#FamilyIsTheGreatestGift: Bring Joy Back Into The Holiday Season

This post was sponsored by T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Every year during the holiday season, our family and friends ask us what we’d like for our boys. Our response is simple: nothing. We have what we need and more!

We have a roof over our heads, food on the table, a family who loves and supports one another, a third one on the way and of course, our health.

Although we don’t need anything, we always wish we had something — our family and friends in North Jersey to be closer to us. It’s been years since our move to South Florida, but our tradition of making holiday baskets has remained.

Our idea of the perfect gift is time with our family — pups included. It’s no surprise that whenever we get to thinking about gifts for the holiday we always try to think of ways we can include the entire family, not just personal gifts for each. Creating holiday baskets allows us to do just that. Not only are we saving money, but it’s a great reminder of what the holiday season is all about — coming together as a family.

Although I may not have my family here to celebrate with me, it’s good to know we have my husband’s family and some friends we’ve made along the way to help fill the void.

Putting Your Family First

As we prepare to gather items for our holiday baskets, we’re looking into different retailers that share our holiday message in putting family first, something my family has always instilled in my brothers and me.

One of the perks of shopping at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods during this time of the year is finding everything you need for your family gatherings from holiday décor to entertaining essentials and gifts for everyone on your list.

At T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, the family is the greatest gift. That’s why these retailers are hosting the Gift My Gathering contest to inspire people to connect and celebrate what truly matters most – each other. This holiday season, they will make it possible for five families from across the U.S. to come together and celebrate at a holiday gathering.

T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods have also partnered with Carla Hall to share tips and tricks for great holiday gatherings.

For those of you looking to enter the Gift My Gathering contest, head over to giftmygathering.com from now until November 28th.  Simply tell us how these retailers can help you gather with your loved ones this holiday season. Five families from across the U.S. will be selected and brought together to celebrate the season with a custom holiday gathering.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Gift My Gathering is sponsored by The TJX Companies, Inc. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C. and Puerto Rico, 18 & older. Begins 8:00 a.m. ET on 11/13/17 & ends 11:59 p.m. ET on 11/28/17. For official rules, visit giftmygathering.com.

Are you looking forward to spending the holiday season with those you love? 


  1. mariamagdalenahusain (@momanddiy)

    Nice thought. Family is always the first, everything we do has to be about the family. Thanks for the article, this article reminds me to be grateful to my family.

  2. Ruth I.

    Time flies, holidays are almost here. I agree, out of everything, family always comes first. This is an amazing contest, I like how they will give chance to families to be together.

  3. Sarah Bailey

    I always think the best part of christmas is getting to spend it with those you love and getting to catch up on all you have missed.

  4. colossalumbrella

    I completely agree with your thoughts! Family time is the only time when one can have peace. I just can’t imagine life without my family.

  5. Jennifer G

    The best gift at Christmas time, is the time we spend with our loved ones. I love Christmas so much and can’t wait for all the family chaos. I thrive on it.

  6. Crystal

    I love spending time with family on the holidays! I usually see my parents and sisters a lot during the year, but the holidays are really the only time I see most of my extended family – I love it!

  7. Corinne and Kirsty

    I am not going to my family’s for christmas but to Germany, my partner’s family. First time for me but it’s gonna be amazing I hope. Family is everything and it is great to know that you have it when your entire world is falling apart

  8. justmegrowingup

    Those are always my favorite stores to shop at! I love creating a warm home that our friends and family can gather in. We don’t focus on gifts, but on the quality time during this season!

  9. Sondra Barker

    As we get older, I definitely find that my Christmas list dwindles to just surrounding myself with the people I love for the holidays. It’s fun to see how the holidays becomes less materialistic, and more about family and love

    Sondra xx

  10. kellyhutchinson37920

    I was just talking to someone about putting family first. Sometimes that is not always what everyone around you wants, but for us, it brings us the most joy.

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