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A few years ago Bob and I sat down over coffee and had a long talk about our holiday shopping tendencies. It wasn’t our first such talk, but it was the cumulative talk where we got real with ourselves about our Christmas shopping habits to date and devised a new set of Christmas gifting traditions. Today I am collaborating with Walmart to share more about those new traditions and how we decided we wanted to put more effort into selecting fewer, more memorable gifts for the kids and our loved ones over the holiday season. We realized we were both feeling frantic every holiday season and it seemed we were buying endless stacks of gifts that lost their meaning because they were just one among many. We knew we wanted our kids to look back and remember joyful holiday celebrations full of love, cheer and a few really special gifts instead of just never-ending tearing of paper from packages. So, we are now the family with stockings packed full of little goodies, a small handful of carefully chosen gifts for each family member, and matching Christmas pajamas to give Christmas morning that extra cheeky cheer. I mean, you can’t forget the matching Christmas pajamas!

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For whatever reason Father’s Day (like Mother’s Day) feels like one of those occasions for which homemade gifts are always the best idea. Even if Dad really wants an upgrade to his grill utensil set or has been longing for a new neck tie, chances are he’ll really really appreciate a homemade Father’s Day gift even more. Make him a DIY etched beer mug and pair it with a six pack of his favorite craft beer and he’ll be crazy impressed and feel especially loved. Dad’s not a drinker? No worries! Snag some good root beer and a half gallon of gourmet vanilla ice cream and he’ll still love this one. If you’ve never etched glass before, it’s surprisingly simple, but still seems really impressive so etched glass projects make perfect gifts in that way. You can make a mug in a half hour or less so there’s no major time involved here either. Win-win-win!

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With Mother’s Day coming up in just a few days, I wanted to put together a few really fun, easy gift boxes packed full of goodies. I love giving and receiving gifts like this, with an assortment of things I might not otherwise buy for myself. For me, I’m all about luxurious bath and body products since I rarely splurge on those treats. That said I wanted to pull together a few different gift box options for all the moms in your life or for yourself!

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I missed doing gift guides last year after doing them for years dating back to 2011 or maybe even 2010. With a tiny little newborn, finding hours to comb the internet for the coolest gifts and compile them into the perfect lists was just too much. Honestly, it’s trickier and far more time consuming than …

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This post was sponsored by Keep. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that so generously help The Sweetest Occasion keep the jingle bells a-ringin’ all season long! Can we talk about today’s gift guide for a minute? Because I’m not going to front – it’s basically my personal wish list. (Shameless, I know.) A handful of …

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This post was sponsored by Keep. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that so generously help The Sweetest Occasion keep the jingle bells a-ringin’ all season long! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Are you doing any Black Friday shopping today? I’m definitely the type who skips all that madness in favor of a …

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Well, friends, it’s that time again! Who’s ready for a little holiday gift guide action? Every Friday morning for the next several weeks, you’ll be able to pop by for my favorite picks for holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Today we’re kicking things off with fabulous hostess gifts! From little trinkets for the …

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