Holiday Gift Guide: Unique, Thoughtful Gifts to Check Off the List – Mom, Dad, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teachers, Stocking Stuffers

Giving gifts is one of my favorite things, and I’ve put together six thoughtful gift lists with over 70 ideas. The lists include a range of prices and a variety of retailers to make shopping this year a little easier. This post contains affiliate links, and if you shop using my links, I may receive a small commission. As always, it is very much appreciated, and your support means a lot to my small business.

Mom & Sisters

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Minimalista Book / Barefoot Dreams Cardigan / Satin Robe / Fuzzy Slippers/ V-neck Sweater / Pajama Pants & Top / Watch Band / Crossbody Bag / Planter / Bracelet / Tassel Throw / Flannel Shirt

Teachers

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Voluspa Candle Trio / Luggage Tag / Notebook / Water Bottle / Coffee Mug / Initial Necklace / Monogram Ornament / Stud Earrings / Bath Geode / Beanie / Bliss Throw / Clay Bead Bracelets / Monogram Notebook

Teen & Tween Girls

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327 Sneakers / FP Cardigan / FP Shorts / Backpack / Tarte Set / Tula Skincare / Heart Necklace / Leggings / Chair / Paint-by-Numbers Kit / Blow Dryer Brush

Teen & Tween Boys

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Solar Powered Light Up Soccer Ball & Football / Cologne / North Face Jacket / RC Boat / GameBoy Color / Personalized Wall Jersey / AirPods Pro / Manual to Manhood, also this Survival Book / Air Tag Leather Key Ring & Apple Air Tag / Nintendo Game & Watch

Dads & Men

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Cologne / Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones / Grill Set / Dad Jokes / PopSocket Phone Holder / Toilet Timer / Beard Kit / Beard Trimmer / Belt / Sweater / Smoker / Charging Station

Stocking Stuffers

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Pompom Beanie / Journal / Rubik’s Revolution / Hair Clip / Yoda AirPods Case / Ohuhu Markers / Beanie / Portable Charger / Guinness World Records / Touch Screen Gloves / Magic 8 Ball PopSocket / Long Charge Cord for iPhone

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Spring Styles for Tween Boys

Dressing the bayou boys isn’t nearly as complicated as my teen daughter, but it’s still a challenge. Today, I have a few outfit ideas (tween approved). Everything is affordable, easily accessible, and versatile. I do tend to focus a little more on quality for my boys. Their clothes need to be able to stand up to rough wear, stains, and repeated washing. Also, I’m able to pass them down from one child to the next, so I try buy items that will last.

Let’s start with church/casual wear. My guys aren’t big on dressing up, so jeans is usually our go-to for Sundays. These jeans have a nice, straight let without being “skinny jeans.” They also wash really well.

Karate Built-In Flex Max Slim Jeans for Boys

This is a super simple light blue polo, but my boys are not fans of button-down shirts. This is our compromise. Lol. Also, the color works great for family photos. The dry fit fabric is their favorite, and this one will last long enough to make it through both boys.

Is there such a thing as dress shorts? I’m gonna say yes. These navy chambray shorts are comfy, versatile and dressy enough. Our church is casual, so these work for many occasions.

Textured Canvas Non-Stretch Jogger Shorts for Boys

This tee is a more masculine take on the tie dye trend.

Vintage Crew-Neck Tee for Boys

This simple, gray tee is so soft and well-made. I love the texture and color.

Teen 100% Organic Cotton Pocket T-Shirt

These camo shorts look great with the tee above. My guys are all outdoorsmen, so camo is a must for them.

Kids Easy Pull-On Shorts

This graphic tee gives all the summer vibes, and it changes when you take a flash photo. So much fun!

Kids Graphic Flash T-Shirt
Kids Graphic Flash T-Shirt

These slip on shoes are $5 from Walmart! They are so versatile and look much nicer than athletic shoes.

A Spring style post for my boys would not be complete without a dry-fit outfit. This is all they want to wear. All day. Every day. Under Armor really holds up well, and it’s affordable.

This Under Armor hat has versatile colors and is moisture-wicking.

These shoes are comfortable and hold up well. They do run a little large on sizing.

Swimsuits are not something that I need right now, but I’ve found that if I wait, everything sells out quickly. These are two options from Gap. I love their swim trunks for boys. They hold up well, and the rashguards are really comfortable. In the two days after shopping for this post and writing it, they sold out of what I’d planned to share! Crazy! Hopefully, they will have more options available later in the season.

Kids 100% Recycled Stripe Swim Trunks
Kids 100% Recycled Pelican Board Shorts
Kids Recycled Swim Rash Guard

One of my boys is very into sunglasses. These Old Navy kids glasses are on the smaller side, but they still work for him. I do find that Children’s Place kids glasses run a little bigger, FYI.

Gender-Neutral Square-Shaped Sunglasses for Kids
Gender-Neutral Aviator Sunglasses for Kids

I hope this helps! It’s nice to grab what they might need before everything is sold out. Not to mention that this weather is likely to change quickly, and the hot summer days will be here before we know it.

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Tween/Teen Girl’s Fashion for Spring 2021

Shopping for young teen and tween girls is hard. Little Miss Bayou is 13, and shopping is not her thing. She would rather spend her time playing outside, working on little projects at home, or hanging out with her friends. Clothes aren’t her concern until she needs to get dressed and has nothing to wear.

I know I’m not alone in this struggle, so I put together a list of affordable finds that are both mom and teen-approved.

Everything in the image above is linked below, but I’ll also give a little info about the fit. I can’t stand it when we order things online, and nothing in the order fits right! For reference, Little Miss Bayou is 4’11” and typically wears a size 12 in girls or XS in tops. She ranges in size in ladies’ clothes from a 0-2.

This target dress is so cute, not sheer, and definitely long enough. LMB wears an XS.

Women's Flutter Short Sleeve Ruffle Dress - Knox Rose™ - image 1 of 4

This top is from Target, and it’s adorable. She wears an XS. It’s cropped but not too short. The slight distressing adds a lot to the style. I bought one in Medium for me too.

Women's Short Sleeve Roll Cuff Boxy T-Shirt - Wild Fable™ - image 1 of 4

This little tee is deceptively simple. It’s from Target and on clearance – so act fast. The puffed sleeves were small enough not to overwhelm LMB’s petite frame. We loved the soft gray with the skirt below. Size XS.

Women's Puff Short Sleeve T-Shirt - Wild Fable™ - image 2 of 8

This skirt is on the pricier side, but you can find it on sale. It’s from Blu Spero. The one we bought is very similar. These little mini skirts are a tad too short for me, but they are perfect on tweens. So cute. LMB is wearing this one for Easter. Size S.

These are her all-time favorite shorts. Not too short, light wash, and distressed without being revealing. They are pricier too, but watch for sales. Size 2.

Seriously Stretchy High-Rise Denim Midi Shorts

The photos don’t do this one justice. The tie-dye is much softer in person. We love this with the gray leggings. Size XS.

AE Soft & Sexy Crew Neck T-Shirt

These Aerie leggings aren’t cheap, but the quality and color are so good. I had a 20% off code, which helped. Size XS.

OFFLINE Seamless High Waisted Washed Legging

Another Aerie find. This slightly cropped tee is adorable. We loved the color and style. Still waiting for it to arrive, so I’ll update with sizing info once we try it.

Aerie Tie Dye Striped T-Shirt

The perfect tween jeans. These light wash skinnies go with everything. Yes, the influencers say skinnies are out, but in tween world, they are still where it’s at. These are Target. LMB wears a 00, so size down one from other brands.

Women's High-Rise Skinny Jeans - Universal Thread™ - image 1 of 11

All of the shoes below, with the exception of the Converse, are from Walmart. LMB is very picky and says they are comfortable. They are all very TTS. She wears a 6. The top two are ladies sizes, but the booties were child’s size. The Converse are her favorite shoes. They wash well and have really lasted a while.

Time and Tru Women's Platform Twin Gore Sneakers
Time and Tru Toe Thong Footbed Slide Sandals (Women's) (Wide Width Available)
Wonder Nation Heeled Bootie Dress Sandal (Little Girls & Big Girls)

We haven’t tried this last pair, but they are so cute. This style is huge for Spring.

Scoop Women's Studded Gladiator Sandal

Lastly, I threw in some headbands in a cute ribbed fabric. These are so cute with any outfit and are perfect to throw on at the last minute.

Let me know if you find this post helpful! I’m planning to do a tween boy post later in the week. I think this is a challenging age, and finding clothes can be tricky. Thanks for stopping by today!

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