Gift Ideas & A Giveaway


It’s that time of year when we all begin searching for something special to give to the special people in our lives. To me, Christmas shopping does not mean standing in line for the latest and greatest gizmo or gadget. It means I search for something meaningful, sentimental or useful. There’s a reason for this season. Christmas is not about bigger and better — after all, Jesus was born in a barn, not a state-of-the-art maternity suite. So here goes, a couple of ideas with more to come. I begin with three rules of thumb:

  1. Avoid shopping malls and busy department stores at all costs!
  2. Shop at local businesses as much as possible.
  3. Buy online to save time and money.

Noonday Collection seed bracelet

No. 1 — Embira Seed Bracelet from Noonday Collection, $26.

Noonday offers a very special collection of jewelry and gift items. The company has an amazing ministry and heart-swelling story. You can read about it, here. The embira bracelet is created of natural seeds and artfully placed paper beads. It is handmade by artisans in Uganda and 10% of the sale goes to families seeking to adopt. It’s not just a unique and gorgeous gift for your friend or family member, it’s a purchase that will help families here and around the world. I love meaningful gifts!

Next up on my list of gift ideas …

Lilla Rose

No. 2 — Celtic Knot Flexi-clip from Lilla Rose, $16 on sale for $12.80!

Do you know someone who puts their hair in a bun, pulls it back or pins it up? These unique flexi-clips make it a cinch to tame your tresses. They come in several sizes and a vast array of designs. Any girl — of any age — would be pleased to receive such a pretty and useful gift. They’re also just the right size for stuffing in a stocking or two!

I had never heard of these until Beth sent me a sample. She also offered a second clip for you, darling readers! That means it’s time for a …


Leave a comment telling me if you joined
the freakish Black Friday madness or not.

One comment will be randomly selected on Monday, Nov. 26.
The winner will receive a clip of their choice up to a $16 value.
One comment per person.
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Pull back a little or pin up a lot of hair … these cool clips do the trick. You can browse their other designs here. And stay tuned, because I’ll have even more Christmas gift ideas in the coming days.

Go exploring! You may enjoy these previous posts.


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    Chrissy November 23, 2012 (7:25 am)

    I never have and never will do black Friday shopping. It’s total madness for “stuff”. I’d rather pay a little more and shop in peace on a regular day. No amount of “deals” on “stuff” will get me to go out in that insanity! 🙂

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    Mary Poppins November 23, 2012 (10:15 am)

    I can barely see the keys to type this…my best friend & I went out to New Phila (we would never go to Canton, no way!) last night at midnight and got home around 4 🙂 We never go for anything other than pure entertainment! Sometimes we make a purchase, sometimes we don’t. It’s just been a tradition that we have too much fun with to let it go! Although, I will say, last night around 2, we were so tired we snuck into the dressing rooms at Maurice’s…not to try on clothes, but just to lay down the the dressing room couch for a while!!

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    Kristen November 23, 2012 (12:32 pm)

    I did not join in the Black Friday madness due to the fact that I am done Christmas shopping and waiting on the arrival of my baby who was due on Wednesday.
    This year I have tried to by from small businesses and local businesses.

    I did go Black Friday shopping for the first time last year and I will never again participate in such a ridiculous event just to save a few pennies.

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    rebekah November 23, 2012 (1:47 pm)

    Black Friday at my home was not filled with shopping chaos but 8 kid chaos! Wonderful way to spend the day!

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    Margie November 23, 2012 (5:54 pm)

    Black Friday has gotten way out of hand! I sat with my laptop in the recliner last evening and made a few Black Friday purchases. I did stop by Carrollton Ace Hardware this morning for a few of the specials on my way to work. I am so happy that my Christmas shopping is nearly done!

    I do agree that meaningful gifts are what is needed, not just a gift for the sake of giving a gift!

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    Kelly November 23, 2012 (6:50 pm)

    I did participate a little today. Very specific couple of stores for a couple of specific items. However, husband and I took a very laid back approach. We slept until we were ready to get up. Took our time getting ourselves together, shopped leisurely, and enjoyed a long lunch. No stress, just a nice day spent together…..and we got a few deals. 🙂

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    Melissa Wells November 23, 2012 (7:55 pm)

    Black Friday was spent battling a very long line at my friend Kay Hinton’s Primitive Christmas Open House! I knew I should have camped out and beat the line! I was actually shocked, but then again, those of us who adore primitives come out in droves when the opportunity arises! I did score a couple cute snowmen! Check out Hinton Primitives on facebook! Already have them displayed! So no malls, Walmart or any place like that for me… local and American made all the way!

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    Georgia peach November 23, 2012 (8:16 pm)

    I went to wal mart at 8:00 and the crowds were overwhelming. I got my one item and then ran back home. We did drive by best buy and were amazed at the people waiting in line. I did shopping online and that is all I will do next year. 😉

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    Cindy O'Dear November 23, 2012 (9:10 pm)

    No way am I gonna go fight my way through a store if I don’t have to. Heck, grocery shopping on a regular day is enough hussle and bussle for me. Hope everyone reading this has a safe and blessed holiday season!

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    Lani Lowery November 24, 2012 (12:13 pm)

    I did not participate in black friday shopping. I saw an advertisement to shop small/local businessess Saturday November 24th and I have decided to participate in that instead. I find it much more enjoyable to stay in Carroll County instead of fighting the crowds and traffic in Canton.

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    Linda November 24, 2012 (11:33 pm)

    No black Friday shopping for me, did a little shopping around town. I have all my Christmas shopping done!!!!! Love the blog

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    Amy George November 25, 2012 (10:33 pm)

    I went late in the day for the one item I wanted. Managed to get the last one they had in the store!

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    Roxanne November 25, 2012 (10:34 pm)

    No black friday shopping for me! I did not even go out the day after! Too hectic.

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    MAC November 26, 2012 (8:57 am)

    Does Thanksgiving day shopping for sheep feed count? If so we were all over that at 6:30 a.m.!!!