#GiftToast The Special People In My Life


Giving presents was a language of love in my family growing up. I was raised on heartfelt gifts and thoughtful surprises. The gifts were never about accumulating material possessions. Unwrapping a present from my grandparents, auntie or mom was the same as them telling me: I know you. I get you. I know what brings you joy. I know your favorite colors, the kind of style that makes your heart beat faster and the type of books that fill your soul. And when I was out shopping, I was thinking of you. I knew you would love this. And I love you. Flash forward many years, and the art of gift giving remains my love language today. When JCPenney challenged me to #GiftToast special friends in my life, I was more than up for the challenge. I’m lucky enough to have a community of really solid friends and family in my corner. They support me. They show up. They forgive me. They sacrifice. They teach me. They listen. They love my children. They laugh with me. And they cry with me. While I make an effort to let them know how important they are to me all year round, the holiday season is the perfect excuse to surprise them with a special gift to let them know they are on my mind and that I’m grateful for our relationships. When I went to JCPenney, I was on the hunt for several smaller gifts so I could curate gift sets I knew my friends would love. But I was shocked at how many name brands I recognized and how many awesome holiday gifts at a great price that I also put on my list. Check out a few of the goodies I put on my list: 2-1-Recently Updated1-001An AMAZING collection of Star Wars goodies. My kids were in heaven at the selection of toys, clothes and bedding all-things-Star-Wars. But they also had a huge selection of really cute Star Wars stuff for adults–like cuff links for Dad, joggers for mom, and of course baseball tees with Yoda! I’m obsessed with both pairs of these Nike’s (black and leopard) and you better believe I emailed them to Ben for my Christmas list. And those black booties, so classic and such a great price! Also, how perfect is that black I Heart Ronson romper for holiday parties?! The black wool felt hat is classic for fall and winter (might just have to add that to my list too). Did you know you could find Essie and OPI nail polish at JCPenney? Because I didn’t! And I ended up finding the most perfect holiday gold OPI polish. Visit the salon in a JCPenney near year and you’ll find so many great beauty products! The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer comes in basically any color you can think of and it’s on sale for the holidays! And the All A Glow Brush Set is the perfect gift under $20 for anyone on your list. I picked out so many awesome gifts! And how about this amazing infinity scarves! I purchased these gift sets at their discounted holiday price and then I opened them up to curate my own gift sets. It was so much fun! These also make great gifts for teachers, co-workers or stocking stuffers.

09-thumb_IMG_9654_1024 Lip balm gift set, Buxom Don’t Miss A Beat Lip Polish Collection, Around the World Infinity Scarf 06-thumb_IMG_9659_1024 And now, I challenge you to #GiftToast some of the important people in your life. Check out JCP.com for more awesome gift ideas. And scroll down for a chance to win $$$ to JCP. 13-IMG_9669 02-thumb_IMG_9670_1024

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Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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  1. I would like to gift my husband because he works hard to take care of us

  2. Julie Wood says:

    I would like to #GiftToast my sister because she is a single parent and takes such good care of my niece and nephew. I am going to make her Christmas special this year!

  3. Julie+Wood says:


  4. My husband deserves it because he works really hard for us.

  5. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/675100178488172544

  6. I would like to #GiftToast my mom because she is the most caring and hardworking person I know.

  7. i would love to #gifttoast my parents! they have been so incredibly supportive my whole life, but especially the last few years since i’ve been in medical school!

  8. I would like to #GiftToast to my husband this holiday season for his support for our family.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  9. tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/675159343302594564

  10. I would like to #GiftToast my sister. She and her husband take wonderful care of me, my husband and our girls and while we all like to take care of them in return, showing her that I’ve thought of her in the way a gift shows would be perfect. For so long I knew that gifts meant more than just buying someone something and your explanation of I know you, I’ve thought of you with gifts is exactly what my heart thinks so thank you!

  11. my husband! he works so hard for our family and is the most patient person i have ever met!

  12. I would like to #GiftToast my mom because she is always there to listen to me.

  13. I’d like to #GiftToast our neighbor because he’s so kind and helpful, and he often brings over yummy homemade food for us to try.

  14. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I would love to #GiftToast my mom because she always there for me and she never fails to listen!

  15. I would love to #GiftToast my husband because he provides so well for our family.

  16. i’d like to #gifttoast my son’s teacher because of her tireless service

  17. i would #gifttoast my husband because he does so much for me and my girls.

  18. I would #Gifttoast to my husband because he works so hard.

  19. Love this! I would want to pamper my mom, who never does anything for herself, and a friend who is going through a rough year.


  20. My friend Heather, who just had a baby and is experiencing all the trials and joys of motherhood for the first time!

  21. My son’s teachers who make his preschool days so delightful!

  22. I would like to #GiftToast my mom because she is so giving and selfless year round!

  23. Oh I would love to #GiftToast my mother! She retired, and now spends about 35 hours a week volunteering at the hospital. She really deserves it!

  24. Jessica To says:

    I would like to #GiftToast my son’s technology teacher for giving him confidence.

  25. The one person I would love to #GiftToast is my spouse. He works so hard to keep us going, and I want him to know how much I appreciate him.

  26. I shared your blog post and the JCPenney giveaway on Twitter:
    Thank you!

  27. Steven weber says:

    I would love to gifttoast to my girlfriend — she is a very hard worker and deserves it.

  28. it would be my hubby. he works 50 hours a week to support our family and I want to make him happy.

  29. I want to #GiftToast to my parents. They’ve always taken great care of me and I want to thank them and give back. 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  30. I would #gifttoast my mom. She is always so quick to take care of everyone but herself. I would love to be able to send her shopping for herself.

  31. ELIZABETH P says:

    I would like to pamper my mom #gifttoast – what a great gift idea. truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)com

  32. ELIZABETH P says:
  33. I would love to gifttoast my husband for being such an incredible father and husband all year.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  34. tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/680042350534635520

  35. I’d like to #GiftToast a good friend, who often lets us stay over in her guest room when we visit….and we often cook dinner at her place when we’re there and I always notice how many things are lacking in her kitchen. I’d love to gift her some basic, nice kitchen utensils and dishes, etc.

  36. Susan Smith says:

    I would like to #GiftToast my husband because he works so hard for us.

  37. Susan Smith says:
  38. My mom – because I am so grateful she is still with me for the holidays.

  39. I would gift toast my daughter for all the love she shows me every day.

  40. Thomas Murphy says:

    i want to #GiftToast my mom because she is always there for me.

  41. Thomas Murphy says:
  42. shelly peterson says:

    I would #GiftToast to my Mom because she is so caring, kind and always there for me.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  43. shelly peterson says:

    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  44. James Robert says:

    I would like to #gifttoast to my kids Great Aunt who does so much for them like taking them to church on Sundays while I work and so much more

  45. James Robert says:
  46. Tabathia B says:

    I would like to #Gifttoast to my aunt for hosting thanksgiving and christmas dinner at her home

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  47. Tabathia B says:

    tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/681218849052749825

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  48. Nidhi Chauhan says:

    I want to #GiftToast to my sister-in-law. she is getting married in few months. she could really use JCPenny GC! Fingers crossed for the win! Thanks for the chance!

  49. Nidhi Chauhan says:
  50. Michelina Shafer says:

    My parents. They are 2 of the most generous people I know and deserve something kind!

  51. My mom, Melinda, because she Is so selfless

  52. Samantha J says:

    I would like to #gifttoast my mom for holding our family together!

  53. I would focus on giving to my husband. He deserves some TLC.

  54. Grace Aspinwall says:

    I’d love to gift my sister. She’s a special needs mama who rarely gets to pamper herself.

  55. While my husband made sure our 5 children had a nice Christmas, there were no gifts for him, so I would love the opportunity to #gifttoast him, spoil and pamper him a bit, and show him how much we appreciate all that e does for us. <3

  56. And I tweeted about this giveaway as well. Thanks for the giveaway! I hope you had a Merry Christmas with your sweet boys!


  57. I would like to #GiftToast a special friend of mine.
    She always takes time for me and is such a good listener.
    thank you

  58. If love to #GiftToast all the amazing women in my life!

  59. Crystal Rogers Walker says:

    I would love to #GiftToast my husband from Leukemia he is battling right now, I wish him health

  60. Crystal Rogers Walker says:
  61. I’d love to #GiftToast my bestie because she deserves it!

  62. amy guillaume linderman says:

    i would like to #GiftToast my husband who works so hard and just got a well deserved raise. he gets his work clothes at JCPenneys.

  63. amy guillaume linderman says:
  64. I want to #GiftToast my dad to thank him for making sure we are all well taken care of.

  65. I would like to #GiftToast my Mother because she deserves it and is a great and supportive person.

  66. I’d love to #GiftToast my mother-in-law. She’s the best hostess and always works so hard to make sure we all have a wonderful holiday (life, really!).

  67. My parents because they do so much for us!

  68. My husband for sure because he is such an excellent father.

  69. I’d like to GiftToast my mom because she is such a great person.

  70. I would love to #GiftToast my amazing son. My only son my oldest child. He has 3 lil sisters and he is such a gentleman. He treats them all like princesses and he is the exact role model i couldve ever asked for. My daughters love their bubby and i do too. He is my heart. My soul. We have been thro a lot and he shows me what true loveis. Thk u

  71. Lisa Brown says:

    I would like to #GiftToast to my parents since they have always been there for me and help me whenever they can.

  72. Lisa Brown says:


  73. I would love to #GiftToast to my mom a Kitchen Aid mixer as she so fan of baking!

  74. Seth @ Giveaway Guy says:

    I’d like to #GiftToast my wife because she works hard and deserves the recognition.

  75. I’d like to #GiftToast my daughter because she is an awesome mom and grandma.

  76. I LOVE those Nikes! I’d like to Gift Toast my mom as she has had a hard year.

  77. Janice Cooper says:

    I would love to #GiftToast my husband for having a heart of gold and always being there to help others.

  78. Janice Cooper says:
  79. I want to #GiftToast my oldest daughter because she’s full of amazing.

  80. I would like to #GiftToast my daughter and granddaughter this holiday season as they lost everything they owned earlier in the year.

  81. Tweeted-https://twitter.com/birdiebee52/status/682090637190012928

  82. This holiday season I’d like to #GiftToast my best friend. She’s been around through the tough times as well as the good times.

  83. I would like to #GiftToast my dad — he’s a hard-working man who has done SO MUCH for his family!
    pixelberrypie at yahoo dot com

  84. Donna Marchlewski says:

    My hubby because I love him so much

  85. Ellie Wright says:

    I would gift my husband. He works so hard at a job he hates, so that I can stay home with our kids.

  86. Ellie Wright says:
  87. I would like to #GiftToast my parents this year, they are always there to lend a helping hand and do so asking nothing in return. They did a great job raising me and are excellent grandparents!

  88. maria cantu says:

    My daughter who is always there for me.

  89. sherri crawford says:

    my daughter who works so hard at college

  90. I would like to #GiftToast my sister in-law this holiday season because she would do the same for me.

  91. erica best says:

    my sister

  92. erica best says:
  93. i want to #GiftToast my mom because she deserves it.

  94. I would like to #gifttoast my partner because he works so very hard for our little family!

  95. I would like to gift toast my fiance. He works hard and deserves a gift.

  96. JoAnn Garrity says:

    I want to #gifttoast my brother/sister in law for including me in their holiday plans now that I am alone.

  97. I would like to # Gift Toast my daughter who has taken care of me and got me to get out with friends, since my husband of 54 1/2 years passed away 2 1/2 years ago. She makes sure I have food and my medication and takes me to my doctor appointments. She checks on me after work every day. My daughter is also a teacher for
    Special Needs Children, ages 3 and 4 years old. She cares about those children like they were her own. She loves them and they know it and return her love. My daughter deserves a special day, just for her!
    Thanks for the chance to enter your contest for JCPennys award.

  98. Elizabeth A. says:

    I want to #GiveToast to my twin sister for everything she has done for me! I love her to bits and she will always be my partner in crime! 🙂

  99. Elizabeth A. says:
  100. Catherine Plunkett says:

    I would like to #GiftToast my daughter, an amazing young woman and single mom. She works extra hours (unpaid) every day with 35 kids in a youth after-school and summer program and it is unbelievable what she gets done.

  101. velder dixon says:

    give to my sister-shes so kind

  102. Kathryn C says:

    #SweepstakesEntry – comment

    would gift toast my mom because she does so much for all of us kids – even though we are all grown and living on our own

    Kathryn C
    [email protected]

  103. Linda Kish says:

    I would like to gift toast my son because he has been off work for the past month due to an injury and needs cheering up. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  104. I’d #GiftToast my brother. He’s had a tough year and has done such a great job with his three year old son- and I know how tough that is having a two year old myself! 🙂

    kcgmorris at gmail dot com

  105. my mom… for all the stress ive put her through this year

  106. Nicole Schuller cramer says:

    I would say my self. I work hard erasing 3 kids . They always come first. It would be nice for me to get something for me.

  107. Shawn Gallagher says:
  108. Sherri Hines says:

    I would gift toast my mother-in-law. She is always so thoughtful and kind.

  109. gina blades says:

    I would like to #gifttoast my mom; she is selfless and the rock of our family.

  110. They’ve always taken great care of me and I want to thank them and give back.

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