One word: EVERYTHING.
With just a few days left until Christmas, chances are that you’ve paid a visit (or two, or three) to your local Walmart. You know I have! In fact, an informal survey amongst friends and neighbours has suggested that everyone has popped by the giant retailer at least twice… this week alone. And it makes sense – everything from toys to holiday décor to groceries to Christmas-inspired air fresheners can be found there! You can conceivable scratch everything off your to-do list in one visit.
(I make no secret of being a HUGE Walmart fan. Plain and simple, I believe it’s just the smartest way to spend your money. The prices are always right and I’m constantly amazed by their selection. #Fan4Life)
Two days ago, I found myself once again strolling through the aisles at 6:14am – which is, IMHO, the best time to visit Walmart. Think about it – only early bird, like-minded people like you are shopping at that ungodly hour, keeping the stress and bumper-carts to a minimum. I know what you’re thinking: Holiday shopping without stress and bumper carts? Sign me up! <<- No problem! Just set your alarm for 5:30am to beat the crowds, and get ready to have your most pleasant shopping experience ever. (Often, with a premium parking selection – score!)
Now you know I just had to snap a few pictures while strolling through the store, because it’s Walmart… and things ALWAYS catch my eye at Walmart. There’s no rhyme or reason to the photos – just a few of the more interesting things that were on my to-do list, ended up in my cart or made me smile (and in the case of the Justin Bieber singing toothbrush, howling with laughter).
First, I went straight to the holiday movies, because it’s tradition in my family to pick up a new Christmas movie every year. Can’t beat Walmart for their selection and prices! I settled on Shrek the Halls ($10) as Reid is now into everything Shrek (or “Frek” – as he calls him).
Next, I was dying to check out Walmart’s holiday decor as I’d heard that they brought in some fabulous pieces this year. Unfortunately, it seems that everyone beat me to it – most of the best ensembles were picked over or gone. So, I’ve made a mental note to come earlier next year, because there were definitely a few items here and there that looked interesting. However, I couldn’t decide if this dancing, singing tree was cute or just plain strange –
But I bought the one in green anyways, because I knew the kids would adore it. The photo’s a little blurry because I took it in action as it shook its money maker.
Just before I left the decor section, I did spot an item I was absolutely dying over –
HELLO! Having just returned from Disney World, this airblown Mickey and Minnie sled would make me a holiday hero. However, the $120 price tag was a tad steep for me, and seeing that our front lawn is about 6×6 feet, I couldn’t exactly rationalize it. Still, I’ll be hitting Walmart first thing on Boxing Day with hopes of grabbing a great deal. Cross your fingers for me!
Now if you think that Dollar Stores are the only places to get decent quality gift bags for a $1, you’re wrong. Walmart has a fabulous selection! I picked up 10 for various gifting moments this season, and absolutely love the prints and colours (the blue one pictured below is by far my fave). Wish they had $1 bags all year round!
Keeping with the holiday theme, now that Ryder is home for Christmas break I know he”ll be looking for arts, crafts and activities to keep him busy. We’re making homemade cards for family with these gorgeous stickers I found! Plus, I picked up a few extra sheets so he can decorate with his little brother, too.
Well, since I was at Walmart – of course I popped in on the toy section. And with wall-to-wall Rollbacks on toys, it’s no wonder it’s such a popular place for holiday shopping. I grabbed stocking stuffers for the boys and even picked up two toys to donate to our local toy drive.
Now I thought I was done, but on my way to the cash I couldn’t help but laugh over these character “Shave Gel” sets. Ryder’s always saying he needs a good shave like daddy, so I actually considered purchasing one. The only thing that stopped me? I knew Reid would want one too, and I didn’t want to have to deal with the ensuing shave foam explosion.
On the next shelf I did pick up character-themed bubble baths – I figured that they would be great stocking stuffers (plus I’d be the one controlling the bubbles). Plus, at only $2.50 each, I was kicking myself – they would have been the perfect little gift to hand out at Reid’s dance class the week before. Next time :(
Finally, just before making my way to the checkout, there was one product that made me do a double-take – SINGING Justin Bieber toothbrushes. #OMG
Was totally hoping that one of the packages was opened so I could demo the product but alas, all were sealed nicely away. However, I did make it a point to look up the product once I returned home –
There are many days that I am happy to be the mom of only boys. This is one of those days. Can’t even imagine having to buy one of those for a tween daughter… much less hearing Justin mechanically crooning from my bathroom at 7:00am.
Ah well, just another fabulous shopping trip at one of my favourite places on earth. Remember, there are only 4 more shopping days until Christmas – but since Walmart is open 24 hours up ’til the 24th, you actually have 4 more shopping nights too :)