3 Gift Rule

Christmas Gift Giving

 

When our children were babies, we implemented the 3 gift rule that someone told us about. Just as Jesus received three gifts from the three wise men, you’ll remember from the Bible story, our children receive three gifts from us! This simple rule has simplified Christmas for us! Someone told me about it years ago, and how it gave Christmas deeper meaning to their little children and a chance to share the story of the birth of Jesus. There are still plenty of gifts around the tree, because you buy for others. Likewise, they receive plenty because of extended family Christmas gatherings. But the message that we share around the tree is the story of Jesus and the three gifts of the wise men: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

3 Gifts of the Wise Men

3 Gift Rule

What is the 3 Gift Rule?

So, what are these three gifts, and how do we implement that into our family Christmas tradition?

Gold: Something that they really want

Frankincense: Something that they need (like clothes)

Myrrh: Something to read or to help them grow (a book, devotional, or CD usually)

The message on Christmas morning is not one of extravagant material gifts, but of the most extravagant gift we could ever receive: eternal life because our Savior came and took the punishment we deserve. Our family is far from being holy or un-materialistic. These small steps, though, keep Christmas focused and keep our children from only caring about what they will receive under the tree Christmas morning! Our family time is meaningful and enjoyable. Christmas morning, along with Christmas Eve, is one of my most favorite days. We celebrate family and our Savior. I cannot remember who first told me about the 3 Gift Rule, but I am so thankful they did!

For more posts from Mom’s Priority about Christmas time giving:

Teach Your Kids to Give

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

 

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Filling Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes is a Christmas tradition for our family.  In a simple gesture, the kids and I gather our gifts to go in the boxes typically starting on Fall Break.  We try to send out by early November, so the kids who receive them do so by Christmas time.  In these boxes, we include the following:

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Items to Include

  • Simple toys, like a jump rope or bouncy ball
  • Wooden games or puzzles from the dollar store
  • Basic hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, comb or brush
  • Clothes, such as a T-shirt, underwear, socks, and possibly flip flops or another kind of shoe
  • School supplies, like notepads, pencils with sharpener, pen, or markers
  • Whatever our child enjoys at their age, such as matchbox cars or little dolls, gets included
  • A handwritten note
  • Books are always welcome

Prayer Suggestions

Most importantly, the kids and I pray for the child who will receive this gift.  We pray for the hearts of the children who receive the gifts, for the volunteers who serve by promoting, collecting, and distributing the boxes, and for this ministry to be effective in reaching people.

Shipping to Another Part of the World

We can pay $9 to have it shipped, and we can track where it goes online through Samaritan’s Purse.  These shoeboxes are an amazing start to the Christmas season because they turn our focus outward.  It’s an incredible learning opportunity for the kids.  Undoubtedly, the kids want to know more about the country and culture that this child is in.  It teaches our children empathy and an age-appropriate awareness of the world we live in, outside our community.  My prayer, like many other parents, is that it fosters in their hearts a love for other people who come from different backgrounds than us.  I pray that their love grows as they grow, and that they want to share the love of Jesus Christ with others.

Operation Christmas Child Legacy

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes bless others, but I think we are the ones who are truly blessed.  We coordinate these with our church’s mission opportunities, but you can give a shoebox regardless of church affiliation.  Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has distributed over 147 million boxes!  Learn more at the official website here.  

For more ideas of ways to teach your children about giving, see Christmas Giving with Kids.

 

Last Minute and After Christmas Deals

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Looking for last minute and after Christmas deals?  I am updating the Mom’s Priority Deals page with good deals as I find them.  For example, Vera Bradley has Free Shipping on orders of $75 or more! Valid 12/22-12/30, as well as Holiday Sale! 50% off select patterns! Valid 12/8-12/25.  Today is the last day for Amazon Prime 2 day free shipping. Walmart Pickup is also a great option for pickup today- just order online and pick up in the store to save time and money!

Vera Bradley Designs, Inc.

After Christmas Deals

DaySpring is starting their After Christmas Sale with deep discounts on Christmas decor and other items.

DaySpring:  beautiful, inspirational cards and gifts 

Janie and Jack is also starting their End of the Season Sale.

Janie and Jack: Heirloom quality clothes that you can pass down.  Trendy, stylish, and on sale!

Today is the last day for Amazon Prime 2 day free shipping. Walmart Pickup is also a great option for pickup today- just order online and pick up in the store to save time and money!  Find these last minute deals and after Christmas deals on the Deals page of Mom’s Priority.

Teach Your Kids to Give

Christmas Giving with Kids

Tis the Season…for giving, and sharing the Love of Christmas with others. Your kids are never too young to start- it’s up to you to teach your kids to give and look out for others. Even though we do some of these things,  I want our family to be more intentional at Christmas-time, and throughout the year.  Looking for needs, meeting them, and showing appreciation: these are habits I want to have and instill in our kids.  Here are 33 Ways Kids can Give this Christmas (without much money spent!):

Teach Your Kids to Give This Christmas

Teach Your Kids to Give

Christmas Giving for Kids

1. Give a warm blanket to the homeless
2. Leave a thank you note and small gift card for the mail carrier
3. Thank your bus driver with a note, gift card, and big hug!
4. Sing and play Christmas carols at the local assisted living center
5. Pack a shoe box for Operation Christmas child


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Cyber Monday Deals – Dayspring, Zazzle, Swoozies

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Mom’s Priority Deals

We are posting Cyber Monday deals on our Mom’s Priority Deals page  so don’t miss out today!  Particularly, find gift items at deeply discounted prices.  For example, Dayspring, Zazzle, and Swoozies are having great sales today!

DaySpring Cyber Monday Deals

Dayspring journalDayspring is one of the best sites to go to for Christian gifts.  If you are looking for religious teacher gifts at great prices, you can take 35% off sitewide in DaySpring’s Cyber Monday Sitewide Sale. Use code MONDAY17.  All week, take 50% off customer favorites in DaySpring’s Cyber Week Markdown Specials.  Simple, but thoughtful gifts, include inspirational mugs and journals.  Both are offered at $5!

Shop DaySpring’s $5 Mug Sale
Shop DaySpring’s $5 Journal Sale

Zazzle Cyber Monday Deals

Zazzle is the place to go for custom items that you may not find elsewhere.  If you have an image you want to put on a mug, a T-shirt, or just about anything you can imagine, Zazzle is the place to go!  Zazzle products make great gifts!  They are offering huge discounts today on the following:

70% off select business cards
60% off postcards, greeting cards, photo blocks
50% off calendars, canvas, coasters, labels, magnets, posters, stickers
40% off binders, business cards, fleece blankets, hats, leggings, ornaments, paper napkins, pillows, rubber stamps, snow globes, stockings, tree skirts
25% off sitewide

Click this link to see Zazzle Cyber Monday deals.  Cyber Monday Deal : Up to 70% off + 25% off sitewide – Use code: ZCYBERMONDAY – Starts: 11/27/2017 Expires: 11/27/2017 11:59 PM PST 

Swoozies Cyber Monday Deals

Swoozies/ Beau-Coup is the best place to go for beautiful hostess gifts and custom stationery.  They also carry great market totes, acrylic tumblers, and custom paper products like napkins and plates. This is a fun company with so many creative products.  Shop Swoozies’ Cyber Monday Sale. 20% off sitewide + free shipping at Swoozies.

 

 

LEGO Black Friday Deals Available Now

If you are looking for a particular LEGO item for a Christmas gift, there is no better place than the official LEGO online store!  We are a family that loves LEGOS in our house.  Every few months, my son submits his creation to be considered for the Lego magazine.  We have Lego creations all over the playroom shelves: Lego Friends through Lego Star Wars and beyond!  My kids can spend hours playing with their creations.  And we all know the painful feeling of stepping on a Lego!  I am sure you can relate.  For uncommon LEGO sets, the official website is the best place to go to find what you are looking for.

Lego Black Friday Deals

Lego Black Friday Deals Available Now

The Lego official online store is offering the following deals this Black Friday, November 24 through Cyber Monday, November 27:

FREE Shipping on all orders!*
LEGO FREE Exclusive Nutcracker with purchases of $99 or more!*
FREE Exclusive LEGO® Canvas Tote Bag with purchases of $199 or more!
FREE Exclusive Disco and Clown Batman™ Minfigures with purchase of the Joker Manor!

Online shopping is so helpful for busy moms.  This is a great way to get shopping done, with free shipping, before the Christmas season gets in full swing.  But these deals only last through Monday!

For more Black Friday deals from other retailers, check out our Black Friday Deals page.  

 

Kohls Black Friday Starts Today

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Kohls Black Friday Deals

Kohls Black Friday
Gone are the days when Black Friday was only the day after Thanksgiving.  A few years ago, it began creeping into Thanksgiving Day.  Now, the term “Black Friday” can refer to almost any day from November 1 and beyond!  But especially this week, also called “Peak Week,” the specials are starting!  You can expect to find steep discounts at Kohl’s, with an average of 66% off according to WalletHub.  Plus, use promo code SAVEBIG15 to save an additional 15% off.  Today, Kohls Black Friday Deals start, and here are some of the highlights from the Kohls Black Friday Ad.

Kohls Deals Available Starting November 20

Luggage, vacuums, and personal care appliances

Plush Throws     $8.99

Slippers     $9.99

Under Armour    25-40% off

Tek Gear microfleece     $9.99

PJ sets     $9.99

Clothing items     $9.99

Contigo and Under Armour Water bottles $7.99 – $9.99

Kohls Doorbuster Deals

*Available Starting 12:01 AM (CT) on Thursday, November 24 online and in stores starting at 5 pm 

*These deals are available in limited quantities

Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB     $189.99 (reg $279)

Fitbit Charge 2 HR + Fitness ($30 Kohls Cash)     $99.99

Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR     $449 (reg $749)

Sony PS4 1 TB     $199 (reg $299)

PS4 or XBox Controller $39.99

Virtual Reality Headset $9.99

XBox set     $329

Step Up Kitchen     $59.99

Jewelry     70-75% off

Kitchenaid Mixer with $40 mail in rebate     $199 (reg $299)

Shark Navigator     $99

 

Check back early on Thanksgiving Day for the Doorbuster special links.  See our list of Black Friday Deals for the best deals!

 

 

 

Shop Smart Online This Christmas Season

shop safe onlineThis is a post that someone needs to read; it may be you!  With online shopping surpassing in-store retail shopping this Christmas (source: Deloitte), more than likely, you are planning to shop online. Online Christmas shopping is wonderful and convenient (usually) and can save you time and money.  And at Mom’s Priority, we want to help make it easier for you!!  But, you need to know how to protect yourself and how to spot dishonest merchants and criminals.  As a fellow mom, I feel I need to make you aware of warning signs and help keep you all safe online!  Shop smart online this Christmas season with these tips.

12 Tips for Smart Shopping Online:

  • Shop through reputable companies

Who are your buying from?  Ensure websites are legit by googling them if they are not a large, well-known company.  See who they keep company with.  Just like we tell our kids, who they relate with says much about them!  While this isn’t 100% proof, this little bit of research may end up protecting your personal information.

  • Only enter your personal information, credit card number, or otherwise on secure websites

Recently, Google made the announcement that they are going to penalize websites that are not secure in Google search.  One way you can tell the “real” sites from the others is that green padlock and the “s” on https:// preceding their website name.  Always, always, only give your credit card info on sites that have that AND ALSO meet the other criteria listed here!  That green padlock says the site is secure and uses encryption so your credit card information cannot be easily stolen as data is transferred over the web.

  • Shop Online with a Credit Card

For online shopping, using a credit card (vs a debit card) is a must.  If someone were to get your debit card information, they could wipe out your savings and you have little recourse.  Most credit cards have protections included in case your card is lost or stolen.  Remember, the credit card number, expiration date, and security code are just as good as having the card in most cases.  So, protect that information!  Credit cards are much safer for shopping online.  You can dispute unauthorized charges and let their fraud protection team investigate.  Debit cards are not good for online shopping.


  • Shop on Secure Internet Connections

Public wi-fi is not appropriate for buying online or checking your bank account.  You can SHOP all day long on public wi-fi, but don’t put your personal information in to buy until you are using a secure internet connection.

  • Beware of Phishing Scams

Never reply to emails requesting that you enter your credit card information on their site.  Instead, go directly to the site when in doubt.  This season already, reports indicate a scam where the sender claims to be Amazon.  The email says your order cannot be processed because your credit card information is incorrect.  They tell you to click on the link to take you to “Amazon’s site” and reenter your info so your order can be processed.  Do not go to their site that even looks like authentic Amazon!  Because, they are stealing your credit card info as you enter it for them.  Instead, go directly to Amazon’s site and look at your orders to verify their claim.

  • If it’s Sounds too Good to be True, it Probably Is!

  • Read the Fine Print

It’s not fun and takes the buzz away from shopping (haha!), but it is important that before you click “purchase” you read the fine print!  Know the policies of different retailers (which, you learn after shopping a couple of times!).  For example, Amazon orders can be returned at Kohl’s now.  Most online stores that also have brick and mortar stores allow you to return the items with no penalty at their physical store.  However, some returns incur restocking fees or shipping fees at your expense.  Know how long you have to make a return.  It’s your job to know what you are getting into when you make the purchase.

  • Privacy Concerns

Along the same lines, check out websites’ privacy policies in order to protect your personal information.  Websites should have an easy to find privacy policy (usually at the bottom of the website) that addresses how your information will be used.

  • Clear Your Cache/ Cookies Often

If you’re not familiar with these terms, basically, go to Internet Options, then Clear Browsing History frequently.  What merchants do is store your info and preferences to keep page load time down and get to know you in a sense.  Pages are tailored with you in mind.  While that is generally not a problem, it is beneficial for you to clear it on occasion.

  • Keep Your Computer/Phone Software Up to Date

New viruses and malware come out every day.  The only way to protect yourself and your machines is to keep the software up to date.  You need firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware software installed and running.  When they update, you need to update if it’s not done automatically behind the scenes to make sure you are protected.  Run virus scans regularly and make sure you install the latest updates.

  • Delivery

Keep an eye on packages arriving to your door.  At Christmastime, there is an increased risk of theft anyways.  This also includes delivered packages.

  • Proof of Purchase

You can either print a receipt or make sure you received the email that tells what was purchased and when delivery is expected.  That way, if you have any discrepancies or need to return, you have documentation.

Shopping online is convenient and quick, as long as you’re dealing with honest merchants and secure websites.  You can save a ton of money by shopping online this Christmas, and Mom’s Priority has a variety of ways to help you do that.  Please stay vigilant as you shop online to protect your identity this season, and if you have any questions, please email me at momspriority@gmail.com.  Happy shopping!!

 

Mom’s Priority Wants to Help You Save Money and Time This Christmas Season!  Here are some of our most popular links:

Black Friday Deals

Mom’s Priority Online Store

Shop Online for Groceries- Best Prices

 

 

 

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Elementary-Aged Kids

If you are still looking for gift ideas for elementary-aged kids, here are two top ten lists that you do not want to miss.

Top 10 Gift Ideas for Elementary-Aged Boys

Top 10 Gift Ideas for Elementary-Aged Girls

Kids this age can be hard to buy for, so we’ve included favorite book series, toys, and games.  Last minute deals abound, and shipping is still available, so check out these deals below!
MyPublisher: One of a kind photo albums

MyPublisher, Inc.

 


Vera Bradley: Beautiful gifts, bags, and accessories

Take 50% off Select Retired Colors and Patterns! Valid 12/9-12/25
Vera Bradley Designs, Inc.

Check out Vera Bradley’s Winter Collection!


 

DaySpring: beautiful, inspirational cards and gifts

Use code SHINEHISLIGHT for $20 off any $60 purchase plus free shipping. Offer will expire December 31st.


Macys:

Shop the holiday gift guide at macys.com Valid 10/17-1/30
Get it there by Christmas! Order by 5pm EST on 12/21 and get delivery by Christmas. Shop now at macys.com! Valid 12/2-12/21
Buy Online, Pick Up In Store for last-minute gifts! Shop now at macys.com! Valid 12/2-12/24

Macys.com
Extra 20% off Last Minute Gift Sale with code GIFT. Shop now at macys.com! Valid 12/21-12/24
60% off puffers, peacoats & more + save an extra 15% with promo code: GIFT. Shop now at macys.com! Valid 12/21-12/24
50%-60% Michael Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, & more off suits, sportcoats, suit separates, and overcoats. Shop now at macys.com! Valid 12/21-12/24
Bundle up in style. Save 50% off hats, gloves and scarves from Charter Club. Shop now at macys.com! Valid 12/21-12/24


Zazzle: Adorable and unique gifts, invitations, stamps, iPhone cases, prints, T-shirts, home décor, and more!

Up to 30% Off – December Deals – Use code: ZSPOTLIGHT16 Starts: 12/6/2016 Expires: 12/31/2016 11:59 PM

20% Off Sitewide – Use code: ZGOODBYE2016 Starts: 12/20/2016 Expires: 12/25/2016 11:59 PM PST
Holiday Shipping Deadlines Page


Gymboree: Clothes that last and kids love, on sale now!

Gymboree Sale On Now!
Free Shipping on all orders at Gymboree

 


Hanna Andersson : Well-made clothes that last.

New customers save 10% off their total order at Hanna Andersson. Enter Code CELEBRATE10 at checkout. Some exclusions apply. Expires 12/25/16.
Hanna Andersson’s family pajamas become part of holiday celebrations year after year. Shop new & returning collections and make this year’s memories more special than ever. Valid 9/26- until supplies last.


Janie and Jack: Heirloom quality clothes that you can pass down. Trendy, stylish, and on sale!

Free Shipping Over $100 at Janie and Jack!


Web Exclusive – Take an Additional 20% Off Sale Items at Janie and Jack


Crazy 8: Fun clothes for fun kids! Low prices!

$12.99 & Under Event + 50% Off Outerwear + Shoes at Crazy8
$4.99 Tees, $5 Microfleece, $10 Denim, $8 Leggings at Crazy8


 

 

 

Amazon:


Kohls Department Stores Inc

 

 

Take 15% off sitewide with code WREATH. Valid 12/11-12/24.
Kohl’s Charge holders save 30% off with code FROSTING30. Valid 12/11-12/24.
Please note that the Christmas Shipping cutoff will be Monday, December 19th.

Free shipping on orders of $50+, no promo code needed. Valid 12/1-1/1

Buy Online, Pick Up In Store. Order by 5pm local time for items available in your selected store pickup location and receive it the same day with no shipping charges!

Take an extra 15% off one time only off your next online purchase when you sign up for mobile Sale Alerts. TEXT SAVE24 to 56457 (KOHLS)* TEXT HELP FOR HELP, STOP TO CANCEL. Valid thru 12/31


 

Walmart: No shipping fee when you spend $50!

Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC


Sam’s Club

Get a Sam’s Club Membership and Save – Join for $45 per year!





Lego Online

Our kids LOVE Legos, and as parents, WE LOVE the way Legos spark the creativity and imagination in our kids, proving early on that if they can envision it, it can become reality! The official Lego shop has a plethora of ideas for making dreams become reality in the world of toys.

Bring the magical world of Disney to your home with The Disney Castle!
Free shipping now on orders over $35 EVERY DAY!
LEGO® Juniors: Introduce your child to the world of building.
Visit the World’s Biggest LEGO Shop!

FREE Exclusive Snowglobe with qualifying purchases!

FREE Exclusive 2017 Coloring Wall Calendar with qualifying purchases!


Gander Mountain

Gander Mountain
Save up to 20% on select Hiking Boots. Valid 12/18-12/24
Save up to 25% on Select Under Armour & Columbia. Valid 12/18-12/24
$20 off $100 Order – In Stores and Online! Includes Firearms Use code GREATGIFTS. Valid 12/18-12/24
Save Up tp $200 on Crossbows. Valid 12/18-12/24
Save up to 50% on Gander Mtn Camping Gear. Valid 12/18-12/24

 


The Land of Nod

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Land Of Nod: Design for Kids and People That Used to be Kids

 

Create a Land of Nod Baby Registry
Get up to 80% off at the Nods and End Outlet


Swoozies

15% off orders $29+ at Beau-coup. Gifts, favors, decor & more!


15% off Anything in the Gifts Revealed Catalog – Shop Now!

 


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Kohls 24 hour Pickup

This sounds too crazy to be true, but remember how with Kohl’s (and others) you can shop online and pick up in store?  Well, if you are running out of time Kohl’s is open 24 hours for Buy Online Pick Up in Store orders.  The Kohls 24 hour schedule is from now until Christmas Eve at 6 pm. Buy Online, Pick Up In Store. Order by 5pm local time for items available in your selected store pickup location and receive it the same day with no shipping charges!  On top of that, they are offering great deals on items and they have a wide variety to choose from.  Toys for kids, clothing, accessories, home décor, and small appliances can all be found for great deals online.

Kohls Coupon Links

Kohl’s Charge holders save 30% off with code FROSTING30. Valid 12/11-12/24.
Take 15% off sitewide with code WREATH. Valid 12/11-12/24.
Take 20% off $100 or more with code WREATH. Valid 12/11-12/24.
Extra 15% off one time only off your next online purchase when you sign up for our mobile Sale Alerts. TEXT SAVE24 to 56457 (KOHLS)* TEXT HELP FOR HELP, STOP TO CANCEL

Kohls 24 hour

Kohls 24 hour


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