Find the PERFECT Birthday Gift at Best Buy…or Create Your Own Wish List!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  

Best Buy #GiftIdeasIf there is one thing I'm not a huge fan of, it's shopping for gifts.  I mean, I enjoy it, but finding *the* perfect gift that the recipient will LOVE is hard.  I often times wish that I just had access to everyone's wish list!  The Best Buy Online Gift Ideas Experience is the next best thing.  Quickly and easily find the perfect gift for the person who is having a birthday with a little help and guidance.  

Best Buy Gift Ideas Page

Best Buy has made it easy with different categories – "him," "her," "teens," and "kids."  There are other helpful categories for anniversary gifts, housewarming gifts, and gifts for new parents.  Check out the "Top Tech Gifts" category for the latest and greatest in technology.

When shopping online, sometimes I find the perfect gift, but then see that it is out of my price range.  Best Buy removes this disappointment by allowing customers to search for a gift in a particular price range.  Gifts under $25, gifts from $25-$49.99, gifts from $50-$99.99, $100-$249.99, and gifts over $250.  This narrows your search down to help find just what you're looking for and spend just what your budget allows.  My favorite part of the search options is the "sale" and "free shipping eligible" selections.  It helps greatly when you can get a better than average deal on a birthday gift.

If you simply cannot find what you think your recepient would love, Best Buy makes buying gift cards super easy.  Buy a gift card that Best Buy will ship directly to the birthday girl or boy, or an e-gift card that can be delivered instantly via email.

Best Buy Wist List

To make things beyond simple and easy, tell your friends and family members to create a birthday wish list and share it with you so you can give the gifts that they really and truly want.  It completely takes the guesswork out of gift shopping.  You can also use the Best Buy Wish List to keep track of all the great birthday gift ideas!  

It is very simple to search for a wish list, create one, or manage your already created wish list.  Not only is it easy, it's really, really fun!  I created a wish list just for the fun of it and found a lot of great new products while I was at it.  It took me less than five minutes to set it all up and add these items!  Hey, a girl can dream, right?

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Who will you be shopping for soon?  What items would be on YOUR Best Buy wish list?

 

Inspirational Gifts to Strengthen Your Faith

This inspirational gifts post was brought to you by Propeller Consulting/FlyBy Promotions.  All opinions are mine.  Photos have been used with permission.

Inspirational Gifts

Being a Christian is never easy, and in all truth, it's becoming increasingly difficult.  Not as difficult as Bible times for sure, but with modern technology and worldly skepticism, it sometimes is hard to have faith.  I am sure a large percentage of Christians do face a battle with their lack of faith sometimes.  With so many people trying to disprove the Bible and spreading the "do what you want because you only live once" message, it is hard.  Lots of modern day Christians and people from the Bible have struggled with their faith.  Even close friends of Jesus had trouble believing!  My personal advice is to not shove those feelings of doubt down, but to surround yourself with knowledgeable people to talk to, read the Bible, and explore positive works from faithful Christians.  It does me a world of good to change the radio to a Christian station and pray.  The Bible tells us to pray all of the time.  With so many distractions, I think inspirational gifts and artwork in the home also help keep your mind focused on what's really important.

Home Decor/DIY

I love little reminders and Bible verse art, like this one below from Mission to Save.  It's a free printable, too, so it's easy to print and frame.

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Whether you have a wall of crosses or a few displayed throughout the house, they are great reminders of Jesus' sacrifice for us.  This Cross Framed on Burlap from Dukes & Duchesses is classy and would make a beautiful gift:

Inspirational GiftsJoshua 24:15 is a very popular Bible verse for families.  This DIY personalized house picture from Mission to Save is great, because it is made on vellum which is then laid over a picture of a house.  So sentimental and teaches children from a very young age how important faith and Christianity is to their parents.

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I am a sucker for Christmas themed decorations, year-round.  This could be an ornament, wall hanging, or it could sit on a shelf as a daily reminder of the birth of Jesus.  Find out how to make it at Equipping Godly Women.

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DIY Jewelry

These wire and bead cross pendants are beautiful and unique.  See the instructions at Dukes & Duchesses!

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Movies

 

Inspirational Gifts

I think it's also important to get your hands on books, CDs, and DVDs from people who have done their research, devoted their lives to God, and have a strong Christian faith.  A new DVD that has just come out is Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.  Many of the world's most prominent archeologists and historians have said that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible.  This skepticism can be contagious and easy to follow and many people, including Christians, have labeled the whole book as "fiction."  Fimmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the question "Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archeologists get it wrong?"  He has documented his journey across the globe, looking for answers.  This DVD contains in-depth archeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt.  The goal of this documentary is to communicate TRUTH of the Bible and help believers to strengthen their faith.

Kevin Sorbo narrates the documentary, which also includes interviews with leading archeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. This DVD researches the stories of Moses, Joshua, Jericho, Joseph, the Israelites, Egyptian kings, and more.  Timothy Mahoney has really examined his own faith and religion in this film, and we can all benefit from his journeys!

Purchase Patterns of Evidence: Exodus at the POE website or Amazon.  Check out a preview here:

 

Music

Inspirational Gifts

There is nothing more refreshing to me than new music.  TobyMac has been around the Christian music scene for years, and his music continues to appeal to all ages and have an uplifting message.  "This Is Not A Test" comes out on August 7th and does not disappoint.  The Captain's favorite song is "Beyond Me" and is a great song about having faith!

You gave me the stars put them out of my reach

Called me to waters a little too deep

Oh, I've never been so aware of my need

You keep on making me see

It's way beyond me

Anything that I got the strength to do

In over my head keeps me countin' on You

I'm leaving the sweet spot, sure shot

Tradin' it all for the plans You got

Is it so crazy to believe

TobyMac's songs get you thinking, dancing, and praising God and that's just what we need!  This CD is a great start to your day or a pick-me-up anytime.  There are so many different thoughts and sounds enveloped in TobyMac's latest release, and it would be a fantastic inspirational gift!

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I love how no two songs sound alike.  "Fall," "Like A Match," Undeniable," and more songs are all well written, well thought out, and performed by TobyMac and the musicians so, so well.  The boys and I really enjoyed listening to this album on our road trip yesterday.  We are all big TobyMac fans and I think you will be, too.  Learn more about TobyMac and preview his newest release on his website.

Pre-order this album on iTunes and receive four songs instantly and also, make sure enter to win the #FEELIT Sweepstakes!

Propeller/FlyByPromotions is giving you the chance to win!  One winner will win the new "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" DVD and another will win the new CD from TobyMac: "This Is Not A Test."  Just enter in the corresponding Rafflecopter below!

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GoPro for Dad at Best Buy!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  All opinions in this GoPro post are mine.  #GoProAtBestBuy

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The GoPro has been on my husband's wish list since it first came out.  This is such a versatile camera that can truly go anywhere that you go.  All of the summer's activities can be captured with this fun camera.  Swimming, surfing, vacations, hiking, biking, running, flying….everything…all on one camera.

The latest amazing GoPro device- the GoPro HERO+ LCD, is available at Best Buy, just in time for Father's Day.  What dad wouldn't love to wear a high definition camera and capture all of the exciting activites with his kids?  Dad can relive incredible moments on the spot with with LCD display.

#GoProBestBuyThe awesome features of the new GoPro HERO + LCD include:

  • 1080p60 video

  • 8MP photos

  • Built-in Wi-Fi

  • Touch display

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connect to the GoPro App for shot preview, total camera control and easy content sharing to Instagram, Facebook, and more

Imagine how cool it would be for Dad to capture his child swimming for the first time, jumping off of the diving board for the first time, learning to ride a bike, or even learning to walk while hands free to be able to help out?  And then being able to instantly upload for family to see on Facebook!  How amazing is that?

From now until June 20th, get a free $50 Best Buy gift card with the purchase of the GoPro HERO4 Silver (Sku 8374096) or GoPro HERO Black (Sku 8374078).  OR get the HERO+LCD (Sku 6954009) with free 32GB Extreme Plus memory card (Sku 9387066).

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Give Dad the gift of GoPro memories this Father's Day! 

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See The Difference of the Samsung 4K Ultra HD TV at Best Buy – It’s Dad’s Dream Come True!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  #SUHDatBestBuy  The opinions in this Samsung 4K Ultra HD TV post are mine.

Samsung HDTV at Best Buy

My family always enjoys visiting Best Buy because they always have the top of the line, brand new, coolest electronics.  We could spend hours there!  Hubby took the boys to scope out the latest and greatest TVs and found the Samsung 4K HD TV, playing an exclusive sneak peek of "Jurassic World."  The quality was amazing!  It got Hubby excited for the new movie, for sure.  

You can visit select Best Buy stores through June 13 to see an exclusive sneak peek of "Jurassic World" and see the amazing difference.  Also, save up to $1500 on Samsung SUHD TVs at Best Buy through June 13th.  (Just in time for Father's Day!)

Jurassic Park sneak peek

What's so great about the Samsung SUHD TVs?

  • Reveal more colors and a brighter picture
  • Nano-crystal technology
  • Immersive curved screen portrays a greater sense of depth
  •  A brighter, more true-to-life picture with a wider range of colors
  • Peak Illuminator Pro for enhanced picture detail and color
  • Improved black levels and contrast for a greater sense of depth
  • 4 times the resolution of full HD
  • Smart View 2.0 – Watch your TV on your mobile device!
  • Enjoy faster speed for your media with the Octa-Core Processor

The Samsung 4K Ultra HD TV would be the perfect focal point of any home theater system.  Dad is guaranteed to be wowed with this HDTV.  It truly is the best of the best!  Do you know how happy my hubby would be if I brought this TV home for him?  I'm pretty sure he'd be set for years with that gift!  Learn more about this amazing TV at the Best Buy site.

Twitter Party:

Join @BestBuy and Brand Ambassador (and fellow Dallas blogger!) @dodomesticdad for an SUHD Twitter Party on Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00pm CST.  RSVP and join in the fun.  You could win a Best Buy gift card!

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Skip the Cooking – Collin Street Bakery Delivers the BEST Desserts!

This post was brought to you by Collin Street Bakery.  All opinions are mine.Collin Street Bakery Praline CheesecakeIt's a great time of the year.  Summer is on it's way, end-of-school and graduation events are happening, Father's Day is coming, and many picnics and family BBQs are on their way!  There are many different gifts and foods to celebrate with, but what's more awesome than cheesecake?  Collin Street Bakery has made it easy to give delicious, homemade desserts for gifts or keep them on hand for all of the family get togethers this summer.  

This praline pecan cheesecake is absolutely delicious and definitely a real treat.  The bakers at Collin Street Bakery coat the native Texas pecans in sugar and syrup to make a crunchy praline coated confection that is then mixed into the New York style cheesecake.  They take care of making sure it is perfect and shipped to your doorstep when you need it.

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I'm always searching for the perfect, original gift for different occasions.  Collin Street Bakery has a variety of delicious desserts so you will be sure to find the perfect one!  Ship directly to your lucky recipient for a special surprise or have it shipped to your home so you can personalize the package!  Cheescakes, fruitcakes, pies, cookies, squares, Texas pecan cakes, snacks, and more are available all year long.  Find the perfect gift or summer dessert at Collin Street Bakery.
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Still Looking For The Perfect Family Gift? A Canon Camera Is It!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  #CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason

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Christmas is only a 15 days away!  I can hardly believe that it's already almost here.  If you're still looking for the perfect gift for your spouse or family, look no further than Best Buy.  Canon cameras make the perfect gifts!  I have had one of my dad's Canon cameras on loan for a few years, and it has been such a great camera to work with.  I love the crisp, clear pictures that it takes for the blog or for family pictures.

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Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.

•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video  

•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video

•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.

•      The 3" vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20

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Best Buy is hosting a Canon Twitter Party on Thursday December 18th at 7pm CST. Join the party for a chance to win Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes! Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.

Are you wishing for a Canon camera this Christmas?  Send this link over to your Santa for #HintingSeason!

Shop Best Buy for the New LG OLED TV

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card.  This LG OLED TV post was written by me and all opinions are mine.

0 LG Oled Best BuyIf someone on your Christmas list is requesting a new TV or if it is time to update your family TV, Best Buy has the new LG OLED TV.  This TV is only 0.21" thick at it's thinnest point, making the picture absolutely stunning.  The picture quality is amazing!  Infinite Contrast ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks.  And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors.  

With deeper, richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it truly is unlike any technology you have ever seen.  The LG OLED TV will deliver a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.  

  • Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color deliver more natural, lifelike viewing.
  • 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  • Super thin design 
  • Find content faster with webOS.

LG's latest display technology must be experienced to be believed!  Learn more at LG OLED at Best Buy online and visit Best Buy to experience the greatest of the LG OLED TV.  Save $500 with Best Buy’s everyday price of $3499.99.

 

Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST. Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy. 

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The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Don’t Forget the Duracell Batteries

This stocking stuffer post was brought to you by Duracell batteries and She Speaks.  All opinions are mine.

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Stockings were always an important part of Christmas morning for me when I was growing up.  I loved to get fruit, candy, a new toothbrush, jewelry, and more in my bright red Christmas stocking.  Now that I am a parent, I love to give them their stockings and see their excitement as they see what goodies are in it.  

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I love to pick out things to fill stockings, and somehow I have gotten Hubby on board, too.  It's hard, sometimes, to fill those huge stockings!  I try my hardest to fill them with things we actually need, but well, what do we really need?  Well, for one thing, we always ALWAYS need batteries.  Smoke dectectors, remote controls, clocks, toys, holiday decor, travel DVD players and more require batteries so that is why Duracell batteries are THE perfect stocking stuffer.  Everyone can use batteries and it is guaranteed they'll be used.

We always prefer to buy Duracell CopperTop All-Purpose batteries because we know they will last the longest.  There is a 10 year guarantee in storage with Duralock Power Preserve Technology. Changing out cheap batteries is annoying and can actually be quite expensive in the long run.  Stick with Duracell to get the most out of your batteries.  Duracell is the #1 trusted battery brand of first responders, pharamacists and parents, so I know that it's a battery I can trust.

Add Duracell batteries to your holiday shopping list and pick some up the next time you're at Walmart.  CopperTop batteries are available in AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V.  There are different size packs.  Go big with the 16 pack:

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Follow @Duracell, @Walmart, and Duracell on Facebook for more information and offers.

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What’s The Hottest New Tablet For Kids This Season? The VTech InnoTab MAX! {giveaway, too}

This post was brought to you by VTech.  All opinions about the VTech tablet for kids are that of my guest reviewer or my own.

If you have been to the toy section at any major store recently, you will see lots and lots of great products to choose from.  If you have narrowed it down and you have decided you are buying your child (or a child you know) a tablet, you may wonder how they are different and what advantages one tablet has over another.  Well, I had a guest reviewer check out the new VTech InnoTab MAX with her twin six year-olds and they were sold within the first hour of opening it. 

The VTech InnoTab MAX is recommended for children ages 3-9 and sells for around $109.  It is VTech's 4th generation kids' learning tablet, featuring its fastest processor yet.  It has up to six times the processing power of previous generations and a 7" high-resolution, multi-touch screen display.  It's the perfect size for little hands!  The InnoTab MAX also has enhanced their Premium VTech Kid Connect and at no additional charge, allows kids and parents to exchange voice and text messages, photos, drawings, and fun stickers in real time between the InnoTab MAX and a smartphone.  How awesome is that?

VTech InnoTab MAX

Okay, aside from the cool, techie side, the InnoTab MAX is excellent for educational purposes, too.  It is NOT just a toy.  Kids have access to more than 650 educator endorsed, age and stage appropriate learning titles as well as carefully cultivated educational Android apps that can be purchased and downloaded through VTech's Learning Lodge app store.  Parental controls allow parents to manage their child's apps, web access, and tablet time, as well as view a progress log.  This is so helpful because kids and parents alike can get carried away, so it's helpful to have all of that information in one place. 

Other great features include:

  • ​​The tablet comes with 15 onboard apps including Premium VTech Kid Connect, My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art, Wonder Cam Max, E-Reader with Story Dictionary, and more.
  • comes with one free Toca Boca app and two additional free apps that can be downloaded from the Learning Lodge
  • built-in rechargeable Lithium battery
  • kid-safe Wi-Fi
  • durable kid-friendly cover that can be removed, also acts as a stand
  •  plays videos and mp3 songs
  • 180° rotating camera
  • 8 GB memory – expandable up to 40 GB with a 32 GB microSD card
  • and much more!

VTech InnoTab MAX2Both of the kids absolutely loved the InnoTab MAX.  It is very kid friendly!  They were able to figure out almost everything on their own.  It is something that they can use together, alone, or with their parents and that is a major plus!  It's great for waiting for her brother at baseball practice, the doctor's office, or when you have a few minutes to reward the kids for positive behavior.  They really love it!

Check out the VTech Kids website, Facebook, and Twitter to learn more about the InnoTab MAX!  Purchase it on Amazon, too!

Enter to win this season's hottest new electronic toy in the Rafflecopter below.  You don't have much time, so I've added some extra entries to help you out.  Good luck!

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Gifts For The Kid Who Has Everything: Kiwi Crate and Koala Crate Subscription Boxes

This post has been brought to you by Kiwi Crate.  All opinions are mine

Since becoming a homeschooling mom, I have found that I struggle to come up with engaging, educational crafts for the boys.  Pinterest is my frenemy!  I find the perfect activities on Pinterest, but then the busy side of me sets in and I cannot get everything together.  I am not organized enough to gather all the materials and get a craft done in any appropriate amount of time.  I've come to grips with that.  With that said, you will understand my sheer excitement when the boys each received a box with their name on it containing instructions, craft materials, and extra activities that were age appropriate and meaningful.  It was like someone came and led an afternoon long educational arts and crafts lesson that the boys loved.  

The Captain opened his Wild West Kiwi Crate, which is geared for kids ages 4-8, while D and Baby Brother were taking a nap.  (No little brothers with sticky fingers makes for a better experience, you know.)  The Captain read something about a hobby horse.  I admit, I was left thinking I was going to have to scour the house to find a stick or something that we could use because there was NO way that Kiwi Crate fit one in their box.  Except they did!  The oh so wise company included a paper roll, about the size of a paper towel roll and inside was a slightly smaller roll.  All we had to do was pull it out and put a cute bandanna sticker to hold it in place and instantly we had a "stick" long enough!  The Captain was able to read the directions and all I had to do was help him to remove the backing on some of the stickers.  His hobby horse had eyes, a mane, ears…and he absolutely loved it.  The whole Wild West theme, crafts, and more were right up his alley.  He also was able to create bean bags by threading a piece of yarn through holes (hello fine motor skills!) in precut material.  Brilliant.  

Wild West Kiwi Crate Box

After D woke from his nap, I showed him his Koala Crate and he was so excited!  Usually he has to team up with his older brother for craft projects, but not with Koala Crate.  It was geared for his age and he was able to do everything without being frustrated or needing lots of extra help.  His Koala Crate was all about learning colors and included crayons, watercolor paints, a soft color dice toy, transparency sheets for exploring colors and color mixing, and a garland to paint!  He loved the scavenger hunt game and painting the garland.  So much fun!

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Kiwi Crate is an award-winning, monthly subscription service that provides all the hands-on materials to inspire creative, educational fun. With themes like Music, Color, Robots, and Safari, these crates deliver everything needed for unique activities that you and your kids can enjoy together. We know parents are pressed for time, so Kiwi Crate makes it easy to engage your children in creative activities that are both fun and educational.  Monthly crates include all the materials & inspiration for 2-3 hands-on projects, delivered to your door! Plus, a 16-page magazine with activities to extend the learning & fun. Subscribers receive a bonus welcome kit + FREE shipping. Available to the US & Canada.

There are different crates for different age levels and interests:

  • Koala Crate:  ages 3-4
  • Kiwi Crate: ages 4-8
  • Tinker Crate: ages 9-14+
  • Doodle Crate: ages 9-16+

These monthly subscription boxes would make a great, year-round Christmas gift for a kid or teen who has everything.  There are new surprises every month, creativity to be explored, and lots of fun to be had!  Visit Kiwi Crate and use code "LWCF5off" to save $5 off of your first crate with a subscription to any crate!

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