Holiday Gifts to Purchase Early


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Early Christmas gift shopping prevents the last-minute rushing, making the holidays more enjoyable. If you have a plan set, your efforts to save money and enjoy the Christmas season will be more effective!

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Personalized Gifts

Personalized gifts are special, and you can almost guarantee it will be a one of a kind gift. One year, I gave my grandmother a mug with a photo of my kids. I’m sure many others received mugs as gifts, but she has the only mug with a pic of my kiddos! Locally, you can order these gifts at Walgreens, CVS, or Walmart, but there are also online options. One of my favorite websites to shop at is Zazzle. They have an array of gifts from t-shirts to mugs to journals – all with the option to personalize with your photo, favorite quote, or design. These are great for business owners who want to carry around items bearing their logo.


Google Mini

The tiny speaker offers hands-free help with a virtual assistant that you can speak to from another room. This is one of the best gifts for a busy mom! One of the best parts is that it can tell your voice from others for a more personalized experience. As an added bonus, the Google Mini can connect with other Google Home devices for a safe and secure connection in your home. I have my Google Mini connected to my Smart Lights in my bedroom, and I can turn them off and on with just a simple “Hey, Google, turn off my lights!”

Google Mini : Coastal Bend Gift Guide



Alcoholic beverages make great gifts, especially when you get creative! Make a wine and food basket – personalize each basket with an assortment of chocolate, cheese, crackers, and other wine-friendly foods to go with the perfect wine for gift-giving perfection. Have you stopped by the newest store to carry wine and alcoholic beverages in Moore Plaza, Total Wine? They’ve got a wide assortment of wines, liqueurs, and beer. They even have cute accessories, glassware, and wine carrying bags.


Instant Pot

The Instant Pot has been on the top of many wish lists due to its versatility and pressure-cooking setting. The 10 one-touch smart buttons make it a versatile, convenient cooking tool, and it cooks enough to feed a small army.  The Instant Pot is a popular staple in kitchens and is known to consistently sell out during Black Friday sales. Luckily, many retailers are trying to beat the Black Friday rush and offer early sales.

Instant Pot : Coastal Bend Moms Gift Guide


Local Shops

We have a ton of local shops here in the Coastal Bend. One of my favorites is Made in Corpus Christi. The shop, located at 1524 S. Staples, the shop features Corpus Christi branded items including apparel, hats, gifts, artwork, bags, accessories, and a variety of custom pieces from local artists, makers, and designers. Can’t decide on one item? Check out these cute gift boxes. They make the perfect gifts for teachers, friends, or the local community lover on your list! Check out other great gift options from Made in Corpus Christi here.

Made in Corpus Christi Gift Box





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Jacqueline was born and raised in Corpus Christi and graduated from Incarnate Word Academy High School and TAMUCC with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in English. She works as a Freelance Writer and as an Instructional Consultant for the Stone Writing Center at Del Mar College. Jacqueline is also a Contributing Writer for The Bend and Inspire Coastal Bend magazines. She has a 17-year-old son, Josef, and a 13-year-old daughter, Isabella, who keep her schedule busy, but her heart full. She is also married to her best friend and soulmate, Marco. Jacqueline also has three cats: Mac, Maxie, and Loki. Jacqueline loves the chaotic nature of a busy schedule, but when she gets a bit of downtime, you can find her enjoying adventures downtown, backyard barbecues with her family, or reading a James Patterson, Kate White, or Steven King thriller. She loves 80s and 90s music, but all the time spent with her daughter has made her a huge BTS fan. Jacqueline and recently joined as a Contributor for the Corpus Christi Mom’s Blog and is excited to see what this new venture brings!