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45+ Fun Stocking Stuffers for Girls

fun stocking stuffers for girls

Budget Friendly, Fun Stocking Stuffers for Girls

In this article I am going to share some of the best ideas for fun stocking stuffers for girls!

In this list you will find some of the best cheap stocking stuffers for girls of all ages. Get great ideas for stocking stuffers they will love!

 

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Best Budget Friendly and Fun Stocking Stuffers for Girls

Here are some of my favorite Christmas gift ideas for cheap stocking stuffers for girls! If you are looking for budget-friendly stocking stuffers for girls, then check out these awesome gifts at a great price!

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45+ Inexpensive and Fun Stocking Stuffers for Girls

Here are some of my favorite ideas for fun stocking stuffers for girls:

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Inexpensive and Fun Stocking Stuffers for Everyone on Your List!

Want simple ideas for budget friendly stocking stuffers for everyone else on the list? Check out these ideas for inexpensive stocking stuffers for everyone in the family!

  • Gift cards
  • Cell phone wallet or other accessories
  • Favorite magazine
  • Paperback book
  • Game cards or playing cards
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Movie tickets
  • Earbuds
  • Small picture frame
  • Puzzle
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Small notebook
  • Packs of sticky notes
  • Nice pens
  • Scented candles
  • Winter hat
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Multi-packs of gum
  • Travel-sized items (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, and so on)
  • Chocolate
  • Favorite candy
  • Favorite candy bar
  • Favorite snacks
  • Nuts
  • Whole fruit (apple, orange, banana)

 

Final Thoughts on Fun Stocking Stuffers for Girls

These Christmas gift ideas for stocking stuffers for girls will give you lots of great gift options for your daughters or other girls this Christmas season!

 

What are your favorite Christmas gifts for stocking stuffers for girls this year? What inexpensive stocking stuffers for girls (or anyone else?) do you recommend? I would love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment below and let me know!

 

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Best Amazon Black Friday/Cyber Monday Weekend Deals for Saving Money

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Amazon Black Friday Deals for Saving Money!

In this article I am going to share some of the best Amazon Blck Friday deals for saving money!

In this list you will find some of the best Christmas gift ideas from Amazon Black Friday deals! Find Amazon deals on Christmas gifts your family and other gift recipients will love!

 

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30+ Cheap Christmas Gifts for under $10!

 

 

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Awesome Amazon Black Friday Deals for Saving Money

Here are some of my favorite Amazon Black Friday deals for saving money! If you are looking for budget-friendly Christmas gifts, then check out these awesome Amazon Black Friday deals!

Be aware that all deals are subject to change or end without notice.

 

 

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Click the images below to see these awesome Amazon Black Friday deals!

 

Instant Pot

This is my favorite Instant Pot available on Amazon for Black Friday.

 

Bread Machine


This is a great stainless steel bread machine; on sale now for more than 30% off!

 

Kitchen Stand Mixer

This is a high-quality mixer with stainless steel bowl from Costway.

 

Air Fryer


This is an awesome deal on this extra large air fryer.

 

Vitamix Professioonal Grade Blender


This is another amazing Amazon Black Friday deal; more than 33% off!

 

iRobot Roomba


Save more than 25% on this top-rated Roomba.

 

 

Echo Show


Get the new Echo Show for under $50! Such a great deal on this awesome device!

 

Echo Dot


Save almost 60% on the (3rd generation) Echo Dot!

Laptops and Desktop Computers

 


If you are looking for a budget-friendly laptop, check out this very highly rated, Amazon Choice laptop for under $400!

 

If you want something even a little less expensive, check out this budget-friendly laptop from Lenovo for well under $300!

 

 

This is a great deal on a powerful touchscreen laptop for under $1,000.

 

Find more great deals on laptops and desktops like the one above here.

 

LG Smartphones


Find great deals on LG smartphones; the one pictured just above is on sale for less than $150 at a savings of almost 50%.

Save up to 50% on LG smartphones like the one shown above!

 

Flatscreen TV

Save 40% on this flatscreen TV from TCL..

 

Sony Flatscreen TV


If you are looking for an ultra high definition TV, then look no further than this 55 inch model from Sony.

Samsung HD TV

Save close to 20% off on this ultra high definition TV.

 

Amazon Kindle


Save 30% on the popular Amazon Kindle.

Kids Fire Tablet

Save big on this popular Fire tablet for kids!

 

Other Popular Electronics

And find more great deals on other electronics on sale on Amazon for Black Friday here!

 

Shark Vacuums

Find more Black Friday deals on Shark vacuums here.

 

 

Exercise Equipment


If you are wanting to get in shape as we near the end of the year and weather dips in many parts of the country, a treadmill can be a great resource. This one is on sale now during the Black Friday sales event.

 

 

Fitbit


A fitbit can be a great way to help you reach your fitness goals, and various Fitbit models, including the one shown in the picture above, are on sale this weekend!

 

Contigo Water Bottles

We love our Contigo water bottles. You can find more great Black Friday deals on Contigo water bottles here.

 

 

Electric Razor for Men

Save almost 40% on this popular men’s electric razor by Braun.

 

 

 

Settlers of Catan


We love this (now classic) family board game!

 

 

Dixit

 

 

Dixit is another game that our family enjoys together, and it is on sale this weekend (while the sale lasts) for 40% off.

And you can save up to 35% on even more of your favorite board games on Black Friday! Check out Black Friday deals on board games here!

Fun Toys for Kids on Sale during the Weekend of Black Friday

There are also many kids toys that are available on sale this weekend. Below I have listed just a handful of them.

 

Toy Trains for Kids

If your kids are in to trains and building with Legos, then this fun and colorful train set could be a great option for them.

 

Magic Trick Set

 

What kid doesn’t love magic? This fun magic set has 75 fun tricks plus a play wand.

 

 

Walkie Talkies

This fun walkie talkie set is also on sale for almost 30% off the regular price.

 

 

Dinosaur Set

This fun dinosaur set is also on sale; you can get it for 20% while it’s on sale.

 

 

Conclusion

These Amazon Black Friday weekend deals are a great way to save you money on your shopping this holiday season!

 

What are your favorite Amazon Black Friday deals? What did you not see on sale that you wish you had? I would love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment below and let me know!

 

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55+ Christmas Eve Traditions {That Won’t Break the Bank}

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Christmas Eve Traditions

In this article I am going to share some of the best Christmas Eve traditions! These Christmas Eve traditions are perfect for families, for those with young kids, those with older kids, and for couples.

The Christmas Eve activities included in this article are perfect for enjoying this special evening! If you know that there are fun Christmas Eve traditions and activities that you want your family to participate in this year, then use the items listed in this article to create the perfect Christmas Eve for your family!

 

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Memorable Christmas Eve Traditions and Christmas Eve Activities You Will Love!

In so many ways, Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

And the wonderful Christmas Eve traditions for families and others are part of what makes the holiday season so magical! From making Christmas cookies and other Christmas treats, singing and listening to Christmas carols, watching favorite Christmas movies, reading the Christmas story in the Bible, and more, there are Christmas Eve traditions that every member of the family can participate in and enjoy.

 

Family Christmas Eve Traditions (Fun Christmas Eve Activities for the Family!)

These fun and festive Christmas Eve activities can bring you closer together as a family and give you a chance to build special memories that you and your children can look on and remember for decades.

The Christmas season is so much more than giving and receiving gifts. Even though kids wait for Christmas morning with incredible anticipation, you can teach them that the gifts of Christmas morning are just one (small) part of the amazing Christmas season.

And one of my favorite things about the Christmas Eve traditions I share below? Most of them you can do for free or very inexpensively. You do not have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful Christmas season.

 

Also be sure to check out these related articles for awesome ideas on how to have a fun and frugal Christmas and ways to make more money for Christmas!

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The Best Kind of Christmas Eve Traditions and Christmas Eve Activities for Families

I truly feel that most of the time, simpler is better. And especially when you have younger kids like we do, it’s good to keep things fairly simple and not have too high of expectations the first time you do things.

Even though I know this is a long list of potential Christmas Eve traditions and activities, don’t try to cram in too much during the evening. Just pick the things that you feel would be the most important or most enjoyable for your family, write them down on your list, and then be flexible about things when some of your plans inevitably change. (I like to use pencil to write my plans. 😊)

Many of these Christmas Eve activities are cheap or even free, and I think those are some of the best activities of all. Remember—it’s not how much you spend. It’s the type of bonds you are forming as you spend crucial family time together as you talk and laugh and play and work that matters much more than anything else.

 

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Why have Christmas Eve traditions?

Many people have fabulous traditions for Christmas Day but what about Christmas Eve? Having Christmas Eve traditions is a great way to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Kids will remember the time spent doing fun things together as a family and they will look forward to it every year. Christmas Eve is the perfect day to do things that you don’t have time for on Christmas Day.

 

How many Christmas Eve traditions should you have?

This is really up to you and your family. It also depends on how involved your Christmas Eve traditions are. A few traditions that take a lot of energy and time will be plenty while if you choose several small, easy traditions, you will be able to keep up the traditions every year and not be overwhelmed.

Don’t be afraid to change your traditions if you want. If your kids have outgrown a certain tradition, don’t worry about changing it to a different tradition that will better fit the age they are at now.

 

How much should you spend on Christmas Eve traditions?

This also depends on you, your family, and your financial situation. You could budget a certain amount for Christmas Eve traditions. If you don’t have room in your budget for this right now, that’s OK! A lot of the ideas on this list are free or they cost very little. Fun does NOT have to be expensive! We do have a few options in this list if you have a few extra dollars to spend this holiday season. 🙂

 

 

55+ Best Christmas Eve Traditions and Christmas Eve Activities

Start the holiday festivities on Thanksgiving weekend (or even sooner, if you want! I start listening to Christmas music right after Halloween is over! 😊)

Give yourself plenty of time. Don’t feel rushed. Start decorating early, and get done early, so you can have the whole season to enjoy the shining Christmas tree lights at night, the tinsel, the holly, the garland, the mistletoe, the cinnamon-scented pinecones—all of it!

 

 

Christmas Eve Traditions Involving Service

One of the best ways to celebrate Christmas Eve and to remember the reason for the season can be to serve someone else.

 

Deliver Christmas Cookies to Neighbors.

I had friends in high school who spent the few days before Christmas Eve baking and making yummy holiday treats. On Christmas Eve they would deliver the treats to neighbors and friends. It was a great way for them to visit with people they cared about and wish them a Merry Christmas.

 

Volunteer in Your Community.

There are many opportunities this time of year for service. Make plans to volunteer or perform a service this Christmas season. This could be one of the most important plans you make this year! It’s good for you and it’s good for your community. What better way to celebrate the birth of Christ than to serve like he did?

 

Invite Someone Over to Celebrate with You.

If you know someone who doesn’t have family nearby for Christmas, consider inviting them over to spend Christmas Eve with you and partake in the festivities. It could really bless their life to be involved and loved when they would otherwise have been alone.

 

Put Together a Care Package.

What a great way to serve this Christmas season! Putting a few things in a care package for a friend, family member, or military member is a thoughtful way to serve this holiday.

 

Traditions Involving Crafts

There are lots of fun Christmas crafts that will make a fun Christmas Eve activity! Here are some of my favorites.

 

Make Christmas Crafts.

Making Christmas crafts is a fun activity to do on Christmas Eve. You could switch it up each year and make different things according to the skill level of your children. There are endless ideas on the internet for Christmas crafts!

Make Christmas Cards.

Do you have scrapbooking supplies hanging around? How about some construction paper and crayons? Or printer paper and markers? You can make personalized Christmas cards from any variety of crafting supplies and they are so special. If you have young kids, you could trace their hands or dip them in finger paint if you are extra brave. It would be a wonderful gift for grandparents!

 

Have a Christmas-Cookie Baking or Decorating Competition.

Baking Christmas treats is one of the best parts of the whole season, right? Do Christmas calories even count? Put a little spin in the Christmas baking and decorating and make it a friendly holiday competition!

 

Make and Decorate a Gingerbread House.

This is so fun with kids! If you are a baker you could bake your own gingerbread house. Or they have kits at the store but those can get pretty expensive. A cheap and easy idea is to use graham crackers and frosting with different kinds of candy and some powdered sugar. You could even have a contest for the tallest house, the prettiest house, the yummiest-looking house, and so on. So fun!

 

Just Plain Fun Christmas Eve Traditions

 

Hang Some Mistletoe.

Or something that looks like mistletoe if you can’t find the real thing. Just for fun try to see how many times you can catch your spouse under the mistletoe!

 

Open Presents at Midnight.

Some cultures stay up and open all their presents at midnight after the holiday feast. Sounds like a great time but I don’t know when I would wrap the presents since I wrap them all on Christmas Eve after the kids go to sleep. 😛  I would have to plan ahead!

 

Everyone Wear Ugly, Gaudy Christmas Sweaters.

You could even turn it into a contest to see who has the worst sweater. I think these sweaters are such good fun!

 

Redecorate the House with Special Lights for the Kids.

If you love to decorate, perhaps you would like to redecorate the house on Christmas Eve. Or you could just add more decorations for the special day. Make it extra special and surprise your kids with lights in their room.

 

Play in the Snow

If you live in an area of the world that has snow this time of year, get out there and play! You don’t even need special clothing if you just go out for a quick few minutes. What a great free way to have some fun this Christmas Eve.

 

Have a Christmas Treasure Hunt.

This could be really fun for Christmas Eve. At the end of the treasure hunt you could have a little treat or a present that can be opened that day.

 

Hang Up Your Christmas Stockings.

Consider making this a special tradition this Christmas Eve. You could tell where this tradition first originated before your family hangs up their stockings.

 

Make a Human Christmas Tree.

This just sounds like so much fun! Do you have extra garland and (preferably plastic) ornaments laying around? Make it a team effort to transform a family member or friend into a human Christmas tree. There is no end to the possibilities if you have a creative side.

 

Set Up a Hot Chocolate Bar.

Having a party or a movie night? Set up a little hot chocolate bar with some hot cocoa fixin’s. Hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, candy canes, whipped topping, etc. Mmmm. Sounds delicious.

 

Read a Christmas Classic.

Choose a short Christmas book to read every Christmas Eve. Check your local library for fun options. Re-read the same book every year or choose a different one each year!

 

Have a Sibling Slumber Party …

This one sounds so fun! I have a LOT of siblings so having a big slumber party sounds like a blast to me! Throw some sleeping bags on the floor by the Christmas tree and enjoy some sibling time this Christmas Eve. Or it could be really fun for all the little cousins to have a sleepover party together!

 

… In a Christmas Campout!

To make the previous tradition even more fun, throw up some blankets or sheets in a makeshift tent in the family room and make it a Christmas Campout! I can’t believe how fun that sounds!

 

Choose a Movie Series (Doesn’t Have to Be Christmas-y) and Watch It Every Year.

Have a favorite movie series but don’t have time during the year to watch it? Watch it on Christmas Eve every year and problem solved! It doesn’t even have to be a Christmas-themed movie. I love Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea but it’s so hard to find the time to watch it between my job, my blog, and my kids. A good plan is to watch it every year on Christmas Eve! Parts of it are even Christmas-y!

 

Eat Christmas-Themed Meals All Day Long.

If you are into crafting and baking and making things cutesy, making Christmas-themed meals all throughout the day would be so fun. Imagine pancakes decorated with strawberries and whipped topping to look like Santa or shape your pancakes like a snowman. You could do a vegetable tray in the shape of a Christmas tree or wreath for a lunch side dish. And for dinner have some spinach pasta with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Google for more ideas and have fun!

 

Exchange One Small Gift.

Growing up we were allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve. I love doing this! Have everyone in your family draw someone’s name and purchase or make them a small gift. Then open it Christmas Eve.

 

Host a Family Gathering.

Christmastime is a great time to spend with family! Why not host a family get-together? Have everyone come over and bring a dish for a potluck dinner. Play games, watch a movie, or read about the birth of Christ. Or choose something else from this list and enjoy your time together. So wonderful!

 

Drive Around to Look at Christmas Light Displays.

I love doing this with my kids! We will often go to the neighborhoods that have the best lights in the valley and invite some of my siblings and their kids to come too. It’s so fun and we all love seeing all the lights.

 

Make and Open a Christmas Eve Box.

This idea is so fun! Put together a little box to give to your family on Christmas Eve. In the box you can put some popcorn, hot cocoa mix, a movie, a Christmas book, etc. Spend the day enjoying the things in the box together.

 

Gift and/or Wear Matching Christmas Pajamas.

Just a fun little tradition! Gift and open matching pajamas or wear matching pajamas if you already have them. I love dressing my kids in Christmas jammies even if they don’t match exactly, it’s still really cute!

 

Watch a Christmas Movie.

Of course! Who doesn’t want to curl up on the couch by the fire with some hot cocoa and popcorn and watch a wonderful Christmas movie?! Check out THIS POST to see a plethora of options for Christmas movies for everyone and anyone in the family. Hallmark, anyone?

 

Go Caroling around the Neighborhood.

I love Christmas music! Going caroling is one of my favorite things! I have great memories as a teen going caroling in the town where I grew up. This is a great way to spread joy and love this season!

 

Gift a New Ornament.

A fun tradition could be to add a new ornament to your collection every year and put it on the tree on Christmas Eve. Then each year you can remember each previous year and the good times spent with family.

 

Stay Up Past Bedtime.

Is it even possible to NOT stay up past bedtime on Christmas Eve?! With all the fun and food to fit into one day before Christmas, there just never seems to be enough time so we inevitably stay up past bedtime! Not to worry, it’s tradition!

 

Make Grinch Popcorn.

The ingredients for this yummy popcorn are very simple. Google the recipe and whip this tasty treat up this Christmas Eve. You may enjoy it so much you’ll make it a yearly tradition. Remember, Christmas calories don’t count!

 

Keep reading to find more ideas for Christmas Eve traditions! 👇

  

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Games on Christmas Eve

 

Play Christmas Board Games.

There are some games out there that are special Christmas board games. If you have one of those you could make playing it a yearly tradition. If you love board games but don’t have a Christmas one, see if you can modify one of your current board games and give it a Christmas Eve twist!

 

Host a White Elephant Game.

This is a classic Christmas party game. My mom’s siblings do this when they get together every year for Christmas. It is a lot of fun. They are not allowed to spend any money on the gift they contribute so it’s very interesting to see what people bring!

 

Play Christmas Games (other than board games).

There are some really fun Christmas games you could play on Christmas Eve! Do a quick Google search to find one that your family would love! Some ideas include Christmas 20 questions, Christmas Pictionary, or a present-opening game.

 

Have a Christmas Cup Tower Building Contest.

Oh boy, do my kids love building towers! You could purchase a package of red and green disposable cups and have a contest on who can build the tallest tower or the most unique tower. Save the cups to play again year after year.

 

Host a Game Night.

Gather friends and family around and have a game night! Play Christmas games or non-Christmas games! Any games will do really. The point is to have fun and bond with loved ones.

 

Pin the Nose on Rudolph.

Little kids will love this Christmas twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey. I think adults will also enjoy watching the kids play and have fun at this game. Keep the supplies and play again next year!

 

Guess What’s in the Stocking.

Oh the fun that could be had with this game! Put ten or so items in a large stocking. Tie it shut and pass it around the circle of your friends and family. Have everyone write down what they think is inside and see what everyone comes up with. Items to consider: pine cone, ornament, plastic animal or toy, roll of tape, small utensil, etc.

 

Race for Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers.

Are you notorious for waiting until the last minute to find stocking stuffers? Sometimes it’s just so hard to know what to buy so I leave it for the last minute. Why not use this habit and make it fun?! Take your spouse or best friend and give yourselves 15 minutes or less to run into the dollar store or Ross or some other store and buy some presents. Give yourselves a budget also. The person who finds the best, most fun, most unique, etc., gifts wins. And everybody wins because it was so fun!

 

 

Celebrating Christ This Christmas Eve

One of the best ways to celebrate on Christmas is to do activities that celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

 

Listen to Religious Christmas Songs.

Hey, I love Last Christmas just as much as the next person, but for a little while, consider listening to religious Christmas music to help remind yourself the true meaning of Christmas and what Christ’s birth has meant for you and the world.

 

Have a Shepherd’s Christmas Eve Dinner.

Consider having a simple meal like a shepherd would have had in the time of Christ. Ideas include fried salmon, hummus, pita bread, cheese, dried fruit, crackers, grapes, etc. If you really want to get into it, have everyone dress up like a shepherd and drape some sheets to mimic a tent over the table.

 

Attend Church Services.

Many religions hold church services on Christmas Eve. Gather the whole family together and make it a Christmas Eve tradition.

 

Read about Christ’s Birth.

I love this tradition! What is Christmas without the story about why we celebrate it in the first place? It’s a great way to make sure we include Christ in our Christmas celebrations.

 

Go See or Take Part in a Live Nativity Scene.

There are places that have the Nativity Scene but instead of figurines or statues, it’s real people in the scene. I love these!

 

Build Bethlehem out of Blocks.

My kids would love this! Build the city of Bethlehem out of blocks and help your children realize that it is a real place. Bring over some of your nativity pieces if you have them and play for a little while in “Bethlehem.”

 

Santa Traditions*

Here are some fun ideas for Christmas Eve traditions that involve Santa. 

 

Leave Out a Key for Santa.

What if you don’t have a chimney for Santa to come down and deliver presents? Not to worry! Leave a special “key” on your front door knob so Santa can get in a leave presents.

 

Sprinkle Reindeer Dust Outside.

Help Santa find his way by leaving a path of colored sugar that leads to your door just before you put the kids to bed. This kids will be so thrilled to help Santa!

 

Leave Treats for Santa and the Reindeer.

Santa and the Reindeer need a little snack so they can keep on delivering all the toys! Leave out some cookies and milk for Santa and don’t forget carrots for the reindeer!

 

Write a Letter to Santa to Leave with Cookies.

Do you leave out cookies for Santa? Have your kids write a letter to Santa to leave out with the cookies. So fun!

 

Track Santa.

There’s a website for that! Go to noradsanta.org and track Santa wherever he goes this Christmas Eve! Wouldn’t it be exciting to see where Santa is and imagine when he will get to your neighborhood?

 

Leave “Evidence” that Santa Visited.

The ideas for this tradition are so clever! Beyond just eating the cookies and carrots and drinking most of the milk. You can leave “snowy” footprints leading to your tree. Santa can have his own wrapping paper that is different from the rest of the presents under the tree. You can even find a website that will send you a letter postmarked from Santa!

 

Enjoy a Visit from Santa.

Know a guy who looks like Santa? You could have “Santa” make a very special visit as a Christmas Eve tradition!

 

Write an Elf Letter.

Tired of writing letters to Santa? You and your kids could write a little teeny tiny letter to an elf as a new Christmas Eve tradition!

 

Have a Reindeer Deliver One Small Gift.

How would your child react if they got a small gift from one of Santa’s reindeer? How fun! I remember one year I was helping my mom wrap presents and got tired of writing “From: Santa” on every present. (There were a lot of presents—I have a lot of siblings!) So I started getting creative and wrote that the presents were from the elves or some of the reindeer. Why not shake it up a little?!

 

 

*Disclaimer: Just to be true to myself, I want to share that in our family we do have fun with Santa, but we don’t pretend that he is real. You can learn why in this article under the heading about the jolly big lie.

 

If You Have Some Extra Dough

If you have a some money to spend, here are some additional fun Christmas Eve traditions you may want to enjoy with your family.

 

Pay Someone Else’s Tab at a Restaurant.

If you do decide to go out for Christmas Eve, consider paying for another table’s tab along with your own. What a wonderful way to serve and surprise someone else this Christmas season!

Get a Christmas Eve Takeout Dinner.

Some families make it a tradition to get takeout on Christmas Eve. Take it home and enjoy with family and friends by the tree!

Final Thoughts on Christmas Eve Traditions and Christmas Eve Activities

I wish you all the best this Christmas season. If you have any other suggestions for Christmas Eve traditions, leave a comment below. I love to read what others do to celebrate the birth of Christ and spend time with loved ones. I hope you enjoyed this list of Christmas Eve traditions and if you are looking for some to implement with your family, I hope some of these are what you were looking for. Merry Christmas!

 

What are your favorite family Christmas Eve traditions and Christmas Eve activities? What Christmas Eve traditions would you love to add to your yearly list of fun activities and events? I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

 

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4 Powerful Principles of Gratitude to Change Your Financial Life

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The Amazing Power of Gratitude

In this article I am going to share some of the amazing benefits and blessings that can come from the power of gratitude. Learn how the power of gratitude can change your financial life forever!

I believe with all my heart that the power of gratitude can bring amazing blessings into our lives. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. It’s a time to slow down and spend time with family and reconnect with loved ones who live afar. And it’s a time to remember how truly blessed we are to live when we do with the abundant modern conveniences we have. It’s a time to thank God for all that He has blessed us with—for a beautiful earth to live on, air to breathe, food to eat, clothes to wear, and so much more.

 

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A Very Personal Story about the Power of Gratitude

In writing about the power of gratitude I’m going to get more personal than I generally do on my blog—or, at least, than I have tended to yet, since I’ve been focused on sharing content to help you win with money, rather than writing too much about my family and our own financial journey.

About seven years ago now—I can’t believe the time has gone by so fast!—my husband and I had been trying to have children for about five years. We had done fertility treatments and had eventually been able to get pregnant, but then we had a miscarriage. And then a couple more years had passed and we hadn’t been able to get pregnant again. We had talked about possibly becoming foster parents or adopting, but there was a part of me that just longed to be able to have our own children.

I knew I would have been happy raising children that I hadn’t given birth to and that they would become like our own, but it was very hard to really give up on the idea of being able to have our own children. I had always grown up thinking I would go to college, get married, work for a little while, and then stay home to raise children. And things just weren’t working out according to what I had expected.

I had been praying and hoping for children for what seemed like ages, and honestly I was emotionally worn out. It was this same time of year—around Thanksgiving, just before the holiday season would begin. And I was hurting. Hurting thinking about another holiday season passing without having little kiddos running around to enjoy it with. And so I decided I needed to just let it go—leave it in the hands of God. I just wasn’t strong enough to carry that particular burden anymore, so I asked the Savior to carry it for me.

 

Powerful Financial Principles of Gratitude

Read on to learn ways that the power of gratitude helps lead to financial prosperity. These powerful principles of gratitude can change your financial life forever!

 

Focusing on Blessings Amplifies the Power of Gratitude

So, going back to the story I was sharing, I decided to focus on the many blessings that I did have to help me stop worrying about my troubles. So every day as I prayed in the morning and each evening, I spoke only of the blessings I was grateful for. In addition to the things I routinely give thanks for I made a goal to express my gratitude for at least five unique things as I prayed.

It was fun and eye opening to realize how very many things I have to be grateful for. A wonderful family. The gospel. A loving Heavenly Father. Roses. Rainbows. The smell of fresh pine. And fresh baked bread. And freshly washed laundry. A roof over my head. Shoes (too many shoes!). Heat. Warm water. Abundant food. Indoor plumbing. A working furnace. Heaters and heating blankets. Hot cocoa. Sunrises. Sunshine. Beaches. A great job I love. An emergency fund. A car to drive. Clothes (again, too many!) to wear. Really, the list seems endless.

This experience really helped me to understand how very blessed I am. And I was able to turn outward and think more about others. I prayed this way—expressing thanks without asking for anything, except for a rare little prayer for help with something that I might have snuck in here or there—from around Thanksgiving time till around the beginning of the year.

And a truly amazing thing happened. We had been going through another round of fertility treatments, and within a month (so by the end of January) we became pregnant with our first daughter. And we were able to have her without any problems or complications. And then we have been able to have two more children since then, our twins.

 

Learning a Powerful Lesson about the Power of Gratitude

When I was pregnant with our twins a couple of years later, it was again this time of year, and I decided again to express prayers simply of gratitude from Thanksgiving time till after the New Year. This time it was not because I had a burden I was trying to lighten but because I was so very, very grateful for being able to have children (multiple!) in my life and for the many other blessings I had as well. And it was a wonderful experience again.

And during that time I came across an amazing plaque at the store that now I wish I would have bought. It shared this powerful message about gratitude: What if you only had tomorrow what you remembered to thank God for today?

So even though I had thought I had come up with a lot of things to be grateful for the first time I had done this a couple of years ago, that quote helped me to dig even deeper—and I worked to think of at least 10 things to be grateful for each day. And with a little thought, it wasn’t very hard.

We as humanity really are blessed beyond measure. Most of us have all that we need and much of what we want. When it comes to material prosperity, there has probably never been a better time to live.

 

 

Four Principles about the Power of Gratitude

The power of gratitude can be evident in our lives in many ways, including these four I mention here.

 

1. Gratitude helps us remember the many ways that we are blessed.

Expressing thanks for all we have helps us to remember our abundant blessings. As we take the time to count our blessings, we can see more clearly the many, many things we have to be grateful for.

 

2. Gratitude can bring even more (amazing) blessings into our lives.

When we take the time to thank God for the many blessings we have and we do our best to follow His teachings, then He often blesses us with even more. I firmly believe that the timing of getting pregnant again wasn’t just a coincidence. I believe that after focusing on thanking my Heavenly Father for the many blessings that we have we were then granted another we had been hoping and praying for, according to the Lord’s timing.

 

 

3. Gratitude invites us to look outward and focus on those around us in need.

When we realize how very blessed we are and how much we really have, we may feel compelled to help others who might be less fortunate than us. Whether we give of our time, our talents, our material wealth, or all of the above, we can do so much good—collectively—to make the world a better place. We don’t need government programs to take care of people—although they can do good things. All we really need to do is to, first, take care of ourselves to the very best of our ability, and then beyond that, help take care of others who can use a hand up.

4. Gratitude helps us to realize that we already have enough and helps us to be truly content with what we have.

When we take the time to appreciate what we have and decide to be content with what we have, we can come to understand that we really do have all that we need and that we don’t need more. And when we realize that we already have enough we can get off the hedonistic treadmill of continually wanting more and better stuff.

And that is excellent news for your wallet, because when you free yourself from always wanting more, you can put your money toward things like paying off debt to free up your income, saving an emergency fund and building additional savings to give yourself financial peace, and building up a large retirement fund so that you can retire in dignity and comfort in order to pursue interests such as traveling, finding new hobbies, volunteering, and spoiling grandkids.

 

Final Thoughts on the Power of Gratitude

The power of gratitude is real. When we take the time to thank God for all that we have, I truly believe that He then often blesses us even more. At this time of year, I hope you will take a few minutes to specifically thank your Heavenly Father for all that you have.

You might even try giving prayers of gratitude every day throughout the holiday season. I know that if you do you will be blessed in amazing ways, whether spiritually, temporally, or both. May God bless you and your family this holiday season with peace and joy, and throughout the years.

 

What do you think about the power of gratitude? Have you seen examples of the power of gratitude doing amazing things or even working miracles in your life? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!

 

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47 Fun Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers and Babies

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Awesome Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers and Babies!

Find information and links below for awesome Christmas gift ideas for under toddlers and babies! These are great Christmas presents that your kids, nieces and nephews, or grandkids will love!!

Make your Christmas gift giving a snap with these great Christmas gift ideas for toddlers and babies!

 

The Benefits of Buying Inexpensive Christmas Gifts for under $15

You probably know how quickly the costs for Christmas can add up! While we all love the little ones in our lives and want to shower them with gifts to show how much we care and to watch them light up as they unwrap gift after fun gift, that can add up real quick. One way to get the most bang for your buck this Christmas season is to give less expensive Christmas gifts.

 

Tip: Why not help to eliminate the stress of Christmas shopping and gift giving by planning for a debt-free Christmas next year (or this year!)? Also be sure to check out these 15 simple ideas for how to save money on Christmas this year!

And be sure to grab the free Christmas planner printables below to help keep you organized this Christmas season! Save money and time this holiday season!

 

The point here is that you can still give wonderful gifts that are from the heart without spending a ton of money. Find great ideas for easy and cheap Christmas gifts for toddlers and babies under $15 by clicking the links in the headings or the images below.

 

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30+ Christmas Gifts for Toddlers and Babies!

Below are some of the best cheap Christmas gifts for toddlers and babies that they will love!

 

 1. Winter hat

Keep those little ears warm with this super cute and stylish beanie sized just right for your toddler. They have colors for boys and girls.

 

Have I ever mentioned that I don’t like the cold? ;-P This hat couldn’t be more adorable for keeping your little one warm this winter!

 

 2. Premier Chef Set

Do you have a little one in your life who loves to help in the kitchen? This is the perfect gift for them!

 

3. Personalized Letter from Santa

Do your kids believe in Santa? How would they like to receive their very own personalized letter from the jolly man himself?! And it is another super cheap Christmas gift idea for under $15.

 

4. Unicorn Toddler Backpack

My kids love backpacks! Even though they are currently not going to public school. This adorable backpack is any girls dream!

 

5. Cozy Fleece Booties

Keep those little feet warm in the cold weather with these comfy booties. Booties are offered in a variety of colors for boys and girls.

 

6. Rocket Launchers for Kids

These look like they could be a lot of fun!

7. Spin and Learn Flashlight

I cannot tell you how much my kids love flashlights! They would have a lot of fun with something like this!

 

8. Music Piano Mat

Wintertime can be more difficult because kids can’t just run outside and play for hours and release some energy. This could be very helpful to use up some of that boundless energy!

 

9. Felt Christmas Tree Set

How fun is this?! Kids can decorate their own little Christmas tree.

 

10. Fun Socks

Going along with the theme of keeping warm this winter, here are some options for Christmas-themed socks!

 

Adorable unisex socks!

And this is another fun set of socks that is a perfect Christmas gift for under $15!

 

And here is one more set of Christmas-themed socks that would make a fun Christmas gift for under $15.

11. Magna Drawing Doodle Board

The kids on your Christmas list will love the fun they have with this doodle board. It even has colors and the one I had as a kid didn’t have that!

12. Basketball Hoop Bath Toy

I wonder when my kiddos will tire of throwing things… In the meantime, a present like this would be so fun for them!

13. Magnet Boat Bath Toys

My kids love boats and baths! These would even be super fun in the pool outside when summer comes back around!

 

14. Mega Blocks

Building blocks are pretty much a must have for any kid. They help the child gain motor and engineering skills, creativity, and they’re fun! There are so many benefits to the open-ended aspect of building blocks. My kids love blocks and the love knocking them down the most!

There is a pink version if you want a larger variety of colors!

 

15. Spike the Hedgehog

This looks like a great learning toy for fine motor skills and sensory exploration for the toddler in your life!

 

16. Toddler Water Bottle

Help your little one stay hydrated this winter with their very own water bottle!

 

17. Play Purse and Accessories

Do you have a daughter who wants to be just like Mommy? Well then this gift will light her up this holiday season!

 

18. Interactive Book

This super cute owl book would be so fun for you and your little one to read together. With rhymes and bright colors, your child will love reading this with you over and over.

 

19. Dinosaur Toys and Play Mat

What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? This set will allow for hours of fun and dino play for your kids!

 

20. Fishing Game Bath Toy

Bring the classic fair game home to the bathtub this Christmas!

 

21. Dinosaur Toys with Wheels

Another dinosaur toy here. These fun toys have wheels and would go great with the dinosaur play mat above!

 

22. Books!

Books are a great gift for kids of any age! Here are some of my favorite books for kids!

We LOVE the Elephant and Piggie books! They are sooo fun!

Should I Share My Ice Cream? was the first book from this series that I read and I simply fell in love with them!

We love this book about Thumper and his siblings who make a basket for their mom.

This classic book is so fun! Will there be enough room?

This book is just so sweet!

Mermaids! Love them!

 

23. Electronic Doodle Board

We have a doodle board similar to this and it is so fun for the kids to play with. We take it to church with us and we use it for learning and play, of course.

There is also blue (link below) and black offered on Amazon.

24. Wooden Shape Sorter Toy

Sorting is a very important skill for kids to learn. This toy makes it easy and fun!

25. Construction Toys

My kiddos would love playing with this and perhaps yours would too! So much fun and it leaves so much room for imaginative play!

26. Alphabet Puzzle

I love when my kids have toys that help them learn. This puzzle is perfect for developing fine motor skills, letter recognition, etc. We love our alphabet puzzle!

27. Bubble Machines

My kids never tire of bubbles! And Mama just doesn’t have the stamina to blow bubbles all day long and Grandpa (who loves to blow bubbles with the grand kids) can’t be here all the time. Bubble machine to the rescue!

28. Monster Trucks

Boys love all things monster-truck related. These would provide hours of fun for the toddler in your life this holiday season!

Here is another fun version if your kiddo is interested in dinosaurs!

29. Crayons

This Christmas get your kids a different kind of crayon to use! These egg-shaped crayons are great for kids who are old enough to know they aren’t real eggs ;-).

30. Piggy Bank

Teach your kids while they are young to save for the future! This piggy bank is a perfect start for that with fun coins and songs.

31. Nursery Night Light

This night light hs a remote control and it changes colors! How fun!

32. Drop and Go Dump Truck

No matter how many of these types of toys my kids have, they always have a blast with them for hours.

32. Clean-up and Dust Set

I have a little broom and dust pan for my kiddos and they LOVE to get it out and help me while I am sweeping. This set is even better than what we have and I’m very tempted to upgrade!

32. Wooden Lacing Apple

This type of toy would be great for young kids to help develop fine motor skills. It would be perfect for any setting where you want your young one to play quietly.

33. Flower Garden Toy

My son saw this while I was writing the article and he definitely wants one! How fun would it be to build your own garden?!

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Final Thoughts on Great Christmas Gifts for toddlers and babies for under $15

Most kids, especially toddlers, don’t care how much you spent for their Christmas presents! They just want something fun to play with or a good book and time with YOU! Be intentional with your money this Christmas with gifts for toddlers and babies for under $15.

These 47 awesome cheap Christmas gifts for toddlers and babies for under $15 will help you save money on Christmas and will help ensure you stay within your holiday budget! They may even help make it possible for you to enjoy a debt-free Christmas. (<<Tip: read this article now and plan for this next year to make your holidays so much less stressful and so much more merry and bright! :))

 

What are your favorite cheap Christmas gifts? I would love to know your favorite ideas for cheap Christmas gifts for under $15, as well! Leave a comment below and let me know!

 

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