Gifts for the Home ~ 2012 Christmas Gift Guide {and a Giveaway}

Gifts for Tweens and Teens Winner:  Congratulations to Patricia!  (wesdelchic07@)  Patricia won a $40 credit to

And, we’re back!  Jen and I have rounded up a list of both fun and practical gifts for the home this week, and we have a giveaway to help you get organized in the new year.

1.  Family Rules Subway Art

I have been jonesing for one of these for a few years now.  Every family has rules, why not display them in a fun way?  I want!  A quick browse through Etsy nets so many perfect options, which only feeds my procrastinating tendencies.  I need to just pick one, already!

2.  The Time Keeper 2013 Planner

For the home?  Yes, for the home, because without my planner our home life is chaos!  The Time Keeper is a beautiful way to organize and manage your busy days all in one place. Using this dated, weekly planner with its practical and uncomplicated layout, you’ll find it easy to keep your act together.  It’s simple without any fluff that makes me feel guilty about what I’m not doing, and really, The Time Keeper had me at perforated grocery lists.  {swoon}

3.  Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

I scoffed at Jen when she was telling me about her 1½ quart capacity ice cream maker.  Pfffft.  Our ice cream freezer is a 6 quart!  But then I got to thinking… Ice cream without the icy, salty mess?  Hmmm, she may be on to something here!  This Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker has the ice cream ready (soft-serve) in about 20 minutes. (My biggest fear is that it would be too easy and I’d be making ~ and eating ~ ice cream every night!)

4.  Immersion Blender

Have I told you my immersion blenderstory?  It’s one of the few {ahem} things that survived my husband’s bachelor pad and was moved into our married home.  And it sat in a drawer for 10ish years before I ever used it!  What is this thing?  Well, this thing is amazing!  I use it for everything now.  Fruit syrup, soups, refried beans.  Love the immersion blender.

5.  CounterTop Convection Oven

I’m gonna take Jen’s word on this one, because a convection oven has never even crossed my radar.  Apparently, it’s WAY more than a toaster oven. Because it’s also a CounterTop Convection Oven, you can bake in it. Jen’s made small batches of muffins and even broiled fish in it. This one has a pizza bump so you can pop a 12-inch pizza in to avoid heating up the big oven.  I would just have to do that about 4 times in a row to feed my family.  😉

6.  Wind-Up Flashlight Set

Jen got these for the guys in our family last Christmas.  They must be a popular guy gift, because Lance got one, too!  I like the fact that they don’t take batteries. I think the guys like the whole prepared-man-in-the-wilderness aspect. With 5 kids in the house and entirely too many toys to be robbing batteries for (oh, come on, you know you’ve done it), at least we know we have one flashlight that’s always at the ready!

7.  12-Bin Organizer

This 12-Bin Organizer would fit beautifully on our back porch, one of the catch-all area of the home.  It would also fit well in the kids’ rooms.  You know how they say a place for everything, and everything in its place?  We do not have that going on around here, but I want to!  The bins come out easily so the kids could just grab one and get to playing with whatever is in it!  (I am so slow to learn.)

8.  Therapeutic Essential Oils and Diffuser

I’ve only known about essential oils for a few months, but I am sold!  Just last week I fought off an icky head and chest cold using my oils and my diffuser.  Lavender oil immediately took the sting out of a steam burn on my finger a while back.  In addition to all the first aid benefits, I love that I can make my house smell great and purify the air without burning toxic chemicals.

9.  SentrySafe Fire-Safe Waterproof Chest

Ever the practical gift giver, I remember years ago giving these portable safes to my siblings for Christmas. With a waterproof seal, the SentrySafe completely insulates the interior from the threat of water or fire invasion.  It’s heavy for its size, but still easily portable.  CDs, DVDs, USB drives, memory stick, and important papers are kept safe from the elements.

Ready for a giveaway?  I’ve got the Time Keeper 2013 planner on my kitchen table, all ready to map out my year.  It’s both beautiful and simple, which is the perfect combination to motivate my Type Z personality!  There is a weekly menu planning section and plenty of  perforated grocery list strips in the back.

Starla, the creator of The Time Keeper, has generously provided a planner for one of my readers!  To enter, simply leave a comment.  (It’s nearly midnight here.  I should’ve been in bed nearly 3 hours ago.  My brain is fried.  Any comment will do!)  Feel free to share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest for an extra entry or two, just be sure to leave a comment that you did!

Giveaway ends Sunday, December {gasp!} 2, at 11:59 pm, CST.  Winner will be randomly drawn and notified by email.  US addresses only, please. 


  1. OOOOH I want that timekeeper! Awesome giveaway! I also love the subway art…there are SOOO many cute designs to choose from. There are some talented folks making stuff on Etsy! My MIL actually asked for an immersion blender this year. I was thinking—score! I may win a gift for someone on our list, haha!!

  2. I would love to win this!

  3. I’d love to win!

  4. Carmen Erickson says:

    I’m needing my planner for the coming year- so this is perfect! 🙂

  5. Carmen Erickson says:

    Also posted the giveaway on Facebook!

  6. Thanks for this giveaway! Yes, the year is quickly flying by.

  7. they all look like great gifts ! My friend has the toy bin for her kids, but I think it would work great in my craft area !

  8. Jennifer U says:

    I’d love to win any of those items! Great giveaway!!

  9. Great gift ideas!

  10. Jennifer U says:

    I posted about the giveaway on Facebook!

  11. Just hand over the Time Keeper and no one will get hurt. I need to run the two miles to my bulk food and book store and get my 2013 TK.

    • Did you know that there is only ONE Kansas store listed on the website for “where to find the Time Keeper?” How crazy is that?!

  12. Jennifer U says:

    I also posted about the giveaway on Pinterest.

  13. Dude, I totally have that ice cream maker and it ROCKS!!!!

  14. Jennifer U says:

    I tweeted the giveaway!

  15. I woud love to win.

  16. OOOH, I’d love to win a time keeper!!! I’m going crazy about now!

  17. Kim pollock says:

    I need a good time keeper organizer! Great giveaway!

  18. Just in time for the new year! Sign me up please 🙂

  19. Great (junk-free) giveaway! I love subway art!

  20. I posted the giveaway on facebook!

  21. I posted the giveaway on Pinterest 🙂

  22. Posted about your guide and giveaway on Facebook!

  23. With 3 kids, 1 puppy and starting a new family business I could definitely use that planner! And I love my immersion blender too! 🙂

  24. I have read many good things about this planner and would love to try using one.

  25. Great gift ideas! The bin organizer might just be something I need to look into getting for our household!

  26. Cindy Pipes says:

    Perfect gifts, not to mention the beginning of a New Year.

  27. Although we are unworthy, God, please bless America! Bless us with wisdom only You can give! Thanks for the giveaway. (You did say any comment! And America needs our prayers!)

  28. perforated grocery list?!!! would love to win, thanks for the chance to enter!

  29. Sharayah Arnold says:

    Would LOVE to win a Time Keeper!! Just in time for the new year!!

  30. Sharayah Arnold says:

    Shared on facebook! 🙂

  31. Sharayah Arnold says:

    Shared on pinterest!

  32. This is a beautiful planner! I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. The planner looks great. I’m with you on the subway art. Just when I find one I think is ‘it’, I see one I like even more. lol So indecisive over something so silly!

  34. Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. My planner will be retired on December 31st. I could use a new one.

  36. Ooh!! I’d love one of these planners!

  37. Oh that planner sounds like a great tool to have in my life. Thanks for the opportunity!

  38. I posted the give away on Facebook – Thanks!

  39. I would so love to win:)! Thanks for this awesome give away!

  40. Great giveaway!

  41. The Time Keeper does look beautiful! I’d love to win one.

  42. These look like great ideas for gifts. Hope you are having a great holiday season.

  43. Aubrey Franzone says:

    What great items! Thanks for your generosity! Here’s hoping… 🙂

  44. I would really like to try one of these organizers… seems alot of people are talking about it:)

  45. Having an electric ice cream maker is wonderful. And dangerous. And delicious. And it ran at our home about 8 am today so that I could make us an ice cream pie for my birthday. And really shouldn’t everyone have a few spoonfuls of homemade ice cream for an after breakfast treat on their birthday? And ice cream pie for lunch? And dare I say it, we are going out for ice cream and Christmas lights after dinner…and its is about 20 degrees outside!

    But yea for ice cream!

  46. I had an immersion blender once…never even got to use it. My husband tried to make frozen margaritas with it. Needless to say, don’t use an immersion blender to crush ice.

  47. The planner would certainly help me be more organized in the coming year!

  48. Ramie Schulteis says:

    It is a beautiful planner, and I NEED to try something different! LOL Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. I am not sure I am type Z but always use an organizer and would LOVE to try this one! Thanks for the give away!

  50. These look like great gifts! I would love to try out that organizer. I’m struggling with scheduling all these kids lately!

  51. Failing to Plan is a Plan for Failure. Boy has that been true in my own life at times. What a thoughtful give-away.

  52. I have seen this item listed before on other sites and look forward to trying it out in 2013!

  53. I have an immersion blender on my wishlist this year. So glad to hear that you love yours!

  54. I’ve been using the time keeper for about 3 years now, and love it!

  55. Hope ya’ll are having a wonderful Christmas season!

  56. I really need a planner!

  57. I use a planner all the time… don’t always follow it exactly, but it is great to have a general guide for my days and kind of a ‘journal’ of sorts when they are over. Love your blog! THANKS for the giveaway!

  58. I’ve been holding out on getting my planner for next year – this would be perfect!

  59. I would love to win one of these! I’ve seen it praised so many different places.

  60. I’m always on the look-out for tools to help me organize my time!

  61. Pick me!

  62. THis would be great to win, as I’m slowly working on organizing my house and life!

  63. That 12 bin organizer would probably be more effective than the organizational system we used…

  64. Hope I win this…great planner/organizer for busy moms like me 🙂 Thanks!

  65. What’s a type Z personality? My husband just said tonight that, “No, babe, you are not disorganized, you are organized chaos.” Totally true, and said in an honest loving way. Maybe this is type Z??
    I have used the bins at school with my 8 kinder kids. They are pretty great, and I’ve seen other moms be super organized with them in their living rooms. The toys can be out, or then they are just in the corner of the living room, all picked up! 🙂
    I’d like having a calendar! Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Organized chaos. Yep. That’s me! 😉 All of my type A friends have clean, organized homes and never forget to do things or make things or whatever. They have it all together. That? is not me. 🙂 So I call myself the total opposite. Type Z.

  66. I’d love one of these. I’ve heard a lot of good about them!!:)

  67. I’ve read many good things about this. Maybe I could get organized? Maybe.

  68. I would love to win because I need help getting organized!

  69. Mary Johnson says:

    Amy I would love to win!!

  70. Thanks for the great giveaway.. Happy Holidays!


  71. The planner looks wonderful!

  72. Awesome giveaway I would love to win this.

  73. I need organization and would love to win.

  74. Thanks for the giveaway! I have that ice cream maker and we love it!

  75. Great giveaway! Sounds like a perfect planner!

  76. Would love the planner, I need to keep my life more organized.

  77. Kari VanNoy says:

    Ooo! I’d love to win the Time Keeper. I need a beautifully organized life…and those perforated grocery lists are brilliant!

  78. Organization? Bring it! Would love to have this or give it to one of my lovely newlywed daughters as a gift. Thanks for the chance 🙂

  79. I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

  80. I would love to win that planner!
    monk5 at charter dot net

  81. Beautiful and simple organization?? Yes, please!!

  82. The planner would be a great gift for my mom. She likes to have everything written down so she can refer to it when she needs to.

  83. Amber Barkley says:

    I’m late joining this, but I looove freebies…who doesn’t. God bless and good luck everyone!

  84. Jennifer G says:

    These items sound awesome!

  85. I’ve heard many good things about the time keeper planner. thats definitely something my family could use.

  86. thank you for the awesome win. is going beyond helpful working with me. Thank you again.

  87. Definitely to be more organized around here, would love the time keeper!!!

  88. This looks perfect!

  89. I would love a Time Keeper… And then a little elf to help me with all my chores. Does that come with it too? 😉

  90. Faith Dossett says:

    What a wonderful giveaway!! I would love to win!

  91. Love this gift guide series, it’s been helpful to me! And winning this planner would be exciting! 🙂

  92. Becky Blankenship says:

    These sound so awesome!!

  93. ElaineDavis says:

    Been using this day planner for two years now. Love it! Thanks for the opportunity : )

  94. Would love to win!

  95. Lisa Cameron says:

    Happy Holidays!!

  96. Lindsay Stevenson says:

    I have this planner on my Christmas list and would love to win it.

  97. Vanessa W. says:

    Such a beautiful planner too! Love it!!

  98. Stephanie C says:

    I would love to win the planner. I had one for 2012 and loved it.. Thank you!

  99. Excited for drawing time!

  100. Cassie Nowacki says:

    I love all this stuff, but I’m a sucker for a planner.

  101. This looks amazing!!

  102. What a great give away. Would love to have the planner. Thanks!!

  103. Would love to win the planner. I’ve been eyeing it!

  104. I love the Time Keeper! I used it one year.Maybe I’ll win it this year! 🙂

  105. I would love to win the timekeeper! I need to keep myself organized.

  106. Thanks for the giveaway oportunity. this is lovely.

  107. I’d love to win.

  108. A good planner is priceless. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  109. I long to return to my type a organized self after a couple of years on hiatus, this would help me immensely!

  110. Sarah Shay says:

    Would love to win this! As a youth pastors wife and their of two
    Boys we are way to busy not to have a planner.