Thanks to Kohl’s for helping me give back this holiday season with their #GivingwithKohls campaign! Enter to win a $50 Kohl’s Gift Card for your holiday shopping at the bottom of this post!
I still can’t believe how early I finished my Christmas shopping this year. I NEVER get done this early! I kicked off my holiday shopping, like many others, on Black Friday this year and was able to cross a TON of gifts off my list. Why have I waited all these years to brave the Black Friday crowds?? On Thanksgiving night, my Mom was sound asleep next to me as I was catching up on blog work and episodes of Nashville, and for some reason at 11:30 pm I still had a ton of energy left in me (which also NEVER happens!). So I gently woke my Momma up and told her to grab a cup of coffee because we were going shopping! There are many things my Mom and I have in common, and our love of coffee is one of them. Good coffee is a MUST if you’re heading out on Black Friday!
So we shopped our little hearts out, mostly at Kohl’s where I found some crazy awesome deals. I love that I can find gifts for the entire family there and know I’m getting a great price. And walking out of the store saving more than I spent PLUS an extra $50 Kohl’s cash in my hand makes me one happy girl! We rolled back home at 5:00 am with a trunk full of gifts and a sense of accomplishment at all the progress we had made on our Christmas lists. But there was something that bothered me…
Just a week or two before Thanksgiving, we had nasty storms roll through the Midwest, and both the town where I live and the town I grew up in back in Illinois were severely damaged by tornadoes. The parents of my best friend from high school had a tornado rip through their beautiful subdivision, and they lost a good portion of their home. I was so glad to hear that they were not hurt, but I knew my friend had all the things for her upcoming wedding in June stored there and were most likely gone. And even now, weeks later, driving through my town seeing so many homes with hardly anything left is just heartbreaking. I could never imagine what it would be like to lose your home like so many families did, especially so close to the holidays.
We were very lucky to not have had any damage to our home, and I am so grateful that we are able to celebrate the holidays here this year. When Kohl’s contacted me awhile back asking to partner with them on their #GivingwithKohls project, I was very excited to participate. I’ve always loved working with them! But after realizing how many families in our town won’t have a home or any gifts this Christmas, I knew I would be truly giving someone a very special gift by doing this. And I am so honored to help give back!
I was paired with a local family who has an eleven year old boy and given a Kohl’s gift card to spend on him. I took my youngest son shopping with me (because he claims he’s a toy expert!), and I couldn’t believe how much I was able to buy for this little boy with my gift card!
I found a great display of headphones and ear buds on sale and picked up these black and white ones for him. What a great stocking stuffer!
My son, Wyatt, said that every boy needs to have a football, so that went into our cart too! 40% off made this super affordable! I found all kinds of Legos, Hot Wheels, and Nerf Toys in Kohl’s Dream Toys section. #KohlsDreamToys I had a full cart by the time I was done!
I even saved enough money that I was able to purchase a beautiful new set of glasses for his Mom too!
As we paid for all the toys, my son proudly told the cashier that these toys were not for him, but for another little boy who needed them. It melted my heart to watch him feel the joy that giving to others brings! Some lessons in life you can’t just tell your children about… you have to show them. When my oldest son got home from school, they both decided to color pictures of a Christmas tree for this little boy to bring him some Christmas spirit. I tried my hardest not to let the tears rolling down my cheeks stain their sweet little pictures. What a proud Momma I was!
The boys and I also put together a food basket full of items the family can use for their holiday dinner. Even though the kids thought all we should include was gingerbread men and sugar cookies, I added a few veggies and some protein to balance it all out. 🙂
I get to deliver these goodies and gifts to the family this week, and I am so excited for them! I can only hope they enjoy their gifts as much as we enjoyed giving them. Thank you so much for helping us give back this Christmas, Kohl’s!
You can still shop the incredible holiday savings going on right now at Kohl’s and save 10% on your online orders through December using code FALLMOMTEN. Check out sales on Kohl’s Top Dream Toys HERE!
Now for the FUN stuff! How would YOU like a $50 gift card to Kohl’s to finish your holiday shopping?
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This post was sponsored by Kohl’s as part of their #GivingwithKohls program. I received no compensation for this project, only a gift card to give away for my readers!
My daughter will turn 6 months old right after Christmas. Sadly, she couldn’t help by saying what she wants. I got her things to help her grow and learn. I also made sure a few made noise. She loves noise.
Love that you’re paying it forward to a family in need. Beautiful!!
They want another play station
We love Kohl’s!!! Best place for great deals!
My son wants bionicles and my daughter wants Barbie clothes. 😀
Since my kids are older now they usually want clothes or gifts! That will be a great memory for your kids!
I’m on the third generation for buying toys for kids, so probably send money and let mom and dad pick out what they want. Also cuts down on postage too.
Anything Minnie Mouse!
Granddaughter who is 5 wants a tablet lol Stinker got hold of mine. It is a wonderful feeng this time of year to help those less fortunate or struck by tragedy. Bless you and your family.
I could have so much fun using this gift card at Kohl’s! Thanks for having this giveaway!!
Our little one is only 2 months old so he can’t tell us yet lol
I think they want iphones, not happening from me!
My four little people all want Lego sets and the little one is hoping for some Sofia the First items. It is so awesome what you are doing for the family in need and what a great lesson your son has learned!
Our nephew loves games!
Kohls is the best place to shop. Love your blog
My little one loves anything Mickey Mouse, Dolls and books. My son wants XBox games.
The kids love everything electronic but I am trying to find games and toys that they can play with like a play cash register for my 3 year old and a guitar for my 7 year old!
My boys love Legos and anything you can build with, Magformers, K’nex, etc.
My children are now young adults and are not married, so I don’t have any grandchildren. My daughter still loves to ask Santa for games like Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders (they were her favorites when she was little). My boys like games for their Play Station, etc.
My son wants the Hedbandz game.
Liz, it is great what you and kohls did for that family. A doll bed, art supplies and some play tools.
Anything Spiderman for my grandson & princess/dolls for my granddaughter!
“How would YOU like a $50 gift card to Kohl’s to finish your holiday shopping?” I haven’t even been able to start yet….and time is ticking away….this would really be nice. I’ve got my fingers crossed. Merry Christmas to y’all. 🙂
My kids always want video games. Thx for the giveaway!
Love shopping at Kohl’s! So nice of you to help another family! Merry Christmas!
I don’t have kids yet.
My oldest, who is 11, wants clothes and craft items, my middle daughter wants a cash register, and my youngest wants everything under the sun!
How wonderful that you son is able to have such a great teaching experience. It will stay with him forever. Merry Christmas.
My kids are older and when I asked for the list I heard nothing! I have always been lucky with my two boys. They never asked for the big expensive gifts, even when they were little. I love how you adopted a family! We do that through work and it really makes your heart feel good. Not for just helping others, but to see how blessed we truly are! Merry Christmas!!
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My kids want some interesting things – a Bumbalo ball, a magic kit, a robot building set, etc. Santa will do his best. 😉 Thanks for this opportunity!
Mine wants the Disney Sofia the First Royal Curtsy Doll, or any other variation of the Sofia doll.
I don’t have kids. Thanks so much for the chance to win!
My daughter is 16 months and doesn’t really need anything, thankfully. So I got her 2 magnetic toys for the fridge to play with while I make dinner 🙂
We don’t have kids, but our niece wanted a Lalaloopsy doll!!
My girls are sadly beyond the “toy stage” 🙁 Now they just want clothes. No more fun shopping for this mama! (not true actually, I love shopping for anything for my daughters ;))
Kohl’s is one of my favorite places to shop. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
Our boys want video games and the girls also want video games, plus clothes, accessories and rainbow looms.
How neat that you included your son in shopping for this family in need. It feels so good to do for others; good momma on your part to show him giving and kindess!
Oh, and my kids….Nike clothes for my son. Clothes for my 15 y/o daughter. And my 6 and 8 year old daughters are just happy to open ANY present!
My kids want a cotton candy machine.
They want train set
They always love Legos, but this year they asked for more usable items…a headlamp, binoculars, books, etc.
My son loves Nerf and my daughter love all things Disney princess!
Bratz dolls and lego sets
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American girl doll
My new phew loves batman, so anything Batman would do!
Meant nephew, oops!
My kids want electronics
This post is what Christmas is all about.
Would love to win…I would use it to buy items off the giving tree in my community.
My nephews love sports and video games!
Can I just say what a great post! What an awesome thing you were able to do for that family! We definitely need more of that especially this time of year!
My sons want Nerf guns and my daughter wants anything Disney princess.
My kids are 18 and 20 and wanted mostly Blu Rays, CD’s , and video games. So that’s what they are getting.
I’m done with my Christmas shopping, except for the “Man Scarf” my 4 year old grandson just told me he would like!
Anything Sofia the First!
There are no little people in my life, but I love shopping for toys to donate–usually something that I hope will spark creativity in whomever receives it.
My son is a teenager so all he wants is electonics and money!
What a special gift you were able to give! My daughter has asked for a rainbow loom kit and my son wants a football. It looks like your son was right, all boys do need a football!
we dont have any kids, but my husband wants xbox one games!!
My son wants science kits and my daughter wants dolls.
Video games and electronics, except for my daughter who is 13 and she wants nail polish, and more nail polish. LOL
My son just wants a Doctor Who tee shirt. He’s always easy to please!
Great blog story. Thanks for making my day brighter.
my daughter wants the elmo toy
My son wants LEGO building set
What a great giveaway. My kids are grown but my 4yr old granddaughter Londyn wants everything. She is so easy to buy for. Hello Kitty is her thing right now. She also wants a hamster, however I think mom said no!
I don’t have kids but my husband wants Disney Infinity 🙂
Our girls want books! They also want dress up clothes!
We are all about video games this year.
My daughter wants anything with Sophia the First or Doc McStuffins on it!
What a wonderful post, Liz…so glad you had the opportunity to give back, and what a great experience for your son! Sounds like his heart is already as big as his Momma’s… 😉
My son wants some video games
Lots of love!! My 17 month old son will get to see his grandparents 🙂 (we’re a military family so it’s truly a gift to see loved ones this Christmas!!) Love your blog!!
I’m lucky: my daughter’s favorite toys are books! (She’ll be getting toys, too.)
My kids are older…past the fun toy stage…but you can always find great deals at Kohl’s.
This would be awesome to win! Merry Christmas!
My younger son really wants a Sofia doll and my older son would like a Leappad Ultra.
My grandson really wants more Thomas and Friends trackmaster trains to go with his train sets!
Little People airplane!
merry Christmas to you!
They want a bike and a doll house.
We don’t have children yet but I buy for my nieces and nephews. They all want electronics or gift cards.
I am so glad you are paying it forward and I am sure your boys learned a life lesson in the process!!!
My son wants Thomas Trains!
My nephew loves video games and ninja turtles!!
Don’t have any kids but my students at school want dolls and cars!
My daughter likes Barbie while my son wants a monster truck. The baby will probably get diapers! 🙂
My daughter wants a Sofia the First doll, and my sons want Imaginext toys!
My kids want Legos and the new Marvel Lego game for xbox.
crayons and books
This is awesome! Giving to others. Is rewarding for everyone.My. Three year old daughter abbigaile asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I said a new shirt and pants. I. Then asked what She wants for Christmas and she told me that she wants Santa to bring mommy a new shirt and pants melt my heart! she also went on to tell me she wants a new dress and shoes
and a rapunzel doll!
We are so fortunate to have what we need so I would definitely purchase toys and clothes to donate to a needy family.
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Thank you for the giveaway! What a hopeful treat! And what a great Christmas story! The true meaning of Christmas…still, I hope I win that gift card! 🙂 I sure could use it.
Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas from Wisconsin!
Technology and toys! Mostly a tablet for reading.
my kiddo wants some toy cars
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My is 3 and all he wants for Christmas are tools so he can be handy like Daddy.
I would buy myself new sneakers for christmas since I’m tired of water getting in the ones I have when it rains. :/ They have holes but I wanted to wait until after christmas to see if I could buy new ones so that my 5 kids had some gifts. :o) Thats what I would do with the Kohl’s gift card, I love Kohl’s.
OOps I didn’t realize there was a different question in the rafflecopter —my kids want the stretchy band making craft kit.
My daughter wants Monster High dolls!
I don’t have kids so we adopta family!
My son wants an XBox. He’s not getting it! We already have a Wii, a DS, a Leapster, and an IPad. NO MORE ELECTRONICS!! 🙂
What an awesome way to give back during the holidays!
My little 19 month old is getting a little brother for Christmas! We have her one Christmas toy, and clothes- thats all she needs, but more than anything, she is so proud of walking and wearing shoes! She’d love a new pair since she’s growing out of them so fast!
My daughter really wants play-doh and a tool box
I don’t have children, but I’d use it to donate some gifts to some children around here as well!
Anything he can throw! He’s only 14 months old. 🙂
my oldest boy wold love a train set and my youngest would love anything his brother wants!lol
Anything Doc McStuffins for my daughter and Minecraft for my son.
I do not have kids, but I have many nieces that could benefit from the girls’ section. 🙂
My little one asked for a fire truck and drums.
No kids of my own, but I’m getting my goddaughter a lightsaber (she loves Star Wars)!
My son wants Star Wars Legos.
I don’t have kids, but all of my friends’ kids want legos and crayons.
My son just wants hot wheels cars
My son is too young to ask for anything. We just bought him some blocks. We think he will like them.
vtech innotab and anything dora!
My sweet GD loves clothes from Kohl’s! The have beautiful outfits for children.
Thanks for hosting this giveaway =) My son loves matchbox cars, books and slippers, and I would love to get him more pajamas!
I don’t have kids, but this year my family is buying toys for kids in our church who don’t have a lot of money. I will probably buy them some fun things at Toys R Us. 😀
My daughter has asked for a pillow pet and “things to decorate”, (craft projects, sequins, glue, stickers, stamps). There’s no doubt she takes after her mother. 🙂
I have a girl (10) boy (7) boy (5) boy (3) girl (7months)..are present selection is long and everywhere but a few things they’ve been wanting are hex bugs, dry erase boards, clothes, trucks…it’s going to be a fun Christmas!
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I love a mom who knows how to shop…and at Kohl’s, of all great places!! Your kindness is admirable – we love to pay it forward and help others in need, as well! Nothing on my shopping list is more valuable than knowing you made someone in need smile and feel loved.
They want Skylanders!
Thank you for this giveaway opportunity! Have a Merry Christmas!
My kids want video games.
We’ve already been so blessed, this would be a great suprise!
My daughter wants Sophia the First toys!
Must be hormones but when I read about your checking out with the toys for the young boy you were shopping for and your son wanted to tell the employee that the items weren’t for him I teared up children are so sweet and so loving and caring his heart was so full at that moment and wanted to share it with everyone. What a great kid you have there! I have daughters and they want the 3 C’s. clothes being number 1 & cosmetics number 2 and cd’s number 3 and cash number 4. Hahaha…
I guess that’s 4 hahaha
My daughter wants anything strawberry shortcake. My sons are into cars and building things and anything that makes a loud noise.
I don’t have kids but I have two younger sisters who want all things princess: dresses, jewellry, shoes, stuff like that 🙂
My son wants anything that has wheels…cars, trucks, trains, etc.
My kids are grown and I don’t have any grandkids yet. :-/
My kids are grown and I don’t have any grandkids yet. :-/
My little one is only 18 months old and couldn’t really tell what he wants but we got a few toys we hope he likes, some books (he LOVES books) and we are going to Grandma’s. I hope my little guy is as great at giving as your boys!
Thanks for sharing!
My son is 3 and is more excited about buying/giving the gifts he picks out for people! But, I think he will be very excited about getting a bunch of new books!
My daughter wants everything Monster High and my son wants books!
Just left Kohls but could certainly go back for more stuff for the fam!
The boys both want new bikes, video games, and toy trucks and cars. My daughter is only 2 so doesn’t get Christmas yet, so she will take anything!!! lol
My son wants a certain PS2 game; my daughter is a teenager now, so she’s pretty much past the toy stage.
My grandson has asked for Toy Story figures.
I love Kohls. My first grandbaby will be sorely missed as she will be visiting the other side of her family in Texas this year for her first Christmas so I could use some cheering up 🙂 but she and my daughter love the clothes I buy them from Kohls.
I love Kohls!
My grandson asked for trains and a monster truck.
No kids but I love the grown up toys at Kohls!
No kids for me, but my husband wants a nice pair of headphones 🙂
I have 5 boys so we are getting lots of active toys from bikes to basketballs to skateboards and Legos 🙂
Great story about what you did for that little boy, loved it! We would love the kohls card to get our last stocking stuffers!
This year has been hard on us and we haven’t even started our Christmas shopping! Even if our daughter doesn’t get a lot she will be happy with anything!!
The kids are too old for toys, they want things like Itunes cards and clothes!!
My son is deployed to Afghanistan this Christmas, so If I am lucky enough to win I will be sending him some more goodies!
My dog-child more than likely wants new dog toys and meaty bones!
I have an 8 month old, so he’d love anything he can manipulate with his little hands and stuff in his mouth. 😀
My kids want American Girls.
Video games and Legos
Mine have outgrown toys but a Microsoft surface and camo is on their list.
nerf guns! They’re obsessed!
A great holiday tradition!