Now that my kids are older, I’m trying to ease out of the Mrs Claus business. So I was thinking maybe I didn’t have a lot to offer for gift ideas in 2023, even though I’ve never skipped a holiday gift post since I started this blog in 2010. But you know how little voices whisper in your ear? Last month, my friend Jacqueline said how much she loves the holiday gift ideas. And then this weekend I ran into my friend So Yong at the grocery store, who said, “I need your holiday gift post!”
Ok universe, I hear you, speaking through my friends. I’m not skipping out. And in doing the work, I was reminded that sharing gift ideas here, to benefit others beyond my family, always makes my holiday season better too.
This year’s list is more relentlessly practical than ever – probably reflecting the mood of my year. Here’s what I’ve got for 2023, and here’s hoping 2024 brings more fun. Happy holidays!
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