10 Gifts Your Mother-in-Law Won’t Insult You for Giving Her

10 Gifts Your Mother-in-Law Won't Insult You for Giving Her

When it comes to your holiday shopping list if your anything like most of the country your Mother-in-Law is the hardest one to shop for. Does your mother in law often insult even your best attempts at gifts? Make you fell like your failing for even trying? Here are a few gift ideas even your Mother-In-Law will love.

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Frugal Gift Giving Ideas

Frugal Gift Giving Ideas

The holiday gift giving season is getting underway, and for those of us pinching our pennies, this can definitely add stress to our budgets. Let’s use this as an excuse to get creative with our gift giving. Not only can we save some cash, but we can also give memorable gifts!

1) Give the Gift of Time

Sometimes the very best gift is the gift of yourself. Think about the people on your list. What do they like to do? Plan a day to do that WITH them. Do you have a family member who enjoys hiking? Plan a unique day of hiking and enjoy the outdoors together. Do you enjoy cooking? Offer to teach younger family members how to cook. They get new skills and the gift of your time. How about a movie buff? Borrow some DVDs, pop some popcorn and plan a night in.

2) Give your Services

We all have talents, and this is a great way to use them. Whether it’s sewing, babysitting, gardening, or housecleaning, give a “service gift certificate” for your loved ones to enjoy.

3) Preserve Some Memories

It seems we are constantly snapping pictures these days now that cell phones with cameras makes that easy. But what do we DO with all of those photographs? Make a collage of special photos from throughout the year or frame an especially meaningful one and present it with a handwritten note about what those memories have meant to you.

4) Journal It

This is an especially good gift for a parent or child. Find a pretty journal—or create one yourself—and fill it with all the wonderful memories you have of that person. Let that person know how special they have been to you throughout their lives. Let a parent know how they have helped shape who you are and made the holidays memorable for you. Tell your child how happy you were when they came into this world and highlight how you felt during big moments in their lives.

5) Gift Cards

No, a gift card isn’t always as meaningful as some of the previous ideas, but sometimes we get these cards as bonuses with purchases, as rebates or rewards. Save those—watch for expiration dates of course—and use them as easy gifts.

6) Free Samples

Peruse online freebie sites throughout the year, “like” various things on Facebook and redeem coupons for freebies that you get in the mail or in your email. Often you can create a really nice gift from these by putting them into a pretty basket or cute container. This is especially true of health and beauty items—these seem to be plentiful, you can easily make a fun “relaxation” basket from these, and who wouldn’t enjoy getting that as a gift?

The best part is, you give yourself a gift too—the gift of a mailbox NOT filled with holiday bills in January!

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Kmart’s Big Layaway Giveaway!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kmart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you seen the Christmas trees on display already in the stores? I went shopping this weekend and saw them all over the place which is a little shocking since it isn’t even October yet, but on the other hand it’s also a good reminder that it’s a great time to get an early start on shopping for holiday gifts.

Kmart Big Layaway Giveaway

We have a large family and there is just no way that we could do all of our shopping in only the month or so before the holidays without killing our budget so we definitely have to spread our purchases out over time.

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If you also need help making the most out of your budget then I highly recommend taking a look at the free layaway program at Kmart. You can put all of your favorite items on layaway and spread out your payments over time plus you won’t have to worry about the store running out of your favorite toys and gifts while you save up the funds for them. The best part is that you can manage your layaway online if you want and you can enter Kmart’s Big Layaway Giveaway where there is a winner in every store, every week!

Kmart Toys for Layaway

You’ll find layaway programs at a few other stores like Toys R Us, Best Buy and Walmart, but these other stores have minimums, they limit the merchandise that qualifies for the layaway program, and most of them charge transaction fees.

Kmart Televisions for Layaway

Head on over to your favorite local store or shop online where you can also put things on layaway. Some of my favorite things that I’d like to put on layaway include the fun toys shown above, or a new TV for the playroom. Don’t forget, simply by putting your purchases on layaway, you’ll have a chance each week to have your remaining balance paid off!

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Hello Kitty Watch Just $1.74 Shipped!

Since the kids were out of school today I took my girls shopping this morning while daddy hung out with the boys burning leaves and doing all sorts of fun stuff with them.  We girls had a fabulous time having lunch and hitting a couple stores, but toward the end of the trip they started begging for watches.  They’re really hard on their stuff so I’m just not willing to pay a lot for watches, and if I buy two for them I also have to buy three for the boys so I told them they needed to wait and see what Santa brings them. 

Then I came home and started checking out the prices at FocalPrice – I was thrilled to find both a pink and purple Hello Kitty watch for my girls, the pink one is $2.45 and the purple one is $2.57.  Then I found black sports watches for my boys at just $2.14 each, and free shipping for everything so I paid $11.44 for five watches.  That’s cheaper than just one of the watches the girls were looking at today!  FocalPrice also has this adorable white Hello Kitty watch on sale for half price at just $1.74 total with free shipping – that’s a fabulous deal for a terrific stocking stuffer!

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Eyes.Lips.Face Holiday Box Sets 50% Off

I’m a huge fan of Eyes.Lips.Face because they have great quality makeup and makeup tools for fabulous prices that start as low as $1 so I’m excited to tell you about their current offer!  You can take 50% off all of their Silver Box Sets when you buy at least $13.50 worth of other items and use promo code GIFTS50.  Regular prices on the boxed sets start as low as $3 before 50% discounts so I just grabbed several of them for myself and for holiday gifts.

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Leather Jewelry Organizer Case Was $33 Now $10 Shipped!

Now that November is here I think that it is officially time to get busy trying to mark some names off my holiday shopping list!  I’m loving this Belle Hop Pink Leather Jewelry Organizer Travel Case – it retails for $32.99 but you can get this genuine leather jewelry case for just $9.99 with free shipping!  It’s great for keeping necklaces and other jewelry untangled and is a perfect gift for friends and family members who travel, or for yourself!

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