What To Get A Teenager For Christmas This Year (That’s Not A Gift Card)

Figuring out what to get a teenager for Christmas can be a real head scratcher. But this list of tried and true ideas from a mom of 3 teens makes it easy.

It’s hard to believe it, but that little boy you used to snuggle with has grown into a tall teenager!

Where does the time go?

Of course you want to get him the perfect gift. Something that shows how much you love him.

But how can you manage that?

He hardly wants anything at all.  And the few ideas you’ve managed to wiggle out of him are well above your budget.

What do you get a teenager for Christmas?

It’s a tough task…but not an impossible one!

Let’s explore a few ideas that are just right for your beloved teen this year. 

(If you can’t tell, I have 3 teenage boys of my own.  But don’t worry, there are ideas here that work for a boy or a girl!)

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16 Ingenius Ways To Love Your Stay At Home Christmas

Whether it’s by choice or not, a stay at home Christmas can be so much fun (and so memorable!). Don’t miss these ingenius traditions this year.

It’s 2020, and you know what that means!

I means…well, that no one really knows. Anything.

We’d all like to hope that life will resemble normalcy come Christmas. But who’s to say?

So it’s a good idea to prepare for a stay at home Christmas this year.

It’s probably going to look different from usual. But I bet that years from now, you’ll look back on this Christmas as one to remember.

Here’s how to make it fun, even if you can’t do your usual favorite things.

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Walmart Christmas Layaway 2020: How To Use It To Save The Most

Walmart Christmas Layaway 2020: How To Use It To Save The Most

Curious about how Walmart Christmas layaway 2020 works? Find out what makes it a great alternative to putting another holiday on plastic!

Remember the days of the blue light special?  Back then everyone seemed to use layaway programs to help them afford Christmas gifts. 

Over time, more people began to use credit cards instead of dealing with the hassle of layaway programs.

But layaway still exists!  And it’s actually a fantastic way to avoid debt this Christmas

Given all the scary statistics about Christmas spending and compounding debt problems (read all about that here), you should be doing everything possible to avoid pulling out the card this season.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the best layaway program I’ve found is at Walmart.  They will set you up with a program with no extra fees. 

That’s much better than what your average credit card company will do for you!

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Celebrating Easter At Home: How To Keep It Special

Celebrating Easter at home this year? Here’s how to celebrate Easter when you’re stuck at home…and how to keep it special for kids and families.

Last year our 5 year old son had a fairly serious spine surgery and was admitted to the hospital for several days.

We spent Palm Sunday there.

And when they released us, it was with orders to stay home for at least a couple of weeks.

(No one wants a still healing child exposed to more germs.)

That meant that we missed Easter Sunday mass, as well.

Who would have guessed that we’d miss them again this year?

Well, spending a special day like Easter at home, without the traditions you usually keep with loved ones, is a tough thing for adults to deal with.

And no, it’s not nearly as hard as what lots of other people are struggling with right now.  But it’s ok to admit that you’re bummed about missing out on this special day.

And for kids, it’s even harder.  They don’t really get what’s going on.

So how can we keep Easter special, even when we’re stuck at home?

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Valentine’s Day for Kids: Love On Them (On the Cheap!)

Valentine’s Day for Kids: Love On Them (On the Cheap!)

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you can’t forget your favorite munchkins! Show your love with these adorable Valentine Gifts for kids…sure to get a smile!

It was a quiet, cold February 13th evening a few years ago.  The kids were snoozing, and I was up contemplating, as usual, whether I had done enough to make the holiday special for them.  I already had a small box of $1 chocolates for each of them.

Now I’m not the type of Mom who believes that every event needs to be over the top.  Celebrating in simple ways works out best for my family.  

The more you give to kids, the less they appreciate what they have.  It overwhelms their little systems.

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Inexpensive Christmas Gifts That Will Help You Save Money

Finding the right inexpensive Christmas gifts that still show how much you care can be tough. But this list of unique ideas makes it easy!

Remember in the Little House on the Prairie books when Laura receives the inexpensive Christmas gifts of an orange and some candy? 

One year she even got her very own tin cup to use!

And the year that she received her rag doll was so special to her.

Think about that.  Do you think your kids could even tell you what they got for Christmas last year?

The season has morphed from a simple celebration to an over the top holiday. 

Even if you don’t long for those Little House on the Prairie style days in your home, you probably like the idea of cutting back a bit.

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