November 27, 2015

Simple Ways To Spread Holiday Cheer

'Tis the season of giving and what's the best part about gifting during the holidays? Picking out presents for your loved ones? Shopping around during Black Friday for the best deals? Or the look on their face when they unwrap a heart-felt present from you? '

I'm leaning towards the latter.

The best gifts I've ever received are the ones where I felt thought of. Where someone took the time to think of something that would bring a lot of joy to my life in whatever situation I was currently in. The sticker price may be lower than a new pair of shoes or a purse, but it's the act of someone having you in mind and maybe even helping you out during the holidays that warms your heart.

Definitely read all the gift guides and sale alerts, but also remember the little things you can do to spread holiday cheer this season. 

Treat someone to dinner
If you're not sure what to get your BFF, text them and ask what their favorite restaurant is and then surprise them by treating them to it as their gift! College kids especially will love to have a meal with good company (especially one where they don't have to split something or order a water to keep the cost down). 

My sister made my parents a scrapbook on our first Christmas as a new family together. She put pictures of everyone in it from the first few times we all hung out to funny snapchats we took at various dinners and outings. It was so special to have something like that. Everyone started crying...and then we laughed till our stomachs hurt at the fact that we were crying!

Do a "service" for them
Maybe your mom has had absolutely no time to go take her car in for an inspection. Take it in for her, get it washed, and bring her home a big Diet Coke. She will be so thankful to have a couple things checked off her to-do list as a present.

Go see Christmas lights
In middle school I had twin friends who had birthdays right before Christmas, so for their party we all got in a hayride trailer with hot chocolate and went and looked at lights in this one neighborhood that always went all out. Recreate this with your friends and family and treat them to some hot coco or cider while you go admire the decor around town.

Bloggers: Exchange a simple treasure this holiday season
Tiffani of Not Your Average Southern Belle and I are hosting an ornament exchange that we're calling #BloggersDeckTheHalls! If you would like to get to know other bloggers as well as receive and send a cute ornament, fill out the form below! All the information (guidelines, dates, and contact info) is there. We are so excited and can't wait to have you in this exchange with us! 

What are some simple ways you plan to spread holiday cheer?




  1. I love going and seeing Christmas lights as well and will be going with Michael to do that this year since we both love Christmas.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  2. Scrapbooks are the greatest way to reflect during the holidays. Love that idea! x Nicole |

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  4. I LOVE going to see Christmas lights, this year my hubby and I are planning a trip to see a big show at Callaway Gardens :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  5. I love riding around just looking at the lights!

  6. These are all fun ways to spread cheer! I love unconventional and unique ways to show people you care during the holidays.

  7. I absolutely love scrapbooking, and any scrapbooking gifts I've given have always resulted in major brownie points.

    xo Alexis |

  8. These are really great tips! I love providing acts of service as well because that shows that you are really paying attention to what they need.


  9. These are great ideas - sometimes its little thoughtful gestures that mean just as much or more than gifts!


  10. Love all of your ideas! Scrapbooking is one of my favorite things to do! I am so excited for #BloggersDeckTheHalls!

  11. Scrapbook is always my go to! Shutterfly makes awesome ones!

  12. I love the blogger swap idea! It's a great way to meet new bloggers and establish friendships with them!
    -Kim :)

  13. I'm so excited for the Christmas lights to start popping up! I plan on packing some snacks and taking my husband around town to admire all of the lights!
    xo Ashley

  14. I love the scrapbooking idea!

  15. I treated my parents for thanksgiving dinner and it was great :) I loved seeing how happy they were!

  16. I love these ideas on celebrating holiday cheer. I host a bi-weekly dinner at my place for family and host all the major family functions (birthdays, anniversary, thanksgiving and christmas) because the home feels ...just warmer with everyone under one roof. Love scrapbooking! They are such a great personal gift!
    Smitten Sophie