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Big Lots is Your One-Stop Holiday Shop for Last-Minute Gifts, Decor, and More!


Thanks to Big Lots for sponsoring this post. All thoughts are my own.

Who can believe how quickly the holidays have come upon us this year? Every year, they arrive and blow past us quicker than ever before, and this year is no exception. While we're not facing strict no-gathering rules this holiday season, we're definitely still feeling the lasting impact of 2020's pandemic wave. When we were stuck at home during the early months of COVID-19, there was a store that came to my family's rescue and saved our sanity. It was our neighborhood Big Lots, which has been a favorite store of mine for gifts, seasonal items, and holiday decor and trimmings for many years.

Big Lots has become a go-to for me (in-store and online) for everything from school supplies and household items to gifts and groceries. It's the one place I run to before every family get-together, and the first place I go when I'm looking for fun gifts or need a little refresh for areas of my home.

This holiday season, Big Lots has some amazing gifts for everyone on your (and my) list and is making it easier than ever to make the season merry with multiple ways to shop. You can choose to shop online or in-store, have your order shipped with standard delivery, same-day delivery, or you can save on shipping costs and pick your order up in-store after ordering online. For the first time ever, I'm doing the bulk of my holiday shopping online so I can keep our new baby safe at home and out of the cold weather elements. Shopping online at Big Lots is a lot of fun, and so easy! I normally stress over shopping online, but thankfully, Big Lots has great gift ideas broken into categories, making it easy to shop by the recipient and cross everyone off of my shopping list (and I have a big list, y'all!).

I always like to start with gifts for the kids. I feel like once I have them taken care of, I can concentrate on everyone else with ease. Big Lots has a huge selection of gifts for kids of all ages, which is awesome for our family because our kiddos range from 3 months to eleven years old.

Check out my top gifts for kids from Big Lots!

By Fisher-Price ($10.00)

How adorable is this cute little gift set for little babes? This soft play gift set comes with three pieces, and is perfect for tiny tots with their eyes all aglow on Christmas morning!

By Melissa & Doug ($10.00)

Have a sweet little maker in your life? Melissa and Doug toys are a favorite in our home, but they also have tons of DIY kits for kids! I fell in love with this cute jewelry box, which comes with everything needed to be creatively decorated and personalized by its recipient. 

By Hasbro ($8.00)

I have never met a boy who didn't love NERF. For the kid who loves NERF but already has tons of blasters, try the N-Strike Targeting Kit! It has cool reflective lights and works with any existing NERF blaster, and is a part of the Modulus Ghost Ops line. This will help your NERF-loving pal work on their targeting skills anywhere they choose to play!

Thoughtful Gifts for Grown-Ups

Whether you're shopping for friends or family, Big Lots has great gift options! I always like to go with gifts that are useful and needed for friends and family. Kitchen and home products make amazing gifts, especially for parents, siblings, and friends!

By Biddeford ($30.00)

An electric blanket is such a fabulous gift idea for the guy who might be hard to shop for (ahem- like my dad!). If there's a guy or gal in your life who loves to cozy up and watch movies or read on chilly winter nights, this blanket is a great gift option. It's trendy with its buffalo plaid design and is quick to heat up with the turn of a dial. It also has an auto shut-off feature, which is awesome... no more worrying about falling asleep with it still on.

By Real Living ($45.00)

What a great gift set! So many people in my life have been upgrading their appliances (like stoves) and might need stainless steel cookware for those glass cook-tops. These are also perfect gifts for newlyweds, college students, anyone looking to upgrade their cookware, or anyone who's just starting to make a home for themselves. They are also awesome to donate to charities this season that are helping people start their lives in new homes. Ringing in at under $50.00, this is an amazing gift idea!

Don't forget those stocking stuffers!

Big Lots has tons of great stocking stuffers from $1.00 - $5.00! Gifts for all!

What about stocking stuffers? Again, Big Lots has a large variety of gift items that make amazing stocking stuffers... think candies, small toys, beauty items, socks. I had a great time picking out some stocking stuffers I knew would bring smiles to the faces of my family members. From make-up for little princesses to Star Wars PEZ dispensers for those joining the rebel alliance, Big Lots has it all!

Fill up their stockings without breaking the bank!

Show appreciation to teachers!

It can be tough to know what to get for teachers, so I like to keep it simple with gift cards and small gifts. Thankfully, Big Lots makes it super easy to stock up on everything you need to make a special teacher smile during the holidays. After all, they're a huge part of the village that cares for our kiddos, so they deserve something special.

Big Lots has the gift-giving supplies you need to make teachers smile!

I found adorable gift bags, tags, tissue paper, and wrapping paper at Big Lots. They have so many cute designs- I wanted to buy way more than what I needed! I kept gifts for teachers simple with gift cards and lip balm. After all, a Big Lots gift card is an awesome gift idea- teachers can select something personal or purchase items for their classroom. There are so many cool gift sets at Big Lots, too! You can purchase one or two gift sets containing multiple items and split them up into gifts for teachers.

Be the Holiday Host or Hostess with the Mostest!

Hosting a gathering or giving trays of treats? Find cute holiday paper products at Big Lots!

Another reason why I love Big Lots is that they always have seasonal paper goods and cute ones at that! I found fall paper plates and napkins to use during October and November, and I knew that I wouldn't be disappointed in Big Lot's holiday collections! You can shop by theme online, or just browse aisle by aisle in-store to find goods that match your holiday theme. I love the Farm Fresh Christmas Trees theme with the buffalo plaid design- it perfectly matches the decor in my dining room! I'll be using these paper plates for cookie trays as we finish up or holiday baking for friends, family, and neighbors next week. These sturdy paper plates make the perfect little treat trays! Headed to a holiday party? Don't forget a hostess gift... it's a thoughtful gesture!

Spruce up your indoor decor with candles!

I love decorating with candles during the holiday season, and Big Lots has an impressive selection of real flame candles, as well as battery-operated candles. These beautiful jar candles smell amazing, and they look beautiful. Pair them with smaller decor items on a pretty tray for a festive holiday look in your home. Candles also make beautiful, thoughtful, and inexpensive gifts! This gorgeous jar candle comes in under $10.00!

Bows make everything better!

Last year, I decided that I wanted to decorate with a lot of buffalo plaid in my kitchen/dining room, as well as for the theme of our outdoor decor. I searched high and low for bows that I could use outdoors on our garland and wreaths and kept coming up empty-handed until I stopped into Big Lots. Not only did they have gorgeous buffalo plaid bows, but they also had multiple sizes and lots of items in stock! I was able to purchase all of the bows I needed to finish my decorating indoors and out! The best part? Each bow was $5.00 or less! Now that's what I call decorating on a budget!

Our holiday home decor is festive thanks to added buffalo plaid bows on our garland and wreaths.

Want them? Get them!

Instead of asking 'what can you find at Big Lots?' the real question is 'what can't you find at Big Lots?'. They have it all! You can finish up your gift shopping for friends, family, teachers, neighbors, and whoever else might be on your list... plus, you can find awesome stocking stuffers, decor, hosting essentials, and all the trimmings needed to make your holiday season merry and bright! I love my neighborhood Big Lots- they never let me down.

Stop into your neighborhood Big Lots for your holiday shopping- or shop online. Don't forget about their awesome same-day delivery options, or purchase online and pick up in-store option. Right now, take an extra 15% off your online purchase- just choose in-store or curbside pickup. Use code PICKUP15 at checkout through December 24, 2021.

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We're proud to feature Big Lots in our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. Be sure to look for more gift ideas!
Special thanks to Big Lots for helping me share the very best they have to offer this holiday season. 

What would you love to purchase from Big Lots this holiday season?

Happy merry-making!


  1. You found some great items. I really like the Black & White Buffalo Check Heated Electric Throw.

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