Recently, BlogHer and HomeGoods sent me a $25 gift card so that I could do a little bit of Christmas shopping. Yay! I love shopping for free.
I haven’t been inside a HomeGoods for years and years, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was pretty impressed, though…the one I went to was neat and organized, and it had a lot more selection that I’d imagined it would! There were the usual home things…dishes, towels, sheets, picture frames, and so on, but they also had a very decent selection of toys, holiday food gifts, and holiday decor, plus a section with some lovely little pieces of furniture. The prices weren’t quite as nice as Goodwill’s, but the shopping experience was definitely more upscale.
BlogHer said I could shop for a gift for someone else, or for myself, and since pretty much everyone on my gift list reads my blog, I mostly bought stuff for myself.
The first thing I picked up was a package of chip clips. I don’t use these for chips so much, but I love having them around for closing bags of nuts, and for sealing the re-used cereal bags that I freeze produce, bread, and meats in.
The second thing I bought was a package of truffles for Mr. FG’s stocking. That man loves him some good chocolate, so I always try to get some Lindt for his stocking (that, and some Dove chocolate).
At this point, we had about $13 left to spend, and the kids and I vacillated for a very long time between a gingerbread house kit and a throw (the kids were pretty much as conflicted as I was!). In the end, we decided that a packaged gingerbread house doesn’t give you a lot of bang for your buck, and we went with a fuzzy blanket, which is very handy in our sort of chilly house.
And amazingly enough, my children have been having a blast with the blanket. They’ve discovered you can make footprints in the fleecy surface, that it makes a lovely cape, that it works for tent-making, and for zillions of other things. I think they’ve had more fun with it than they would have with the gingerbread house (it reminds me of the cardboard box phenomenon, really!).
So, there you have it! Are you a HomeGoods shopper?