by Allison Carter
Less than 1 week until Christmas. Are you all done your shopping? Despite my efforts not to let my SuperMomItis dominate it's gone a little nuts and I am crafting and attending events and baking like I am up for some sort of Martha Stewart of the Year award (it's so unfair that Martha ALWAYS wins that award). So gift buying is going to rear up to bite me in the, well, rear, I know.
I brainstormed some last minute ideas for gifts and my gift to you is sharing them...
- Don't be afraid to use LivingSocial (right now you can buy your baby a star in the sky, so sweet!) and Groupon (SCUBA diving certification there if you want a WOW gift). They always have great deals to experiences and products people love that they might not have thought to purchase for themselves. Some of the best Christmas gifts I have received over the years have come in envelopes. (In related news, I am sharing way too many details on the NASCAR Race Experience DH did this past year that was a LivingSocial win over on Mom in Chapel Hill).
- Got a food-loving adult on your hands but can't think of what they might want? Buy a pass for one of the Taste Carolina food tours. They have a variety of options and are so much fun.
- Stumped on what to get the kiddos? Modern Parents, Messy Kids has a really awesome gift guide up right now. The guide is organized by type of child you have with recommended gifts for those children, such as doll lover, vehicle lover, artist, innovator, and so on. There are classics as well as new toys on the market, all tested and true, at a variety of prices.
- Another online gift guide that personally makes me want to be swankier and hipper than I am is Cool Mom Picks' Holiday Gift Guide (including Hanukkah and First Christmas picks). None of it seems too practical but since when has Christmas been about practical? (I am sooo holding out for this one: shelter-co.com)
- Don't be afraid to buy local! There are many local artisans around the Triangle that create beautiful pieces and these pieces will have meaning to the receiver for years to come. The Makery is a new online spot founded specifically to support North Carolina artisans. Triangle Localista is a website that can help you find a new brick and mortar store; Mom in Chapel Hill has reviews on a variety of locally owned shopping boutique; and we have a whole shopping section for you here on this site.
For stocking stuffers, I personally recommend CVS and the $3 bin at the front of Target but hey, I might have different standards. Give me some pretzel M&Ms in my stocking and I am golden (I'll take them with me on my $2,000 luxury tent vacation).
Oh, don't forget about those holiday apps we supplied you with to keep everything organized!
What are your tried-and-true gift ideas?