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Christmas should be a magical time for children. It should be a time of wonder and love and family and traditions. It's something they should look forward to each year with great anticipation and excitement.
I try my best to make Christmas magical for my girls. Part of that magic is gift giving. Yes, I said giving, not receiving. I am proud to say my girls are good givers. We were shopping a couple weeks ago and Kaylee took a bunch of her change in with her. Anytime a stranger would smile at her, she'd walk over and give them a piece of money. Most people would push back, but she'd insist. It was really sweet to see her be so giving to strangers – I know she melted a few hearts.
Each Christmas, I have always had the girls wrap a gift for each other. However, this year, Zoë's school had a Secret Santa Shop. She refused to take my money and took money from her piggy bank instead. She bought presents for me, her Daddy and her little sister. She said she bought the most for her little sister. She wrapped up the presents right away, and they're some of the only presents under the tree so far. I still have a lot of wrapping to do!
It makes me smile to see my girls develop a love of giving. As we have been preparing for the holidays, we came across the Hallmark Northpole gift line. They have some really cute gift ideas for teachers, hostesses and even school mates!
We picked up a few items on our recent trip to Walmart. It took the girls quite a while to narrow down what they wanted, but we settled on 4 items.
Once Upon A Northpole Christmas Story Book + Find Me Santa Snowflake
This is a story you should add to your Christmas collection. It reinforces the importance of family time and love around the holidays. The pictures are really beautiful as well.
The Find Me Santa Snowflake is really cool too. It lights up so that Santa can find you on Christmas eve. There is even a place to personalize it with a name or date.
You can buy the book and ornament as a set, or separately. It would make a great gift for a teacher or a White Elephant gift exchange.
The Magic Snowball is really cute. It looks like a little stuffed snowball at first, but when you toss it, the snow ball lights up! They would make a really great stocking stuffer. These must be a huge hit because the display was pretty empty. We were planning to get them for Zoë's classmates, but there weren't enough in stock, so we'll have to figure something else out.
On Halloween, the girls played a bean bag toss game and really liked it, so when they saw the Rooftop Drop game, they insisted we got it. It's a simple, but fun, game that would be great for Christmas Eve or Day games with siblings or cousins.
We finally got our first big snow of the season over the weekend, but not everyone gets to have a white Winter. The Snow Now set is a really fun little science experiment. You just mix the powder that comes in the tin with water and it turns into “snow.”
Snow Now would make a great stocking stuffer, or something to occupy the kids while you're cooking on Christmas. You could also give a few to your favorite teacher for a fun science experiment to do at the class holiday party.
There are a lot of other fun products in the Hallmark Northpole line as well, so be sure to check out the Hallmark Northpole website and find the right gift for the people on your shopping list.