With the holidays right around the corner, its high time to get our wish lists together and start getting ideas of what we want to get for others.  Now is prime time to brainstorm about these things, because #1, you want to stay in budget once you actually start shopping and #2 you don’t want to be running around like a chicken with your head cut off burning the midnight oil in the midst of holiday season.  Once Halloween is over, retailers kick things into high gear when it comes to all things holiday.  Heck, some are already doing it now.

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You can put money on it that one Nov. 1, at least one store that you will visit will already be playing holiday music or have decor up if not both.  Working in Retail for over 10 years has given me some real insight about the practices and trends of it, and even though the times changes, the formula rarely does.  Early bird gets the worm!  Whoever has the stuff first, usually makes the most money.  After the rush, sometimes to market lowballer will do well too, but its usually the one that beats everyone to the chase that it most successful.  Most retailers follow this mindset.  And this is exactly why you need a pre-holiday gift guide.

Joining a shopping service like Shop Your Way is a great way to get your gift guide going.  You can literally browse hundreds of items, and even have a personal shopper (like me!) make recommendations to help you during the busy season.  Not only does the service work online, but in-store too.

If you’re all about doing it yourself, here are a few ideas to get your pre-holiday gift guide going…this way you have time to change and tweak it as the holidays approach.

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Holiday Cards

Treat Greeting Card BOGO

Everyone loves getting a little token that says someone was thinking about them.  Its even more special in this day and age where everything is electronic and few take the time to give a card or handwrite a note.

Photo Books

Your photo galleries are sublime. You’ve spent hours sorting and editing your shots into individual masterpieces, and are ready to take the next step—publishing them into a printed collection of your art. Before you jump online and start pouring your pictures onto the blank pages of a photo book, take a look at this video from Blurb. In this video, learn graphic design secrets to create a clean, high quality photo book—such as how to avoid falling into the “gutter”. Blurb will help you turn your photography into the magnum opus that graces your coffee table, as opposed to just another book of pictures.

Ready to start publishing?  Save 20% on photo books with code OCT20%, which is great news if you’re thinking ahead to the holidays and making your work of art into a gift to send. Special offer for new customers only—save 25% on photo books with code OCT25%… even better for those of you who are new to Blurb books. Just don’t wait because these deals end October 31st. 

Get it all done in one place!

I love Amazon Prime, especially a mom with a little one that makes getting out of the house a challenge at times.  I can order things and there at my door in just two days.  Amazon Prime is also great for college students, because they can order there books and other school essential at huge savings.  And did I mention..again, free two day shipping.  You can also stream unlimited movies and TV shows ad-free.  Oh yeah, and with Amazon Prime, you never need a minimum order size, so order 1 or 10 things and your still getting the savings and awesome quick shipping.  Amazon Prime will make holiday shopping a breeze, because you can even send things as a gift.  Plus, being able to shop online will save you time, money, gas, and set of free from dealing with the holiday crowds. Cheers to that!


Fun games, learning activities, and educational toys 

Softzone Foam Big Blocks, 7-Piece Set

Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition

Jungle Book Playset, BabyLit: A BabyLit® Animals Primer Playset

 Artist Studio, Portable Art Set with Carrying Case



Wool Blends Slim Trench Coat


Freida Rothman Gold-Plated Sterling Silver and Cubic Zirconia Necklace

Body Care

Vitabath Body Wash, Dreamy Pink Frosting with Sweet Almond Extract


Power Tools

DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit


Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones


Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone and Android (Black) – My husband has this watch and absolutely loves it!

This quick and dirty :::no so dirty 😉::: list will get you started.  If anything, it will at least get you brainstorming ideas and the wheels turning.  Stay tuned for my follow up post in the next month or so, that will feature a comprehensive gift guide and my personal picks and recommendations for the holiday season!

Tenns Reid

I'm Tenns, the blogger, graphic designer, and business + content creation strategists behind Bliss & Faith. This is my little corner of the web that I've dedicated to helping fellow bloggers and creatives reach their goals. I'm so glad you dropped by and hope that you that you find valuable resources here to help you achieve your dreams!

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  1. When we were in Florida, I ordered everything from Amazon for our Christmas shopping. Saved me the hassle of going to the store and dealing with crowds since I am not a big fan of shopping!

  2. I try to make a calendar every year for my parents and my in-laws, but I always watch for the killer deals where I can buy one get two free (shutterfly or snapfish). They are always a hit! Great tips!

  3. Ordering online is where it’s at! There are great tips for planning to buy for several occasions you might have coming up in advance. Thanks for sharing with us, Tenns!

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