How To Find The Perfect Present For Your Loved One

How to find the perfect present! |

Howdy mamas! ( I said that in my best cowgirl voice)

So today I have a post for you about finding the perfect present for your loved one. Why is this something I wanted to share? Well, as busy and broke single moms, I know that gift shopping isn’t always fun. Not knowing what to get, how to afford it or even how to make time to go get it. So here is my guide to hopefully make this little part of life much easier!

How To Find The Perfect Present For Your Loved One


As a busy mother, buying presents for people can be stressful. You’ve already got so much on your plate, and it’s hard to keep up with the endless stream of birthdays on top of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and other gift-giving events that arise seemingly out of the blue. Mother’s Day is a relaxing one for you, at least, but you still have to do some planning for it so that you remember to get your own mother (or ex-mother-in-law) a present. And as soon as one event passes, you already have to think about buying a gift for someone for the next birthday coming up. It’s time to take a deep breath and relax. Gift-giving can be very stressful because you want to get your loved ones something special and memorable, but you don’t always feel as if you have the time to do so. 

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Essentially, the problem is that we all overthink gift-giving. We get flustered when we don’t need to. It’s not about buying some extravagant and lavish present that will blow your loved one away; it’s about buying something that shows you know and care about the person. Think about all the gifts that you’ve received over the years. Did you prefer expensive luxury gifts or simple but meaningful presents? You most likely preferred the latter, even though we all love the occasional luxury. The point is that we remember presents which seem the most thoughtful. For example, you don’t have to spend hours searching shops for the “best new toy” for your kid; just trust your gut and choose something unique to the individual in question. That might be the newest toy on the market, of course, but the point is that it doesn’t have to be. If you’re struggling a little bit then here’s some advice on buying the perfect present for a loved one.



The meaningful present.

A meaningful present is one of the best kinds of present you can buy for a loved one. For most people, a gift with some meaning attached to it is something that they’re going to remember forever. You might want to buy a car for your teenager when they get their license, for example. It doesn’t always have to be an expensive gesture, however. You might even want to check out a company such as MilitaryCoinsUSA if your loved one served in the armed forces because an army coin could be the perfect way to commemorate what they’ve done for the country. And that’s the key to giving your loved one a meaningful present, after all; it should be tied to their personality or life in some way. It could be something that’s meaningful to that individual or something that’s meaningful to the relationship between the two of you. The point is simply that the sentimentality of the present is the present. It’s not about buying some big or lavish gift; it’s a gesture of how much this person means to you. 


The personalized present.

Continuing from the previous point, you might want to get a personalized present for your loved one. It doesn’t necessarily need to be an emotional or sentimental gift, but it should be unique to the giftee. A one-of-a-kind gift is special because it tells the person that you put time and thought into creating their present. You might give them a handmade card, for example. You might get them a cake with a picture of them printed on the icing (done professionally, of course). You could simply get them a picture frame with lots of photographs that capture the fun memories you’ve shared over the years. A personalized present is a perfect present.



The useful present.

One of the best kinds of present you can buy for somebody is a useful one. If you’re really stuck as to what you should buy for your loved one this year then stop thinking about luxuries and start thinking about necessities. We’re all missing practical things in our life. Perhaps your best friends purse is looking old and worn-out, so you could buy her a new one. Of course, this suggestion can be interpreted in a million different ways depending on the person for whom you’re buying a gift.

Ask yourself what you know about the person in question. What are they missing in their life? What’s useful to them? Buying a practical present that fills a gap in somebody’s life is a great way of showing them that you care. They’ll know that you listen to them and want to make their life better. It’s really one of the best types of present you can give. Even a bottle of wine is a practical present, right? It can be used, at least. That makes it useful, surely. Again, this point is as open to interpretation as you’d like it to be. It all depends on the nature of the person for whom you’re buying the gift. What’s useless to one person is practical to another. 

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Whether you’re simply choosing a birthday present for your little one or starting your Christmas shopping very early, don’t get worked up over gift-giving. The only thing that people expect from gifts is a display of affection. It’s just about proving that the person in question means a lot to you, even if you are just buying them a silly gift or hand-making a card.

We all get so caught up in the idea of how much we’ve spent on a present, but the quality of the gift is all that matters. And, sometimes, the best presents are the ones that aren’t store-bought. That personal touch can really prove to your loved one that you went above and beyond to put effort into their gift. Of course, if the person has told you what they want for their birthday or anniversary then you might as well keep things easy for yourself and just buy them that thing. That’s one less gift to worry about, right?

I hope I have made gift-giving much easier and made you excited for your next opportunity to give a gift to someone special!

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Love, Jessxo

The Ultimate Kids Gift Guide

The Ultimate gift guide for kids |

Ho Ho Ho!

It’s nearing that special time of year when we moms shop for the perfect gifts for our kids and I am here to make this year a heck of a lot easier! I am gifting you with the ultimate kid’s gift guide! Merry Christmas mamas!

My guide has everything from babies to teens, toys, clothes, games, books and more! Just shop on through the post, everything is below! Some things will be in shoppable guides directly from the shops or links to specific items will be included as well. Ready? Let’s dive right in!

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Toy Guide 

Here is one of the best places to shop for toys this year! Shop their site to find deals on the best of this year’s hottest toys!

Hasbro Toys

Hasbro Toys |


If you’re looking for the cutest, & trendiest clothes that are great quality for amazing prices then you need to shop Pat-Pat! Right now that are having sales up sales upon sales! Check out their clearance section for up to 90% off and more fabulous deals! Take an extra 15% off your order when you use code XMASPAT  at checkout! Shop all the latest kids fashions here!

They also are offering up to  65% off matching Christmas outfits for the family! Shop the looks here!

Pat-Pat Christmas |

Kids Christmas gift guide |

Creative Gifts

If you’re looking for something more on the creative, unique and original side,  check out these eco-friendly subscriptions boxes that your kids are sure to love! Each box comes with fun science or art crafts that use only eco-friendly ingredients.  Gift your kid’s something extra special this year with a gift that will keep on giving! Green Kid Crafts

Green Kid Crafts |

For more ideas on creative and original gifts shop books, educational games and so much more with the gift guide from Educents!

Some of my favorite items are this adorable scented cupcake pillow!

scented cupcake pillow |

And this learn to code with Minecraft game!

Minecraft |

The Best From Highlights

Do you remember Highlights? I used to love the scented stickers and fun activity books that would come in the mail when I was a kid. Well, they are still around and better than ever! This year, gift your little ones with the fun, adventure, and learning that comes from one of the best and most loved kids subscription! Right now try Highlights club FREE through 12/16! click here!

Highlights |

You can also shop their stocking stuffers and other gifts under $10! Shop here!

Personal Picks!

Here is my list of personal picks that I think your kids would love! Scroll through to find the best that I have personally chosen just for you!


This Lego Space Shuttle Explorer is a hot buy for the young boy in your life! Find it here!

Zoomer- Interactive show pony is the perfect gift for any girl! A must buy! Grab her here!

Who doesn’t love dancing baby Groot? Get Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy dancing Groot at a great price here!

This adorable LeapFrog stack & tumble elephant is perfect for the littlest of your wee ones!

And if you are a Target lover, you will be ecstatic to know that when you shop online you will get free shipping returns now through 12/23! Shop the best deals at Target here!

Target |

Well, that’s my guide! I hope you have found the perfect gifts for your kids and saved some $!

If you need more gift options then please check out my last minuete gifts post from last year for more super awesome gifts that are sure to go over big! Click here to check it out!

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May all you mamas have a beautiful bright and very merry Christmas!

Love, Jess XO