Welcome to the tenth installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. Parenting.com editor, Carrie Horn, shares with us her favorite gift ideas for parents and her personal shopping tips for staying on track.
What are some of your favorite holiday and lifestyle trends?
I was excited to read that one of the 2014 holiday season trends will be to give experiences rather than material things. And millennials are leading the pack with experiences over gifts, especially with spontaneous get-togethers. We are running a story in mid-November that will list suggestions of how to give your kids experiences instead of stuff without disappointing them.
What items are on your holiday wish list?
I’d rather follow this year’s trend of doing something fun with my family than getting a gift, but if I had to pick something, I’d say BBC movies and series on DVD, like the new “Sherlock.” I’m a bit of an Anglophile.
What are Parenting.com readers interested in this holiday season?
Crafts are always a huge hit during the holiday season. Our “Easy Christmas Crafts and Activities for Kids” and “18 Easy Christmas Crafts, Ornaments and Gifts” get a lot of traffic the last three months of the year.
What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers?
I like to brainstorm and write down what I think everyone on my list would like before I head to the store. That way, when I get to the store, I can stay on task better and get less distracted by shiny objects (literally). This also helps with sticking to a budget, which is my biggest tip for readers. Don’t get too crazy during December and ruin your new year trying to pay it off.
Do you have any favorite family/parenting gift ideas for readers?
With the economy slowly on the mend, we’ll be releasing our holiday gift guides in November divided into three categories: 1) Luxury Holiday Gifts for Mom and Dad (to give to each other); 2) Holiday Gifts $50 or Less for the Whole Family; 3) Holiday Gifts $25 or Less for the Whole Family. Since I love giving useful stocking stuffers, I’ll be checking out the $25 or less list.
What is one item in your house you couldn’t live without this holiday season?
I have to say my phone, since I’ll be keeping my shopping list in it instead of on paper this year.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My daughter. I love being her mom. She is so smart, spunky and big-hearted. I hope to grow up to be like her one day.
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Carrie Horn is an editor for Parenting.com. Carrie holds a B.A. in print journalism. She previously worked on a few newspapers and for a book publisher before venturing into digital media. When she and her husband decided to have children she became a junkie for all the parenting sites – when the job opening for Parenting was posted, she jumped at the chance. Now that her daughter is in the middle of potty training she’s reading all of the potty training tips like crazy. You can read all things Parenting on Parenting.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.