6 Ways to Prepare For Next Holiday Season

Over the years I have learned a thing or two about holiday shopping.  I hinted to it in my last post The O’Neil Home – Holiday Tour.  Did you pick up on it?  The lesson is:

The best time to get holidays deals is after the holidays.

You are probably saying, “How am I going to pull gift-giving off, if the holiday has already passed?

Retailers are known to slash their prices after the holidays, to clear inventory for year-end.  This means there are ways you can take advantage of these sales, to better position yourself for next year’s holiday.

Here are 6 things you can be buying now, to save yourself the trouble (and money) for next year.

6 Ways to Prepare For Next Holiday Season

The next tip is:

Pack these purchased items away with your holiday decorations.  

This way you will find them when you began decorating after Thanksgiving.  The best part is, most of the time you forget about these purchases, until you are reintroduced when you began decorating.  I have purchased wrapping paper in bulk, saving over 60% off.  That same wrapping paper has gotten me through numerous holidays.  Not to mention stocking up on Crate and Barrel ornaments for our future tree, the year before we moved in together.  Our tree is almost 75% of the initial price it would have cost us, to decorate with those ornaments purchased a few months before the holiday.

Enjoy the holiday, and then hop on those sales on Dec. 26th!  There are some savings to be had!

See you on the other side in 2015!  Happy New Year!

Gift Guide For The Man In Your Life

In my previous post, “A Wife’s Dream Holiday Gift Guide or A Husband’s Shopping Cheat Sheet,” I highlighted all the items on my wish list this holiday season. Now I am sharing potential items you would find on Chuck’s list. We actually had an out-of-town guest staying with us this weekend, who picked his brain on the topic. Her office is doing a Secret Santa and the person she is “gifting” has similar interests to Chuck. He is a fun-loving, musician with a deep passion for sports. She asked him what he would like out of this holiday shopping tradition and he shared some tips.  If the man in your life is in tune with music and loves sports, here are some suggestions below. If you are not a New England sports fan, simply replace with your team of preference.


NFL New England Patriots Men’s Heisman Track Jacket

MLB Keyscaper Wireless USB Keyboard



MLB Bloopers: Deluxe Doubleheader


NBA Boston Celtics Two Piece 15-Ounce Glass Tankard Set – Primary Logo


House of Marley EM-JA006-MI Get Together Portable Bluetooth Audio System

Yamaha DD65 Electronic Drum Pad Premium Package

Clockwork Angels Tour [Blu-ray]



GreatShield COZY Series Universal Touch Screen Texting Gloves

New Balance Men’s ML501 High Roller Pack Running Shoe


NeatDesk Desktop Scanner and Digital Filing System

Granted this last product is more for my benefit. He loves to hold on to paper and give to me to file. I feel this desktop scanner and filing scanner will make our lives much easier and less cluttered. Hopefully the days of sports rosters floating around our desk will be long gone with this neat addition!

Happy Shopping!

A Holiday Gift Guide For The Man In Your Life

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