As soon as December 1 comes around, I’m immediately hit with what many call “the Christmas spirit.” Whether it be charitable work or gifting friends and family, there is a certain joy that comes from the magic of the holiday season. Each year it gets more and more touching as I watch my own children reach up with their little hands, hanging ornaments on our tree. The sparkling white lights on the tree twinkle almost as brightly as the excitement that shines from their eyes.
I don’t know why it’s such an emotional holiday for me. Perhaps it’s because I’m living my childhood all over again in a new way. The school plays where mini people act out the story of Christmas, the concerts where tiny tots sing carols at the top of their lungs – it’s magic.
Many people get sentimental over the holiday season, as they are reminded of the story behind the holiday or memories from their childhood. You never forget that one special toy! Sometimes that moment comes later in life, but regardless of what age you are when you experience it, you’ll never forget receiving the one gift that pulled at your heartstrings.
My husband turns into a little child during the holidays. He’s been like that ever since I’ve known him. He’s the dad that cries along with me during the Christmas concerts and when it comes to gifting, he tends to go a little overboard with the whole toy situation. Although the gifts are always wonderful, it’s his cards that bring me to my knees each and every year. My husband has been known to search through three to four stores just to find the perfect card with the perfect inscription. It sounds so simple, but those heartfelt cards are the one thing that mean the most to me every Christmas.
I polled some of my favorite bloggers and asked them what the best gift they ever received. Curious as to what they answered? You should be! Click through for 13 classic, vintage, and current gift ideas that they hold near and dear to their hearts.
A KitchenAid Mixer 1 of 13
Letter "G" Ring 2 of 13
"The best gift I have received in recent years was a 'G' letter ring from one of my favorite jewelry designers, Wendy Brandes. The hubs gave it to me during the holiday season to celebrate the birth of our precious baby girl, whose name just so happens to start with a G!"
Kristen Swenson - BonBon Rose Girls
Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls 3 of 13
"The gift that stands out the most from my own childhood is one of the original Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. This was back in the early 1980s, when they were one of the first true toy phenomenons to hit the shelves and mothers lined up to get one. I was aware that they were a hot commodity but had faith that my mom (a superhero at that age!) could find one. Oh my poor mom and that pressure in 1984! I was over the moon at Christmas that year when I opened that doll (his name was Theo) and cherished him well into my adult years. It was years later, when I was an adult with my own kids, that my mom shared with me the story of elbows and hilarity at the store she got it from. My mom is in her 70s now and, look at that, almost 30 years later I still remember that Christmas and that story. Superhero mom, indeed."
Tenille Lafontaine - Feisty Frugal & Fabulous
A Cookbook 4 of 13
"One of my favorite gifts I ever received was a cookbook that my twin sister Janice gave me for Christmas in 2007. The funny thing is that I also gave her that SAME cookbook as a gift that year. We laughed so hard at our twin brains when we opened our gifts. The cookbook was Jessica Seinfeld's book Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. It inspired me to try out a wider variety of recipes using veggie purees to fortify our foods and get my kids eating healthier."Susan Carraretto - 5 Minutes for Mom
Pearl Necklace 5 of 13
"For my high school graduation, my dad bought me a strand of pearls. A man of not many words -- for me this necklace was his way of telling me how proud he was of me. My daughter wore that same pearl necklace at her bat mitzvah this year, and even though my dad was not able to be there, his necklace was."Melissa Chapman- The Staten Island Family
Camera 6 of 13
Ski Trip 7 of 13
The Velvet Doll 8 of 13
"Best gift ever? Hands down had to be my Velvet Doll! I adored everything about her ~ her long silky blonde hair was fabulous and her velvet outfit divine, but the thing that was most spectacular about Velvet was if you pushed her belly button, her hair grew! You pulled it out of the top of her head! I was 5 when I got her and I could not have loved her more. My sister got Velvet's older sister, Crissy. Now called 'vintage' I don't think I've seen one since childhood. It would be that toy that Tim Allen hands out to the teaching staff during the Christmas party in the movie The Santa Claus 2."
Molly Gold - Go Mom!
Necklace with Meaning 9 of 13
"Last year, my partner bought me a necklace from my favorite jewelery line and wrapped it up just like the Rowan Atkinson scene in Love Actually -- our favorite movie. The necklace was cast from a 19th-century wax seal featuring a lover's knot -- it means 'inseparable.'"
Desiree Fawn - So Fawned
Doll Stroller 10 of 13
"During a major doll phase, I received a double . [ umbrella doll stroller -- and I was beyond obsessed despite the fact that I couldn't even pronounce it correctly. But, I pushed that "umbwewa swowerr" all around the neighborhood every day for a year."
Kate Marsh Lord - The Shopping Mama
Red Sony VAIO 11 of 13
"My husband bought me a Red Sony VAIO for Christmas back in 2006 and it was my first personal computer. I told him I was going to do great things with it and then started my site Savvy Sassy Moms. The rest is history!"
Andrea Fellman - Savvy Sassy Moms
Charging Clutch 12 of 13
Walkie Talkies 13 of 13
I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved my set of walkie talkies. My sister and I used to play with this set while playing hide-and-seek or while playing on different levels of the house. My set was orange and yellow, but I completely forget which brand or make. I was feeling so nostalgic over these that my husband and I bought a set for our girls this Christmas. Shhhh!
Nadia Carriere - Child Mode
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