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This post was sponsored by Amazon in partnership with Forward Influence. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m not great at Christmasing. My husband is super good at it, and does most of the gift selection for our kids…and almost all of the decorating. My share is the cooking, baking, and occasional making of festive cocktails.

I do shop plenty, though, and almost all of it is online. It’s important to me that I focus on the most important part of the holidays: time with my family.

I’m grateful for all the help I get in December. When my kids were little, Christmas shopping meant trips to crowded malls and grocery stores, ordering a gift and hoping it arrived after two weeks, and watching a handful of holiday DVDs a million times each.

Disclosure: I’m happy to be working with Amazon on this post. Both product and monetary compensation were provided to me, though I am not required to express any opinion other than my own. I’ve been a happy Amazon Prime user for more than a decade!

My family signed up for Amazon Prime years ago and order frequently. Even more frequently around Christmas. Like, a lot.

Here’s what I ordered this week that might help you solve some of your holiday problems. Did you even know you could get all this from Amazon? And because I’m a Prime member, everything shipped for free and arrived in two days or less! (Tip for fellow Prime members: we can get free same-day delivery or one-day shipping in 10,000 cities and towns coast-to-coast!)

Everything for Entertaining

Having friends and family over this month? Freshen up their drinks and your decor. I’m upping my festive beverage game with this cocktail set.

Also, that wood and stone serving tray is going to look great with a selection of my favorite cheeses on it. Mmm, Christmas cheese.

Peep that plaid holiday tablecloth. I was pleased at the quality of the material. I have some lovely old tablecloths from my mother-in-law, so it was great to find new linens that are both high-quality and affordable.

Hallmark Holiday Ornaments

Han shot first…and can also decorate your Christmas tree. Get the 2018 dated set of Hallmark keepsake ornaments. This set has Han and Chewie as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story.Han Solo Hallmark Ornament

Yes, Virginia, Amazon has Hallmark Star Wars ornaments and other Hallmark collectible ornaments, like this Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ornament.2018 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Hallmark ornament

We are a Hallmark ornament family. I’ve been collecting Hallmark Keepsake ornaments for 27 years and have two huge storage bins worth on our tree. Now you can get more ornaments from Hallmark directly from Amazon.

Stock up on the double-sided heavyweight wrapping paper, too.Christmas wrapping paper

Instant Holiday Entertainment

Tired of all your holiday movies? Did you know that the classic Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life is streaming exclusively on Prime Video this holiday season? It’s not Christmas until a bell rings and an angel gets its wings.

Once again, Amazon has everything my family needs for a holly jolly Christmas.

Live Christmas Trees

Yes, live Christmas trees, wreaths, and centerpieces–and it’s not too late. Order your live Christmas tree and get it delivered right to your door. So convenient if you live in the city or don’t have a big car. When I lived in Boston, my roommates and I toted our Christmas tree home on the subway. We were so popular because commuters love getting smacked with sappy branches on the T!

Bottom Line:

Stress less and enjoy more. Get what you need from the comfort of your home when you let #AmazonDeliver this Christmas.


Everyone gets free shipping through December 18 on orders arriving in time for Christmas, so you shop shop hundreds of millions of items with no minimum purchase amount.

Also, Amazon Prime members can get free same-day delivery or one day shipping in 10,000 cities and towns on three million items!

If you need helpful suggestions for a gift, check out Amazon has gift guides for stocking stuffers, geeky gifts, White Elephant gifts, Oprah’s Favorite things, and more.

Try Something Fun:

On social media, share a photo of whatever is causing you stress this Christmas. An undecorated tree? An empty cookie plate? Kids without enough holiday spirit? Amazon will be watching for ways to help this holiday season – simply post a photo with #AmazonDeliver.

So relax and enjoy, no matter what you have left on your list. Let Amazon help you stress less and smile more this December.

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Anne Parris

Anne Parris is a managing partner Midlife Boulevard. Her personal blog, Not A Supermom, is your typical mommy blog that her kids say used to be funnier. Anne has a business degree and a dusty résumé from a top accounting firm and a Fortune 500 company, which she reminds herself of every time she is washing underpants. She lives with her family in Virginia and blogs mostly to support her coffee habit.

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Jen Goode

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

I love the ornaments you've found on Amazon, Anne!

Anne Parris

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Thanks! We normally shop for our ornaments in the store, but this year it was nice to find what we need online.

Beth Havey

Monday 17th of December 2018

Thanks ANNE--I keep waiting for the next Season of THE CROWN. Loved everything about it and have always been a true follower of QEII. After all, we have the same name. Have a great holiday!

Anne Parris

Tuesday 18th of December 2018

I'm excited to see what The Crown will be like with the cast change. The new-older QE2 is also the queen in the movie The Favourite!


Monday 17th of December 2018

I love that you play and buy for your strengths, the beverages! I was just looking at my glassware and thinking why don't I have matching more than 2 or 3 glasses? Santa may be drinking his milk out of a canning jar unless I get on Amazon!

Anne Parris

Tuesday 18th of December 2018

I'll happily sip from a Mason jar, but I do love my crystal highball glasses!

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