Here’s What Our Team Has Done Behind The Scenes in December – Holiday Edition!

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Here’s what our Hip2Save team members have been up to when we’re off the clock…

woman packing meals in to go boxes on food pantry shelf

We’re back with more exciting behind-the-scenes at Hip to wrap up the year! 🤩

We’re continuing our super fun off-the-clock Hip series and giving you all a sneak peek into our lives behind the scenes every month!

Whether it’s something we’re buying, something we did, or how our lives are ever-changing, we’re bringing you along for the journey with us!

More than anything, we all enjoyed time with our families on Christmas. 

family wearing matching black and white christmas jammies

If you didn’t know, Christmas Day is the one and only day our entire Hip2Save team takes a day off to unplug and spend time with our families – including our Hip boss, Collin! This matching Christmas jammie family photo from this year sure does bring a smile to all our faces and it’s so heartwarming to know Collin enjoyed such special memories with all her kiddos. 🥰

Like their matching jammies?! Cheap Walmart pajamas for the win!

We sure hope all you Hipsters were able to enjoy time with your family this Christmas too! 🎄

Melinda and her family started new holiday traditions in memory of her mom. 

woman holding a cutting board with handwriting engraved on front

For Melinda and her family, Christmas this year was about building new family traditions since they lost their mom to COVID earlier this year.

Overcoming their first Christmas without her couldn’t have been more meaningful when her sister surprised her with a stunning engraved cutting board featuring her mom’s handwritten recipe that their family loves too much. To top it off, each of the kiddos received their own pillow or teddy bear made from pieces of their grandma’s clothing. So beautiful. 😭

Our hearts go out to all of you who were celebrating Christmas without a loved one this year. 💔

Our team did some secret Santa gift exchanges too. 

man smiling wrapped in tortilla shell blanket

We didn’t just exchange gifts with family this year. In fact, every year, our team hosts a behind-the-scenes secret Santa gift exchange – it’s a super fun way to get to know our team a little more and interact since we all work remotely.

While I think everyone loved their gifts, Shane’s tortilla blanket (which he LOVES) gave us all a laugh. 😆 It’s a great thing we all create wishlists because I would have never thought of this one. 😂

Gary took the opportunity to update his social media photos.

dog wearing christmas tie in front of lit tree

Oh, how we love getting Gary updates! Luckily, it seems as though he gave Angela a little bit of a break from wrecking things around the house and instead took the opportunity to snap some updated headshots over the holiday.

dog wearing green and red christmas hat

While his LinkedIn photo is pretty handsome and professional, we’re loving his new Tinder picture even more. 🤣 He’s all fun and just a little bit of business.

Stacy and her kiddos were busier than ever this month. 

tons of choir and orchestra people performing on stage

What I really should be saying is what didn’t Stacy and her family do over the holidays?! They were busy attending the Millennial Choir & Orchestra where her kiddos performed and they were even in a drive-thru live nativity!

Aside from seeing her family totally rock it this holiday season, she also enjoyed a carriage ride through Deerfield in Plano, a local neighborhood full of lights, and she even participated in a new holiday initiative she discovered to help widows during a difficult time of the year. ❤️

Nicole packed up the kiddos for a drive-thru lights show.

car driving through tunnel of colored christmas lights

One holiday tradition Nicole and her family were sure to check off the list was driving to see some festive lights. Not only did they enjoy the show from the warmth of their own car, but they even packed a thermos of hot chocolate for all the kids to enjoy and make it even more special.

Lina and her family helped out at their local food pantry.

family standing together in front of food pantry sign

It’s the season for giving, and for Lina and her family that means donating some of their time. They spent the day before Christmas Eve volunteering to hand out food to over 100 families at their local food pantry. How awesome!

Kaitlyn and her family participated in operation Santa.

family wearing matching christmas jammies in front of tree

Kaitlyn and her family took on the role of Santa and participated in Operation Santa with USPS this year. While they didn’t grab a picture of their donations, they let us know what a great time they did have and how good it felt to make a difference.

Stetson turned 30!

man inside Kohl's excited about deals

In case you missed it on Instagram, our one and only Stetson hit the thirty mark this month! 🥳 While we’re not too sure what shenanigans he was up to on his day off, we do know he was likely to bring a smile to many people’s faces and spread his joy like he does every other day.

If you haven’t wished him a very happy birthday yet, make sure to drop a birthday wish in the comments so we can share it with him. 😊

Stetson also received a special gift at Target.

man holding a target dog while leaning on target red cart

We’re not the only fans of Stetson! His local Target recently rewarded him by gifting him a rare Target Bullseye stuffed animal for a job well done. He was recognized for fixing up their store and straightening up end caps, as even they notice the work he regularly puts in for his job at Hip. How cool!

Maybe he’ll be next for an exclusive line with Target. 😂🙏🏻

Shane and Stetson are gearing up for 2022 in their own way.

cartoon action figure men in comic book

While I’m really unsure what exactly is happening here, it’s no secret Shane is always up to something unique and cool. More recently, his friend made a poster of him for Christmas. With an anticipated launch date of September 2022 for his new movie, it has already given Stetson something exciting to look forward to. 🤣

Well, Hip2Savers, on that note, we’re going to get back to bringing you all the best holiday deals!

I’ll be back in the New Year with fresh new, Hip news!

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 28

  1. markiesluv

    Love this post!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! Happy to hear that. πŸ₯° Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • markiesluv

      Oh and forgot in my 6am brainfog to say Happy Bday to Stetson!!

  2. Cheryl

    Happy Birthday Stetson!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)


  3. Mary

    You all look great & festiveπŸ₯° Merry Christmas & Happy New YearπŸ’₯

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thank you, Mary! πŸ’žπŸ₯° Happy New Year! πŸ€—πŸŽ‰

  4. Kellie

    Love this! Thank you for another great year. You guys are such bright spotsπŸ’—

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      How sweet! You’re most welcome, Kellie! You sure are a bright spot to us! Thanks for the super sweet comment! It sure means a lot! πŸ’ž

  5. JenB

    Happy Birthday Stetson!

    I like this uplifting post.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, thanks for the kind feedback and Birthday wishes, JenB!πŸŽ‰ I’ll be sure to share with Stetson! πŸ₯°

  6. ana-8

    Thank you so much for sharing! Wow! Crazy to think we all share 24 hours in a day and we all use Them differently 😁❀️❀️

  7. Diane

    Where were the drive thru lights? They look awesome! Thanks for all you do and Happy New Year!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Those are in East Hartford, CT. It’s called Magic of Lights.πŸ™Œ

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      We love sharing with you as well, Babymair! 😍 Thank you so much for making us feel like it matters!

  8. Kristy

    Happy Birthday Stetson!! I’m so glad you are part of the Hip2Save team! You most certainly bring smiles with the funny pictures posted!

  9. Michelle

    Awww, Gary is such a handsome good boy! I love the updates, but his are the ones I look forward to most, lol! Happy New Year Hip2Save team!! And Happy Birthday Stetson!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)


    • Angela (Hip Sidekick)

      Aww thank you Michelle! He has been a handful but I’ve always heard it takes rescues 3 months to settle in. His three months with us was Christmas Day. He’s such a sweet pup and we love him so much! I’m glad you like the Gary updates. β™₯️

  10. Tammy

    Happy Birthday Stetson!! πŸŽ‚πŸŽ

  11. Karen Wimmer

    Aww! This is such a great post. And thank you so much everyone for all your hard work everyday. I tell everyone about this board. You are helping countless people every day! Happy and Healthy New Year to you all.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re most welcome! Thank YOU for the kind words and for passing along the savings! πŸ’–πŸ₯°Happy New year to you and your family! πŸŽ‰πŸ’ž

  12. teresalynn

    Thank you for this community! I love the positivity and joy you all bring to my life daily! ❀

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, You’re welcome! SO sweet! πŸ₯° We truly appreciate you stopping by each day! Thanks for being a loyal follower! πŸ€—πŸ’ž

  13. Jaycee

    Happy Birthday Stetson!

  14. Julie R

    Happy Birthday Stetson! All of you AVery Happy New Year of 2022.

  15. Seana

    Adorable pics! The cutting board is a great πŸ’‘. Other than dessert is spelled wrong. 😜

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