I spent my first one with the BF's family and had a nice time, but I missed my family a lot.
I personally don't include Black Friday or cyber weekend antics as a concious part of my Thanksgiving holiday, but once I get into that first week in December I start figuring out my gift giving plan.
I have Amazon Prime, and an Amazon Store that others can shop in :)
That makes it super easy to either get the things I want locally or ship them straight to my family.
But what do I buy? I like to put packages together- hair kits, cooking packets, food bundles.
This keeps costs down, is practical and useful for the recipient and I think it's more thoughtful than just buying typical "things" that fill shelves or function only for the season.
- A hair kit can have products and tools for general hair care. In my store you can buy pure silk pillowcases for $25, products and a few tools like the wet to straight flat iron or the plastic hair ties. Bundle them all up, with a XL shower cap, some bobby pins… Can't go wrong. Who doesn't need that stuff, all the time. lol.
- A food kit can have the items needed to try a low carb or gluten free diet. It can have a new spice palate, or even fresh dried herbs. I have a garden and can pull in rosemary and parsley all winter. I like to anchor it with a nice non-stick pan, insulated lunch bag, shopping tote, thermos... etc.
- DIY food and goods are always fun to make and give. Think outside of the fruitcake though lol. I have a dehydrator for instance, so I can make dried fruit tins, or herb packets. Hot peppers and dried, seasoned tomatoes work well too. Other things that are easy to make include candles, pot holders, seasoned/infused oils, vinegars and honey, and bake (or pasta) kits that include all the dry ingredients, and of coarse, cookies and breads.
I hope those were helpful! I also shopped Small Business Saturday (at Glut and Nicey's boutique), and definitely recommend supporting small and black owned business over typical commercial goods.
Here are two online shops I love:
And don't forget to check out my store as well (also in the sidebar).
What do you ladies and gents do to tackle your holiday gift giving lists? I don't have many children in my life so that makes things a bit easy for me I'm sure :)