With just two shopping days left until Christmas 2015, time is running out to find the perfect gift, but there’s a one-stop shop that probably has a location right near you! I’ve been a Gold Crown Card-carrying fan of Hallmark for much of my adult life – my appreciation for Hallmark fueled by my mom, who started us on Keepsake Ornaments practically at birth. I’ve had several Hallmark items featured in my annual Holiday Wish Guide all season, but while I was traveling on some recent adventures, I returned home to a care package from my Hallmark friends in Kansas City – and that inspired this post. What was included was some right-in-the-money picks for our family, and a solid reminder that Hallmark has something for everyone. From thoughtful gifts, to the cards and wrap to present them in-style, they’ve got everything. I even did quite a bit of shopping there this season, but I can’t show you what I bought… prying eyes on this site, if you catch my drift.
Retro-Fun: Rainbow Brite – You know how I know that friends of The Rock Father love Rainbow Brite? Because I posted this very picture yesterday and over 150 people liked it on Facebook. Yes, we’re children of the 80s that are now raising children of our own, and that’s a subject that I write about often. Rainbow Brite is back with exclusive products at Hallmark, including a faithful reproduction of the original doll, and a full assortment of ittybittys (with Sprites!). They even have her horse, Starlite. Fun Fact: We’ve had a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament of Rainbow Brite on our tree for many, many years.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (and the Classic Trilogy and REBELS, too!) – You probably already know that STAR WARS is a big enough deal here at Rock Father HQ that we have an entire section devoted solely to the franchise. What you might not know is that some of the coolest STAR WARS collectibles come not from far, far away, but from your neighborhood Hallmark Gold Crown Store. My mom has been buying me a STAR WARS Keepsake Ornament for Christmas every year for nearly two decades (I think she got me the Y-Wing Fighter this year), but the collection has expanded. There’s brand-new Keepsake Ornaments that just hit stores this month, with new characters including Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma ready to bring The Dark Side to your tree. There’s also itty bitty versions of Kylo Ren and Rey, a plush BB-8, and a Holiday-themed itty bittys assortment with Yoda, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 (proceeds benefit Toys for Tots) and the motion-activated Holiday Sweater Darth Vader Ornament. Into STAR WARS REBELS on Disney XD? Zeb makes his debut as an ornament this year as well.
Keepsake Ornaments for All! – There’s truly and ornament for any interest or age, with hundreds of styles available for 2015. We lean toward pop-culture and retro, but there’s music, sports, you name it – from Baby’s First Christmas onward. Hallmark send me an ornament based on Hasbro’s 1984 G1 version of Megatron from the TRANSFORMERS – a perfect accompaniment to the Optimus Prime I bought last year.
For the girls, Anna, Elsa and Olaf from FROZEN. And for the family, Snoopy in his famous “Flying Ace” plane – appropriate since I’ve been serving as a PEANUTS Brand Ambassador this year. Speaking of which…
PEANUTS – With THE PEANUTS MOVIE ushering in a new era of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang for audiences new and old, Hallmark has an incredible selection of exclusive PEANUTS merch. Fun Fact: When Addie was really little, I made a special trip to Hallmark to get her a Snoopy plush that only they had.
Want more? Visit your local Hallmark Store today! The clock is ticking, so get off the internet!