Hello there! Busy busy days over here as we cross off the days until Christmas! My decorating is just about done but there is still quite a bit of gift buying to do. I was so honored last year when HomeGoods selected me as their choice for classic traditional bloggers…….what an honor to have been selected, because we all know there are so many amazing blogs out there. So thank you HomeGoods! We have done a few things together since and I was particularly excited when we partnered together for this holiday basket project. I was given $100 to go to HomeGoods and make up a basket for someone who could use a little cheering up this season. I knew just the person I had in mind. They also generously offered a $100 gift card to one lucky Enchanted Home reader! And no where does $100 go as far as does in a HomeGoods store, trust me! (winner to be announced on Sunday) HomeGoods is brimming with seriously the most amazing holiday finds, I don’t know anyone who can compete, they have so much and the prices are incredible. Your dollar goes very far and you leave feeling like Santa Claus with having saved tons….isn’t that the best way to shop! So below are the highlights of my shopping trip there and of course along the way I found all kinds of goodies to pick up, it is also the best place to channel your inner holiday giftwrap goddess vibe, I get so excited to wrap my gifts once I have been to HomeGoods! So here we go,? join me as I stroll the aisles of HomeGoods.…. It might look quiet and calm but I assure you this is one of the busiest (but most chock full) HomeGoods I have been to…..you MUST get there early! Holiday decor is everywhere..if I didn’t have enough to open up my own Christmas shop I would have snapped up a few of these beautiful trees at $39 and $49! And if you are in a pinch for a last minute gift, how chic would it be to bring a bottle of wine or champagne and put them in one of these beautiful furry wine bags! There were so many packages of napkins, when the shelves were too full they were loaded into shopping carts! I think I have enough for the next 10 Christmas’s! Another great last minute gift, cute whimsical napkins in their holders AND all wrapped up..now that is what I call easy giving. For someone who loves to giftwrap or a craft enthusiast, these shelves would have made your heart sing! I loved this little art boards, I know just the person to give each one to…..at only $6.99 these were a steal! Holy nutcracker! If you love nutcrackers, this is the place to get them and the prices were the lowest I have seen! There were beautiful boxes and acres of gorgeous giftwrap at only $2.99 a roll! These charming Spode mugs set the tone for my basket, “holiday tea for two” and then I found the charming plates to match I was able to get great coffees and teas from Godiva, chocolates and pretty packages of shortbread all under $4.99 eachYes my cart was starting to look really really full! Before long my shopping cart was overloaded! Meanwhile back at home,? here is what I created, a beautiful holiday basket brimming with all kinds of fabulous holiday goodies! If I were to waltz into a local shop that carries baskets, this would easily set me back $250 + but I was able to put this entire basket together for a whopping total of $98.15! And when I say it is full….I mean FULL! It all started with this wonderful multi functional basket, about 16″ x 15″, generously sized and at only $14.00 it was a bargain! And after playing around with just how it would all fit, here is what I came up with…..a really gorgeous basket filled with holiday goodness sure to brighten someones day! This has a little bit of everything, mugs and plates, teas, coffees , chocolates and cookies, dish towels, potpourri, napkins and guest towels, gift wrap and candles!? Covered just about all of it! I added small sprigs of evergreen and pinecones to help give it that final festive touch! I had to go buy more cellophane but will wrap this baby up and stick that big tartan bow around it and go and make someones holiday just a little merrier. So there you have it…my shopping excursion to HomeGoods which did not at all disappoint and my basket that I made up which I recently delivered to an overjoyed recipient could not have been a bigger hit! Who wouldn’t love to receive a huge basket brimming with all kinds of holiday goodies! If you are needing a gift, holiday decor or a little something for yourself…HomeGoods is a wonderful resource for everything from gift wrap to beautiful ornaments, to virtually all holiday decor you can possibly imagine! Thank you HomeGoods for partnering with me for this wonderful basket project that got my creative juices flowing and filled me with the holdiay spirit. Click here to learn more about HomeGoods or to find the a Homegoods near you. GIVEAWAY DETAILS- If you would like to be in the running to win a $100 giftcard to HomeGoods, just leave me a comment here telling me what you love about HomeGoods (open to those in the U.S. only). If you want a second chance leave a comment on HomeGoods Facebook page by clicking here (tell them you are from The Enchanted Home). I will select one lucky winner on Sunday, just in to go on a little Christmas shopping spree:) Thank you for stopping in….wishing you a wonderful day, ho ho ho! PS My FINAL PROMOTION (perhaps my best yet) was just put up this morning and is on for two days, everything is ready to go and you will get it in time for Christmas! Click here for the details! PPS Just about full for my HOLIDAY LOVE photo contest but have room for a few more pictures, if you think you have a winning picture that expresses HOLIDAY LOVE then by all means send it in! Email me your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. (as of today only taking one picture per person since there are only a few spots left)? Click here for more details.