It's that time of year again. The season of giving, and if you're anything like me your list just seems to be getting longer and longer with each coming year. I love gift giving, but with so many people on my list I try to give thoughtful gifts that won't break the bank. And that my friends is WHY I love Marshalls and all it's surprises! It's the one place I can go to find something for everyone on my list. From my husband to my kids teachers, it's all there. Over the years it really has been my go-to holiday destination. Plus the gift wrap! Have you ever taken the time to wander that aisle. Oh man! Don't miss it. 


Every year my girlfriends and I have a little gift exchange. I look forward to it all year long. It's so fun! We all put on something festive, dial up our makeup a little and have dinner + cocktails at our favorite restaurant. Each one of us is asked to bring a gift in the $20-$30 price range to exchange with one another. As soon as I get the invite and know who I'm exchanging with, I beeline for my nearest Marshalls. This year I'm buying for my 'beauty loving' friend. She is obsessed with everything from makeup + skin care. 

I like thinking outside the 'gift box' when it come to wrapping. What could I put all her goodies in? After cruising the store for a bit, I landed in the make-up accessories aisle. I found this great black fringe bag for only $12.99 and got busy filling it. First up a GOLD comb for $5.99. Yes! Everyone should have one of these. I have one and LOVE it and I know she will too. Then I added a foundation brush for $3.99 and another one of my faves, this Cucumber Water facial mist $8.99. Just needed one more thing.....

GOT IT!! A beauty blender. A make-up must have! All these great affordable finds, wrapped up perfectly. Now that I had a theme, back to the wrapping aisle I went. Scored some cute black + white tissue to stuff inside for $4.99 and that's it! DONE. The perfect gift for my sweet friend and all for $32 bucks! 


Next up is a hostess gift I've been giving for years and is ALWAYS a big hit. It's simple + thoughtful and useful. All you have to do is find a pretty stocking that fits their home decor or style. I found this darling grey felt stocking with cream pom-poms for $19.99. It was so cute, I hated to part with it. Then head over to the cooking aisles and grab a bunch of wooden spoons. All of these were sold together for $3.99.  I mean what a deal!  #marshallsiloveyou

I also love to pick out a pack of holiday kitchen towels, like these pretty gold embroidered ones for $5.99 and slide those inside the stocking to complete the gift. Once I have everything together, all you have to do is tuck the wooden spoons in to finish things off. You can also add some fresh greens to make it a little more festive if you like. Plus they smell good. There you have it...a quick affordable hostess gift that would also work perfect for the cook in your life!  


Teachers.... they deserve THE WORLD and frankly a million dollar holiday gift. As much as we'd love to, that's just not possible.  As we say in the south, BLESS THEIR HEARTS, they put up with so much day in and day out dealing with all of our precious babies that I really try and get them something nice and thoughtful for the holidays.  Let's be honest, who doesn't love getting a gift card?  I usually get either a gift card to a local coffee shop or store, but a gift card to Marshall's would be perfect too.  Maybe I should offer to take them on a Marshall's shopping trip with that gift card.  Hmmm...I may be on to something.

For this gift, I took the standard teacher's gift of a coffee mug and jazzed it up a bit.  I found this precious little bottle brush tree for only $3.99.  I always find the best ribbon at Marshalls...who would of thought, so I grabbed a roll of pretty white ribbon with silver edging to use to tie a cute little Christmas ornament to the handle as an extra little pretty.  And can we talk about this mug.  It says "First, I drink the coffee.  Then I do the things."  Have truer words every been spoken. 


So the moral of this big, long holiday story is grab your gift list, get in the car, and head to Marshalls. Tell them Landyn sent you, I'm there so much they know me by name. HA! And for more ideas, head to the top of the blog, click HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES in the main header. I've got you covered!