less stuff more fun: the best “experience” gift ideas for kids


I love Christmas shopping for my kids – it’s just SO much fun plan out gifts I think they’ll love and then watch them open them Christmas morning. I try really hard to buy gifts I know will get used and will promote lots of play time (in fact, I just posted 20 ideas for great […]

20 best Christmas gifts for kids & tweens


Last year my best gift ideas for girls and best gift ideas for boys were my most popular posts during the holiday season, so this year I’m back with another edition. As many readers pointed out, almost all the gifts on both lists could actually be enjoyed by either boys OR girls, so this year […]

printable holiday shopping planner pages


Every year I have big plans to have all my holiday shopping completed by Thanksgiving, and every year when turkey day rolls around I’ve hardly even started. And every year the list of people to shop for gets a little bit longer… Since there’s not tons of time left to shop, I’ve created some printable […]

20 best family games to buy this holiday season


Getting a new game to play on Christmas Eve is a popular holiday tradition for many families. I grew up playing lots of games together with my family, and I’ve wanted to continue that tradition with my own kids. At the same time, I’ll admit most “kid” games bore me TO DEATH. So I’ve compiled […]

20 best Christmas gifts for girls


Last week I posted the 20 best Christmas gifts for boys, a list of gifts my boys have actually played with over the years (as opposed to the ones that get broken or ignored). It’s been so popular I decided to compile a list for girls. Since my daughter is still fairly young I called on […]

20 best Christmas gift ideas for boys


By this time each year my kids each have a holiday gift list a mile long, so you’d think it would be easy to decide what to get them for Christmas. The only problem is their lists are often full of things I don’t want to buy for them. Let me explain: I’m tired of […]