Right on Target: Top finds for the holidays

I don’t want to survive the holidays, I want to enjoy them. For me, the key is all in the pacing. Too much to do all at once and I crumble like a Christmas cookie. So I try to focus on the couple of things that make Christmas Christmassey for me and work at them little by little. One thing that helps a tonne: being able to pick up my supplies all in one place. Can you guess which one? That’s right, Target! Here are my favourite finds for the must-do’s on my list.

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Pillow, arrangement, ribbon and white and gold wrapping paper, Target

DECORATING  I have trouble keeping on top of the house at the best of times, so I really prefer a more minimal approach to holiday decor. I love the hits of red and gold here in the living room. (The base of the arrangement is wood but I painted it gold to contrast with the table.)

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The presents drive the kids crazy (heh heh) and do easy double-duty as decor.  We’ll pick up our tree about a week before Christmas and decorate it Christmas Eve. (Pacing! All about the pacing!)

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Tray, Sharpies, cards, stamp and stamp pad, washi tape and peppermint M&Ms, Target

WRITING CHRISTMAS CARDS  You’d think I’d be all about the baking, and I am, but what really makes me feel like the holidays are here is curling up on a comfy chair with a blanket and writing Christmas cards. I used to spend ages writing lengthy personal messages in each one and really enjoy it but have scaled back to just a quick little greeting. I mean, they say “Happy Holidays” right on them, right? I sit down with my cards at the beginning of December and write anywhere from 30 to 40 over the course of a week/week and a half. And go through a lot of peppermint m&ms.

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Cards and thank you stamp, Target

Sending thank you cards (both from us and the kids) is also a must, so I like to make sure we’ve got cards on hand to write between Christmas and New Year’s.

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Forks, cups, wood cutting board, pink and green bowl, paper plate, napkins and fan decorations, Target

ENTERTAINING  I want my kids to remember Christmas as a happy time to spend with friends and family and the holidays are the perfect time to turn a playdate into a party. (Well maybe not the perfect time if you’re already crazy busy.) We usually have a handful of the kids’ friends over for a little shindig sometime in December and spend a couple of weeks before planning the activities, food and decor. Last year we did a couple of Christmas crafts, decorated cookies and played Twister (all of which you could totally find at Target).

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I love a touch of fancy, don’t you? With store-bought cupcakes, cinnamon buns and fruit for snacking, this took no time to throw together.

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How do you approach the holidays, friends? Do you run slow and steady, or do a last-minute sprint? What activities make Christmas Christmassey for you?

Oh, and congratulations to the winner of the Better Life giveaway, Elena Stocco! You win a prize pack of Better Life cleaning products.


I partnered with Target for this post. 

19 thoughts on “Right on Target: Top finds for the holidays

  1. I adore your decorations… love that you found them all at Target Canada!! I, too, have found some amazing things there – people often think I’ve spent a lot of money. (I let them think that! 😉 Your photographs are beautifull…thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I enjoyed reading your post. You seem like you have everything paced. It can be fun and relaxing to write out cards to send. I still haven’t done mine yet. Not sure if I am going to this year. Merry Christmas and God bless! 🙂

  3. Last year was a busy year for me, so I did everything the last week of Christmas! This year is a lot better. The only thing I’m falling behind on is gifts! I still need to wrap them.

  4. I’ve been trying to track down those cups! IN LOVE. Your pictures are beautiful. And I’m with you–yesterday my husband and I just walked around Target looking for little knick knacks for our home. Love my Target. 😉

  5. I do the last minute sprint for the holidays! Although I start early…I’m always doing last minute things as well. Love everything you featured from Target 🙂


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