Christmas Eve has to be one of my favorite days of the year. The anticipation, the holiday spirit, the quality family time.
Christmas Eve is probably just as exciting for me as Christmas day. Most Christmas Eve’s we don’t typically have anything super special planned during the day, but at night we always go to church and then come home and eat a big meal with a few other families. After eating way too much ham and cheesy potatoes, and then outside and spread reindeer food (fun craft for little kids!), which includes dry oats and glitter mixed together! The story behind it is that the reindeer will be guided by the glitter and then they can eat the oats! It’s a tradition we take very seriously in our household.
Occasionally, on Christmas Eve, I will run out and do last minute gift shopping. I always regret it the second I turn into the parking lot and spend at least 20 minutes finding a parking spot! However, some of the best gifts are the ones you can’t find in a store! You can buy some of the most meaningful gifts online and there are so many options that don’t require shipping! So don’t panic, you still have tons of options to get your family a gift that they’ll remember forever!
For your mom:
Moms are some of the most deserving people out there! Plus who wouldn’t want a gift certificate to get their nails, toes and a facial ?!
My mom and I both love musicals! We have a few really great theaters in the Raleigh area that get great productions too!
3. Framed Photos
This is always my go to gift for anyone. I love pictures and I have so many framed throughout my dorm room. You can easily get your favorite picture of you and your mom printed online and most of the time Walgreens will have it printed in a matter of hours! You can also get posters and other cool products printed too!
P.S. Target always has cute affordable frames!
For your dad:
1. Sporting Even Tickets
Is your dad super obsessed with a certain sports team? Use a site like Ticketmaster to buy him tickets to a game!
2. Concert Tickets
My dad loves music, way more than sports! So a few years ago my family got him tickets to go see his favorite band U2. The expression on his face when he read the tickets was priceless! Check out Ticketmaster for great concert options too!
For your sister:
1. Buy a magazine subscription
I have a few magazine subscriptions that I've gotten as gifts and I love all of them. I typically pick up my mail and by the time I get back to my dorm room, I’ve already finished going through the entire magazine! But let’s be real, who doesn't love getting mail?! Here are a few links to my favorites:
2. Monthly Beauty Subscription
Because who wouldn't want to get a few new nail polishes every month?!
For your bother:
My brother loves our Netflix subscription. It’s fun to be able to go back and watch episodes of your favorite T.V. shows at any time and plus they have great movies options as well! Also perfect for any college student!
Does your brother love music? If so, it’s the perfect gift! I use Pandora almost every day when I’m at school doing my homework and the commercials get so annoying (and I always) run out of skips. With a subscription you don’t have to worry about those 30 second commercials!
For the entire family:
1. Buy an experience on GroupOn!
My family has always loved doing adventurous things together. We've gone Zip lining multiple times, white water rafting (oh you should have seen the laughs we got out of this one), we've been on Segway tours! All of these things are great options and so much fun to do together. The memories you make will be priceless! Way better than anything you could buy in a store.
For someone special:
Secretly I’ve always wanted to do this. It’s surprisingly super affordable and who wouldn’t want to get a star named in their honor?!
I hope this gives you some ideas! Sometimes it’s the things you can’t buy in a store that make for the greatest gifts! So don’t panic if you haven’t bought anything yet. Plus remember, if you really want to surprise someone usually local animal shelters are open on Christmas eve, and who wouldn’t want to open a cute little puppy or kitten on Christmas morning?! Just another idea ;)
Wishing everyone a great holiday season!