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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Arden Fair. Although I receive these benefits, I always share things we really love. Thank you for your kind support!

How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? I am now more than halfway done thanks to my friend Keia who helped me with some great ideas for gifts for kids and teens! As my boys are getting older I find it a little more difficult to shop for them.  Thankfully Keia had some great ideas and tips and she knows Arden Fair like the back of her hand. 

Here are the stores we shopped at.

The first stop was Toys R Us which if you did not know, is making a comeback inside Macy's Stores! I am so excited about this comeback, I have so many memories from shopping at Toys R Us. They had so many great gift options from every board game imaginable, including the popular Stranger Things Monopoly to every toy to thrill any kid. I especially loved the supersized Uno Card deck. Have a superhero fan, they have action figures galore.  They have the LEGO Jurassic World T-Rex, Spider-Man Ultimate Web Guitar, and so many Hot Wheels to choose from. Shopping for girls, they have the popular L.O.L! Surprise OMG Fashion Show Dolls, the Barbie Color Reveal Tie Dye Fashion Maker Playset, and the Baby Alive Princess Ellie Grows Up Doll. For littles, you'll find great Fisher Price toys, and they have all things, Disney. I could have stayed here looking at everything for hours.

Next, we headed to Crocs, which to be honest I have never owned nor bought a pair of Crocs, after trying a pair on, I think I need a pair, they are so comfortable. The Crocs Arden Team was amazing and super helpful.  I loved seeing all the holiday charms on Crocs throughout the store! I know my kids would love picking through the many options of charms they had in stock. I had no idea, they have kids' favorite characters to your favorite candy bar charms. At Crocs, you will find every color, style, and size, the perfect gift for your Croc-loving friends and family.

Our final stop was American Eagle. You can't go wrong here, your teens will definitely think you are the cool mom. They have colorful fun scarves any teen would love. They have hats, fun socks, and every possible shade of denim your teens would need. They had great flannels and t-shirts to choose from as well. You'll find great staple pieces, which as a mom of four boys, this is my top priority. I need practical, everyday-use gifts. I highly recommend shopping at Arden Fair for your A+ Holiday experience!

While you are shopping at Arden Fair this holiday season, check out the ways you can give back. Arden Fair will have the Salvation Army Angel Tree up through December 17th, this is a great way to give back this season and make some dreams come true. You'll find the Salvation Army Angel Tree next to the Santa Set.

Also this year Arden Fair is partnering with St. Jude. Donations can be sent via text by texting "HEART" to 707070 or by going to Pledge to St. Jude. This donation drive will run through Christmas Eve.

I had so much fun shopping with Keia's help! Check out our fun on Instagram or TikTokOf course, when we finished shopping I had to celebrate with one of my favorite Arden Fair treats Beignets from Spider Monkey Dessert Studio

@blogaboutitall I had so much fun shopping with @Keia Mae at Arden Fair Mall. She had great gift ideas for kids and teens! Are you finished Christmas shopping? Video made by Keia. 🎁 #Sponsored #ArdenFair #GiftGuide #GiftsforKids #GiftsforTeens #holidaygiftguide #ChristmasGifts #ChristmasShopping #PhotosWithSanta #SantaPhotos #PhotosWithSanta2022 #SantaPhotos2022 #holidaymagic #ChristmasMagic #SacEvents #sacramento #familyfun #tistheseason #merrychristmas #christmas2022 #thingstodoinsacramento #sacramentoblogger #northerncalifornia #blogaboutitall ♬ Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee

I also wanted to mention if you have not scheduled your photos with Santa, the Arden Fair Santa is AMAZING! I love the way our photos turned out. You can book right online at ArdenFair.com. They have a variety of photo packages to choose from. He is such a fun Santa and had great interaction with our kids.


Gift Guide for Kids and Teens

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Arden Fair. Although I receive these benefits, I always share things we really love. Thank you for your kind support!

How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? I am now more than halfway done thanks to my friend Keia who helped me with some great ideas for gifts for kids and teens! As my boys are getting older I find it a little more difficult to shop for them.  Thankfully Keia had some great ideas and tips and she knows Arden Fair like the back of her hand. 

Here are the stores we shopped at.

The first stop was Toys R Us which if you did not know, is making a comeback inside Macy's Stores! I am so excited about this comeback, I have so many memories from shopping at Toys R Us. They had so many great gift options from every board game imaginable, including the popular Stranger Things Monopoly to every toy to thrill any kid. I especially loved the supersized Uno Card deck. Have a superhero fan, they have action figures galore.  They have the LEGO Jurassic World T-Rex, Spider-Man Ultimate Web Guitar, and so many Hot Wheels to choose from. Shopping for girls, they have the popular L.O.L! Surprise OMG Fashion Show Dolls, the Barbie Color Reveal Tie Dye Fashion Maker Playset, and the Baby Alive Princess Ellie Grows Up Doll. For littles, you'll find great Fisher Price toys, and they have all things, Disney. I could have stayed here looking at everything for hours.

Next, we headed to Crocs, which to be honest I have never owned nor bought a pair of Crocs, after trying a pair on, I think I need a pair, they are so comfortable. The Crocs Arden Team was amazing and super helpful.  I loved seeing all the holiday charms on Crocs throughout the store! I know my kids would love picking through the many options of charms they had in stock. I had no idea, they have kids' favorite characters to your favorite candy bar charms. At Crocs, you will find every color, style, and size, the perfect gift for your Croc-loving friends and family.

Our final stop was American Eagle. You can't go wrong here, your teens will definitely think you are the cool mom. They have colorful fun scarves any teen would love. They have hats, fun socks, and every possible shade of denim your teens would need. They had great flannels and t-shirts to choose from as well. You'll find great staple pieces, which as a mom of four boys, this is my top priority. I need practical, everyday-use gifts. I highly recommend shopping at Arden Fair for your A+ Holiday experience!

While you are shopping at Arden Fair this holiday season, check out the ways you can give back. Arden Fair will have the Salvation Army Angel Tree up through December 17th, this is a great way to give back this season and make some dreams come true. You'll find the Salvation Army Angel Tree next to the Santa Set.

Also this year Arden Fair is partnering with St. Jude. Donations can be sent via text by texting "HEART" to 707070 or by going to Pledge to St. Jude. This donation drive will run through Christmas Eve.

I had so much fun shopping with Keia's help! Check out our fun on Instagram or TikTokOf course, when we finished shopping I had to celebrate with one of my favorite Arden Fair treats Beignets from Spider Monkey Dessert Studio

@blogaboutitall I had so much fun shopping with @Keia Mae at Arden Fair Mall. She had great gift ideas for kids and teens! Are you finished Christmas shopping? Video made by Keia. 🎁 #Sponsored #ArdenFair #GiftGuide #GiftsforKids #GiftsforTeens #holidaygiftguide #ChristmasGifts #ChristmasShopping #PhotosWithSanta #SantaPhotos #PhotosWithSanta2022 #SantaPhotos2022 #holidaymagic #ChristmasMagic #SacEvents #sacramento #familyfun #tistheseason #merrychristmas #christmas2022 #thingstodoinsacramento #sacramentoblogger #northerncalifornia #blogaboutitall ♬ Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee

I also wanted to mention if you have not scheduled your photos with Santa, the Arden Fair Santa is AMAZING! I love the way our photos turned out. You can book right online at ArdenFair.com. They have a variety of photo packages to choose from. He is such a fun Santa and had great interaction with our kids.


Disclosure: We were invited to experience the Magical Christmas Train, in exchange for my time and efforts in attending and reporting my opinion within this blog. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

We had so much fun on the West Sacramento River Fox Magical Christmas Train, this was our first time on this train here in Sacramento. I am so grateful for holiday experiences, that help us carve out family time to enjoy time together and make Christmas memories. Tickets are already selling out, so if you want to experience the Magical Christmas train, book your reservations TODAY

The location was easy to find just west of Sacramento International Airport off Interstate 5 at River Fox Train 18095 County Road 117 West Sacramento, CA 95691. We parked and headed to the train boarding location. We entered the train, gave them our names, and were given a boarding pass to head to the Reindeer Train Car. 


You want to arrive early and give yourself time to enjoy the decorations and shop outside before boarding the train. There are plenty of tables outside to sit at while you wait to board.

Once onboard the train at our table, there was a menu to purchase additional snacks and beverages such as pretzels, chips, popcorn, candy, soda, coffee, and more. Your tickets come with a cookie and hot chocolate for each person. You get to take home the hot chocolate souvenir cup. The hot cocoa was creamy and delicious!


We were entertained by Chestnut the Elf, who was quite the character. He told jokes, had us singing Christmas carols, and handed out Bingo Cards for a fun Christmas-themed game of Bingo.  If you won Bingo, Chestnut the Elf handed out prizes, small toys, and candy canes. There was also a sing-a-long with a guitarist and of course time spent with Santa. 





This is such a fun experience to be enjoyed with the entire family! This would be a great outing to invite the grandparents along to join in the Christmas cheer! My mom came along with us and this definitely helped usher us into the spirit of the season. 



During this hourlong, 10-mile round trip, we enjoyed singing Feliz Navidad, Deck the Halls, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, sipping on our hot chocolate, and taking in the beautiful views of the river. Santa takes his time with each table interacting with each family and gives time for photos. I was so grateful he had my older teenagers laughing and posing for a fun photo.


The River Fox Magical Christmas Train runs November 26 through December 23 and tickets are $55 for adults, $45 for children ages 2 through 12, and $10 for ages two and younger. Book early, some train times are already sold out.

For Adults and Small Groups – November 25 through December 16

The River Fox is also launching the new Holiday Spirit Express, an hour-and-a-half train experience that is ideal for individuals and groups aged 18 and older. Departing on Fridays at 7 p.m. (November 25 through December 16), this train includes outdoor and indoor seating. Immersive entertainment will light up the night via the train’s merry band of elves; a strolling musician; a visit from Santa; charcuterie appetizers; and dessert. Two beverage tokens (alcohol or non-alcohol) are included with train ticket. Alcohol and snacks may be purchased aboard the train as well. First Class tickets include all of the amenities and reserved seating for $149 per passenger. Happy Hour Class tickets are $99 with a la carte amenities, and seating is first come, with limited indoor seating.

For tickets, visit riverfoxtrain.com/experiences/holiday-spirit-express or call (800) 866-1690.

West Sacramento River Fox Christmas Train

Disclosure: We were invited to experience the Magical Christmas Train, in exchange for my time and efforts in attending and reporting my opinion within this blog. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

We had so much fun on the West Sacramento River Fox Magical Christmas Train, this was our first time on this train here in Sacramento. I am so grateful for holiday experiences, that help us carve out family time to enjoy time together and make Christmas memories. Tickets are already selling out, so if you want to experience the Magical Christmas train, book your reservations TODAY

The location was easy to find just west of Sacramento International Airport off Interstate 5 at River Fox Train 18095 County Road 117 West Sacramento, CA 95691. We parked and headed to the train boarding location. We entered the train, gave them our names, and were given a boarding pass to head to the Reindeer Train Car. 


You want to arrive early and give yourself time to enjoy the decorations and shop outside before boarding the train. There are plenty of tables outside to sit at while you wait to board.

Once onboard the train at our table, there was a menu to purchase additional snacks and beverages such as pretzels, chips, popcorn, candy, soda, coffee, and more. Your tickets come with a cookie and hot chocolate for each person. You get to take home the hot chocolate souvenir cup. The hot cocoa was creamy and delicious!


We were entertained by Chestnut the Elf, who was quite the character. He told jokes, had us singing Christmas carols, and handed out Bingo Cards for a fun Christmas-themed game of Bingo.  If you won Bingo, Chestnut the Elf handed out prizes, small toys, and candy canes. There was also a sing-a-long with a guitarist and of course time spent with Santa. 





This is such a fun experience to be enjoyed with the entire family! This would be a great outing to invite the grandparents along to join in the Christmas cheer! My mom came along with us and this definitely helped usher us into the spirit of the season. 



During this hourlong, 10-mile round trip, we enjoyed singing Feliz Navidad, Deck the Halls, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, sipping on our hot chocolate, and taking in the beautiful views of the river. Santa takes his time with each table interacting with each family and gives time for photos. I was so grateful he had my older teenagers laughing and posing for a fun photo.


The River Fox Magical Christmas Train runs November 26 through December 23 and tickets are $55 for adults, $45 for children ages 2 through 12, and $10 for ages two and younger. Book early, some train times are already sold out.

For Adults and Small Groups – November 25 through December 16

The River Fox is also launching the new Holiday Spirit Express, an hour-and-a-half train experience that is ideal for individuals and groups aged 18 and older. Departing on Fridays at 7 p.m. (November 25 through December 16), this train includes outdoor and indoor seating. Immersive entertainment will light up the night via the train’s merry band of elves; a strolling musician; a visit from Santa; charcuterie appetizers; and dessert. Two beverage tokens (alcohol or non-alcohol) are included with train ticket. Alcohol and snacks may be purchased aboard the train as well. First Class tickets include all of the amenities and reserved seating for $149 per passenger. Happy Hour Class tickets are $99 with a la carte amenities, and seating is first come, with limited indoor seating.

For tickets, visit riverfoxtrain.com/experiences/holiday-spirit-express or call (800) 866-1690.

Disclosure: I only recommend products/places that we actually enjoy. Some of the links you click on are what's known as "affiliate links". If you buy something I'll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog!

As my kids are getting older I feel it gets more difficult to shop for them. When they are little it is easy to get them toys, and Legos and they were pretty much happy with just about anything. As they are getting older, I tend to find myself searching for practical gifts, things they will use throughout the year, and things that will last. Quality over quantity is key! 

I always try and remind my children that Christmas is not just about gifts, although it is fun to give gifts and fun to receive gifts. Most importantly I try and have time for our family to reflect on all the blessings we have and try and emphasize time with family is priceless. Savoring the magic and what some would deem simple miracles all around us is so essential. 

Here is a list of some gift ideas, some practical, and others experiences, and gifts that can be used throughout the year. 

A practical gift that has become a tradition is Matching Pajamas, I am happy that they still let me do this and I hope they always do. It is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I used to give them their pajamas on Christmas Eve, and although they wear them all the way through the winter season, which is pretty good. I saw another mom share that she gives her family their matching pajamas on December 1st so they can wear them longer. I think that is a great idea! That will also be a great way to change it up this year since they already know matching pajamas are coming.

Books - we always gift our children a book or book set for Christmas, I hope to instill in them a love for reading. Sam's Club and Costco are great places to find deals on book sets. I also will always recommend supporting your local bookstores. Family Books & Gifts is a local bookstore I love to support, they not only have great books but also unique gift items. 

Experiences - this is my favorite gift to give at Christmas, it is the gift that keeps on going.  Over the years we have done Raging Waters Season Passes, I am so sad they just announced they are closing the Sacramento location. I am still for any kind of experience gift ideas.

The Get Out Pass is a great one! It is not just for only one place, there are multiple experiences with the Get Out Pass.  This is available nationwide, if you are in Northern California like us here are some of the places you will find available, All-Star. Strikes Bowling Alley, Scandia, Country Club Lanes Arcade, Sea Quest, The California Automobile Museum, All-Star Karting, and so many more locations. They have a Black Friday Sale that is already live right now, so it is a great time to purchase! Use code BLOGABOUTITALL you'll save even more on top of the Black Friday deal that is available now. Regularly priced at $149.95, with the Black Friday deal it is $79.95, use code BLOGABOUTITALL to drop it down to $74.95

Sacramento Zoo Membership or SeaQuest Annual Pass. By the way, Sea Quest is included on the GetOutPass. Our Sacramento Zoo Membership is $60 for an adult or $175 for a family pack for two-adults and up to four kids. There are more options, read more here. The SeaQuest Annual Pass is $39.99, for more info click here.

Ice Skating - A fun way to gift tickets to your local ice skating rink would be a gift basket with hot cocoa, a beanie, or maybe a scarf and mittens. Here in Sacramento, we have the cutest outdoor ice rink in the heart of Downtown. Our kids love going ice skating, and with our busy schedule, it is a fun holiday treat. 

Quarry Park Adventures - Located in Rocklin, CA, this Adventure Park has it all, zip-lining, rock climbing, aerial adventures and more! They have family packages and right now you can save with their holiday sales. Check out Quarry Park here

Discovery Kingdom Season Passes - One year we gifted our children Discovery Kingdom season passes and this was such a fun gift we used all year long. They often have great Black Friday deals on season passes, so keep your eye out for that. 

Event Tickets - Monster Jam in January, Disney on Ice in February, Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, Imaginarium, Sacramento Kings Game Tickets, any other Football Game, Basketball Game, or Soccer Game depending on who you are shopping for. You can always print out a homemade ticket, or photo and wrap that up. Another idea would be to find a Christmas ornament that represents the experience you are gifting and wrap the ornament. 

Classes - If you are a grandparent or an aunt or uncle, offer to pay for a class or set of classes. Cooking classes, music lessons, swimming classes, art classes, find out what interests them. This is a gift to both the parents and the child!

Subscription Gifts - Depending on your budget, if you can gift an annual subscription, others may be able to pay for a six-month subscription. Disney+, Netflix, Cinemark Movie Club, and whichever other subscriptions your loved ones may enjoy. If they already have this, you could still gift a coupon of some kind that says I want to pay for your Netflix for the next three months, six months, whatever works for you. Gift them cash or a Visa Gift Card. I know with the way prices have increased this would be a blessing to our family and those I know. I know quite a few families who recently canceled their Netflix or Disney+, and I know others who have told me they are not renewing their subscriptions. 

Photo Gifts - I love photo gifts, they are priceless in my opinion. A photo gift can be a photo ornament or a photography session. I love these DIY Photo Ornaments I made years ago, I still have mine on my tree. One year I gifted the grandparents these of all the grandchildren. If you are local check out my photography friend Britney at YourCreativeCounterPart. Again a photography session would be a great gift to a family, but also if you know someone who is a small business owner. They would appreciate a gift for new headshots or images they can use for their business. Mapiful is another great photo gift option, they do more than just photos. I love giving a photo calendar to our family, again it is a practical gift they use all year, a calendar with everyone's birthdays, anniversaries, etc, and also a snapshot of family photos throughout the past year. 


Consumables - I love homemade cookies and also love to gift homemade cookies. I feel like homemade goodies go unnoticed as for being on gift guides but definitely do not go unnoticed by the recipient. If you do not bake or cook, you can do a fruit basket, homemade caramel dip, or store-bought candy, popcorn balls, and baked goods maybe just repackaged and with your touch of creativity. Check out my TikTok of this easy homemade caramel.

Grazing Craving - This is a local gal I know Sheila who makes the most beautiful charcuterie boards, and charcuterie-style boxes. I have gifted these before and they have absolutely loved them. Check her page out on Instagram @GrazingCraving be sure to place your order early as she gets busy with the upcoming holidays. If you are hosting people over during the holidays this would be great to order and one less thing for you to make. 

The Gift of Time - This can be different depending on who you are shopping for. If you are shopping for a mom gifting a house cleaner, babysitter, or professional organizer would be an amazing gift. Shopping for a college student, dinners delivered, house cleaner, car detailing, all of these are still giving them the gift of time, more time to study right. You could also schedule actual time together to do something, go somewhere, travel somewhere, a mother/daughter trip, a father/son trip, a sisters trip, the list goes on, again thought time together making memories, which is priceless. 

Still need more ideas . . . Check out this blog post I wrote on How to Personalize Gifts, for more gift ideas and ways to personalize them, click here.

Click here to check out a Gift Guide I did for Kids ages 4-12, even though this is an older blog post you will still find great ideas that work for this year.

If you have a Keto person in your life click here for a blog post I did on 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Friends and Family on Keto.

I hope you found this post helpful with your Christmas shopping I also add, any of these gifts could also work for a birthday present, so Pin it and save it for later. 

Practical Christmas Gift Ideas 2022

Disclosure: I only recommend products/places that we actually enjoy. Some of the links you click on are what's known as "affiliate links". If you buy something I'll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog!

As my kids are getting older I feel it gets more difficult to shop for them. When they are little it is easy to get them toys, and Legos and they were pretty much happy with just about anything. As they are getting older, I tend to find myself searching for practical gifts, things they will use throughout the year, and things that will last. Quality over quantity is key! 

I always try and remind my children that Christmas is not just about gifts, although it is fun to give gifts and fun to receive gifts. Most importantly I try and have time for our family to reflect on all the blessings we have and try and emphasize time with family is priceless. Savoring the magic and what some would deem simple miracles all around us is so essential. 

Here is a list of some gift ideas, some practical, and others experiences, and gifts that can be used throughout the year. 

A practical gift that has become a tradition is Matching Pajamas, I am happy that they still let me do this and I hope they always do. It is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I used to give them their pajamas on Christmas Eve, and although they wear them all the way through the winter season, which is pretty good. I saw another mom share that she gives her family their matching pajamas on December 1st so they can wear them longer. I think that is a great idea! That will also be a great way to change it up this year since they already know matching pajamas are coming.

Books - we always gift our children a book or book set for Christmas, I hope to instill in them a love for reading. Sam's Club and Costco are great places to find deals on book sets. I also will always recommend supporting your local bookstores. Family Books & Gifts is a local bookstore I love to support, they not only have great books but also unique gift items. 

Experiences - this is my favorite gift to give at Christmas, it is the gift that keeps on going.  Over the years we have done Raging Waters Season Passes, I am so sad they just announced they are closing the Sacramento location. I am still for any kind of experience gift ideas.

The Get Out Pass is a great one! It is not just for only one place, there are multiple experiences with the Get Out Pass.  This is available nationwide, if you are in Northern California like us here are some of the places you will find available, All-Star. Strikes Bowling Alley, Scandia, Country Club Lanes Arcade, Sea Quest, The California Automobile Museum, All-Star Karting, and so many more locations. They have a Black Friday Sale that is already live right now, so it is a great time to purchase! Use code BLOGABOUTITALL you'll save even more on top of the Black Friday deal that is available now. Regularly priced at $149.95, with the Black Friday deal it is $79.95, use code BLOGABOUTITALL to drop it down to $74.95

Sacramento Zoo Membership or SeaQuest Annual Pass. By the way, Sea Quest is included on the GetOutPass. Our Sacramento Zoo Membership is $60 for an adult or $175 for a family pack for two-adults and up to four kids. There are more options, read more here. The SeaQuest Annual Pass is $39.99, for more info click here.

Ice Skating - A fun way to gift tickets to your local ice skating rink would be a gift basket with hot cocoa, a beanie, or maybe a scarf and mittens. Here in Sacramento, we have the cutest outdoor ice rink in the heart of Downtown. Our kids love going ice skating, and with our busy schedule, it is a fun holiday treat. 

Quarry Park Adventures - Located in Rocklin, CA, this Adventure Park has it all, zip-lining, rock climbing, aerial adventures and more! They have family packages and right now you can save with their holiday sales. Check out Quarry Park here

Discovery Kingdom Season Passes - One year we gifted our children Discovery Kingdom season passes and this was such a fun gift we used all year long. They often have great Black Friday deals on season passes, so keep your eye out for that. 

Event Tickets - Monster Jam in January, Disney on Ice in February, Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, Imaginarium, Sacramento Kings Game Tickets, any other Football Game, Basketball Game, or Soccer Game depending on who you are shopping for. You can always print out a homemade ticket, or photo and wrap that up. Another idea would be to find a Christmas ornament that represents the experience you are gifting and wrap the ornament. 

Classes - If you are a grandparent or an aunt or uncle, offer to pay for a class or set of classes. Cooking classes, music lessons, swimming classes, art classes, find out what interests them. This is a gift to both the parents and the child!

Subscription Gifts - Depending on your budget, if you can gift an annual subscription, others may be able to pay for a six-month subscription. Disney+, Netflix, Cinemark Movie Club, and whichever other subscriptions your loved ones may enjoy. If they already have this, you could still gift a coupon of some kind that says I want to pay for your Netflix for the next three months, six months, whatever works for you. Gift them cash or a Visa Gift Card. I know with the way prices have increased this would be a blessing to our family and those I know. I know quite a few families who recently canceled their Netflix or Disney+, and I know others who have told me they are not renewing their subscriptions. 

Photo Gifts - I love photo gifts, they are priceless in my opinion. A photo gift can be a photo ornament or a photography session. I love these DIY Photo Ornaments I made years ago, I still have mine on my tree. One year I gifted the grandparents these of all the grandchildren. If you are local check out my photography friend Britney at YourCreativeCounterPart. Again a photography session would be a great gift to a family, but also if you know someone who is a small business owner. They would appreciate a gift for new headshots or images they can use for their business. Mapiful is another great photo gift option, they do more than just photos. I love giving a photo calendar to our family, again it is a practical gift they use all year, a calendar with everyone's birthdays, anniversaries, etc, and also a snapshot of family photos throughout the past year. 


Consumables - I love homemade cookies and also love to gift homemade cookies. I feel like homemade goodies go unnoticed as for being on gift guides but definitely do not go unnoticed by the recipient. If you do not bake or cook, you can do a fruit basket, homemade caramel dip, or store-bought candy, popcorn balls, and baked goods maybe just repackaged and with your touch of creativity. Check out my TikTok of this easy homemade caramel.

Grazing Craving - This is a local gal I know Sheila who makes the most beautiful charcuterie boards, and charcuterie-style boxes. I have gifted these before and they have absolutely loved them. Check her page out on Instagram @GrazingCraving be sure to place your order early as she gets busy with the upcoming holidays. If you are hosting people over during the holidays this would be great to order and one less thing for you to make. 

The Gift of Time - This can be different depending on who you are shopping for. If you are shopping for a mom gifting a house cleaner, babysitter, or professional organizer would be an amazing gift. Shopping for a college student, dinners delivered, house cleaner, car detailing, all of these are still giving them the gift of time, more time to study right. You could also schedule actual time together to do something, go somewhere, travel somewhere, a mother/daughter trip, a father/son trip, a sisters trip, the list goes on, again thought time together making memories, which is priceless. 

Still need more ideas . . . Check out this blog post I wrote on How to Personalize Gifts, for more gift ideas and ways to personalize them, click here.

Click here to check out a Gift Guide I did for Kids ages 4-12, even though this is an older blog post you will still find great ideas that work for this year.

If you have a Keto person in your life click here for a blog post I did on 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Friends and Family on Keto.

I hope you found this post helpful with your Christmas shopping I also add, any of these gifts could also work for a birthday present, so Pin it and save it for later. 

Imaginarium has returned to Sacramento! Our family was invited to the media preview night and was able to see firsthand how much work goes into setting up the gorgeous displays of lights. New this year is the Ice Skating Rink, a Pirate Show, Laser Tag, and the Transforming Bee Robot Car. Our favorite the lighted rose garden is back! They have also added new light additions like Fantasy Land, The Wishing Tree, cute Emoji's, and more.

The largest holiday light festival in America returns to Cal Expo – Imaginarium – “Light Up the Night from November 18, 2022 through January 2, 2023. 

If you love looking at Christmas lights, you will love this! If you are looking for something to do with the kids over Thanksgiving and Winter Break, this is perfect!

Imaginarium is at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds, you will park and enter near the Green Gate. There is a parking fee. Weekday Adult Tickets start at $25 and Children (4-12) start at $19. Ice Skating is $12, Laser Tag $10, Laser Maze is $10 and Unlimited Ride Wristbands are $25. If you or your children enjoy rides, the unlimited ride wristband is the way to go. 

Get lost in the spirit of the season at Imaginarium 2022, Presented by Global Winter Wonderland. Guests can let their imagination run wild as they gaze at the 3-million lights when traveling through 15 acres of mazes, rides, newly designed fantasy zones which includes 12 fantasy creatures that have never been seen before, carnival rides, a laser maze, laser tag, food, a beer garden and so much more. 

NEW THIS YEAR – The Pirate Circus Show! The circus-style performance features dynamic duels high above the ground, acrobatics, and crowd-engaging antics with several shows nightly. 

Guests can pet an animatronic dinosaur or take pictures with their favorite transforming robot. Children can meet their favorite characters including Penny the Penguin and superhero Max Powers who vows to protect all guests. 

The largest, all-light rose garden, featuring 30,000 roses offers the perfect and most romantic backdrop for a proposal. Five couples got engaged during the 2021 Imaginarium light festival. 

There is something for everyone to expand the imagination of the young and old!  

Tickets can be purchased online at Imaginarium360.com/buy-tickets/ or at the Cal Expo office. 



About Imaginarium

In 2014, a team of entertainment fanatics set out to create the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the United States. The vision was to create an experience for the entire family where attendees could venture through a park filled with awe-inspiring, illuminated exhibits including more than a milling lights, free entertainment, a carnival, ice-skating rink and more. The vision gave birth to “Global Winter Wonderland”. Years later, the lantern festival has morphed into Imaginarium, the largest holiday light festival in the U.S. operating at Cal Expo, the home of the CA State Fair & Food Festival. It has become a tradition that visitors from all over northern California attend.

Imaginarium 2022 Lights up the Night at Cal Expo

Imaginarium has returned to Sacramento! Our family was invited to the media preview night and was able to see firsthand how much work goes into setting up the gorgeous displays of lights. New this year is the Ice Skating Rink, a Pirate Show, Laser Tag, and the Transforming Bee Robot Car. Our favorite the lighted rose garden is back! They have also added new light additions like Fantasy Land, The Wishing Tree, cute Emoji's, and more.

The largest holiday light festival in America returns to Cal Expo – Imaginarium – “Light Up the Night from November 18, 2022 through January 2, 2023. 

If you love looking at Christmas lights, you will love this! If you are looking for something to do with the kids over Thanksgiving and Winter Break, this is perfect!

Imaginarium is at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds, you will park and enter near the Green Gate. There is a parking fee. Weekday Adult Tickets start at $25 and Children (4-12) start at $19. Ice Skating is $12, Laser Tag $10, Laser Maze is $10 and Unlimited Ride Wristbands are $25. If you or your children enjoy rides, the unlimited ride wristband is the way to go. 

Get lost in the spirit of the season at Imaginarium 2022, Presented by Global Winter Wonderland. Guests can let their imagination run wild as they gaze at the 3-million lights when traveling through 15 acres of mazes, rides, newly designed fantasy zones which includes 12 fantasy creatures that have never been seen before, carnival rides, a laser maze, laser tag, food, a beer garden and so much more. 

NEW THIS YEAR – The Pirate Circus Show! The circus-style performance features dynamic duels high above the ground, acrobatics, and crowd-engaging antics with several shows nightly. 

Guests can pet an animatronic dinosaur or take pictures with their favorite transforming robot. Children can meet their favorite characters including Penny the Penguin and superhero Max Powers who vows to protect all guests. 

The largest, all-light rose garden, featuring 30,000 roses offers the perfect and most romantic backdrop for a proposal. Five couples got engaged during the 2021 Imaginarium light festival. 

There is something for everyone to expand the imagination of the young and old!  

Tickets can be purchased online at Imaginarium360.com/buy-tickets/ or at the Cal Expo office. 



About Imaginarium

In 2014, a team of entertainment fanatics set out to create the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the United States. The vision was to create an experience for the entire family where attendees could venture through a park filled with awe-inspiring, illuminated exhibits including more than a milling lights, free entertainment, a carnival, ice-skating rink and more. The vision gave birth to “Global Winter Wonderland”. Years later, the lantern festival has morphed into Imaginarium, the largest holiday light festival in the U.S. operating at Cal Expo, the home of the CA State Fair & Food Festival. It has become a tradition that visitors from all over northern California attend.

Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows.  Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.


Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures Takes Families on a Fun-Fueled Excursion to Iconic Disney Destinations. Playing Stockton February 2-5 followed by Sacramento February 17-21, 2023.

The presale is available now get exclusive access with the code: 23DVLP

The presale ends November 14th at 11:59 p.m. The public on-sale starts November 15th at 10:00 a.m.

We are so excited about this NEW show because it has Mary Poppins!!!

(Stockton/Sacramento, CA - November 8, 2022) — Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments.  Featuring new and classic tales, this fun-filled multi-generational experience makes its NorCal debut playing the Stockton Arena from February 2–5 followed by Golden 1 Center in Sacramento from February 17–21, 2023.


Disney On Ice Preferred Customers can purchase advance tickets starting today to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on November 15th.  Fans can still sign up to become a Disney On Ice Preferred Customer and get exclusive access to the pre-sale offer code.


Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations.  See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters.  Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti.  Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa.  Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience “Speechless.”  Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky.  Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals while singing along to beloved Disney tunes as they welcome Merida, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana to the ice.


Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in your hometown!


S T O C K T O N

WHEN: 

Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 PM

Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 PM

Saturday, February 4th at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 5th 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM


WHERE:

Stockton Arena – 248 W. Fremont Ave., Stockton, CA 95203


TICKETS:          

Family-friendly ticket pricing available – tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or visit the venue box office during regular hours

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand. 

S A C R A M E N T O

WHEN:            

Thursday, February 17th at 7:00 PM

Friday, February 18th at 7:00 PM

Saturday, February 19th at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 20th at 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Monday, February 21st at 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM


WHERE:           

Golden 1 Center – 500 David J. Stern Walk, Sacramento, CA 95814


TICKETS:          

Family-friendly ticket pricing available – tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or visit the venue box office during regular hours

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand. 

For more local event information please visit:

Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures Stockton

Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures Sacramento


Follow Disney On Ice social media channels: FacebookTwitter & Instagram

Subscribe to the Disney On Ice YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce


About Feld Entertainment: Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, and Jurassic World Live Tour. Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.


Disney on Ice Presents Road Trip Adventures | Sacramento and Stockton February 2023

Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows.  Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.


Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures Takes Families on a Fun-Fueled Excursion to Iconic Disney Destinations. Playing Stockton February 2-5 followed by Sacramento February 17-21, 2023.

The presale is available now get exclusive access with the code: 23DVLP

The presale ends November 14th at 11:59 p.m. The public on-sale starts November 15th at 10:00 a.m.

We are so excited about this NEW show because it has Mary Poppins!!!

(Stockton/Sacramento, CA - November 8, 2022) — Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments.  Featuring new and classic tales, this fun-filled multi-generational experience makes its NorCal debut playing the Stockton Arena from February 2–5 followed by Golden 1 Center in Sacramento from February 17–21, 2023.


Disney On Ice Preferred Customers can purchase advance tickets starting today to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on November 15th.  Fans can still sign up to become a Disney On Ice Preferred Customer and get exclusive access to the pre-sale offer code.


Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations.  See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters.  Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti.  Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa.  Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience “Speechless.”  Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky.  Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals while singing along to beloved Disney tunes as they welcome Merida, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana to the ice.


Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in your hometown!


S T O C K T O N

WHEN: 

Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 PM

Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 PM

Saturday, February 4th at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 5th 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM


WHERE:

Stockton Arena – 248 W. Fremont Ave., Stockton, CA 95203


TICKETS:          

Family-friendly ticket pricing available – tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or visit the venue box office during regular hours

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand. 

S A C R A M E N T O

WHEN:            

Thursday, February 17th at 7:00 PM

Friday, February 18th at 7:00 PM

Saturday, February 19th at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 20th at 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Monday, February 21st at 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM


WHERE:           

Golden 1 Center – 500 David J. Stern Walk, Sacramento, CA 95814


TICKETS:          

Family-friendly ticket pricing available – tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or visit the venue box office during regular hours

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand. 

For more local event information please visit:

Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures Stockton

Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures Sacramento


Follow Disney On Ice social media channels: FacebookTwitter & Instagram

Subscribe to the Disney On Ice YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce


About Feld Entertainment: Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, and Jurassic World Live Tour. Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.


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