15 Things to Get Your Family for Christmas

15 Things to Get Your Family for Christmas

I am the queen of gift giving. Just ask anyone.
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My family is the hardest family to buy gifts for. Thank God that I am the queen of Christmas and love giving gifts, or else I would be screwed. My family consists of my Mom, Dad, and 2 brothers, so that is how I compiled the categories. Sorry if you have a sister. I can't help you with that.

Mom:

1. Massage

You can never go wrong with a massage. Moms have a lot of things on their plate and sometimes they just need "me" time. Make sure when you get them a gift card/certificate, the amount includes the tip that they would give the masseuse, so they don't have to worry about anything.

2. Converting old home videos to DVD

Home videos

My mom has been wanting to do this for years, but she has never gotten around to it. If you are tech savvy and have the right tools, you can do it yourself. I however, hired a company to do all of the work for me. It doesn't cost that much and it is a sentimental gift your mom will love.

3. Personalized jewelry

My mom wears jewelry to work every day and last year my brothers and I decided to add to her collection. We got her a bracelet that had "I love you mom" written in all of our handwriting. There are so many Etsy shops that can do this at a low cost, making it a perfect gift for kids to get their moms. She cried when she opened it, which I always say is a good way to know that your gift was successful.

4. Recreating old pictures

This can easily be a gift for your entire family, which is what I'm doing this year, but I know that my mom is probably going to love it the most. I found a bunch of old photos and decided that my brothers and I should recreate them. I am compiling them into a cute and sappy video that I will show on Christmas.

5. Spending time with you

Now that I am a college student, I really appreciate getting to spend time with my mom, and I know she misses me a lot. This year, my gift to my mom is my time. I have an entire day planned out where we will get our nails done, go to lunch, and do other things that I know she will love.

Dad:

1. Wallet

Wallet

My dad seems to always need a new wallet. I swear he gets a new one every year, but I guess when you use something every day, it gets worn down. I found a company that makes custom wallets and I am customizing him one for Christmas this year. You can add pictures or other sentimental touches, or you can just customize the layout to exactly what he wants.

2. Watch

Like the wallet, my dad pretty much gets a new watch every year too. He wears a watch every day and he likes to have different ones. He has his lucky baseball watch that he wears when he's coaching my little brother. He has an older, more comfortable one that he wears when doing work around the house. But the one that I am getting him is a really nice watch that he can wear to work and to formal event, that I know he will love.

3. Beer of the month club

My dad is an avid beer drinker and he really likes trying new kinds of beer every time we go to a restaurant. Because of this, I searched for a company that has a beer of the month club. Each month my dad receives a 12-pack with many different kinds. If he specifically likes a certain one, he can order more directly from his club-member page. To say he loves it, would be an understatement.

4. Anything golf related

My dad loves to golf with his friends which is why my family has a country club membership. He always needs tees and balls or new club, which is why this is usually one of the things we get him. Last year I got him shoes and this year he's getting a new bag. Anything golf is always a good option for dads.

5. Tools

My dad is basically Bob the builder because he is always starting a new project in our house. First it was the bathroom, then he personally installed hardwood floors in our living room. I have no clue what is next, but I do know that my dad loves getting new gadgets and tools he can use in his various projects.

Brothers:

1. Top golf

Both of my brothers are obsessed with, and annoyingly good at, every sport. Top golf is a perfect gift for them because they can go with their friends, play and eat food. If you don't know what top golf is, it is basically bowling for golf and it's actually pretty fun. This is a perfect gift for sports-obsessed boys.

2. Batting cage membership

My little brother is trying to play in the MLB at some point in his life. Because of this, he spend every waking minute, other than when he's in school, playing or practicing baseball. He love going to the batting cages to blow off steam or practice, which makes this gift perfect. If your brother likes a different sport, you could get him equipment or a membership that fits him best.

3. Shoes

I swear boys love shoes just as much, if not more than girls do. I know my brothers love getting new tennis shoes that they can show off to their friends. This year, I am customizing a pair for each brother and making them unique to fit their style and personalities. If there is one thing I have learned, it's that you can't go wrong with shoes.

4. Lanyard

My younger brother just turned 16 and I knew that he was going to need something to hold his keys. All the guys I know keep their keys on lanyards that are printed with their college or favorite sports team. I got my brother one and he loved it. It might not be something he really wanted but he definitely needed it. He uses it every day and I swear that is the only reason that he hasn't lost his keys.

5. Bluetooth speaker

Three years ago I won a Bluetooth speaker and I still use it all the time. So does my brother. By that I mean he is constantly stealing it from me and keeping it in his room. Last year I finally had enough and bought him one. He loves it. He blasts music in his room, he brings it out to our pool, and he brings it to baseball and has proudly been made the team's DJ. Speakers are good for anyone, but teenage boys love them.


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1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

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10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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What Christmas Means To Me: An Atypical Prayer

You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.
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This last Christmas, my grandfather gave me the opportunity to write the grace and prayer that is read before Christmas Dinner. Though it may not sound much like a typical prayer or a traditional grace, it sounded a little something like this:

"When I think of Christmas, I think of this moment right here. The one where we are all gathered together, bound together by love in a place where so many memories have been made. It’s the time that we get to spend together that makes Christmas so special, not the presents, not the food (though it is delicious and I’ll never say no to another one of Grandma’s cookies), but instead the bond that we continue to strengthen each and every year when we come together.

So this Christmas, I am thankful to be surrounded by a family that loves me. As I said in an article of mine that came out earlier this week, “never is the love in my house one-sided”, and that rings true here today. God has given us this holiday not only to celebrate Christ’s birth but also to remind us that the love of this family is never one-sided. It reminds us how special this family is, and how lucky we are to have one another.

I could not ask for better people to have in my life. I could not ask for better grandparents to teach me so many life lessons and to be there whenever I needed someone to turn to, parents that raised me into the strong, independent, and loving young woman that I am today, and a sister that I’ve become so much closer to this year and am proud to call my best friend. I could not ask for a better aunt and uncle that have never failed to make me feel loved and are always there to support me in everything that I do, and cousins that always take time to make sure I’m ok and give life advice that has helped shape who I am as I grow up. I could not ask for better little boys to be my little boys and bring joy and laughter to my life, and a dog that makes me happy to come home and I can always count on for kisses.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but not for the reasons many people may think. It’s not because of the presents, or the cookies (though I do love them so please make as many as you can Grandma), but because of the love, I get to experience on this day. Family is where life starts and the love never ends, and in this family, this rings true. You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never-ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.

Merry Christmas, I love you all with all my heart."

Christmas may be over, but the words in this prayer still ring true. Though people change and every holiday is different in its own way, these words will forever ring true.

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