The Top 5 Gifts to Buy Your Hubby for Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….. I am so excited. Christmas is my favorite time of the year for many reasons: family, decorations, Christmas movies, hot chocolate, the list goes on and on. But my favorite reason for Christmas (other than the reminder of the best Gift of all our Lord) is gift giving myself!

I love to give presents. It’s a game for me to listen all year to the people I love for hints of something that will light their world up when they open that present! It is NEVER about how much the gift costs, but the thought behind the present.

One thing that we may have in common however, is that sometimes those special men in our lives are hard to buy for. In my case, my husband is one of the most selfless people I know. He RARELY mentions anything he wants and barely does anything for himself. This gives me a huge incentive to buy him awesome presents for Christmas, because if anyone deserves it, he does!

But at the end of the day, our men are exactly that: men. And I believe there are basic things guys would absolutely love to receive at any time! I am going to share with you my Top 5 List of Gifts to Buy for your Husband (or father or brother or friend) that include different gifts for different types of men! Hopefully it gives you an idea or sparks a creative gift for the special man in your life.

1. Multipurpose Multitool Mini Tool Kit

Rose Kuli 7” Portable Multipurpose Multitool Multifunctional Pocket Mini Tools with Axe Hammer Plier Set Wooden Handle for Camping Hiking Outdoor Survival Gear Kit, Gift for Men Women

So MOST men love anything that has to do with tools or fancy little trinkets that are useful, or let’s face it, just fun to play with! This would be a perfect gift for your man if he often works with his hands, loves trinkets and tools, and just wants something cool to play with! It runs for $14.99 and is an affordable awesome gift that is also useful! I definitely think it will put a smile on your man’s face.

2. 3D Wooden Puzzle Game Box

Fun Games for Adults 3D Wooden Puzzle Brain Teasers and Educational Games in Set of 9 Wooden Puzzles to Challenging Puzzles for Adults and Brain Games for Kids Suit for Living Room Decorations Table

So maybe your man isn’t much of a tool man but still loves to use his hands and brain! This is an awesome gift to give! It’s tricky, fun, and just a fun gift to receive! I got Tyler some of these last year and he loved them! I even joined in with him and had fun myself! I definitely recommend this gift in particular or similar gifts. Even if your little ones like brain games, they even have small ones that are great for stocking stuffers! Definitely a great gift!

3. Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker

Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker

So let’s say your man is obsessed with Star Wars and you’ve exhausted gift giving in Star Wars t-shirts, socks, mugs, and pens. This is a great gift idea for your Star Wars lover! It’s fun, affordable, and he may even start making you breakfast! This gift will get laughs, excitement, and lots of yummy waffles!

4. Beard Grooming & Trimming Kit

Beard Grooming & Trimming Kit for Men Care – Beard Brush, Beard Comb, Unscented Beard Oil Leave-in Conditioner, Mustache & Beard Balm Butter Wax, Barber Scissors for Styling, Shaping & Growth Gift set

This gift is for the man who is obsessed with growing out his facial hair! We also are following behind “No-shave November” so your man may be carrying around a lot of facial hair that needs a lot of grooming! Men love to take care of their facial hair, it connects them to a past masculine self that reaks of testosterone. Make him look clean cut and give into his beard fantasies with this awesome gift!

5. Hot Sauce Making Kit

Hot Sauce Kit (Makes 7 Lip Smacking Gourmet Bottles) Featuring Heirloom Peppers From 5th Generation Farmers, A Full Set Of Recipes, Storing Bottles & More!

Last but not least, the hot sauce connoisseur. My brother is obsessed with hot sauce and cooking and to be able to make his own and have everything in a pre-ready kit would be an awesome gift!

If your man loves to cook, eat spicy foods, or just try new things, this would be a great gift for them! Not to mention it would make for a fun at-home date night idea as well!

Although this is by no means a complete list of possible gifts, these touch 5 areas that most men have interests in! Each gift has a link underneath for the product but you can also just click and search within the same group! I really hope this sparks some ideas for you, making your gift giving that much easier!

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and as usual, Happy Homemaking!

The Top 5 Things I Loved for My New Baby

I became a first time mom this year with my precious baby boy, who is now 8 months old (wow how time flies). One of the things I remember the most during my preparation time for his arrival, was panicking about what I needed to have for him! So many opinions, so many differences, so many options, and so much money! I didn’t want to spend tons of money on things that I would never use and regret the purchase! So I waited (which was against my nature) until the baby came for a lot of the things I fell in love with!

Because each baby is different, he told me what I needed rather than some stranger on the internet who had a different baby! So, I know I sound like a hypocrite by giving you a list of what I found useful for my baby, but honestly it’s just to help you out if you want other’s opinions on the matter! If you find your baby is similar to what I describe, then you may love it too!

1. Playtex diaper genie

Some people will say that this is a stupid purchase and you may agree. However, I found it so handy and am still using it 8 months later! I will definitely keep mine for future babies, so all-in-all this is a gift that keeps on giving!

I noticed that middle of the night changes led to diapers piling up on the changing table which sat there all night because let’s face it, my goal was to change, feed, and sleep.

What I found was the next morning the room smelt of whatever contents were in those diapers: pee, poo, pee and poo, you get the picture. So I decided to try the diaper genie and it is everything I hoped for and more! I change it maybe once or twice a month and it holds so many diapers at a time while keeping the stink way down! Traditional trash bags don’t do the job, and unless you feel like running diapers to the trash outside all the time, the diaper genie is for you!

Also, you can get it in different colors too! We chose a mint green that matched little mans nursery and it really tied everything together. I love the diaper genie so much!

2. Munchkin Wipe warmer

So this is actually a product that I said I would NEVER buy prior to having an actual baby. Because obviously we know everything about parenting before actually even having children.

However, you will change your tune if your baby is in any way like my baby was when he was smaller. He ABHORED diaper changes, especially at night. When the cold wet wipe touched his sweet little bottom, my sweet little baby turned into a sweet little nightmare.

My sister had had the wipe warmer and so I thought, why not? It’s very affordable, you can use any wipe brand in it, and it may solve a huge problem! We found baby John absolutely loved having warm wipes on his bottom, and no joke nighttime changes became quicker and easier, and he even fell back asleep faster (not making any promises, just our experience).

So, I definitely recommend a wipe warmer for your little baby’s tush. We love it!

3. dr. browns bottles

So one thing you will learn very quickly, especially if you’re breast feeding, is little babies are VERY gassy. It is so easy for their tummies to build gas bubbles and the littlest thing affects them.

We tried so many different types of bottles before finding Dr. Browns. John constantly had gas at first which led to so many nights of tears and tummy pains. We tried Dr. Brown’s after some research and finally had an answer! Once we switched around 4 months we haven’t turned back! We will definitely buy Dr. Brown for future babies and save tons in money from buying all the other kinds too.

4. formula dispenser

So I breast fed for about a month and realized that baby John ate way too much for my body to handle. So formula came in and saved the day! However, nobody wants to carry formula around with them every where they go; they’re usually pretty bulky and trust me you need the extra room in your diaper bag for all the extra clothes that are absolutely necessary (just ask John about his recent Cracker Barrel blow out).

This allows you to prepare four formula servings at a time and all you have to do is spin the top and empty into your bottle. It’s perfect for traveling with baby, or just preparing ahead of time for nighttime feedings or busy days. It really comes in handy when baby is crying and you only have two hands to get everything ready and quickly.

These are so cheap but very underestimated. I love it so much and truly don’t know what I would have done without it!

5. Zip-UP FOOTLESS PAJAMAS

You have probably heard this one already but it is so true. If you are going to by clothes for your baby, buy zip-ups only! When you’re trying to get them back in their outfit during the night, you don’t want to deal with all of those snap buttons. I promise.

I remember reading a post about it before having a baby and I was like, “It’s not a big deal.” And then I realized as I was choosing outfits for John, especially in the early stages, I always went for the zip-ups because they were so much easier.

I say footless because if your baby consistently stays in the 95 percentile for heighth, they will outgrow quickly footy-pajamas. Footless zip-ups allowed some room for growth so I saved money in the long run. Not to mention I had his little feet out in the open for extra kisses. Definitely something worth buying into!

So, that is my list of my Top 5 Things I Loved for MY baby. I hope it may come in handy for any new mamas out there wondering what the heck to purchase without wasting money! Let me know some things that you loved for your baby! Happy homemaking!