21 posts tagged gifts
Pretty Pressies | The Pretty Blog
This is a beautiful set of printables which are perfect to keep in a drawer ready for those times when you want to say thanks or just because you want to cheer someone up! In fact the ‘bread wraps’ would be perfect art for your kitchen - I particularly love the ‘You’re the honey and the moon that lights up my life’ wrap.
DIY Peach Prize Ball | The Sweetest Occasion
We’re already planning my niece’s birthday party for March and when I came across this DIY I thought it would be a fantastic alternative to the normal goodie bags! All you have to do is get some little toys, chocolates, etc. and then start wrapping them with crepe paper strips. It’s like your own personal little pass the parcel! You could adapt this for older kids too - think small jewelry items, chocolates, key chains - anything small and easy to wrap. Wouldn’t this be a great way to propose to someone, with the engagement ring wrapped in the middle?!
Flavoured Popcorn Kit | A Beautiful Mess
Yum! ABM has three types of salt recipes to include in your kit - classic salt & pepper, spicy tex mex and for a sweet kick, cinnamon sugar. Pop in a box with a great DVD and you have a truly awesome Chrissy present!
DIY Christmas Gift Guide | A Pair & A Spare
I realise I haven’t done a gift guide in a while, so hopefully this will make up for it! A Pair & A Spare has rounded up some of her greatest DIYs from the year. I’m thinking of making the canvas for my cousin with a line from her favourite song.
Spa-Inspired Presents | Martha Stewart
Trust Martha to create this gorgeous set of crafts with free printable labels! From left to right you have Bath Fizzies, Lip Balms and Body Scrub. I know they might look intimidating but these are actually quite easy to make - probably the hardest part is finding the ingredients. The fizzies are basically bath bombs but instead of moulding into a ball you use an ice cube tray (which is actually a lot better - trust me, it’s hard to make those balls stay together!) I think I might make some of the Body Scrub, lovely!
A Bow Bracelet | Flax & Twine
I wish I’d come across Flax & Twine earlier in the month - this beautiful little ribbon bracelet is from day 2 of her handmade jewelry Advent calendar for her daughter! How sweet is that?! I think the part I like the most is the little button closure. How easy would these be to make for little nieces/nephews/cousins (and big ones!) for Christmas? Check out the rest of the advent calendar posts, there is some great stuff there!
Nuff Nuff Toys | Let’s Go Shopping!
If you’re looking for something sweet and fuzzy for that special someone this Christmas, you can’t go past these adorable felt & yarn softies are made by hand (and filled with polyfill & lavender - lovely!) You can also have you little toys turned into a keychain or brooch.
If you head over to Nuff Nuff Toys today, you can get 20% off with the code HOLIDAY20 or free shipping (for the first 5 customers) with PATAGONIA5!
Compliment Bunting | How About Orange
If you’re trying to make presents on the cheap, you can’t go past this! Beautiful and simple, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love something pretty like this to hang on their wall. Either download the file and have it printed on some heavy card stock, or if you’re feeling adventurous, buy some pretty scrap booking card and hand cut them out.
DIY Charms | Anthropologie
If you want to give something personal but don’t have time to make it, this DIY charm service from Anthropologie is fun and easy! There are lots of pretty charms, including initials and numbers, keys, feathers, geodes and other little doo-dads. Plus you can choose from different chains too! Love it.
Christmas Craft Gift Round Up!
Day 5: If You Like Her Then You Should Make A Ring For Her
OK, so I’m getting a bit nuts for the craft round up names, but tonight’s round up is all about the bling! I’ve gone through the archives to find my favourite bits and pieces to adorn your friends.
Edit: Yikes, those links were all kinds of messed up! Should be all good now!
Christmas Craft Gift Round Up!
Day 2: Yum Yum! - Sweet Food Gifts
Giving the gift of food is always appreciated. There’s nothing like a sweet treat on Christmas day (because there’s never enough food is there?!) or a ‘bake it later’ jar is perfect pantry gift. I’ve collected my favourite foodie gifts for y’all - I’m pretty sure I’ll be cooking a giant batch of fudge for my friends - it is seriously so easy to make and it goes in about 2 seconds.
Top Row, L-R:
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bread | Sunset
‘In a jar’ gifts are great for your cupboard. Especially when you have a craving and you need something right now. If Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bread isn’t something you think your friends/family would like, do a quick Google search for ‘Cookies In A Jar’ and you’ll be overwhelmed!
Homemade Butter | A Lemon Squeezy Home
There is nothing like home made butter. And seriously, how much butter do you go through during the holidays!? There’s butter on toast, butter on bread rolls, butter in food, butter on butter…
Carbon Dulce | Diamonds For Dessert
Have any friends or family who deserve a little coal this year?! Or just want to play a prank? Carbon Dulce is Spanish for ‘Sweet Coal’ and has a almond flavour. Wrap in a plastic bag and add to a stocking!
Second Row, L-R
3 Minute Microwave Fudge | V & Co
Fudge can be really hard to make - not this stuff. It is the quickest & easiest fudge I have ever made and it’s never gone wrong! I have made this with just the plain chocolate and also added apricot and almonds. So delicious! Chop up, pop in some pretty boxes and you’ve got an easy bulk present!
Hot Chocolate Cones | Ruffled
Though these are meant to be for Wedding favours, what could be better than a hot chocolate cone in Winter? Smash up some candy canes and you’ve got a delicious chocolatey minty drink!
Pancakes In A Jar | Good Life Eats
Another In A Jar recipe, this time for pancakes. I’m going to make one of these for my mum who always has cravings for pancakes but doesn’t have the items in the cupboard!
Hope you enjoyed today’s round up and found some inspiration for some quick and easy Christmas gifts!
Tomorrow: Gifts for mum!
Easy Holiday Gifts To Make In Bulk!
I’ve been asked about some ideas for small, easy crafts to make for gifts this holiday season. The Creative Place has a bunch of great DIYs, including Button & String Mini Journals, Tissue Cozies and Tile Magnets but my favourite was these Mini Journal Notepads. I think because of the stitched part with the buttons, so cute! And so easy to make in bulk. Then add a pretty wrapped feather gel pen by idlewife and you’ve got a really pretty gift. Try adding a magnet to the back of the notepad and attaching the pen with the same coloured string and you’ve got a great fridge note pad!
Scratch Off Lottery Tickets | Oh The Lovely Things
OK, confession time: scratchies are my weakness. I rarely gamble but when I do, it’s always scratchies! And I always get the ‘Crossword’ scratchie, where you have a panel that you scratch off one by one to reveal letters. You then look at all your words below and keep scratching until you get a whole word - if you get ten words or more, you win $250,000. And this is usually my thought process when I’m doing it:
‘Oh my god. Oh my god, what if I win the $250,000? Oh, YES, I got the G. G. What else do I need? I need an E. Oh my god, I could buy a new car and go on a holiday! Wow, $250,000. OK, an X. I don’t need an X. Three more letters to go. Oh my god. Mum will be so surprised when I call her and tell her I won $250,000! YES! I GOT AN E! ALL I NEED IS A T! OK! I GOT A…. oh. Z. I guess I’ll be working for a while longer’ *rips up ticket*
The thing with lottery tickets though is that you don’t always win (uh, rarely win!) But with these home-made tickets, you’re sure to always get an amazing prize! There are so many uses for these - you could make chores fun by making them into tickets (oh man, three vacuums!) or they could make great Christmas gifts. Plus, there are some gorgeous templates to download and add your own prizes to!
Mini Individual Gumball Machines | Tammy Mitchell
These are the cutest party favours I have ever seen! They’re made out of the simplest little things too - a terracotta pot and its base, a votive holder, a wooden ball and some red spray paint! Easy peasy. I know these are probably meant to be for kids parties but I would make these in pretty pastel colours for my own parties!
Passport Holder | Poppytalk
If you know someone who is travelling, this is the perfect present. Because really, who uses those travel diaries?! You always start with the best intentions but then you have too much fun and the entries stop around the third day. But this present is different, because not only is it practical but it’s pretty too. I have to say that my passport holder was invaluable, especially because I’m pretty bad with losing important stuff!