I think most of us know that the Christmas season isn’t really about all the stuff at the StuffMart, but rather it’s about the birth of a pretty magnificent King.
We’ve always taken a fairly modest approach to the holiday gift giving season. It’s taken some tweaking and some conversations with the Godparents and families about what is and isn’t appropriate for our children. I mean, really, at this point we have pretty much every toy that has ever been made.
We have five kids.
I’m always on the lookout for great gifts. You know, the kind that people feel appreciated, loved and cherished. Those don’t just happen overnight. And, as much as I love gift guides, sometimes it’s just too much pretty overload. So, as we purchase gifts this holiday season, I’m pledging along with you to be purposeful, frugal, practical and loving. May the gifts you give be ones from your heart – the very best of places from which to give.
I thought I’d share a few Cyber Monday deals from some of my very favorite places, in no particular order. Some are religious, some aren’t, but all are companies I adore. None of this is sponsored, it’s just me telling y’all about the goodness I know. If you have a place you love, do tell in the comments. I’m always looking for great ideas. Later this week I’ll share some free or low-cost ideas for DIY gifts. And, if you’re looking for a great resource for all things Catholic on sale today, head on over to Catholic Deals.
TINY SAINTS (saint medals)
Cyber Monday Code: CYBER30 for purchases of $25 or more, take 30% off
I’ve reviewed and raved about these saint medals before. But, y’all. Seriously. These just became your new favorite saint medals, ever.
THE TOMKAT STUDIO (party supplies)
Cyber Monday Code: CYBER20, 20% off the entire store
All you people who wonder why I have it so together for birthdays? Meet Kim, the party genius behind TKS. Every Cyber Monday she puts her entire shop on sale and I always score amazing deals on her printable collections. I gather the kids ’round and say, “Ok, what’s the theme this year?” Then, a few weeks before the party, I email her with the details and the printable arrive in my inbox. She is so creative. I love it.
SHUTTERFLY (photo books, calendars, iPhone cases and more)
Cyber Monday Code: SHIP49 (gets you free shipping for $49+ and the rest of the deals are automatic)
I will say that I have a love-hate relationship with Shutterfly. They run awesome deals, but as a designer, I find their software infuriating. But, in the end, I do love the products they provide and their customer service has always been really great when I’ve had a snafu. Every year I make grandparent calendars. I love-hate those, too. But, when the grandparents look like this, how can I resist?
JO TOTES (stylish camera bags)
Cyber Monday Code: No code, but sales ends tonight at midnight
When I took my photography class, I discovered these great, great bags. They look like fabulous purses, but instead they are genius camera bags that also serve as diaper bags, purses and general “let’s dump this in there” bags. Below is the one I have, the Gracie in Magenta. So many colors. So many choices. Good luck deciding. And, word to the wise, these NEVER go on sale like this. So, if you’ve been wanting a great bag, this may be your place.
Image courtesy of Jo Totes
TRENDY TRADITIONS (handmade rosaries)
Cyber Monday Code: SACRAMENT for 25% off everything!
Melanie is such a kind soul and a bit of her is found in every rosary she makes, I think. You can see the pride and the passion in every rosary. I. Love. Them. All. For First Communions, Confirmations, Baptisms or just any ‘ol time, this site has your new favorite rosary. Pinky swear.
PETITE PEANUT (little/big kid neckties, bowties, suspenders, tutus, wedding accessories & more)
Cyber Monday Code: coming soon!
I found this gem through one of my prematurity websites. I wish I could convey the awesomeness of this Etsy shop. From littles to weddings, she handcrafts the *most* adorable and chic things. Honestly, I could go broke shopping in her store. She also has a touching story about why she started the shop. I hope it touches your heart.
LORETO ROSARIES (handcrafted religious rosaries and jewelry)
Cyber Monday Code: coming soon!
I must confess, I’ve never ordered from Loreto before but I keep stalking her site. I think my problem is I can’t decide. It is all just so tastefully and beautifully done. I’ve sent the link to the Mr. as an “idea” for Christmas. Maybe he’ll get the hint!
Image courtesy of Loreto Rosaries
NOVAE CLOTHING (modest, fashionable clothes)
Cyber Monday Code: none, sale ends at midnight tonight
If you follow any of my “what I wore Sunday” posts then you know I am a hu-uge fan of noVae. They always have great deals, specials and modest/fashionable clothing. The skirt and shirt shown below are theirs.
OLLIEGRAPHIC (personalized stationery, invitations, artwork, magnets and more)
Cyber Monday Code: 10-30% off, no code, sale ends today
Meg creates fantastic personalized pieces. We’ve used them for teacher gifts, birthday party invites and special plates for the kids. I love it all!
IHEARTORGANIZING (organizing binder printables)
Cyber Monday Code: WEHEARTBLKFRI (enter at checkout)
Jen is an organizing genius and her blog is full of awesome resources. She has an Etsy shop, too, and it’s full of great printables, personalized for you. Last year, Santa bought me the binder and it’s really been a great tool, especially the password printable. Now, all our things are finally in one place!
Whew, hope that gets your mind a’ thinking about gift giving for your friends and family. Later this week? Gifts that are free (or almost!). Whatever way you give, let your heart lead you, not the deal. Happy Advent, everyone!