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?