Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gift Guide: The Kiddos

Gift Guide: The Kiddos

With Christmas almost here, I am sure you have gotten copies of Christmas wish lists from all the kiddos in your life. What is better than a toy for Christmas. To be honest, nothing. I still like getting toys as an adult. When I was a kid Legos reigned supreme in my life, so I am always tempted to buy Lego sets for the kids in my life now. I also love anything that will take them outdoors, like a bike, wagon, basketball hoop or baseball glove. For my nephew this year, I got him a catcher's mitt because his goal is to become a great catcher. I am looking forward to helping him break it in while we are up in Big Bear.

What are your go to's when it comes to gift giving for kids?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Old Factory Candles Make A Great Holiday Gift + A Giveaway

This post was sponsored by Brandbacker and Old Factory Candles, but all product opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Headbands & Bagels possible.

Sometimes you get the opportunity to try out what may be your go to gift of the future. The trio sets from Old Factory Candles make the perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gift this holiday season or anytime.

I am a huge fan of candles in the house, especially in the bathroom when I am getting ready for work in the mornings or during a long bath. I was fortunate enough to try their Fresh & Clean Trio. The lemongrass scent is probably my favorite although all three are perfect, especially for a spa atmosphere.

They have some other great scent trios that include: New Born Baby, Fall Harvest, Happy Holidays, High As A Kite, Man Cave, Romance, Spa Day, and Vacation. And the best part at just $25 on Amazon, it is the perfect thank you gift, stocking stuffer, shower gift or holiday gift!

And Old Factory Candles has been kind enough to offer one free set to a reader! Just enter the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be notified via email and will then be contacted by Old Factory Candles for their redeemable coupon code on Amazon! Good luck!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gift Wrap Guide

Gift Wrap Guide

For anyone that has read my blog, you are well aware how much I love wrapping presents. It is hands down one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. To keep all my gifting straight I have started to follow some simple rules that have really served me over the years.

1. Wrap each families gifts in different papers. I assign one or two wrapping papers to each part of our family to keep all the presents straight under the tree. Rather than have to read each tag, the paper lets me know which part of my life the gift applies to. We have one grouping for Dan's mom's side of the family, another for his dad's side, another for my extended family Christmas on Christmas Eve, another for my family on Christmas day, and yet another for all our friends.

2. Presents are not complete without tags and bows. I put the extra effort in to add bows and tags to my gifts. Presentation and anticipation of a well wrapped gift partially heightens the excitement of the gift. It also looks way better under my tree in the meantime.

3. Stocking Stuffers get marked SS. It makes it easy to keep from accidentally putting them  under the tree.

4. Keep your wrapping gear organized. I keep my gear in a hanging wrapping stand and box for wrapping paper. This way I always know wear to find my gear and my paper, bags, tags and ribbons all stay in tip top shape while being stored.

5. Don't rush. Enjoy the wrapping process and take your time. When you dedicate time to wrapping, they presentation improves ten fold. Put on a Christmas movie, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and get in the holiday spirit!
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