5 Gift Rule Holiday Guide with Free Printable

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Do the upcoming holidays have you feeling a little anxious? I get it if you are. All I have been hearing is how there is going to be a product shortage and honestly, I don’t want to stress about that.

To make things simpler while still giving my son a magical and memorable holiday, I am doing the 5 gift rule this year.

Over the years I’ve noticed that Franco played with only a quarter of the gifts he received. Although I shopped second hand, it still didn’t feel right to get so many things.

The 5 gift rule is a great way to spend less money, have less stress, and celebrate more with family and friends.

We still went through all of the holiday toy circulars and Franco got to pick some things he wanted.

The idea of the 5 gift rule is:

  • something they want
  • something they need
  • something to wear
  • something to read
  • something that is a surprise

There are different variations and adaptations of the rules but I like this one because it is practical and I still get to see the pure magical excitement on Franco’s face when he opens his surprise gift.

I am sharing some ideas below of what the 5 gift rule looks like for the holidays. I am also sharing free wish list and gift tags printable below.






Download your free printable a here.

The ideas I am sharing are literally just that- ideas. Do what you can afford and remember, the holidays are more than just gifts. Family and health is most important and I have realized this more after the past two years.

10 Unique Gift Ideas to Get You in the Mood for Holiday Shopping

10 Unique Gift Ideas to Get You in the Mood for Holiday Shopping

October is quickly approaching, and I am sure some of you are already starting to panic about holiday shopping. I love to start my holiday shopping early because I get to search for good deals and unique ideas. Lucky for all of you who find holiday and Black Friday shopping stressful I am here to help you!

Listen, I know early holiday shopping isn’t for everyone, that is why I am going to share some gifts ideas for you to have whenever you are ready! In my eyes Black Friday is not just one day, you can always find a good deal especially if it is the perfect gift for someone you love. Check out some awesome shops below.

Epically Embroidered

This shop is your one stop shop for customization! Such great quality and love go into these gifts and the owner is a fellow true crime lover like me! Check out her shop for some great gifts.

Dapper & Darling

There is nothing more precious than a silhouette of a loved one. I know personally these gifts are made with hard work and passion and no one else makes these like Dapper & Darling!

Emma Drew Things

Looking for a fun and funky way to get a self portrait done? You must check out @EmmaDrewThings on Instagram! You can choose colors and prints or black and white, and the best part is the image is sent to you digitally so no need to wait for it in the mail plus it is international!

Ginger June Candle Company

What is better than 90’s nostalgia? NOTHING. Treat you BFF to one of these soy candles with the best sayings on them!

Nicole’s Craft Room

Fun fact: Snooki from The Jersey Shore has her own Etsy shop. If you didn’t know now you do! She makes the cutest gifts especially for all the “Mawmas’ out there.

Crumble Candle Co.

This shop has such an amazing message. They are known as the Anti-Suicide and Pro-Joy Aroma Company. If you are going through some dark times, please take the time to read about this company and how it all began. If you know a loved one who struggles with depression or anxiety these candles and bath care products are perfect!

Komuso Design

This gift is another great one for anyone who struggles with anxiety or is always stressed out. This necklace is engineered to relax the body and mind through controlled breath. It is there whenever you need it! Find out more on their website.


Know someone with a great sense of humor? These gifts are the best! From mugs, to houseware to shirts, you can find something for everyone with these hilarious sayings one them!

Wild Masterpieces

This gift is a must have for any pet owner for sure! This shop literally turns your fur baby into a masterpiece and is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. Check out their Instagram @wildmasterpieces to see all the cute pets including ducks and pigs! You will get to read some amazing rescue stories and prove to you every animal is beautiful.

Intention Capsule

These bracelets are a great way for you to write down your wishes or goals and to carry it with you everywhere you go. This simple piece sure does go a long way!

If you are looking for even more amazing deals and to help prepare for Black Friday, be sure to check out Slickdeals. They will let you know everything you need to know about finding the best Black Friday sales this year. You will find deals and secret coupons that no one else tells you!

I know this time of year can be stressful, but I hope you found this list helpful. Feel free to share your unique gift ideas or some great upcoming deals/promos and don’t ever forget, you are doing an amazing job, Mama.

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