Holiday Gift Guide

with TJ Maxx and Marshalls

by Janice

Online Holiday Gift Guide with TJ Maxx and Marshalls

Part 1: For Her/For Him
Part 2: For Kids
Part 3: For Friends/Family

A Holiday Gift Guide with your Personal Shopper…

December is here!!! Have you started your holiday scramble yet?

If you are like me, you are a mixture of organized and last minute when it comes to holiday shopping. I have some presents ordered online and numerous presents stuffed away in closets waiting to be wrapped.

But, then there are the “impossible-to-shop-for” people, (like my husband and mother-in-law,) and the extra “Santa toys” I need to pick up, that make up my “oh-no-it-is-almost-Christmas” list.

And without fail, I run to T.J. Maxx, (or their sister store in Canada, Winners,) to finish my shopping.

Seriously, I could not imagine getting through gift giving at any time of year, especially the holidays, without The TJX Companies. About half of the gifts I buy are from The TJX Companies.

I love T.J. Maxx and Marshalls because I always get brand name and designer merchandise at huge discounts. Why? Because “opportunistic buying” allows off-price retailers, like The TJX Companies, to offer even greater values, (20 – 60% off,) on all merchandise every day of the year.

So, this year, I am going to be YOUR personal shopper at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls!

Fashion Ring - T.J. Maxx

Fashion Ring $29.99 at T.J. Maxx

Yes, I took my camera and spent EIGHT hours searching T.J. Maxx and Marshalls for my TOP PICKS for this one of a kind three part gift guide! (Actually, I still need to go back for more photos for Part 3!)

Our Holiday Gift Guide from T.J. Maxx and Marshalls will include:

Part 1: For Her/For Him
Part 2: For Kids
Part 3: For Friends/Family

These are my personal photos, my real life shopping picks, shot just for YOU! I am so excited… let’s get shopping!

Part 1: For Her/For Him — Shopping for your Spouse

The most challenging parts of Christmas shopping can be shopping for husbands AND providing husbands with ideas to shop for us!

So here you go ladies, not only do I have ideas for what to buy your hubby from T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, I have ideas (actual photos I took!) for you to add to YOUR list!

For Her (or You!)

1. Jewelry

A woman always wants to play dress up, right?

Lucy & Laurel Necklace at T.J. Maxx

Lucy & Laurel Necklace $49.99 at T.J. Maxx

What I love about the fabulous jewelry I found at T.J. Maxx is that while they have high end pieces, they also have affordable gold and silver items, and fun fashion jewelry — so there are all different budget options.

Jewelry Collage - T.J. Maxx

L-R Swarovski Crystal Ball Necklace $129.99, Lucy & Laurel Necklace $29.99, Fashion Ring $29.99

I just wanted to buy so many pieces… especially the bracelets below. Love them.

Bracelets - T.J. Maxx

R.J. Graziano Bracelets $19.99, $39.99 at T.J. Maxx

2. Watches

With mobile phones keeping us on time, watches may seem less essential these days. But that doesn’t mean they don’t make fun fashion statements!

This incredible Ceramic Swiss Legend Ladies Watch covered with Diamonds is completely out of my price range, but it was oh so fun (and heavy!) to try on! If your hubby is able to make such a splurge on you, make sure he does it at T.J. Maxx – he will save up to a thousand dollars!

Ceramic Diamond Swiss Legend Ladies Watch

Swiss Legend White Diamond Ceramic Ladies Watch $999.99 at T.J. Maxx

But no worries. T.J. Maxx has tons of more affordable but still stunning watches, ranging from $49.99 and up. I particulary loved this two-tone DKNY watch and this Peugeot SWISS Ladies Black Ceramic Bezel Set Watch.

DKNY and Peugeot Watches - at T.J. Maxx

DKNY Watch $49.99, Peugeot SWISS Ladies Black Ceramic Watch $299.99 at T.J. Maxx

3. Boots, Shoes, and High Heels

Mama needs a new pair of heels baby!

Etienne Aigner Ankle Boots - $34.99 at TJ Maxx

Etienne Aigner Ankle Boots $34.99 at TJ Maxx

When it comes to footwear, if you have a Marshalls store that features a ShoeMegaShop you will be in shoe paradise. I have to cross a border and drive over 60 miles to get to a Marshalls and it is MORE than worth it! They have fabulous shoes for everyone in the family. Yes, I am obsessed.

Heels - T.J. Maxx

Nine West Heels $39.99, Etienne Aigner Boots $39.99 at T.J. Maxx

Boots — I wish I could own a dozen different pairs…

Boots-Marshalls

Born Boots $129.99 at Marshalls, Impo Boots $34.99 at Marshalls, B Makowsky $129.99 at T.J. Maxx

If size or fit is holding you back from adding footwear to your list, just tell hubby your size and if they don’t fit, you have 30 days to return or exchange! (With receipt. Christmas gifts without receipts can be returned until January 3rd.)

4. Handbags and Purses

Not only do you want to head straight to Marshalls for footwear for the family, but Marshalls is where you want to buy your handbags ladies! Fabulous purses and fabulous prices!

Nine West Handbag - Marshalls

Nine West Handbag $39.99 at Marshalls

And if your hubby happens to choose a purse that isn’t perfect for your wardrobe, no worries. You can return it and have fun choosing just the right one yourself!

Handbags at Marshalls

Tyler Rodan $39.99, Kathy van Zeeland $39.99, Tyler Rodan $34.99 at Marshalls

5. Scarves, Sweaters, and Gloves

It is time to get cozy! Hubby can’t go wrong wrapping you up in warmth.

assorted cashmere scarves

Assorted Cashmere Scarves $29.99 at T.J. Maxx

I just love cashmere — who doesn’t? So getting cashmere scarves and sweaters for such great prices is fantastic! I was in such a hurry taking the photos for this guide I didn’t have time to shop, but I did grab a pair of these super soft Thinsulate gloves. So incredibly comfy!

Gloves, Scarves and Sweaters at T.J. Maxx

Thinsulate Gloves $12.99, Assorted Scarves $9.99-$19.99 at T.J. Maxx, Cashmere Sweaters $39.99 at Marshalls

Wow — that was so much fun! I hope my photos gave you some inspiration to share with your husband and add to your personal list. And if there are other women in your life on your list, perhaps some of these ideas will be perfect for them too.

Now, let’s get started on what to buy for the man in your life…

For Him

1. Watches

I love shopping for men’s watches — even if it is just window shopping.

The classic style of this Movado Mens Watch is stunning.

Movado Mens Watch at T.J. Maxx

Movado Mens Watch $399.99 at T.J. Maxx

And I know my husband would love this Wenger Swiss Army Watch.

Wenger Swiss Men's Watch $99.99 at T.J. Maxx

Wenger Swiss Men's Watch $99.99 at T.J. Maxx

2. Coats, Hats, Scarves

Men need to stay warm too during the long winter months. So you can also wrap up some warmth for him!

It may be imitation leather, but it felt fabulous! I couldn’t believe this coat was only $39.99, (compare to retail price of $80.00.) If they had had it in my husband’s size, I would have bought it for sure.

Columbia Sportswear Imitation Leather Jacket $39.99 at T.J. Maxx

Columbia Sportswear Imitation Leather Jacket $39.99 at T.J. Maxx

I found great outerwear, clothing and winter accessories for men at Marshalls. Marshalls has a broad men’s selection. So, if you are looking for men’s clothing, Marshalls is a great place to go.

Sweater, Hats, Scarves from Marshalls

Polo Sweater $49.99 at Marshalls, Bula Hat $5.99, Assorted Mens' Scarves $7.99-$29.99 at T.J. Maxx

3. Ties, Wallets, Belts

And we won’t forget those classic stocking stuffer gifts — the ties, wallets, belts, etc.

Geoffrey Beene Silk Tie

Geoffrey Beene Silk Tie $19.99 at T.J. Maxx

With such affordable prices, you can wrap up all of these and have lots of gifts for hubby to open on Christmas morning.

Perry Ellis Wallet $9.99, Kenneth Cole Belt $12.99 at T.J. Maxx

Perry Ellis Wallet $9.99 at T.J. Maxx, Kenneth Cole Belt $12.99 at Marshalls

4. Tools and Toys

Men are just bigger boys and yes, they still love their toys. So, I love to pick up tools and toys for my grown up boy at Marshalls and T.J. Maxx.

Assorted Tools at T.J. Maxx

Assorted Tools at T.J. Maxx

Assorted gadgets at TJ Maxx

Club Champ Putt 'n Return $19.99, Assorted gadgets at TJ Maxx

5. Electronics and Accessories

Headphones, chargers, razors, the list goes on… T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have a huge collection of items that will always come in handy!

Electronics and accessories at Marshalls

Nike Headphones $12.99, Norelco Electric Razor $99.99, iPhone Charger $7.99 at Marshalls

More to Come…

I will be publishing Part 2 — For Kids next week, and Part 3 — For Family and Friends the week after. In the meantime, I hope you have fun making up your own T.J. Maxx and Marshalls holiday lists. Have fun shopping!

UPDATEHoliday Gift Guide Part 2 with TJ Maxx and Marshalls — Shopping for Kids is live. Click over and read my Top Picks for children, from newborn to teens.

P.S. Remember that when you shop at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls everything you buy is between 20% top 60% off retail price! So you will always have the thrill of a great sale!

And, when in doubt, remember two things — gift cards and returns! With a receipt, you have 30 days to return or exchange at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls and Christmas gift returns are accepted until January 3rd. And if you really can’t decide — everyone loves to get a gift card!

P.P.S. I would LOVE to hear your favorite T.J. Maxx and Marshalls finds and gifts! What do you head to T.J. Maxx and Marshalls to buy? And what do you wish you would find under your tree?

Please Note: T.J. Maxx and Marshalls sponsored this holiday gift guide.

Written and Photographed by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom. Talk with me: @5minutesformom and Facebook.com/5minutesformom.



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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tony Obregon December 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Love the Movado watch!! That’s definitely going to the top of my Christmas wish list. ;-)

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2 Janice December 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I will put in a good word for you with Santa! ;)

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3 Christine (LiveLaughLoveCj) December 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm

WoooHooo — just saw your post on facebook about your first installment and all the photos you took… WELL DONE!!! BRAVA!! My goodness, so when this is all done will you do a tutorial for the rest of us photonobies who don’t have a clue?

Looking forward to part 2 and part 3…. keep up the great work — Hey! TJ Maxx/Marshalls did you see what she did!?! <3

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4 Janice December 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Thanks CJ!!!! Yes I plan on doing more photography focused posts in the New Year. Been so busy I never get all the posts written that I want to!

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5 kristin December 2, 2010 at 12:17 am

Such great shots!

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6 Janice December 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Thanks Kristin!! I had tons of fun! There were so many beautiful things to shoot! I wished I could have bought them all!

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7 noreen December 2, 2010 at 12:18 am

I was at Marshalls today buy gift for my husnad for our anniversary. It will be 13 years on Sunady. I bought almost the same wallet pictured (mine was only $8.99), a tie/cufflink set and some special running socks (trust me he will like these but the socks or for Christmas.)

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8 Janice December 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Happy anniversary!!!! I am sure your husband will love it all! :)

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9 Mikki December 2, 2010 at 7:15 am

I just ran into TJ Max yesterday to ‘browse’ with a friend and ended up finding a lot of great gifts!

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10 Janice December 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I know! I could do my entire list in there! Lol

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11 Lisa December 2, 2010 at 8:54 am

Janice, this gift guide is PERFECT! You’ve given me some WONDERFUL ideas, thank you! I can’t wait to visit a TJ Maxx to snap up some of these great finds for hubby! (Shh, don’t tell!) :)

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12 Janice December 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Awww thank you Lisa for the feedback!!! That means the world to me! :)

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13 Naomi December 2, 2010 at 9:02 am

I like to stock up on tights and fancy soap for myself at TJ Maxx, underwear for the hubs, Playmobil sets for the kids, housewares and gourmet foods for gifts…

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14 Janice December 2, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Yip all of those are regular buys for me too! Have a fun shopping season Naomi!

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15 Jennifer, Snapshot December 2, 2010 at 9:04 am

I too do a LOT of my shopping at TJ Maxx. There’s one 10 minutes away from me, and it’s my go-to stop for gifts. I love the great deals on books and toys for kids, and of course handbags and accessories.

Also, since I’m often on the go, I buy things for myself or my daughter without trying them on, and I’ve never EVER had a problem returning anything. They are awesome.

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16 Janice December 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Ditto on all counts! I am going to be writing about the great books for kids too in my next guide.I LOVEthe great book deals!

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17 The Gang's Momma December 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Yes, please :) I love them all…

My favorite TJ Maxx story is from when the two older boys were little guys. Almost like twins. We hired a teen from our church to come every Tuesday afternoon, when hubby had to take a semester long class for work. I took off for about 2-3 hours of ME time. Quiet, peaceful, digging thru the loot at my local TJ Maxx almost every Tuesday afternoon. I loved it. I got great deals, finished my Christmas shopping early that year, treated myself to some sweaters and funky bags, and rejuvenated all by my lonesome. I LOVED my “digging” days – never came away disappointed. OR broke :)

She’s a mommy now, with three active busy little boys of her own and a hubby who works crazy late hours this time of year. My heart is breaking that I can’t be there for her now like she was for me then. We live too far away. But she invested in me in those years and I see others coming alongside of her now and it’s a pleasure to see. I just wish it could be me!

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18 Katie December 4, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Until I read the bottom I had no idea you took the photos, I thought they were formal product shots, you did a great job! I love TJ Maxx and Marshalls but mainly stick with the home area now I am going to have to give jewelry another look for sure!

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