a wide selection (and sizes) available. In addition, by starting early in your Christmas shipping, you avoid the craziness of the holiday shopping and fighting over items that are becoming scarce.
  • Budgeting. By starting your holiday shopping now, you have time to look at your budget and make adjustments to ensure you’re not going over your budget. This also allows you to save up additional money so you don’t end up going into debt over Christmas.
  • Travel. No one likes driving in the snow. During this time of year, you never know what Mother Nature will do. Avoid the stress of driving on slick, icy roads by getting ahead start now.

How do you shop for the holidays? Do you prefer waiting until the last minute or getting everything bought early? Share your thoughts and comments with us below.

New Neighbors? Welcome Them With These 5 Great Housewarming Gifts


Do you know someone who is moving into their new home? Do you have a new neighbor you’d like to welcome to the neighborhood? Welcoming people to the neighborhood is a long-standing American tradition, and even though technology is taking over our lives, it’s still important to welcome new neighbors. 

When greeting new neighbors, this is one of those rare times when dropping by unannounced is okay. Also, if you see them in their yard, go over and say “hi,” or knock on their door and introduce yourself. The key is to keep it simple. Welcome them, exchange names and perhaps phone numbers. Avoid gossiping about neighbors as it will make you look bad, not them.golden-791072_640

If you’re neighbors moved in a few months ago, and you haven’t had a chance to meet them yet, you can still go over and introduce yourself. There is no time limit on when you can meet new neighbors.

Here are some fun housewarming gifts to give to your friends (new and old) and family.

  1.  Travel Spice Kit. This is a fabulous gift for those chefs in your life. This spice kit has all sorts of spices to try and use, they are going to fall in love with cooking all over again.
  1.  Garden Jars—Self-Watering Herbs Kit. This is a fun gift for those gardeners, and cooks, in your life. This is an unique gift too which is sure to stand out and be a hit.
  1.  Illume Candles. Everyone loves candles. With all the wonderful fragrances, this is a great gift to welcome someone to the neighborhood.
  1.  Housewarming Bucket. This is a perfect gift for a person who’s recently moved out of their parents home. Fill the bucket with all sorts of practical items they are going to need for their home, especially those things people never think of.
  1.  DIY Wrapped Cookbook. Cookbooks are a great gift to give someone, especially newlyweds and those moving out for the first time. Wrap the book in a nice dishcloth and attach a wooden spoon to make it pop.

There are so many great and inexpensive gifts to give as a housewarming. Be creative and think back to when you first moved into your home. What was the best gift you received? What do you wish you’d received?

Get In The Christmas Spirit With These 10 Classics

The holiday season is here! One of my favorite traditions with the holiday is cozying up on the couch with some of my favorite holiday movies. This holiday season, grab some popcorn and hot cocoa, and snuggle up in front of the TV with these timeless classics.snow-man-1061526_640

  1. White Christmas. There is nothing like watching Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby perform the comical, Sisters. Plus with timeless classics like I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas and Counting Your Blessings, this is a wonderful feel good movie.
  2. The Bishop’s Wife. Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young (did you know she’s a Utah native?) star in this classic Christmas movie of a man who’s lost in way. With the help of a handsome angel, can he find his way back to his purpose?
  3. Love Actually. This is a wonderful, warm, and smart film about love because love, actually, is all around. There are so many storylines going on, it’s fun to see how everyone is connected.
  4. Nightmare Before Christmas. If you’re a fan of Halloween and Christmas, this is a fun family film that combines the two. Sing along and get in touch with your inner skeleton with these classic.
  5. The Holiday. With an all-star cast—Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black—let them inspire you to take a chance and fall in love again. Set in both LA and the quaint English countryside, this film gives you the best of both worlds with heartfelt moments and laughter.
  6. Arthur Christmas. Watch as Santa’s son, Arthur, finds his place in the family-friendly film that is sure to delight the entire family.
  7. Christmas Carol (1951). Okay, there are a lot of versions out there of this film. Between musicals, muppets, and everything in between. I’m a little biased, I’ll admit it, but there is no better scrooge the Alastair Sims. He brings Scrooge to life in the best way.
  8. Christmas Story. You’ve probably heard this line, “You’ll shoot your eye out,” and with so many excellent lines from this film, it’s easy to keep quoting from this Christmas film.
  9. Miracle on 34th Street. Watching the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade is an absolute must. in our family. So it’s no wonder why this story of a girl finding her faith in Santa, a woman finding her faith in love, and Santa going on trial in one of our family favorites. There are some great versions to choose from , but my recommendation is the 1947 version with a young Natalie Wood.
  10. It’s A Wonderful Life. Another timeless classic, watch as Jimmy Stewart rediscovers that every life is important and every life touches in one way or another.
    Does your family have a favorite holiday movie? Let us know on Facebook or on the comments below.