Currently (December 2020): Gifting, Hoping, and More this Holiday Season

Posted December 2, 2020 by shooting in Personal / 32 Comments

Happy Wednesday! Today I am linking up with Ann at In Residence for her monthly Currently series (all photos for the prompts below are from Pixabay; free to use and not my own)

Baking: Nothing yet! My family does plan on making Spritz cookies sometime soon and I always need to make peanut butter blossoms. Besides that, we’ll see what we decide. I’ve already gotten a friend of mine (who loves to bake) to agree on giving me some of whatever she makes this holiday season. LOL Normally we’d have a cookie exchange, but obviously not this year!

Decorating: The whole house. We have our tree up. It’s fake, and not terribly big, but it’s cute and it has lights around it already so it doesn’t take long to get it ready. We still need to actually put ornaments on, but the rest of the house is pretty decked out for the holidays. We also have some lights on the front porch – nothing too crazy, but it’s lovely to see at night. I’m ready to go looking at Christmas lights!

Gifting: All the things!! My love language is most definitely giving gifts, and it always has been. I love finding the “perfect” gift for people and it makes me even more excited than getting my own gifts (though who doesn’t love that?) I’m gifting to friends, family, a co-worker, some blogger friends, and I’m even doing the #tbtbsanta swap. I hope my Santee loves her gifts; it’s been really fun shopping for her!

Hoping: that people are safe this holiday season. Everyone has to do what’s right for their family, but I just wish more people took things seriously and actually tried to help the situation instead of believing it’s a hoax or just “another flu.” On a happier note, I hope that everyone has a fantastic holiday season – whatever that looks like, and whether you celebrate a holiday or not. I hope that we all have wonderful books to read and fun (or funny) movies to escape in. I hope we create new traditions and find ways to keep some of the old.

Sending: I don’t tend to do Christmas cards. I have here and there in the past, but this year, I’m mostly just sending cards along with the gifts that I need to mail. I’m almost finished with everyone’s gifts, which is a great feeling. Now I just need to double check, get everything wrapped, and send off the packages before it gets too far into December and the postal service really gets bogged down.

I also wanted to remind everyone of my long-running Stocking Stuffer gift guide. I still have a few more posts, so definitely keep your eye out for those. However, I’ve also shared a lot of gift ideas already, and I want to make sure you haven’t missed any of them!

East Grove Studio: a look at some fun literary magnets, postcards, etc.

Just DREAM It Creations: a review of some lovely hand-made cards and items that would be perfect for a tiered tray!

The Prints Maker: a feature of some cute mini calendars

Unforgettaballs: an interview and feature of these wonderfully designed baseballs. Find one for a certain stadium- or a special occasion!

Christina’s Baby Boutique: a look at some gift ideas for teachers, daycare workers, parents, and more (includes an interview with Christina). Plus- DEC2020 for 10% off her entire shop till Dec 20th

Joan’s Garden’s Soaps and More: U.S. entrants can win a Christmas box of soaps, lotion bars, and lip gloss. This is part of a giveaway hop – all giveaways end tonight, December 2.

Tolton Avenue: you can see my review of a personalized wooden notebook and a wooden mini 2021 bucket list notebook (SUCH a great stocking stuffer).

LavenderChai: U.S. entrants can win a prize pack of two Christmas/Winter themed painting kits, Gift Tags you can paint, and some stickers – giveaway ends tonight, December 2. You can also check out my review and interview with the shop’s owner in this post!

Custom Love Gifts: U.S. entrants can win 6 mini Hot Cocoa Mugs – giveaway ends tonight, December 2.

The Perennial Soul: U.S. entrants can choose their own mini house (various designs/quotes), which make wonderful decorations for bookcases or tiered trays. Giveaway ends on December 4. The post also includes my review!

Rock This Way and Pastello Rosso: two Etsy shops run by the same person. Check out my review (and U.S. entrants can enter to win a fun artsy giveaway for kids – ends on December 9)! There are fun character themed crayons and chalk; ceramic pieces to paint (some are even ornaments); and the most gorgeous tic-tac-toe games made from painted rocks!

32 responses to “Currently (December 2020): Gifting, Hoping, and More this Holiday Season

  1. You definitely inspire the gifting spirit here! So much joy in this post. I decided to do glow-in-the-dark winter postcards this year, instead of the traditional holiday card this year. Happy merry making to you!

  2. It’s fun to hear how much you love gifting – I feel like I’m usually hearing about people getting stressed out about it, but I love that you have the joy of it. I have more joy in it this year because I started way earlier than usual, and also it just feels like a time to treat people with more special things, since I’m not able to spend as much time with them 🙂 And yay for having Christmas lights! My kid got the tree decorated quickly, but I would have been fine with just having the twinkle lights on it. Makes the evenings so lovely.

    Thanks for joining in as always, and enjoy the season!

  3. I’ve never been big on Christmas but I live in the PNW now and it just feels wintery and holiday-ish so we got a tree last year and I put it up the day after Thanksgiving this year. Who am I?? lol

    I’ve been baking a lot! Also something I never really did before but I’m having fun with it.

    I’ve been shopping a little and trying to stay with all local things when I can.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  4. Brittany Carter

    I love baking and doing crafts with the kids at Christmas time thank you for sharing all the great ideas

  5. Okay, what are Spritz cookies? I’m so curious. And yes, yes, yes to your hoping. The sooner we all cooperate, the sooner we can get this under control and (hopefully) get back to normal. Ugh.

  6. That is great that you’re almost done shopping! I can’t wait to do holiday baking too, although I agree it’s a bummer not to be able to exchange cookies this year!

  7. I hope people make good decisions too. It’s hard when we’ve been making sacrifices and then other people hosting big parties. I’ve never made spritz cookies before but they are so pretty! They really dress up a tray!

  8. Same here with decorating. We have our tree up but it’s not completely decorated yet lol. We’ll finish it this week sometime haha! And same with Hoping- I wish people weren’t falling for that hoax stuff either *sigh* Still, you’re right- hoping everyone has a wonderful season, whatever form that takes!

  9. I enjoy picking out the perfect gifts for people too. Its different this year not getting to do more of it in person, but I have had an easy time finding things online at least. I wish people would take things more seriously too.

  10. I don’t normally decorate this early but I was so ready for it this year. We pulled everting out the day after Thanksgiving and went to town with it. 🙂 Decorative trees are up, all the indoor decor, wreaths and lights outside… I was craving all the Christmassy goodness. 🙂

    I have the same hope… that people will take the virus seriously this holiday and *not* gather and continue to spread it. I saw so many people posting photos of big Thanksgiving gatherings so I don’t know how realistic my hope is.

  11. I need your skills! I feel like I’m terrible at giving gifts, so I almost always ask for wishlists, haha. :/ Thanks for all the gift ideas though — these will definitely be helpful! :]

  12. I’m with you… I wish people would take this seriously. I think we’re canceling our family get together on my husbands side (its a larger family) – its just a time I am making my house as festive as possible for me to enjoy

  13. Peanut butter blossoms sound delicious! I’m adding that to my recipe search for my mom and daughter!

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now, but I’ve been behind on my reading. Now that I’m catching up, I’m excited to dive into your gift guide posts! I’ve got a friend who is so tough to buy for, but a couple of the links you shared sound like they might have great stuff for her!

  14. I baked sticky toffee pudding this weekend and it’s awesome… Filling, rich and overly indulgent comfort food. 🙂 I have no idea what my festive bakes will be this year, though.

    We decorated for Christmas last week (1st and 2nd) and it’s the earliest I think we’ve ever decorated but it was definitely needed this year. 🙂

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