The holiday season is here and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be quite the struggle! That’s why we’re making sure you’re completely covered for ideas this year. We decided to put out five different gift guides, one for each group of special people in your life! They may be little, but you can’t forget your little furry friends. Whether you’re looking to go all out or just something little, your four-legged friends want to celebrate the festivities too!
The holiday season is here and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be quite the struggle! That’s why we’re making sure you’re completely covered for ideas this year. We decided to put out five different gift guides, one for each group of special people in your life! Finding something fun for your girls is a game all of its own. Whether you get something for each person or all go in for a gift swap, there are so many great options to choose from that they’ll all love! Whether they’re into makeup, fashion, home decor, or something else entirely, we have you covered this year.
The holiday season is here and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be quite the struggle! That’s why we’re making sure you’re completely covered for ideas this year. We decided to put out five different gift guides, one for each group of special people in your life! Today we’re shopping for our significant others. Picking a gift for the one you love most can be deceptively difficult. Honestly, we always think this one is going to be a breeze and then end up stumped. So if you’re in the same boat this year, check out these suggestions! There’s lots of cute things you can do together to really focus on strengthening your relationship. Think experiences and memories versus material things!
The holiday season is here and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be quite the struggle! That’s why we’re making sure you’re completely covered for ideas this year. We decided to put out five different gift guides, one for each group of special people in your life! Does anyone else wish they were a little kid again and could just get their siblings something they secretly wanted, too? Now that you’re grown up and trying to find something to suit their taste and lifestyle, picking a gift isn’t necessarily so easy anymore! Regardless of their personality and your budget, there are some really great picks any sibling is sure to love.
The holiday season is here and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be quite the struggle! That’s why we’re making sure you’re completely covered for ideas this year. We decided to put out five different gift guides, one for each group of special people in your life! First up, your parents. Parents are honestly some of the hardest people to shop for (in our humble opinion). They’ve been crushing the gift giving game for so long and have done so much for you, so what really reciprocates all that and properly expresses your gratitude? We’re sure they’ll love whatever you get them, but here are our top picks this year!
Father’s Day is coming up real fast, June 17th to be exact, and we’re looking to grab the perfect gift for our dads this year. If you’re anything like we are, it can be really hard to find that perfect something for someone as special as your dad! With that in mind, this year we really want to focus on gifting experiences. But, if you’re someone who doesn’t live close to your father, or that’s not really your thing, we’re also sharing some fun gift ideas that can work, too!
For experiences, our ideal day is something that you can do together with your dad! Call it a “dad date” if you will… something special just the two of you (or siblings, too!) can go and do. Whether it’s one of your favorite memories from growing up, or that day trip you’ve talked about taking, spending the day with your dad is a great way to celebrate him!
Are you both sports fans? Get your dad tickets to see his favorite team, and go with him! Maybe you grew up with childhood memories of getting ballpark franks and watching the Sox at Fenway. This is a fun way to recreate that and relive some of your favorite memories together. Or, start a new tradition and show how you’re interested in some of the things your dad is, too, even if you weren’t as a kid!
Matinee Movie and Lunch
Was your dad a diehard Star Wars fan? How about a matinee of the new Solo movie and a quick lunch? This is a great option if you’re looking for something more low-key or if there’s bad weather brewing. Treat your dad to a fun afternoon at the movies and then a yummy lunch to talk about your favorite parts!
Picnic and Bike Ride
If you’re the active, outdoors type, this is a great option for you. Pack up a nice picnic lunch and hop on your bikes for an afternoon ride. When you start to get tired, find a nice spot to stop and eat! Hang out and catch up while you digest, then hop back on your bikes and head back home. Low-key but still fun and gets the blood pumping!
Mini Golf and Ice Cream
Was this a regular activity in your childhood? Because it was in ours! It’s so fun to get back out on the mini golf course sometimes - talk about a flashback - and get some giggles in. Especially if you’re not that skilled on the actual golf course. This is an easy way to have some fun and follow it up with a nice rewarding ice cream at the end.
Maybe mini golfing isn’t your thing, but hitting the actual green is! If so, props for you. Schedule a tee time and take your dad for a round of golf! Enjoy some pretty views, a little bit of exercise, and some great bonding time with your old man. If you’re really not into golfing but your dad totally is, think about gifting him a private lesson instead! While this isn’t necessarily something you would be doing with him, it’s still gifting an experience, and probably something he would love if he’s a big golfer.
This one is perfect for the dad that likes to try new things! L.L.Bean offers a large selection of outdoor excursions, ranging from a few hours to long weekends, and starting at prices of $25. We love their kayak tours! These are great ways to try out new outdoor activities because they’re all guided with knowledgeable instructors, AND all the gear you’ll need is provided! This is definitely one to check out.
If you can’t physically be present with your dad for Father’s Day and want to get him something tangible, that’s okay too! What you select as a gift for your dad really depends on his interests and personality. Is he active? A golfer? The head chef at home? These are the kinds of things that you should keep in mind when making your gift selection. Here are some of our dads’ favorites!
Is your dad big into golf? As you can tell from many of our suggestions, ours are! Put together a fun little basket with some golf things for your dad. Maybe it’s a new glove, or a pack of balls. Or you can pick out a new polo for him to wear the next time he heads out to the course.
Manning the grill is serious business! If your dad is the grill master, how about some new tools? There are always fancy new gadgets coming out to elevate your grill game. There are veggie racks, grill mats, cleaning brushes, A+ spatulas, and so much more. Does he have a favorite sauce or rub? Help him stock up so he never has to worry about running out. How about a fun apron and chef’s hat to make him feel real important? This is definitely something you can have a lot of fun with!
Some dads hold a lot of pride and joy in their yards and landscaping. If your dad fits into this category, why not grab something new to help make his yard maintenance a little easier? Maybe a new sprinkler or some new tools. If the yard’s lacking some color, maybe even get him some fun plants or flowers to add to the decor! (Be sure to check out our must-have list for the perfect garden!)
Boys and their toys! Our dads always have the latest gadgets. Sometimes we wonder how they’re ahead of us on this front. Do some research on the latest trendy toy or think about something he’s been wanting for a while. Did he ever get that drone he wanted? What about the Nintendo Switch? There are endless possibilities for the techy dad!
Something for the Car
We can’t forget the car guys out there. Maybe the lawn isn’t your dad’s thing, but his car definitely is. Get a quote and make an appointment for his car to get detailed! Or, if that’s not in the budget, offer to clean it yourself! A nice vacuuming and car wash, finished with a fresh coat of wax will have the car shining like new.
If your dad’s a reader, grab him that new book he’s been eyeing. Or pick one of your favorites that you think he would love! If you’re looking for some direction, Barnes and Noble has compiled a great list of books that any dad will love.
Watches, Ties and Tie Clips
Maybe your dad is a more traditional guy who just likes to look nice for work. Surprise him with a handsome new watch or maybe some new ties or tie clip. Even a new belt can be fun! Find something that matches his usual style or something a little different that you really like and think would look great on him. This is another area where you can have some fun and get creative!
Regardless of what you do or do not get your dad for Father’s Day, make sure you remember to let him know how much you love him and how grateful you are for all that he does. Thanks dads!
Do you have that odd shaped gift you need to wrap but don’t know how, or do you simply want to step up your wrapping game to impress your in-laws? This year, we decided to tackle these dilemmas head on and share our tips with you to help ease your mounting holiday stress! We will cover everything from what wrapping paper to choose, to making your own gift tags, to adding that little extra something to make the recipient awed. So grab a glass of wine, clear a large working space, put on your creativity hat, and get wrapping!
WHEN TO WRAP VS. GIFT BAG
If your gift is in a nice rectangular box, wrapping it with paper is the most obvious and elegant choice; however, not all presents are packaged in neat boxes. Your first thought will be to put it in a gift bag, but you don’t have to! Just because the gift does not come in a box does not mean you can’t put it in a gift box! Gift boxes are readily available at craft and hobby stores during this time of year! They come in every shape, size and color you can think of If you are crafty or have extra time, opt for a plain gift box and decorate it with holiday stamps, stickers, or doodles. And remember, when purchasing the gift, never hesitate to ask if gift boxes are available! They usually are and will save you the trouble of having to purchase an extra one.
When your gift is heavy, slightly too large, cumbersome, or you can’t find a gift box, then it is then appropriate to use a gift bag! Use a festive bag and tissue paper or decorate your own bag (as seen below)!
WHAT KIND OF WRAPPING PAPER SHOULD I USE?
Wrapping paper should always be beautiful, festive, decorative, and fun! Here are seven kinds of paper and wrapping paper alternatives!
Kraft paper is a form of cardboard that is typically designed for packaging because of its high tear resistance. This paper is great for the crafty gift wrapper who wants to add her own designs! Since it is a blank canvas you can stamp it, draw on it, add stickers or adornments! It is also perfect for those who have to send gifts through the mail. Wrap your presents in kraft paper and place into a shipping box. It is less likely to rip in transit!
Gift Wrapping Paper
Gift wrapping paper is the wrapping paper we all know and love. It comes in millions of colors and designs to cater to the gift recipient. Choose gift wrapping paper if the gift is for kids (because of the bright and bold illustrations), you want a lot of color, you want to make a bold statement, or find a pattern you absolutely love. Make sure to buy at least two gift wrapping paper patterns if wrapping multiple gifts to add dimension under your tree!
For a sentimental look, use newspaper! The black and white colors look classy, and are a great juxtaposition for a bright bow. Plus, it’s environmentally friendly to recycle! Be sure to layer at least two pieces of paper together so you can’t see through to the gift.
Paper Grocery Bags
Paper grocery bags are a budget and environmentally friendly alternative for kraft paper! Use the same way you would kraft paper.
Have a bunch of old maps laying around or shoved into your glove box? Now you have a perfect way to recycle them! It is great for travel related gifts or gifts for your favorite adventurer!
If you have some large fabric scraps you don’t know what to do with you now do! Fabric makes a great gift wrap for round presents; you can simply bundle the gift up in the wrap and tie with a ribbon. Or you can traditionally wrap a gift with fabric, it just takes a little finesse.
Wallpaper can be used as an alternative for any of the paper product wrapping papers, but it should be noted that it is easiest to use on box shaped gifts because it is so stiff. Wallpaper is an amazing wrapping paper option because it has fun textures you won’t find with any of these wrapping paper options!
WHEN TO USE TISSUE PAPER
Tissue paper is like the supporting actress, important for the project as a whole but not the starring role (that’s the wrapping paper or gift bag). It is especially fun to use for the holidays because of the holiday designs printed on it! Tissue paper can be used in two ways:
As Fluff for Gift Bags
A proper gift bag always has a bunch of tissue paper sticking out from the top. This fluff not only helps hide the gift inside, but also adds the supporting flair to the gift wrapping as a whole. A plain colored gift bag can become more intriguing with bright tissue paper flowing from the top! Or, simple colored paper can be used to highlight the amazing gift bag you chose!
As Protective Cushioning or an Extra Layer:
Tissue paper is also important for protecting fragile gifts. Wrap easily broken presents in a layer or two of tissue to ensure it is safe from chipping or cracking. Wrapping non fragile gifts in tissue paper can act as a barrier against any unknown elements, plus it is an extra fun unwrapping layer for the recipient! Also, use tissue paper to keep items from shifting around in a gift box!
HOW TO WRAP A GIFT OR FILL A GIFT BAG
Before you begin your wrapping adventure make sure to gather all supplies (paper, bag, tissue, tape, & scissors), clear a large working space, and allow yourself enough time to get it done! Once your gifts are wrapped you can begin working on the tags, ribbon, and any other decorations (we will explain how to decorate your wrapped gifts following this section). Note, if decorating a gift bag, decorate it before wrapping the gifts in it.
Wrapping with Paper or Paper Alternative
- Cut out a piece of paper large enough to wrap the entire gift and place design side down.
- Place gift, front side down, in the center of the cut out paper.
- Pull the two longest ends over the gift and tape down
- Working on an open end, push the sides of the paper inward to create 45° angle flaps and crease.
- Fold down the top flap, then fold up the bottom flap and tape. Repeat with the other end. Make sure you do not have too much excess paper during this step or else your flaps will not match up.
Filling a Gift Bag
- Place a layer of tissue paper on the bottom of the bag to keep gifts from shifting inside.
- Gently put gift(s) into the bag. If desired wrap gifts in tissue paper first.
- Take two layers of completely opened tissue paper, design side up, (here you can be creative and use two different patterns or colors) and pinch the center.
- Swiftly lift your hand up so the paper forms a cone shape. Repeat one to four more times depending on how large the gift bag is.
- Place the tissue paper into the sides or corners of the bag, pinch side on the bottom, so the gift inside is no longer visible.
- Gently fluff the paper to get a voluminous effect.
HOW TO CREATE GIFT NAME TAGS
Name tags are a must-have design aspect for your gift wrapping. This year, try to make your own, or buy a pretty tag to string onto your gift. To make your own you will need card stock, scissors, a hole punch, and markers. Just cut out a gift tag shape in the card stock, decorate with a festive design, and sign the recipients name to it! Punch a hole on the end so you can string ribbon or twine through! You can also decorate your tag with stamps, stickers, adornment, or whatever else your heart desires! If you do not have time or a creative bone in your body there are plenty of beautiful tags already made- you just have to add the name. Or print gorgeous free tags from Gather & Feast!
THAT EXTRA SOMETHING SPECIAL
Now that your gifts are wrapped they need some pizazz! We’ve created a list of ways to add a little extra to your gift, whether it is wrapped with paper or in a bag:
Ribbon or Twine
Ribbon or twine is a must for your gift. Wrap around your paper wrapped gift or tie the handles together on your gift bag. If using ribbon, make the length longer than needed so you can curl the extra on top. String the ribbon or twine through the gift name tag to secure it on the gift!
Create your own bow with ribbon or buy a big one from the store. Place in the center of where the ribbon is knotted or in the corner of your gift box/bag.
Adornments & Stickers
You can buy adornments and stickers at any craft shop or online. Tape or glue adornments, or place stickers, on to your gift to add texture, a pattern, or just that extra spark of design. Adornments and stickers are a great way to showcase the hard work and thought you put into wrapping the gift!
If using kraft paper or a cardboard gift bag, stamps are the perfect way to create your own design. Keep it simple with black ink and one stamp, or go crazy and do multiple colors with multiple different stamps! Whatever you do it will be beautiful. This is also a way to get your kids involved with the wrapping process. Let them stamp a design onto the paper to give to your family!
Festive items such as holly, jingle bells, pine cones, candy canes, tree sprigs, etc. can be added to your gift! String them through the ribbon or twine or tape in place. It will definitely show your thought and consideration! Plus, it looks professional and stunning!
Black Friday is just around the corner, and we want you brave souls who go shopping to get the best deals! Here is our list of the best and biggest Black Friday deals!
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- 40% off Women’s Shoes and Boots
- $39.99-$59.99 Women’s Cashmere Sweaters
- 60% off Men’s Outerwear
- 20% off all Sunglass Hut Sunglasses
- 50% off Time for Joy Holiday Toys, Treats, Apparel, and Accessories
- 50% off You & Me 2-level Cat Tree and Vesper V-High Base Cat Furniture
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- Save $100 on Frozen Sleigh or John Deere Gator 12V Ride-On
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we find ourselves struggling to find the perfect gift for everyone in our lives! Between keeping up with trends, the latest toys, and finding something for that one person that you can never find a gift for… it can be a stressful experience. We’ve put together our top three picks for a variety of personalities to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!
The holiday season is here and it's time to start gifting! Not hosting Thanksgiving this year? You know how much work goes into hosting a big dinner, so why not make something special for your host or hostess to say thank you. We have rounded up our favorite ideas for each type of host you might encounter. These small gestures are what this holiday is about, how to give thanks and be thankful for the people around you. On your mark, get set, start crafting!
For the Green Thumb Host or Hostess
Who doesn't love fresh flowers? Bringing fresh flowers is a great way to say thank you to your host or hostess. When you are hosting, final details like flowers always fall to the wayside. So bring an arrangement that can be added to the tablescape, bar or dessert table. It's a great way to help add decor but then it's something that they can enjoy all week along. Looking for a great DIY, check out our pumpkin floral arrangement.
For the Culinary Host or Hostess
Does your host or hostess love to cook and whip up fresh recipes? Then why not bring them the thing they use in all their recipes? Herbs! So many great ways to customize the container based on their home's esthetic. Here are our top four container ideas, just click on an image and get to planting!
For the Baker Host or Hostess
Want to bring something sweet? We love the mason filled mixes. There are so many recipes and so many ways to decorate them, that you can truly customize it for your host, hostess and their family. We loved this recipe featured on Capturing-Joy blog. Perfect to give as a thank you gift this season!
Spread the love this holiday season!