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When it comes to buying gifts for the holidays, I don’t procrastinate. I’m definitely someone that truly enjoys shopping for the people in my life and I love doing it early on in the season! It’s actually one of my favorite parts of the holiday season: picking out the perfect present, wrapping it and then watching the recipient’s reaction as the gift is opened! Last week, I decided it was time to start my holiday shopping, so the first place I headed was Big Lots, because I knew I could find gifts (and gift wrapping supplies) for everyone on my list! I actually found amazing gifts there for my kids, my mom, the kids’ teachers, and more- all in one quick trip to a single store! I’m excited to share with you some great gifts I found at Big Lots, along with some festive gift wrapping ideas. Oh, and I’ll also walk you through how I put together a personalized gift basket for my mom using products found at Big Lots!
Finding Holiday Gifts for Everyone at Big Lots
Once I got to Big Lots, I headed straight to the gift wrapping section of the store. They had an incredible selection of wrapping papers, gift bags, and ribbons! It was hard to narrow down the gorgeous choices to just a few items. I got this stunning black & gold reindeer wrapping paper, some festive gift bags, two different types of burlap ribbon, pretty gift tags and some red reindeer head ornaments. Keep reading to see what I do with the ornaments- hint: they’re not going on the tree!
By the way, shopping at Big Lots is always a pleasure, between the friendly & helpful employees and the great selection of quality products! While I was at Big Lots, I figured I would also swing by the toy section. I needed to get some gifts for my daughters and I know that Big Lots has quite an impressive array of toy gifts! Indeed, there were art sets, figurines, play sets, building sets, stuffed animals … so many options! My four year old is pretty enamored with the Disney Princesses these days and she’s also quite smitten with doing art work, so I got her a Disney Princess Art Set. Perfect! I know she’ll just love it! My two year old is currently into imaginative play with toy food. She regularly goes to her play kitchen and asks us whether we want “tea or coffee” and she will then proceed to hand us an imaginary cup filled with our beverage of choice! So when I came across this 27 piece play dish set at Big Lots, I just knew it would be well-received by her! Now she can have all the plates & cups her little heart desires to prepare all of our imaginary food! I also picked up an ice cream scoops play set, too, since both of my girls love ice cream! Let me just say that we got such great value on our toys from Big Lots. Please keep in mind that styles and assortment vary by store.
Now that both of my girls are in preschool a few days a week, I have some teachers to think about during the holiday season. I love being able to get them something thoughtful and sweet to thank them for all that they do with our kids every day! While browsing the gift section of the store, I came across these Blonde Brownie Mixes in Mason Jars! How cute are these?! I love that they’re totally festive and very affordable. I picked up several of these for the different teachers! All these products from Big Lots are of great quality and are offered at exceptional values! Another reason I love shopping at Big Lots is that regardless of which department I’m in, the employees are so friendly and helpful, always asking me if I need assistance.
Since I absolutely love making a personalized gift basket for my mom every year, I decided to gather all my supplies for the gift basket while I was in the store. From personal care to home decor to snacks, there are so many departments within Big Lots with great products, so it’s the perfect store to find supplies for my gift basket! To create the “basket” portion, instead of using a typical basket, I grabbed a coffee pod bouquet. It’s intended to help organize and store coffee pods. And I’m sure my mom will use it for that purpose once she has it. However, I love that if you flip it over, it can actually serve as a basket that can be filled up with all sorts of goodies, like this set of festive dish towels to go along with all the baking she loves to do this time of year!
Since my mom loves fancy jams & jellies, I picked up this delicious-sounding Forest Fruit Jam and a bar of chocolate. Walking down the food & drink aisles of Big Lots is always a treat, because I always find delicious and unique snacks to try!
Since every girl likes to pamper herself from time to time, I also threw in this faux sea sponge and cranberry orange candle! Let me just say that this candle smells AMAZING!
Since I know my mom loves coffee, I wanted to get her a fun mug to enjoy all her cups of joe in the mornings. This cozy mug with a sweater sleeve is just too cute! I found this in the Holiday Gifts section and I’ll definitely be throwing this into her gift basket as well. (And by the way, I picked up another one of these for myself!)
Assembling the gift basket was really easy! I simply flipped the coffee pod bouquet over, filled it up with all the goodies I bought from big Lots and wrapped it in some cellophane! I also added a red ribbon and some faux red berries as a decoration! Easy peasy!
It was so convenient being able to buy all these products at Big Lots to assemble this personalized and fun gift basket!
After assembling the gift basket for my mom, I set out to wrap those toys for my children. Remember that gorgeous black & gold reindeer wrapping paper? I used that to wrap the toys! Oh, and do you remember those gift wrap tags I bought? They’re amazing! They came in a little swatch booklet (something I’ve never seen before)! How smart is that?! It’s so easy to flip through and find the perfect tag for each gift!
For one of the toys, I simple wrapped the toy in that black & gold wrapping paper and then wrapped the wide burlap ribbon across only one side. I then adhered one of those red reindeer heads to the center of the gift using some double-sided tape. I also topped it with one of those pretty tags from the gift tag swatch. How stunning does this present look? And it was so easy! I love that at Big Lots, I don’t have to sacrifice quality for price.
For another toy, I decided to make my own fan bow using the narrower burlap ribbon from Big Lots. To decorate the gift, I wrapped the wide ribbon around the gift in both directions, while making the ribbons overlap off-center (see the picture below). To make the fan bow, I simply cut a long strip (~25″) of the narrow ribbon and folded it back and forth to form the proper fan shape. I secured it with some tape to the spot on the gift where the ribbons intersected. So simple! And totally festive! I love that I can get all my gifting accessories at Big Lots: the toys, the gift wrap, the ribbons,… everything!
And head to your closest Big Lots store to find all the gifts & gifting accessories you’ll need this holiday season! Head to Big Lots first before any other retailer, because it’s a single store that carries all the gifting items you will need! All at a great value and at a great quality! I always enjoy my shopping trips to Big Lots!
Now, learn more about Big Lots here, and tell me: what are your tips to dress up gifts during the holiday season?