We love it when moms share ideas with other moms (and we love the holidays!), so we’ve worked with our contributor team to collect gift ideas, holiday-themed activities, and great stories to help inspire you this holiday season!
Holiday Gift Guides
We asked our contributor team to share their favorite gift ideas for kids of all ages.
Click through to find the full gift guide for each age group on our blog!
Toddlers are a tough group to parent, but they also get so excited to open up gifts that it makes up for all (or at least some) of the tantrums. Our contributor team shares their favorite gifts for this age group!
As we see our little kids develop their own preferences and start to share ideas with other kids their age, it can be both hard and rewarding to find a gift that matches their personalities. Our contributor team shares their favorite gifts for little kids!
Check out the gifts that the big kids (ages 7+) in our contributor’s lives are excited to receive, and what our contributors are excited to give them this holiday season.
Our contributor Jennifer Carroll @twinningtheweekend spends her free time taking her toddler twins camping, wakeboarding, hiking, and more. Check out her gift guide for families who love the outdoors!
After all of the work that you put into the holidays, have some fun and dream about what you want this year! We asked our contributor team to share one gift that they’re dreaming about right now. See what they’re asking for this year!
Holiday Podcast Listening
We’ll add our newest holiday episodes to this page as they go live, and we’re including some of our favorite episodes from Christmas Past below. Enjoy!
Listen To New Holiday Episodes!
Want More From Holidays Past?
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Hit Play On One Of These Episodes!
More From The Blog…
By Joanna Martin | @cafedumartin
We’ve hosted Thanksgiving for the past seven years (give or take a few years), and in that time we’ve learned many valuable lessons as home cooks and hosts. We’ve tried our fair share of trendy recipes and ways to cook a turkey. We’ve mistimed oven usage and have discovered new family favorites. Quite possibly the most important lesson we’ve learned while hosting over the years: Planning is ESSENTIAL for everyone’s sanity and enjoyment. [READ MORE]
By Chaunie Brusie @chauniebrusie
I won’t lie: Thanksgiving isn’t my favorite, and after so much togetherness last year, I wanted to try to mix things up a bit on that oh-so-traditional holiday. So I came up with a few new Thanksgiving traditions last year to make the day just a bit more fun. And much to my surprise, they were a success! [READ MORE]
Read To Get Inspired…
Need a fun holiday craft to keep your kids busy during winter break? Or tips on planning your holiday? Or a survival guide to holiday baking with toddlers? We have great holiday stories from our contributors coming to the blog! We’ll post links below to more stories as they go live through November and December.
By Chaunie Brusie @chauniebrusie
On Christmas Eve last year, after I said goodbye to my five children and husband as they headed out the door to go see my in-laws, I did something that moms everywhere have dreamed about for centuries: I spent the evening cuddled up on my couch watching cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies and drinking hot chocolate. Completely alone. [READ MORE]
By Sandy Hsu | @hopefulsmiles
I began with a list of a dozen holiday picture books and then paired each one to a little craft with a similar theme. Having a simple framework and theme for curating activities helped me to avoid over-planning and Pinterest overwhelm. It was such a joy to spend quality time with my daughter while doing something festive and fun even when life felt crazy. [READ MORE]
By Jayme Sherrod | @jaymesherrod
A small, flour-covered apron adorns the gleeful child as they work with their mom to finish baking the final dozen cookies for this year’s holiday party. The magazine photo looks magical. It feels inspiring. It seems fun. Yet, if you’ve ever invited your child to the kitchen to bake – or enthusiastically accepted their request to bake – you may have found out that the magic can be fleeting and the cleanup is pretty fierce. [READ MORE]
Want to know how you can be more environmentally friendly this gifting season? Our contributor Jayme Sherrod shares three easy ways you can make your holidays more sustainable. Watch her reel on our Instagram, and read on for her tips! [READ MORE]
By Joanna Martin | @cafedumartin
Christmas decorations up the minute Thanksgiving is done. After the busy-ness of cooking and hosting, I am so ready to slow down and sink into everything the advent season has to offer. Advent is a season of building anticipation. Advent is considered to be a time of preparation and waiting in joyful hope of the birth of Jesus, and it’s typically associated with many Christian religions. However, I find that anyone can find ways, religious or not, to create a feeling of advent in the home. [READ MORE]
By Katherine DeVries | @thepaperdart
Hanukkah is just around the corner! And although a part of me always dreads this holiday, because eight days of celebration feels like a lot, it’s also super important to me to make a big deal out of it. Because while my family identifies as religiously Jewish, we’re also culturally interfaith, and we celebrate many traditional Christian holidays (Christmas included), in addition to all of the Jewish ones. [READ MORE]
Other Holiday Goodies
If you made it this far, we’ve got some holiday goodies just for you – little things we love from the archives and things that have brought us joy in past holiday seasons. Enjoy!
- 13 Creative Advent Calendar Ideas
- Creating A “Kindness Advent” Tradition With Kids
- Having A December Baby? Pregnant & Postpartum Tips For The Holidays
- Our Facebook community says these gifts KILLED IT last year
- Meagan’s 25 Days Of Holiday Help
- 6 Things You Can Do To Get Dreamy Holiday Photos On Your Smartphone (by Sarah)
- Sarah’s Christmas 2014 appearance on The Home Hour podcast (the VERY first time we were on the mic together!)
- 6 Easy (We Promise!) Homemade Holiday Gifts You Can Make With Your Kids
- Our Favorite Holiday Picture Books
- Our 2017 Gift Guide
- Meagan’s Spotify Christmas playlist