Great Gifts for Giving!

Christmas Ornament Wise Men

It’s Christmas and ’tis the season for giving, right?!! I have a few gift ideas I want to share with you. Some of these are unique items, and I always get compliments on them. These come with my personal endorsement as I am not working with these companies in any capacity for reviews. I simply want to share some of my faves with you!

And, before I start, some of these aren’t the most frugal options either. But, if it is possible, I will share how you can get them a little cheaper.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion

This is THE BEST scent ever! I love everything Philosophy, but this lotion is the first product I started using of the brand. While it states it’s a *firming* body emulsion, it hasn’t firmed for me (ahem – only the gym can do that for me). But, you will smell good!

The best place to purchase this is through QVC. You can get a large 32 oz bottle for around $45 (or $50 with shipping). But, you can order through a cash back site and earn around 3% cash back. A bottle of this size lasts me around three months because I use it everyday.

Family Pendant Birth Designs Family Pendant
It looks like they are requiring a longer turnaround for the Christmas season. This is still a great gift for any gift time!I purchased this pendant a few months ago and I get so many compliments!

I’m not a big jewelry person. But, I love this necklace because it’s casual to wear everyday (which I normally do) and can also work with something dressier because, well, who doesn’t love seeing someone’s jewels reflecting their family??!!

The price starts at $58.

Mom Shirt Mom Shirt

I just got this shirt at the Mops Convention. I don’t wear many mom items because sometimes they can be a little cheesey (not to offend anyone), but this one is simple and cute. I have received several compliments on this item too!

If you do order this, order a size larger. I have the Fitted Size XL. I typically wear a size M or L shirt, but the XL gives me a little wiggle room. The shirts also come in non-fitted and long/short sleeve too. I purchased a short sleeve so I could add a layering long sleeve shirt underneath (the XL gives me room to do that too).

The shirt is $20 and shipping starts at $6.

Sisters Necklace Friendship/Sister Necklace

This is the necklace I purchased for my friends. I found this necklace last year searching on Etsy.

The necklace is priced at $35 and it appears the Etsy store owner has them in stock to ship immediately. It’s just a unique idea and I especially like the message card that explains the design of the necklace and how that relates to sisterhood (or friendship).


This is a necklace from Premier Fashion Jewelry. I bought this several months ago and wear it so much! I wear it with dressier outfits and very casual stuff. It’s a great piece to have!

The Eugenia retails for $49, but when I told my Premier Consultant, Shelby, I was mentioning it, she graciously offered Mommy Snacks readers a 15% discount. So, if you are interested in this piece, contact Shelby on her blog to order one and get the discount (her email is in the right hand side). Mention “necklace” in your email Subject line so she knows you are coming from here to place an order.

Photo Books Photo Books

You can order these from any online Photo store. These are always a huge hit when I give them as gifts.

If there are husbands out there reading, I GUARANTEE your wife would LOVE you if you made her a book for Christmas. I mean, she will probably cry (and you can thank me later).

I’ve ordered from multiple companies and haven’t had issues with quality. I would suggest SeeHere, Shutterfly or Snapfish. Snapfish also has a 20% code for Photo Books. Just enter HOLIDAY09 at checkout. Most of the sites also have a new customer promotion offering FREE prints to new members.

Don’t forget to shop online and save even more!

Cordless Swivel Sweeper Swivel Sweeper

OK, this is a practical gift :) So, again, husbands if you bought your wife that Photo Book and got her this Swivel Sweeper she would probably not take that much offense to it (or, at least I wouldn’t). Actually, my husband bought me one a while ago and I absolutely love it!

This retails at $28.

If you are a blogger and have created a gift guide (or multiple guides), please link them up below! I didn’t even hit the surface of all the good suggestions I have seen in some guides. It may help to include your blog name and the types of items you are sharing so people can quickly see if they need help in that specific area.

I.e., Mommy Snacks (Ideas: Women and Kids)


I have a few Amazon Gift Cards to give away! These have come from my stash (thanks to Swagbucks) and I want to share them with you to help this Christmas season. To enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Cards (3 Winners):

Leave me a comment and simply share what you are most thankful for. Sure, this is a gift guide and I will be purchasing gifts for loved ones. But, I am truly blessed with an amazing family and wonderful friends!


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