Gift Giving Guide 2015 and a Giveaway

gift giving guide

Are you still hunting for the right gift?  Here are some of my favorite ideas!

Gifts that Give Back


Macy’s sells unique hand made home décor items from artisans in Haiti.  Macy’s Heart of Haiti has been in support of the Haitian artisans ever since the devastating earthquake hit this economically fragile nation over five years ago.  Shortly after the earthquake, Macy’s began carrying this product line featuring an array of beautiful handmade goods crafted by artisans in Haiti. The country of Haiti, rich in the arts, has skilled artisans that make products that are unique and stand out.  Haiti has an estimated 400,000 artisans (out of a 10M population) who rely solely on their handcrafted goods as a source of income.


The 5by20 artisan collection is a special line of items handcrafted by female entrepreneurs around the world. 5by20 is The Coca‑Cola Company’s initiative to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. 5by20 artisans create jewelry, handbags, notebooks, iPad covers and more from used beverage packaging – such as pull tabs, aluminum cans, glass bottles, PET and even outdated Coca‑Cola labels. Items in a range of prices are available for sale in The Coca‑Cola Store at the World of Coca‑Cola and on the store’s website.

Gifts for Thrill Enthusiasts


Season Passes to Six Flags

Buy your 2016 Season Passes during our Black Friday Sale beginning November 24 through December 1 to save more than 60 percent off the summer pass price and visit Holiday in the Park for free. An All Season Dining Plan, which includes a free lunch, dinner and snack each visit, is also on sale. Passes and All Season Dining Plans are available at


Season Passes to Dollywood

Trsut me!  Your thrill enthusiast does NOT want to miss out on the newest attraction coming to Dollywood!  Lightning Rod is the newest member of The Dollywood Company’s collection of award-winning attractions.  Themed after a tricked out 1950s-era hot rod, Lightning Rod launches riders from zero to 45 mph more than 20 stories up its lift hill to one of the ride’s first airtime moments. At the crest of the hill, riders face twin summit airtime hills before tackling the daring first drop. Lightning Rod races down the 165-foot drop and propels guests along its 3,800-ft. track to a top speed of 73 mph, the fastest speed for a wood coaster in the world.  In March 2012, Dollywood opened the $20 million Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster. The company introduced RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, at Dollywood’s Splash Country in 2013. FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster, was added at Dollywood in 2014. Dollywood mainstays Thunderhead, consistently among the world’s top five wood coasters, Mystery Mine, Blazing Fury and Tennessee Tornado round out the park’s list of innovative coasters.

For the Tech Wizard


The HP Envy All-in-One printer is a great compact solution for your home and office printing, scanning and copying needs. Now, when you buy the HP Envy 5540 e-All-in-One printer, it comes with 3 months free of HP Instant Ink!

With HP Instant Ink you select your subscription plan and HP takes care of the rest so that you never run out of ink and printing costs a lot less! Ink, shipping, and cartridge recycling are included in your monthly plan. Plans start as low as $2.99/month and are based on pages printed, not cartridges used. There’s no annual fee and you can change or cancel plans online at anytime.



Now through December 31st, when you enroll your printer in HP Instant Ink, you will receive six free months of ink! To decide which plan is right for you and to enroll, visit but remember to do it before December 31, 2015!

Gifts for the Hard to Buy For

Have someone that is hard to buy for?  You know, that one person that seems to have everything!  Check out Georgia Crafted and Mantry for subscription boxes.


Want a little slice of our Southern Charm?  One way to celebrate that uniqueness and splendor of Georgia’s Southern Charm is to buy local.  Thanks to Georgia Crafted you will not have to travel through our lovely state (although you are welcome to do that)!  Georgia Crafted is a subscription box company that offers their consumers Georgia-made products.  “Everyone loves the idea of “shopping local”, but often times we find it’s a difficult process.  We’re all busy and going to a big box (online) retailer is sometimes much simpler than driving around looking for locally-made products.  Georgia Crafted is making gift buying simple. You can now “shop local” right from the comfort of your own home and, at the same time experience what Georgia is all about.”


Mantry has one simple mission: To deliver a new and exciting food experience every month. Their monthly crate allows you to discover and eat 6 full-size, super premium foods from around America, with little commitment.

The food & beverage items that you’ll receive in your Mantry are not your typical grocery store varieties. Led by the hand of amazing Artisan makers, these foods are painstakingly sourced and lovingly crafted into the perfect original theme (i.e. Bourbon Breakfast, Hecho en America).

At Mantry, they believe in their artisan partners and the quality of their products. Some are small upstarts, fighting for a chance to change the way Tonic is seen. Some are award-wining restaurant Chefs who live on the vanguard of cuisine and culinary excellence. Each of them pours their heart and soul into their craft.

Still have someone to shop for?  Living the Life as a Mom and Teacher would like to help you this holiday season!  We are giving away a $100 Visa gift card to one lucky reader as our way of saying Merry Christmas!


Giveaway ends December 22 so we can get it on the mail to you in time to shop or to give as a gift! Open to US only.

Disclaimer:  Part of this post is part of a sponsored campaign with MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

2 thoughts on “Gift Giving Guide 2015 and a Giveaway

  1. bethelderton says:

    One thing I still need to do for Christmas is to make a gift basket for the elderly couple who live across the street. They are very generous with some of the produce they grow in their yard during the summer–okra and tomatoes were wonderful this year–so I like to make something warm for their winter. This year I am thinking of “instant” soup mixes (actually homemade) and some breakfast muffins to keep in their freezer for an easy microwave snack.
    Mary Beth Elderton

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