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My 2020 Christmas Gift Guide – Celebrate With Me

Happy Holidays! My 2020 Christmas Gift Guide is ready to share. I couldn’t be happier to spread some joy this year and share a few of my favourite things with you.

My 2020 Christmas Gift guide contains affiliate links. At no extra fee to you, I receive a small commission off of purchases made via qualifying links. I received product and compensation in some cases for features in this guide.

Well, here we are almost at Christmas and this year I am doing a few things differently. One thing I am doing is shopping slowly and in chunks to spread out the cost. We definitely have a budget to stick to this year.

Welcome to the 2020 Christmas Gift Guide

I am launching my holiday content this week with a great building toy/ craft kit that’s perfect for teens or tweens. The price is amazing so add this one to your list. Better yet order now directly from my Christmas gift guide.

Gifts for Teens

Creatto 4 in 1 Light Up Crafting Kit

Ever since she was a preschooler, my youngest child Ainsley has been fascinated by sharks and dinosaurs. She also loves puzzles, has freakish superhuman strength (could lift a ten pound bag of potatoes when she was not even two) and enjoys building things. 

Creatto Building Toys/ Craft Kits

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When this craft kit, stem building toy arrived here recently I was excited to see how she’d react. Immediately after school one night she opened it and tore into the plastic pieces. For a minute she looked at me and considered asking for help and I broke into a cold sweat.

Following written manuals and video tutorials is her strength and not mine. This came in from Creatto recently by @thamesandkosmos and by dinner it was done.

She patiently built it while I was writing, editing, proofing and helping her sister with remote learning. It was a busy day and I was ripping my hair out at some points. But then this charming package of building toys and memory games showed up. And at least one of the kids was hyper focused.

What I Like:

The Creatto 4 in 1 by Thames and Kosmos is just right for your kids 9 and up who love to build things. Any younger and it would be frustrating. It’s a 4 in 1 kit. We love toys that keep my builder busy and can actually be kept afterwards. Amazing gift which makes it perfect for my Christmas gift guide and frankly this price is shocking to me. Super affordable. I would actually buy all of these, one for everyone on my list.

Now You Can BUY it here – > Creatto 4 in 1 Craft and Building Set

Other Notes:

It is challenging, so be patient and also use the Youtube tutorial link.

Shimmer Shark & Ocean Pals includes 140 Creatto pieces, a string of 100 LED lights, and assembly instructions to build a shark, octopus, seagull, and fish, but the possibilities are limited only by your imagination! Lights powered by USB cable; USB power adapter not included. Suitable for ages 9 and up.

Buy It Here – > Creatto Craft and Building Set

Brainwaves

The Wise Whale is a busy memory game from Thames & Kosmos. $14.95 or $14.26 (not a bad price for a game that will last.)

Brainwaves is a series of games developed by game designers and neuroscientists with which players can challenge their episodic memory — their recent memory of autobiographical events.

These compact, card based games are scientifically proven to exercise the brain to improve memory functions. These innovative memory games place demands on three types of brain functions: fluid intelligence, working memory, and long-term memory.

I thought this one would be great for all of us because memory games are as relevant to young people with executive functioning challenges as they are to people who are middle aged. This Christmas gift guide item is great for anyone with memory impairments.

What I Like:

Easy to play and cute. Brainwaves was a fun game and we will keep it around.

Other Notes

This memory game was almost too simple. My daughter thought it could have used a deck with more cards. In fairness, I think it would be perfect for someone 7-8 years old.

There are several versions of Brainwaves including, Brainwaves: The Astute Goose (AGES 8+ MSRP: $14.95), Brainwaves: The Brilliant Boar (AGES 8+ MSRP: $14.95), and Brainwaves: The Wise Whale (AGES 8+ MSRP: $14.95).

Buy it Here: -> Brainwaves

Pensilly

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Get ready to laugh yourself silly this holiday season with the crazy shaking pen, PenSilly!

PENSILLY™ is the super, silly drawing and guessing game! It takes creativity, teamwork and imagination to play! Grab your friends, select your cards and sketch out the clues.

The team who collects the most points, WINS! But it’s not that simple, you see, PENSILLY™ makes drawing CRAZY! It shakes and moves as you sketch out the clues. There are over 5,500 clue combinations with 2 Levels of play! Are you ready for the challenge? 

Recommended for age 6 +. This is a game for the entire family which is why it made the cut for my Christmas gift guide.

What I Like

Lots of variety in the drawings that you get to make as inscribed on the cards. Very funny and works for every member of the family. Pen is not heavy at all even though it looks like it might be.

Other Notes

Pencil takes three AAA batteries.

Buy it Here: -> Pensilly

Books to Gift

You’re Pulling My Leg

Is it a game or a book? This cute activity book/ family game reminds me a bit of charades or Mad-Libs.

You’re Pulling My Leg! and You’re Pulling My Leg! Junior, created by award-winning game creator Allen Wolf, lets you test your bluffing skills with entirely new questions that range from thought-provoking to zany.

How You Play

During the game, players choose a question from the cards within the book. The secret flip of the coin tells them if their answer should be true or made up. When players hear a story, they vote on whether they think a player is telling the truth or pulling their leg. Players win points if you’re right but lose them if you’re wrong. They also try to bluff others and not be fooled. The first player to 21 points wins. You’ll be surprised how much you learn about other players in a short amount of time.

What I Like

The game can be played in person or remotely. That’s why it is perfect for the Pandemic and the 2020 Christmas gift guide. There are two versions: one for younger kids and one for older kids. From MorningStar Games this book/ game is simple and requires no extras like batteries. Just old fashioned creativity. $12.99 is an excellent price for this game/ book. 2 or more players.

Other Notes:

I can’t really think of anything negative about this although you are meant to write in the book and I know some people in my home are triggered when people write in books. To circumvent wrecking that and keep it in great shape for years I’d just add a handy scratch pad to keep notes.

Get it Here: – > Amazon You’re Pulling My Leg book set

MorningStar Games – You’re Pulling My Leg

Endless hours of entertainment and a chance to know your family members better. That’s what makes this a great choice for my gift guide.

Family Is….by Katya Longhi

Alright, originally I wondered why I got this book. It arrived here one day and I was thinking wow this is a really young board book and then I opened it and was enthralled. This adorable board book is a brilliant example of a diverse and inclusive book that shares various examples that reflect how families look today in 2020.

What I Like

I love it. Period. This book is a keepsake and it is one I would buy for every single baby shower. It fits my vision of diverse families, including foster families, adoptive families, the disabled community (child in a wheelchair), and LGBTQ+ community with examples of two Dads and two Moms.

Family is by Clever Publishing is super sweet and it also encourages a bit of counting as well. $8.99 US and $11.99 Canadian. Sturdy construction. Great illustrations.

Other Notes

None. More PLEASE!! More books should strive to be this open and inclusive.

Get it Here – > Family Is by Katya Longhi

Great Gifts for Booklovers

So, I still love to give people books as gifts. I also love to receive books as gifts. That just makes me happy.

Random Acts of Kindness

This good-humored guide to being the change you want to see in the world is filled with suggestions for making a real difference. From improving someone’s life with just one penny to ensuring all children are well fed, the day-by-day positive proposals of Random Acts of Kindness combine inspiration with action. We can all make an impact on the environment, throughout out local community, and within our own hearts. This book of inspired ideas and good deeds conveys how you can make a better world, starting today!

What I Like

Sometimes the smallest gesture makes the biggest difference. This little book shows how to start. True stories about acts of kindness and generosity of spirit. Suggestions for living more compassionately and inspirational quotes.

Other Notes

BUY IT Now – > Random Acts of Kindness

ISBN: 978-1642504798
Price: $15.95

The Declutter Challenge: A Guided Journal for Getting your Home Organized in 30 Quick Steps by Cassandra Aarssen 

From the Host of HGTV’s HOT MESS HOUSE 

A guided decluttering journal. Life happens to the best of us, whether we were born with messy tendencies or not. Messes find their way into our homes and lives and we can’t seem to find the strength or time to tackle them. That’s where this motivational guided journal by decluttering guru Cassandra Aarssen comes in. 

MY older daughter is all over this.

At the start of the pandemic she embraced the Marie Kondo decluttering philosophy. Let me just say it’s time to revisit some decluttering in her room. School plus home life all in a bedroom makes for one messy living space.

Tested methods that work. 

Cas Aarssen wasn’t always an organization expert. She climbed out of years of cluttered living and transformed her home and her life through organization. In this self-help journal, Cas guides you through favourite tips and tricks that she used to declutter her home.

What I Like

It’s the perfect time of year for a decluttering exercise. Most people enjoy a good cleanup and decluttering experience. Get this for your Mom, or best friend, maybe your teenage daughter.

Other Notes:

Get it here….Buy Now – > Declutter Challenge

Books for Mental Health and Self Care

Any of you who read our posts or my content over on CBC Parents know we have had our share of mental health struggles and illnesses. So, I was thrilled to get these books which arrived at just the right time.

In my world books make great gifts, so here’s a roundup of several that touch on mental health too.

Hey! It’s Your Day: Inspirational Quotes and Affirmations to Live By June Cotner

Ready to change your life today? Best-selling anthologist June Cotner returns with Hey, It’s Your Day, a collection of her favourite quotes to start the day and delight any friend or relative.

Inspiration at your fingertips in minutes. June Cotner has been gathering her favorite quotes for more than two decades. Now, she shares these specially curated words of wisdom to guide readers on their personal journeys of positive thinking. Featuring an eclectic selection of figures like Edward Abbey, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Oprah Winfrey, this positive thinking book captivates readers with fresh, insightful, and engaging motivational quotes.

What I Like

Everyone can benefit from positive affirmations and we definitely use them here. My mantra when the kids were younger was: I am the adult here. What is yours?

Other Notes

You should order it now and make it your New Year’s self improvement goal. That works too. Depending on where you live this might not be available again until January but order it now because you can use it in the new year.

BUY IT NOW – > Hey It’s Your Day

I Believe in Me

I Believe in Me: Finding Joy with Heartwarming Affirmations by Chi Sing Cheng

A little world of positive mental attitude. No one is all darkness or all light. But sometimes it can feel like we’re walking with a dark cloud over our heads. So, how can we find a spark of joy? Follow author Soolooka through 150 hopeful illustrations to help you overcome bad days and negative thoughts.

Cool cartoons that cheer you on. Featuring old and new comics from Reiki master and Instagram illustrator Cheng Chi Sing (a.k.a Soolooka), this short and sweet guidebook is here to help you find joy when you are feeling lonely or anxious. Self-help manuals are often overwhelming and intimidating for someone who just needs a boost during stress.

What I Like

PERFECT for Teens with Anxiety or any other Pandemic related stress.

Other Notes

This is ideal for any kid who is old enough to be all in over on Instagram, Snapchat or TikTok.

Buy It Now – > I Believe in Me

You’re Strong, Smart, and You Got This: Drawings, Affirmations, and Comfort to Help with Anxiety and Depression by Kate Allan 

It’s not easy to discuss mental health, even though it affects everyone. We want to believe we can handle anything that comes at us, but the reality is we all have good days and bad days. Because of this, it is important to check in with our mental health. Through guided illustrations, author Kate Allan opens the door to discussion about mental health in an approachable and unassuming manner.

What I Like

Any book that helps people who are living with mental illness to feel less alone is a worthy addition to my Christmas gift guide and to your home.

Other Notes

Cute cover and the notes are accompanied by adorable animal illustrations that we love.

Buy it Now – > You’re Strong, Smart and You Got This!

Start Here, Start Now…Start Anywhere: A Fill-in Journal to Discover Your Best Year Yet! by Ronnie Walter

Mindful Journaling and Self-Care Strategies for a Better You
(Part coloring book, part guided journal Start Here, Start Now…Start Anywhere!) is specially made to help you accomplish your ambitions, meet your goals, and enjoy moments of mindfulness. Personal growth starts here. With not enough time in the day, it’s hard to find room for self-reflection and short-term goals. From best-selling author and illustrator Ronnie Walter comes an eye-catching, guided, fill-in journal that will produce some clarity on your goals. 

Buy It Now – >  Start Here

Awe Factor: How a Little Bit of Wonder Can Make a Big Difference in Your Life by Allen Klein

How to Find Awe, Meaning, and Wonder in Everyday Life

Bestselling author and TEDx presenter Allen Klein returns to find and define awe. In his latest book, he shows readers how to escape the everyday ruts of life by opening their eyes to the wonder around them.

Exploring the human ability to be in awe. What does it mean to be awestruck? Or more simply, what is awe? Backed by the latest scientific research, Klein sets out to define awe and its effects on health and happiness. With a sprinkling of the spiritual and scientific, The Awe Factor takes readers on an exploration of a human phenomenon. From research to first-hand awe-inspiring stories, Klein reflects on feelings of awe, meaning and purpose. This is simply uplifting.

Buy It Now – > The Awe Factor

Be True To Yourself: Daily Affirmations and Awesome Advice for Teen Girls by Amanda Ford

In this book of short daily meditations and essays, Amanda Ford, a young adult herself, offers stories, information, and advice on all the important issues facing young women today: boys, dating, drinking, self-respect, self-love, fights with friends, dealing with parents, and more.

Support for young women as they navigate one of the most confusing and challenging times of their lives. When Amanda Ford emerged from her tumultuous teenage years, she saw the need for a guide to help girls learn to listen to their inner voices and think for themselves. Be True To Yourself is the big sister Amanda never had. It provides the encouragement and guidance she wished, as a teenage girl, that an older sister had given her, as well as stories and advice that she would have loved to share with a younger sister during her own teen years.

What I Like

This is very much needed

Other Notes

A very positive book for young women.

BUY IT Now – > Be True to Yourself

The 7 Habits on the Go by Stephen R. Covey 

A Condensed Guide to Improving Personal and Business Health and Reducing Stress

Everyone has heard of the original 7 Habits book by now. Here’s a followup to that. Check it out.

For the Home

What good is a Christmas gift guide without gifts for the home?

This gorgeous collection of furniture is something you need to look closer at. We are redoing our living room soon. Oh, I know I have been saying that since we moved in five, no six years ago. But, this is not something that can wait any longer. Here’s some of my inspiration this year.

Eternity Modern

There are several gorgeous stylish pieces at Eternity Modern. My favourite is the stunning Mario Bellini Camaleonda Sofa, available in numerous rich shades. The turquoise shade is my favourite and frankly I am swooning over that right now.

Sofa

Mario Bellini Camaleonda Sofa : Provides endless flexible solutions for any project or living room. It’s a sectional that you can configure many different ways. The sectional elements of Camaleonda sofa can be used freely and apart from one another. The backs and armrests are provided with rings and carabiners, which allows the user to create a perfect ‘seating landscape’. The fact this wonderful piece is modular, provides endless flexible solutions for any project or living room.

Counter Stools


Wishbone Counter Stool: Made to last for generations and offers outstanding comfort. The minimalist look is oddly charming.

Gorgeous Chairs


 Finn Juhl Pelican Chair: designed in 1940, its graceful curves are arresting even by today’s standards.

I couldn’t possibly love this chair and this colour more. In fact it would be perfect for my older daughter’s room.

What I Like

Flawless design and great quality products that will elevate any room to next level.

Other Notes

Sometimes quality costs you more, period. Although, here’s the thing. We had a sectional made for our basement when we moved into this home and it cost quite a bit then so this is not unreasonable.

BUY ANY of The Eternity Modern Luxury Furniture ->

Eternity Modern Furniture

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Photo courtesy of Brian at Big Creek Paddle

Travel:

Oh I know we are all still a bit anxious and sensitive to the topic after this year when we sacrificed many travel opportunities and stopped flying and crossing the border.

Here’s one gift for the travel lovers on your list. It’s an EGIFT card so it works and can be redeemed any time in the next 12 months.

Glamping Hub Gift Cards

Why is it a good gift?

Gift cards are the most wanted gifts to receive! According to the National Retail Federation, 54% of shoppers surveyed want to receive a gift card this year.  This year the holidays are different and many people might not be able to spend the holiday season with their loved ones, whether that is due to travel restrictions, curfews, or health reasons. Giving a physical gift might not be the best option this year. 

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What I Like

Glamping Hub’s Gift Card can be sent to the buyer or to the recipient directly, so need to worry about when you are going to drop the present off! 

It´s a chance to try Glamping! Glamping is the most popular way to travel at the moment as it offers local, secluded and outdoor options, and is something that everyone can enjoy!

We have done this in the past and we love glamping!

Other Notes

Check out our adventure in Norfolk County Giving a Glamping Hub Gift Card is the perfect gift for friends or loved ones whose trips may have been postponed this year, or who are looking for a way to relax or disconnect after a crazy year. 

Why Glamping Hub?

Glamping Hub is the largest online booking platform for luxurious and unique outdoor accommodations. With over 26,000 accommodations across the globe, the hub provides travelers with hotel quality comfort, close access to nature, and one-of-a-kind activities and excursions. Glamping gives people who like the idea of camping a chance to explore the outdoors without sacrificing everyday comfort (showers, toilets..LOL) 

The 2020 Thrifty Mommas Tips Christmas Gift Guide

WHEW!! Well, that’s a wrap as they say. If you are at all like me then you are all in this holiday. We have had one heck of a year so I have enjoyed decking the house out and making everything Merry and Bright, because it is simply cheery!

Get Wrapping!

Now go get wrapping and if you do find something that’s extremely unique to give this year don’t forget to leave me a comment here. I’d love to check it out.

Merry Christmas All!

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.

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