‘Tis the season to make merry and ESSENCE staffer NöNe -Dunivan is here to help you get ready for some pretty epic holidays. See how to deck the halls and create a cozy setting for quality family time.

To gear up, NöNe and her two kids headed to Walmart to find everything on their list to have some holiday fun, from décor to crafts—and even yummy snacks!

Set the Scene

Create a super cozy, warm living space that’s perfect for a movie night or even a weekend hang. Stephanie scored big with this warm sherpa blanket in a festive red plaid while her kids got their own blankets featuring their favorite characters. And for a finishing touch, she added a candle with a balsam and cedar scent.

Get Creative

Making gifts can be a fun way to show your love throughout the season. Try baking cookies and decorating them together, then package them up to surprise friends and family with a sweet treat. Children can color their own holiday cards and gift tags or even design an accordion photo album. Plus, you can pick out craft kits to work on as a family, like these amazing Crayola Color Magic Sets—there is something for everyone, from shimmery mermaids, cosmic cats, sugar skulls and so much more. Or fuel their passion for crafting by making some gifts with the Cricut Joy, this smart little cutting and writing machine makes it easy to personalize anything. And as long as you do it together, whatever you decide to do will be special.

Have Playtime

Small moments can turn into big memories, so remember to make the most of each day with your family. Turn up some music and have an impromptu dance party, take a walk in your neighborhood or hike on a nearby trail or simply gather on the couch with some snacks to see a new, fun show. Try a game night, you can play video games as a group or go online to battle family friends also playing at home with the Nintendo Switch. You can also take a collective screen break and pull out your favorite board games—try a classic with a new twist, like Monopoly or Operation featuring Star Wars character, The Child.  

With low prices on top gifts that last all season long and flexible shopping options, Walmart is where the holidays happen.

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