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The holidays will be here before you know it and it can be a really stressful time of the year for everyone involved. As busy moms, a good chunk of the stress often falls on our shoulders because we want the time to be perfect for everyone. Sometimes it’s also a matter of finances. We want to be able to satisfy everyone’s wish list but we’re dealing with a Christmas shopping budget. KRE-O Transformers are a fantastic gift idea this year.
1. They’re aavailable in a variety of different price points so they’re a great idea for everyone whether you’re looking for a gift in the $7.99 range or the $59.99 range.
2. They’re also the perfect gift for just about everyone because they are available in beginner sets as well as deluxe sets for the pros.
3. KRE-O sets also keep your child busy longer because they can be built as a Transformers character in robot or vehicle mode offering two different builds in one! Most also come with a unique, collectible KREON figure that add another level of play to the sets. In my mind, any toy that keeps my kids busy longer is a good toy. You can even use them with other leading brick toys for even more fun.
There are other ways to spread holiday cheer this year as well. Here are a few of my top tips I try to remember each Christmas to help keep everyone’s spirits bright during holiday gatherings.
1. Place a large basket near the door and ask guests to bring in a food item to donate to your local food pantry. Food pantry donations drop off sharpy after the holidays and extra help is very much appreciated. Remembering others helps us remember how thankful we should be.
2. Make sure to check with guests about any food allergies before the big meal. Presenting your guests with dishes made with their needs in mind gives them one less thing to worry about when visiting. Create little place cards for dishes listing the ingredients so no one needs to worry about what’s in each dish.
3. Remember the elderly in nursing homes this year. Many times you can join in on Christmas caroling at the nursing home or donate small gifts to someone who may not have any family to remember them at the holidays. Get the kids involved too. It’s a great lesson for them to learn at a young age.
4. Don’t impulse buy pets for the holidays. If you are planning on getting your child a pet for Christmas, please remember that pets require shots, medical attention, grooming, licenses, food , bedding and most of all love and your time.
5. Donate gifts to your local women’s shelter. Many of these women have children who have been uprooted from their homes and belongings. Many times personal care items and little luxuries like bubble bath and scented candles are greatly appreciated by the women. For the kids, how about crayons, play dough, building sets or other small things that they can call their own.
6. Teach your kids at a young age that it’s not about the presents and encourage them to give to others of their time whether it’s working with you on a project or volunteering on their own if they’re old enough. Giving someone else happiness especially at the holiday season is a lesson worth learning.
What are your tips for spreading holiday cheer? Do you involve your kids in the process and if so how do you get them involved? Do you focus on spreading cheer to family members? Get involved in spreading cheer in the community? Or maybe you work with some larger programs to spread the cheer across the nation? I’d love to know more!
I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Hasbro blogging program, for 8,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points and a KRE-O gift. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of SocialMoms or Hasbro. For more information on how you can participate, click here.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.