A Random List of Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

So, you waited until the last minute to shop for the holidays? Don’t worry- I have ideas for the last minute shopper who is looking for a unique gifts

Think Positive! DIY!

Short on time and cash? Here are some gifts that are from the heart and shouldn’t break your wallet.

  1. Make a photo book chronicling the positive aspects of 2020. Send your photos to a one -day/ hour service (such as Walgreens or CVS) and then place the prints in to an inexpensive photo album or create one yourself from materials you can find at home. For bonus fun – write a poem to add to your gift.
  2. Go festive and make your own piñata! Be sure to fill with favorites – like candy and dollar store toys! Here is an easy “recipe” from Berries. com
  3. Sew from scraps of cloth and fill with beans – your very own bean bags. Use to play games or teach another person how to juggle!
  4. Bake cookies, decorate and place in creative containers.

Not in the creative mood – well then give the gift of TRAVEL!

Eventually, we will be able to satiate our wanderlust! Travel will be back on the calendar and you can make your family and friends smile with travel themed gifts. ( I already talked with my travel agent guru from The Travel Store, Linda Kahn- Ferrell for our next adventure!)

Consider ITALY!! We are! I can’t wait to reunite with the awesome Ana from Selected Tours Italy! I met Ana more than a year ago at the LA Travel and Adventure Show. We stayed in touch and she smartly has pivoted her business to helping travelers who are “stuck at home” enjoy the spirit of travel – virtually! Check out their awesome virtual tours for holiday gifting here. And, surprise your loved one by booking as a gift a customized tour of Italy for a post-Covid future trip!

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Not ready to fly across the ocean? Well here is another travel themed idea. How fun to give the gift of a trip to a National Park! Rent an easy to drive RV and surprise your family with a trip to go visit Yosemite, the Grand Canyon or even Niagra Falls! These parks have been open (more or less) throughout the pandemic and help press our inner “reset” button.

Cruise America is known for great RV rentals. And, to learn about US National Parks go here: https://www.nps.gov/index.htm

Read about my spin on RV’ing


Last but certainly not least – Give the Gift of Paying It Forward!

Let’s face it – you get to a certain age when you have collected more than enough “STUFF”. You don’t need anymore “stuff” because you have no room in drawers, closets or shelves.

That is when you give to others.

Consider giving to your local shelter, domestic violence center or a GoFundMe that helps individuals and families in need across the globe. Donate in honor of others. As I am sure, others you know also don’t need more stuff!

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Animals need love, too! While there has been a surge of animal adoptions since the Covid 19 pandemic- there continues to be a huge need for help at our local shelters and organizations that care for animals in fragile situations. This is where you can help by sponsoring an animal, donating or adoption.

Try PetFinder.com to find your local organizations in need and pets looking for homes. And remember, before you shop – look to adopt! There are many “pure breed” animals looking for their fur-ever families.

This past holiday season I sponsored five dogs in shelters. Each dog was sponsored in the name of a family member or friend. The sponsor fee helped pay for food and care for the dogs. I heard a lot of “aws” and “how cute” when the envelopes with photos of these pups were opened. I opted to sponsor via RUFFStartRescue.org and they sent a lovely thank you.

Just look at these faces (and by the way – they all have been adopted since we started to sponsor them – except for Minnetonka (with the red collar on the left). How sweet is this little pup! Learn more here


And, as the calendar turns to 2021 – know that I have appreciated each of those who have read this blog. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Gift Ideas: Part 2 – Support an Artist

Life during COVID 19 is hard. It is more than a minor challenge for parents, now turned teachers. It is a crisis for restaurant, hospitality and beauty shop owners and their employees. And, for those who are creative talents – such as performing and visual artists – COVID 19 has made their livelihoods null and void. The result – many artists have opted to pivot.

So, my mission for this blog is to introduce you to some artists who use their creativity to make our homes and offices beautiful and are worth checking out this holiday season. Plus, I added two textile creators that recently caught my eye (and credit card).

This is the second of my holiday gift recommendations and I hope you enjoy it! Read the first one here.


I was invited to meet Steffi Pecarich when her family members asked Hubby and I to attend her 2019 art opening. I love art and always want to support my friends projects of their kids, but I was not prepared on how much I would enjoy the artistic talent of this young lady! Steffi is featured on ETSY and very much an artist you should take time to learn more about and support by simply pressing > “click here to meet Steffi” .

My take… Her art seems simplistic until you really look closely. And please do. How this talent melds her colors together and embeds symbols in each of her paintings is quite intriguing. I think this one might be my favorite (click).

Plus, ArtFactory69 (Steffi’s company’s name) is priced for the average person’s budget with many pieces under $40. Here is an interview of Steffi from a YouTube’s show: On The Trend with Elliott Desai

Follow Steffi on ETSY and INSTAGRAM


My repertoire of artistic talent can be summed up with a few puffy paint shirts and stick figure drawings. Not so with my niece, Elissa Masin Blumstein. She always was a master with the art brush. Now, with her husband, Ryan Blumstein, they have expanded from their successful special event signage and decor company – SURFACE GROOVES with the fun and functional – SURFACE GOODS. This new venture came at the right time! Their customer base is the consumer who now find themselves staying at home in lieu of spending their annual vacation bucks. SURFACE GOODS brings to home and hearth beautiful and customizable decor. So much to love (and, that truly is my “unbiased” opinion!). PLUS… they have created CHANUKAH decorations that aren’t your store bought cookie cutter offerings. I am sooo tired of the same old Chanukah decorations that are usually ugly and BORING (or expensive). I was thrilled to see their variety of signage including one that has a very clever play on words – HAPPY CHALLAH DAY! (See below)

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See SURFACE GOODS on INSTAGRAM



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Holiday Gift Recommendations: Games so fun your kids won’t know they are learning! #Giveaway

Each year I write a post with my list of ideas for holiday gifting. I try to skew to gifts that give back to charity or are educational. I also like to list gifts that are provide “random fun”. This year I am writing three blogs – three lists full of holiday gift ideas. The first one is dedicated to educational toys and games. AND… there is a GIVEAWAY. Simply comment below to be entered to win the Griddly Games 5 STONES game by midnight Pacific Time December 13, 2020. See rules below.

Two things you need to know…

First, if I recommend a product or charity I do so without any payment from the company or organization. A few companies sent samples and they will be donated to families who are struggling due to Covid 19 or teachers.

Secondly, I welcome your suggestions. Simply add your holiday gift ideas in the comment section below.

From Griddly Games comes a very unique ensemble of ” just add…” products and others that use word and numerical reasoning. I must admit, as an educator, they had me at their descriptions of being products focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). All of these kits are user friendly (younger children will require supervision, as can be expected).

CALLING ALL TEACHERS AND HOME EDUCATORS – CHECK OUT VERY FUN STEAM ACTIVITY KITS FOR THE HOLIDAYS FROM GRIDDLY GAMES.

just add EGG.(ages 5 and up, parent/ teach guidance required) – Comprised of more than 10 interactive activities with “egg-speriments” included in this very fun egg shaped box. This game is filled with everything from molding clay, crayons, glue and even corn syrup! Lots of hours of fun are to be expected and all need is a child, their imagination, a parent or teacher to supervise and EGGS!

Like science AND art? Then check out just add BAKING SODA! You can make at least 20 different projects – including your very own bath bombs, volcano or holiday ornaments with this very visually fun and interactive kit! I like that this kit uses a lot of visual motor perceptual skills and helps to build fine motor skills.

Be sure to check out ALL the just ask kits here. Great prices! Find also on Amazon!


WISE ALEC™️ EARNED an A++

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Children’s Products) If you enjoy trivia games – then you will LOVE Wise Alec(TM). Meant for family night or classroom game time – WISE ALEC incorporates mind games such as brain teasers and tongue twisters with physical activity. Over 1000 questions are included in the game box. The game is geared reinforce elementary school curricula covering the subjects of History, Science and Spelling!

Need easy questions for your first grader – no problem. Want to challenge your fifth grader? With Wise Alec you can do that, too! And when you pick a STUDY BREAK card get ready to MOVE (and earn points for doing so!) Excellent game and great for those who need support with literacy skills, too! Supper fun and creative. I give Wise Alec a solid A++


SHOW ME THE KWAN!

When I first saw this game in the box I started hooting and hollering! A WORD game!! Plus it was very reminiscent of Scrabble® and Boggle®. SHOW ME THE KWAN also had many components of categorizing games such as Scattergories®. This game is Intended to be played with a large group (you can have up to ten players). I envision this game as great for classroom use, “Covid 19” education pod groups (home education) and parties with tweens and teens.

“KWAN” takes a bit of a learning curve to get the rules down – but once you do – watch out! This is a fast paced game for letter/wordsmiths! Small enough to bring along to family and friend gatherings.


PUZZLES! PUZZLES PUZZLES!

There are several reasons for parents to buy puzzles this holiday season. How many gifts can teach history, art, geography and much more for a fraction of the price of an electronic gaming system? Plus, kids can learn foundational literacy skills.

First, when you assemble a puzzle you need organizational and visual discrimination skills. Some people like to separate pieces by color, or by shape. Others are very focused on the cover picture and organize their puzzle pieces section by section (frame vs. inside, for example).

Did you know that when you assemble a puzzle you also are training your eyes to see how “parts become a whole”? Puzzles, believe it or not, can help teach children how letters become words and words become a paragraph?!

Check out ENDLESS GAMES !

Endless Games is a company that you can access online or by driving to your nearest Kohl’s. If you are a lover of puzzles AND Broadway you will FREAK at their PLAYBILL Presents puzzle! Hours of fun for under $15!


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PEACE ON EARTH

This is a beautiful 1000 piece puzzle spotlighting the artistic talent of Malcom Watson. Your whole family can linger over the dining room table as you complete this puzzle that measures almost 20″ by 26″ when finished.


Master Pieces – beautiful quality puzzles.

I received this CATOLOGY puzzle. While not a huge fan of cats (more of a dog lover) – this puzzle was simply lovely and the poster inside was a nice bonus feature!


More Favorite Puzzles with Educational Value

White Mountain Puzzles. Their Nostalgic / Vintage Collection are my favorites. These puzzles are great for multi-generational play. Grandparents and parents can educate children and young adults about life before the new Millennium! The pieces are thick and that is good for young and old fingers, alike. White Mountain Puzzles are POPULAR – so be sure to check back if ones on your wish list are out of stock. Website and Amazon.


Uncommon Goods offers novelty puzzles with political and historical themes. This VOTES FOR WOMEN is a circular pattern.

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY- the Griddly Games new edition: 5 STONES! Open to all United States residents who are 18 years of age or older. Must comment on this post on or before Sunday, December 13, 2020, 11:59pm Pacific time. No employees or family member associated with Griddly Games nor LouiseSattler.com may enter. One winner. Will be announced here on the blog AND via email. No substitutions.


Coming up in the next blog: Giving with a Purpose!

My 2019 Holiday Gift List for Grown-Ups

Every year I try to write a short list of recommended gift ideas for the holiday season. This year, I am including an eclectic list of suggestions – some that you will find on my Amazon list of holiday ideas and others that are “non- traditional”. I hope they pique your interest! Enjoy!


🎄TECHNOLOGY GIFTS

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I wrote this past week about tablift®. Reminder: I am offering a GIVEAWAY CONTEST associated with this product until Dec. 2, 2019. . Simply go here to learn more about this accessory for your tablets and how to enter the giveaway. A super gift idea for most ages.


Kindle Fire


This is the PERFECT gift for any one who loves to read, take photos, play electronic games (like Solitaire, Scrabble, etc.) and watch prime videos! I use this every single time I fly! Price point is a smooth $29.99 on Amazon as a limited special here.


BLINK XT2 and ECHO DOT

I love our BLINK and if you are into home devices that are “smart” and convenient check out the BLINK XT2 and ECHO DOT combo pack. On sale CYBER MONDAY on AMAZON. Also, available as individual purchases.


Non-Traditional Gift Ideas

Here is my list of non-traditional gift ideas for this year. If you have any others to add – please do so in the comment section below.

1- HelpaTeacher.com and DonorsChoose.com. Two ways to help out teachers in need because educators never seem to have enough resources to help teach our children.

2. Adopt a Senior – An organization to help senior centers or individuals who do not have much family support. If this organization does not resonate with you, please consider donating to your local senior facility. One way is to help is to provide games for their group activities. Balls, giant BINGO games, decks of cards with large print and activity boards are all used in facilities that help our seniors, especially those with cognitive / memory issues. Here are some ideas if you wish to explore.

3. Donate to the arts. Every year there are local theaters, dance companies, museums, and more that are seeking funds in order to provide quality entertainment and activities for our communities. They need our help. Please consider donating locally or globally to keep the arts alive.

4. SHOP LOCAL. Buy goods or gift certificates to local restaurants, book stores, even service shops like cleaners, nail salons, grocery stores and hair stylists! Support our communities as well as your “friends” online.


5. #NoHungryKid.org NO child should have a day where they feel hunger. Please support this organization (and if you give on #GivingTuesday contributions will be matched!)


Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

TABLIFT- Great holiday gift idea (Plus, a #Giveaway)

You will LOVE tablift® by nbryte. You will love to give it as a gift. You will love to ask Santa for one for yourself. You will love the functionality. You will LOVE the price! AND… YOU WILL LOVE THAT I AM OFFERING A GIVEAWAY!

What is tablift®? Here is where photos can be worth a zillion words to describe this handsfree device that helps you to view with ease content on a tablet or cell phone.

tablift has strong but lightweight construction making it perfect for travel or when lounging.

Flexible construction allows you to have the tablift of different heights.

The tablift can easily fit in to a briefcase or luggage

Use the tablift while in bed. Perfect for individuals who are bedridden due to illness or need a way to prop their device while lounging!

Use the tablet while reading or watching movies in bed.


Save yourself from getting “tech neck” by bending too much to read your device. Use the tablift to be better with ergonomics and save yourself from future pain!


Details…

1- The tablift is compatible with the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Amazon Kindle, Asus, Microsoft Surface 2, 3 and other tablets. (Frankly, I think my iPhone 8 plus would also fit!)

2- Height of the tablift can be easily changed by stretching the “legs”.

3- User friendly. No complicated directions – just pop it up and fasten your device. Really – 3 steps, if you include removing it from the box!

4. Perfect for parents with young children, people with physical challenges, those who wish to have better ergonomics and travelers.

5. Website is: Tablift.com

6. Easy budget item- $39.95 Order via AMAZON here


GIVEAWAY TIME!

I have ONE tablift to giveaway to one lucky person. To enter to win – simply do the following:

STEP 1: Follow tablift on Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/tablift

STEP 2. Comment about tablift on my Facebook post that you will find pinned here: www. Facebook.com/LouiseSattlerConsulting

STEP 3- READ MY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT on DECEMBER 3rd. This giveaway ends midnight December 2, 2019. Must be US resident, live in the US and be at least 18 years of age. You also can’t be one of my relatives. Winner chosen via a randomizer.

I was given a free gift of one TABLIFT for my personal use in exchange for this sponsored blog. But all opinions are organic, authentic and groovy.

5 Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

So, it is only a few days until Christmas and that means either you are at the stage where you are wrapping up your gifts OR you are scrambling to make purchases.

If you fall in to the latter category, may I suggest these last minute holiday gift ideas.

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  1. Think Travel!  Surprise someone with  a cruise to start 2019 off right! This can be done super fast and easy with a Princess Cruise gift card to be used for a trip  decided upon later.

2.  SNAPFISH! Convert a year’s worth of phone photos and make something special – such as a SNAPFISH collectible book or canvas print.
Today this advertisement popped in to my inbox and wow – check out the 70% off deals!

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3. Teens love to eat so send a tower of yumminess to them! I was stuck as to what to get a special someone – so I mailed out directly from AMAZON this WINE COUNTRY TOWER of Chocolates and Sweets.  Easy on the budget but satisfies the sweet tooth!  Order here.

 


 

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4. A subscription to an area theater.  From the Pantages to the Greek or perhaps the Cerritos Playhouse – there is theater all around the Los Angeles area. I am sure that If you live fairly close to a city or large town you will find the opportunity to snatch up some tickets to a local event, too! And, if you are in the metropolitan New York or Chicago area (to name a few cities) – you know that there is theater all around you! Tickets can be found here for many event

 

5. Tickets!!!  Perhaps to a local comedy club, such as  one of my new favorites: the Hermosa Beach Comedy and Magic Show Club.  Be sure to check out the Ten Comedians for Ten Bucks nights! 

AND.. don’t forget you can go online and order tickets to a sports event or to a music  concert.  Imagine the “points” you will get for gifting tickets to a  PAUL McCARTNEY concert for Summer of 2019!  Go ahead – grab a chance to see one of the Fab Four on stage!  Get your tix here.

 

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My Eclectic Ideas for Holiday Gifts

Are you in the midst of holiday shopping? Perhaps you are looking for ideas that are not “the usual”?   I hope you will enjoy my eclectic list of products and services that span from inspirational books that soothe the soul to  ultra- yummy cookies that help to feed the homeless.  I also added “out of the box” suggestions that can be delivered by elves.  Feel free to add your own unique ideas in the comment section.

Happy Shopping!

~Louise

On my shelf

 READY TO BE HEARD by Amanda McDonough.  A terrific book for anyone who is facing a physical challenge and could use some words of wisdom to feel inspired or hopeful.  I know Amanda personally, and she is simply amazing! She spreads positivity and  the power of kindness to all she meets! Available on Amazon or  her website: ReadytoBeHeard.com

 

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 Dear Martha, WTF?  Grief can be a relentless emotion.  Ebbing and flowing for days, months or years.  Author, Tricia LaVoice shares her personal journey through grief with the hopes to help others.  This book is not your “Debbie Downer” memoir but one that will have you clutching your pearls and laughing due to the  hefty dose of humor and bluntness included!  Available Amazon

Website: TriciaLaVoice.com  to learn more and hear Tricia’s podcast, as well.

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Once again, I am highly recommending HALFLING!   Kids will love it (and, so will their parents!),  HALFLING by Donna Robb, is a marvel of a story!  Fingers crossed you will see Remi and her friends on the silver screen soon!  Amazon

Website: DonnaMarieRobb.com 

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Amazon pricing  for shipping is dependent on program of customer.


These products are spotlighted because they give back to help others… 

Feel good when you give the Sandy Hook Promise apparel.  Proceeds go directly to educational programs to help end gun violence in our schools.  Their KNOW THE SIGNS program should be required in every school!  Order directly here

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Curly Top Baker’s cookies are SOOOO DELICIOUSSSS.  But, what is really their true sweetness is that they give cookies FREE to homeless people in their home town of Las Vegas. I love this company, their cookies and business model.  My recommendations – buy yourself at least one  box and then send another to a friend. All the flavors are INCREDIBLE, but you can’t go wrong with the MEGA chip.  Order here  

 

 


Out of the Box Gift Ideas

 

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The gift of TRAVEL!  Get out your creative juices and send your family or friends on an overnight trip or perhaps a vacation of their lifetime!  This past year we were thrilled with the services of the TRAVEL STORE in Malaga Cove, CA (Linda Kahn-Ferrell rocks!) They will help you brainstorm ideas and take care of all the details.  All you have to do is pack! Connect here

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I adore the blog and work of Candy Washington. She  has been designing her own line of home products for a little while now and I am in love with her creations. Don’t you just love this pillow! I do AND it can be yours for less than $20 (plus shipping)! Order here 

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Thinking of gifts under $20 each – give your recipient the Amazon Prime Streaming membership for 99 cents a month!

Camryn’s newest tunes: GLOW

Josh Moreland – 3 Feet from Gold

Kirsten Collin’s In My Blood

 

Gifts with Heart ❤️

2017 has seen more than its’ share of tragedy.  Mother Nature was angry this year – very, very, very angry. Our world experienced  multiple devastating earthquakes, hurricanes that tore apart whole islands and deadly fires that also ravaged homes and businesses.  Then there was the broken hearts caused by recent acts of violence and rage – Las Vegas, Barcelona, London, throughout Africa and the mid-east and of course, New York City.

Despite the tragedy and profound sense of losses, we can still hope and seek a silver lining this holiday season by giving from the heart to heal hearts.

I have compiled a list of organizations or companies that want to help the greater good by doing good.  Please consider their efforts when you are gifting others’ during the holidays or just “any day”.

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One Hope Wines. Annually this company features worthwhile organizations that deserve our love. Whether to help fight against breast cancer or drive attention about Autism, this company always is about the giving through gifts.  Discover their lovely gift bags here that nourish the soul.

This year the grape crops of Northern California were nearly obliterated due to numerous fires of unprecedented magnitude.  One Hope has pledged to help the farmers and wineries and sent a note from their CEO with their vow for assistance.

Read about the ONE HOPE wine GoFund Me campaign

 

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BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL RESCUE

The statistics are staggering as to how many animals are destroyed annually. That is a polite way to say killed.  That’s right – thousands upon thousands of dogs, cats, bunnies, etc. are euthanized because of bad luck.  They were throw-aways. BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL RESCUE works tirelessly to save animal lives and educate humans.

Adopt a pet either for “real” or  sponsor a pet virtually here.

Sponsoring a pet is the perfect gift to give someone who is allergic or unable to care for a furry family member due to living circumstances.  Last year I adopted a dog and horse to gift someone!

 

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Sponsor a Classroom!

Organizations are abundant to help teachers get the essentials (and occasional perks) funded for their classroom.  Don’t believe that school districts in 2017 are flush with money to help our student’s learn. Many have shoes-string budgets and can hardly cover the basics, like textbooks or science equipment.  I would love to think that we don’t need a bake sale each time our students need uniforms or basic science equipment. But, that is the reality.

Here are some alternate ways to help without having to crack an egg for cookie-dough.

Click on the links below to learn more about each organization.

Donors Choose – Help a specific teacher / classroom request

Adopt a Classroom (including a special section for Hurricane Relief)

Go Fund Me Educational Campaigns

 

SHP-Magnet-2_largeSANDY HOOK PROMISE – KEEPING OUR CHIlDREN SAFE

Last but not least,  one of my favorite charities is the SANDY HOOK PROMISE foundation.  They do AMAZING work – year ’round. Their goal – to stop senseless violence, especially from guns,  and increase tolerance and compassion in this world.

Their store has items that would make groovy gifts! Shop here

Watch their powerful array of videos here.

 

 

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In closing, please the gift of sharing and caring this holiday season.  Imagine the impact your $5, $25 or more donation could have on your community and other communities’ around the world.

Thank you.

 

LouiseSattler.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 gifts that your child will remember long after the holiday is gone.

Want to have a gift that will keep your child’s interest and make a lasting memory? Here are some ideas that can be used this year and for years to come.

  1. A calendar so that your child can mark off all the days you will be having a regular “date” with them.  Spending one on one time with your child is a gift that will be remembered.  Chronicle the dates by collecting photos or special treasures – such as menu from a restaurant or ticket to a movie. In addition. Most importantly – don’t break the date. “Pinky-Swear!” Your work can wait.

2. Paper bags and markers so they can decorate a special gift for someone else to help them learn that sharing is caring. Teach your child that the holiday is not the ONLY time to give more than you receive. So, make a weekly/ monthly time with your child to do good for others. Such as going to an area where the homeless may frequent and give out sandwiches and hygiene packets (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.

dog-571125_12803.Take them to the dollar store for a special trip. But, don’t shop for them but for FIDO, as animals  matter, too. Teach your child the value of being kind to animals by visiting a shelter and dropping off toys and blankets for the animals that are there.  And, if you want to extend the lesson, consider signing up to foster a pet in your home through a reputable pet adoption agency. (PetFinders.com may be able to assist you here).

4. Make an invitation paper and pencil set. Let them have a party – but instead of gifts offer that the guests bring donations for a charitable cause.  There are many kids now who will opt for a “party with a cause” when it comes to holiday or birthday celebration.  Some ask for items to be donated to hospitals or other organizations, such as Toys for Tots.

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5. A Camera.  Create a memory book so that these magical moments are not forgotten.  And, if you want to be “So 2017” allow them to use a video camera on your phone, perhaps. (Note: there are some very reasonably priced apps that can edit both video and photos.)

pancake-767567_6406. Kid friendly kitchen gadgets for weekly family dinners – sans electronics.  Want to give your child a gift that will be memorable? TURN OFF YOUR PHONES and COMPUTERS.  Unplug.  COOK dinner in your home and serve dessert, too! Play board games after dinner. Invite a friend of your child to make it extra special.  When done.. make a plan a do it again!

7. All the things you need for backyard camping – including the telescope! Take learning outdoors and let your kids learn from experience that is “not forced”.

8. A library card. Why restrict reading, music and movie viewing to what you can afford from a store or online website, when there are thousands of FREE books, videos and music available at a L-I-B-R-A-R-Y!

9. Give them a grandparent hug. Time with grandparents, aunts/ uncles, cousins and other people who are important in the lives of your child can be the best of gifts! Remember the idea of making a memory with a video or camera. Including loved ones is a good idea, too!

10. A staycation.  Plan a weekend of fun and (often) cheap/free activities with your child.  Museums are an excellent place to spend time. Hikes and bike ride through your locale, too! And, for those quieter times, open up the arts and craft supplies you gave your child create fun cards and smiles.

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