It Is Better to Give…

I’ve shared before, I’m not a Christmassy person. For me it is a religious holiday and all of the commercialism and extra parties and other commitments are just a bit too much for this introvert. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to give gifts to people I care about. Here are a few of my favorite things I found or made this year.

For the Office

img_20151212_142750-1.jpgA couple of us who happen to have the same boss exchange gifts and I also enjoy giving to those in the department I supervise. I had a lot of fun making these sugar scrubs using coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, sugar, and essential oils. They were a hit!





For Mom

1224150745-1.jpgI ALWAYS buy mom gift cards and not only because I’m lazy. Hubs and I go out to eat with her almost every Friday night. She doesn’t want us to buy her dinner, so by keeping her stocked with cards, she never really pays for her meal.

But I also like to make mom a pair of earrings every Christmas. My sister did some intelligence gathering and learned “turquoise-y” would be an appreciated color.



img_20151223_201257.jpgThese are mom’s kryptonite. I made a big batch of them for her and a batch for my sister and her family. They are super easy to make and recipes are all over Pinterest. Have you made them?






For Hubs

1224150712.jpg I always grab items that are on his birthday/Christmas list (he’s a December birthday boy), but I like to throw in a few stocking stuffers as surprises.

Hubs teases me about using my Body Glide when I’m not looking. I’ve not figured out if he’s serious or not. The thought of it makes me gag. There are two things I don’t share: my toothbrush and my Body Glide. A few years ago when BG came out with the pink “for her” packaging I thought it was a silly marketing ploy. But now I see the value. So hubs is getting blue and I bought myself a present.



img_20151221_180316.jpgHubs has really been training hard and this year he made it to the age group podium a few times in the 5K. He and I loved Seinfeld. In fact, during one episode (hint: Rusty the horse) hubs was in such a state of laughter his face got all contorted and he looked like he was having a medical event. When I saw this shirt online I had to order it. Technically, it’s for a virtual 5K which took place yesterday. I didn’t tell hubs about that part because I want the shirt to be a surprise. He’ll open this tomorrow.



1222151014a-1.jpgAs you can see by this photo, I’ve got connections. You can also see I’m not very good at taking selfies. Don’t worry, I’ve already told him you’ve been good this year.


To those of you who celebrate, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. I hope you will take time out of the hustle and bustle to reflect on the real reason for the season, perhaps by reading The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2 or attending a Christmas Even candlelight service.

What is your favorite gift you’ve made or bought for a loved one? After all, “it’s better to give than to receive.”


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