Becoming a Gift Detective {and a Target gift card giveaway}

Figuring out what your kids *really* want by becoming a Gift Detective ::: SimpleKids.net #MyKindofHoliday

Note: I”m a member of the Target Inner Circle and Target provided the gift card for this post.

At our house we keep gift giving simple by using Want, Need, Wear, Read as our gift guide.  The need, wear, and read are usually pretty straight forward, but the want can be difficult to figure out.

My kids, and I suspect some of your children, have no problem at all rattling off a gift list when asked.  Sometimes my kids will want something and we know about it for months ahead of time and that makes it easy to shop for them.

The tricky part is when the items on a child”s wish list change constantly.  Depending on the day, their mood, or most recent commercial influences, or what cool things they saw at a friend”s house, sometimes  their most wanted item changes.  It is hard to know exactly what to give them in the face of such indecisiveness.

Or maybe one of your kids is like my daughter Jillian was when she was a preschooler and knew exactly what she wanted but wouldn”t spill the beans to anyone but Santa himself.

Because we keep it simple, I want to make sure that their wanted item is something that they really want and I need to keep the secret from being discovered until Christmas morning.  This is where the fine art of being a gift detective comes in.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is do to some intelligence gathering and 1) find our what your kids really want and 2) keep it a secret until Christmas.

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Magical holiday fun starring my hometown: Fortville Winter Festival Giveaway!

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My family and I have lived in Fortville, Indiana for almost ten years now.  This beautiful, friendly small town is a pretty special place, and I rarely miss a chance to brag about all of the wonderful things for families Fortville has to offer.

A very special holiday event and family tradition is just around the corner:  the Fortville Winter Festival!  Local friends, consider this your formal invitation from me to attend and kick your holidays off to a joyful, small town, family fun start!

Hosted by Fortville Action, Inc. this festival will be held in downtown Fortville on Saturday December 7, 2013 from 2pm to 8pm.

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Crafting Community Tote Bag Giveaway

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Jillian and I had such a wonderful time at Crafting Community earlier this month.  In case you missed it, I shared some of the details of our trip in this post from last week.

I’ve got some fun news today:  the folks at Crafting Community have offered a tote bag full of amazing goodies to a Simple Kids reader!

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Target Ticket {Giveaway}

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Note:  I’m a member of the Target Inner Circle and was given gift cards to use to facilitate this post.

Family movie night just got a little more simplified at our house, thanks to Target Ticket.   Target Ticket is Target’s new video download and rental service that allows you to buy, rent, download, and stream videos.

We were given a chance to give this new service a try and one lucky Simple Kids reader is going to win a chance to give Target Ticket a try, too!

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Weekend Link Love (and Target Back-to-School Giveaway Winner)

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Back-to-School Essentials Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the Target Back-to-School essentials giveaway.  The winner was …. Cecelia PCongratulations! 

Cecelia, be on the lookout for an email from me telling you how to receive your prize.

Okay, friends, I”m going to close the laptop and dip back into this lovely weekend.  I hope you and your kids have been enjoying yourselves and I”ll see you all back here on Monday to share our family”s latest Unplugged Play idea.  Best wishes!