Archive for the ‘gifts’ Category

Gift Idea: Bud Vase

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Don’t you just love the smell of fresh flowers? I’ve been totally addicted to them ever since my hospital stay, and have continued to be spoiled since I’ve been home. Em bought over some amazing ones the other day and said “you really do NEED these in your house, they drown out the dirty nappy smell”!

Anyhow, we all know a huge bouquet is pretty hard to beat, but sometimes the simplicity of a few stems can compete. Aunty Kimberly bought each twin their very own arrangement when they were just a day old, how cute is that?!

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This bud vase is from Ikea, but you can find similar anywhere for well under $5. Add a couple of bucks on flowers you have a pretty cost friendly gift that any woman would be happy to receive.

Heck, that’s cheap enough for us to treat ourselves…I’m adding flowers to my weekly grocery list!

Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Treat

Monday, March 10th, 2014

We’ll take any excuse to make every holiday a little extra special, especially during these cold winter months! How cute is this little pot of gold for a St. Paddy’s treat for family and friends?

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We found the little jar at The Dollar Tree, filled it with gold Rolo’s and finished it off with a green sparkly ribbon. We love inexpensive treats to make someone’s day a little special.

Do you do anything special for smaller holidays in your family? We’d love to hear your ideas!

White Gift Wrap

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

When you have the time it’s fun to go cray-cray with gift wrapping.

When you don’t, it’s just as great to go simple.

It couldn’t get simpler than this…

Boxwood Clippings_White Gift Wrap

Having a nice stock of white tissue paper (always get mine in the fall at costco $5.99), and white paper bags (I get mine from Hobby Lobby, 12 for $5.99 and then use their 40% off coupon) it’s not only a beautiful but a very cost effective way of doing things.

Add a silk ribbon and card, and you’re done.

I love it when life is this simple, don’t you?!

Packing for Hospital: Little Treats for the Nurses

Friday, February 14th, 2014

I’d read somewhere it’s always nice to show you’re appreciation to the nurses during a hospital stay by bringing them little treats. I thought it was such a cute idea, and so I made up these little treat bags to leave at the nurses station.

boxwood clippings_packing for hospital: little treats for staff

boxwood clippings_packing for hospital: little treats for staff

boxwood clippings_packing for hospital: little treats for staff

I actually impressed myself by thinking ahead. Knowing I was having Valentine Babies, I shopped the Christmas clearance for treats and the colours worked excellently! It doesn’t have to cost a lot be be thoughtful, you just have to be one step ahead, and always remember you can repackage things!

Love this post, it’s always a good reminder of how to save in slightly unusual ways!

Talking of Love, we LOVE YOU GUYS!!! Thanks so much for reading, and HAPPY VALENTINE’S!

DIY Potato Stamp Valentine Wrapping

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Today we’re sharing our wrapping for Valentine’s this year. As always, we try to keep it really easy so we brought out our kiddy selves again with the potato stamp and then a little hint of red.

boxwood clippings_diy valentine's potato stamp wrapping

For step-by-step stamping instructions see our post here.

boxwood clippings_diy valentine's potato stamp wrapping

Are you doing any fun crafting for Valentine’s?

A Little Get Well Soon Gift

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I saw this idea on Pinterest and fell in love instantly. Often when someone is sick, I feel helpless. What a better way to cheer up their day than finding this little gift on the doorstep?

boxwood clippings_a little get well soon gift

First stop was The Dollar Tree where I picked up the glass mug, cough drops and tissues. Next I added tea sachets, hand sanitizer and lip balm that I had extras of at home. The possibilities of this gift are endless. You could add any of your favorite things that make you feel better when you are sick.

How cute would a little basket with soup and crackers be?

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

We are in a hurry around here to get lots of things done before Sarah’s babies get here! Sarah had the most brilliant idea for the fastest and most original Valentine’s cards.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

 We simply lay card stock onto scrap paper and started swirling around craft paint.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

With no paint brushes required, we had a blast making a mess with pink and metallic paints.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

We let them dry overnight and then folded them in half for a simple card.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

We love how these turned out, all that texture and sheen!

Best of all these were so inexpensive and only took only 2 minutes!!! We think kids would absolutely love this project, easy enough for a two year old, fun enough for a 14-year old!

English Scones for Gifts

Friday, December 20th, 2013

If you’re still in need of giving out a gift our two, these English scones may be perfect. They are fast and easy, cheap and oh sooooo delish!

As always, we’ve had the best time baking up a storm this season, but I always enjoy going back to my roots and making somethings totally English!

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 Placed in red tins with a dollie, I tried to make my rounds while they were still hot…soooo yummy that way!

See HERE for recipe.

And if you’re super duper on top of things and don’t need anymore gift suggestions, go ahead and whip up a batch anyhow. Top with butter and jam, and enjoy with a hot cuppa. Did I manage to temp you yet?!

State Pride Gift Ideas

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

I just finished watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix, have you guys seen it? I really enjoyed it. Y’all, I just love their accents! Even though I already knew Texas has some major state pride, it surprised me how much, and got me thinking…we could all do with more of that!

State gifts can be great for anyone tricky on your list, as they are personal without being personalized!

 

Here’s a few products that feature Utah that I’m dying over:

This necklace is adorable, available in every state in gold or silver.

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This Natural Dugway Geode is from Utah wayyyyyyy back in the day, and can be found now at Nordstrom of all places for only $12!

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These state prints are also at Nordies, and come in every state:

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Every state has their flava, and I LOVE Utah’s Salt Water Taffy, found HERE, starting at $2.50 a box

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Do you love these products as much as I do? Go Utah, I love ya baby!

(Oh, my State Pride just kicked in!)

Perfect Peppermint Creams

Friday, December 13th, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

We were ecstatic when we made our first batch of peppermint creams. They were incredibly easy and tasted so good!

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We simply can’t wait for you to give them a try! We promise you’ll feel so accomplished making these, you’ll feel you can conquer the world when you’re through!

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 c powdered sugar

2 1/2 TBSP butter

1/4 tsp peppermint oil (not extract)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

12 oz chocolate apeels

2 tablespoons (30 ml) evaporated milk

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Directions

Mix powdered sugar, butter, peppermint oil and vanilla extract until a creamy paste is formed. Cover and refrigerate dough for about an hour. Prep a cookie sheet with foil and dust with powdered sugar. Make little balls of the peppermint dough and place 3″ apart on cookie sheet. Next use your hand or spoon to flatten each ball to make a disk shape. Refrigerate disks for about an hour.

After an hour prep a cookie sheet with foil (no sugar this time) and melt chocolate apeels. We did this in a microwave proof bowl stopping and stirring chocolate every 20 seconds. Take your disks from the fridge and dip them completely in chocolate. Use a fork to fish the disk out of the chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip back into the chocolate bowl and place your chocolate covered peppermint cream on the cookie sheet to set.

This recipe makes about 25 delicious peppermint creams. Click here for original recipe and video.

We used these candy boxes with a window and a bright red ribbon for a festive treat for friends and family. We are so ready to open a chocolate shop we loved making these so much!

boxwood clippings_easy peppermint cream recipe

Don’t forget to use ‘BOXWOOD10′ for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING on Gygi’s site.

You can even pick up in store to save you the shipping!

Easy Roasted Almonds

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

Roasted nuts are something to love any time of year, but are even yummier with their fragrant and warm taste on a cold, December night. We thought they’d make the perfect gift this Christmas and decided to give them a try. We’re sure glad we did as they were incredibly easy, can be made in huge quantities, and took no time at all.

boxwood clippings_roasted cinnamon almond recipe

Here’s What You Will Need:

1 egg white

1 tbsp water

4 c almonds

1/2 c sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

Beat egg white and water until frothy, but not stiff. Stir in almonds until coated and add sugar, salt and cinnamon until combined. Place on a lined/greased baking sheet at cook at 250 degrees for 1 hour.

 Let cool, distribute in to these cute boxes, finish it off with a bow and you’re done!

boxwood clippings_roasted cinnamon almond recipe

Click here for original recipe.

Use ‘BOXWOOD10′ for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING on Gygi’s site.

Don’t forget you can pick up your order in store to save you the shipping!

Chocolate-Dipped Tangerines

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

Today we’re excited to share a delicious little gift idea for the holidays: chocolate-dipped tangerines.

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We simply peeled our tangerines, melted chocolate apeels from Gygi and got to work dipping the tangerine slices, sprinkling  a garnish of sea salt or crystallized sugar and placing them to cool on parchment paper. This process only took about 5 minutes!

As the tangerines would need to be eaten up within a day or so we wanted to keep portion sizes small so these little candy boxes were the perfect. Cute packaging makes such a difference!

Wouldn’t these be great for a chic place settings, a cute party favor or a holiday gift to bring into the office?

For a longer shelf life you could always used dried fruit instead of fresh.

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Don’t forget to use ‘BOXWOOD10′ for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING on Gygi’s site.You can even pick up in store to save you the shipping!

Five Gifts for $1…Holler!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner! We have our thinking caps on for gifts for everyone on our lists. Here are five gifts we picked up that we think are pretty great for a buck!

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  1. Wet n Wild nail polish. A bright hue for all your friends. (rite aid)
  2. Old-fashioned Coke. You know Santa only drinks coke from a glass bottle! (target)
  3. Ferrero Rocher. Yum. (target)
  4. Dominos in wood box found at The Dollar Tree. Perfect stocking stuffer, so cute!
  5. Lindor balls in little package. Adorbs! (target)

Do you have your thinking cap on yet for affordable gift options? We’d love to hear your ideas!

A Perfect Gift for your Sports Fan Man!

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I could shop for women ALL-DAY-LONG. Men are a different story all together. Hello stress!

Luckily for me, as I’m sure for a lot of you, my guy is a sports guy and anything that has his team on it is a big hit. Seriously, his $3 UCLA beanie was the biggest hit last year, I was like “hello, what about that $50 game!”

Anyways. I’m kinda sick of the tacky merchandise so I was thrilled to discover these awesome Vintage Sports calenders from Asgard Press.

boxwood clippings_asgard press sports calender

boxwood clippings_asgard press sports calender

boxwood clippings_asgard press sports calender

boxwood clippings_asgard press sports calender

Aren’t they just beautiful?

For some time I’ve been wanted to put together a gallery wall of Brock’s scrapbook worthy UCLA bits and bobs. He has programs, newspaper articles, and pins from each year. The one thing I was lacking was good imagery, and now it’s found. Honestly I think it’s a win win for both of us. :)

Best of all, these calenders are really nice quality and cost only $22 each! Plus I’m pretty sure they have every college team out there, be sure to go see if they have yours, click HERE!

The Most Perfect Gift

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

For my Mum’s 60th birthday she really really wanted all her children together in one place. It hadn’t happened since 1996, and it was impossible for us to pull it off for her special day.

I felt terrible and was looking for the next best thing so I came up with the idea for all of her offspring (including all the grandkids) to write her a letter with fond memories, birthday wishes and things we admire about her. Well, I’m pleased to say it was a massive hit, and her book of letters is one place her children all gather.

It was Brock’s Grammy’s 90th birthday this past weekend, and he requested we put one together for her, just as we had for my Gran’s 90th, and mum’s 60th. It’s quite a tedious job collecting all the bits and pieces from everyone, but I can honestly say it’s the most perfect gift ever!

boxwood clippings_book of letters + memories

boxwood clippings_book of letters + memories

I use a regular scrapbook, and keep the format pretty simple. Black and white photos of each person, photo corners, envelopes, and some ‘rub-on’s’ for decoration. The inside of the envelopes are decorated also with scrapbook or wrapping paper. You don’t have to get super ‘crafty’ it’s the content that steals the show.

boxwood clippings_book of letters + memories

boxwood clippings_book of letters + memories

It’s one of those gifts you really can’t beat, and is made special by each of the people who help contribute. Thanks to all my family members who’ve put up with my nagging to create these one of a kind gifts, I’m sure we’ve made our mother’s and grannies very happy!

Holler Dollar: Target Gift Wrap

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

I know it’s unusual to post two holler dollars in a row. This one wasn’t suppose to be published for another week or two, but when we went to Target today, we saw these were no longer $1 but down to ¢50…CRAY CRAY!!!

These Spritz wrapping papers are adorable, and come in these cool colours along with some warmer pinks and reds. For under a buck it’s the perfect time to restock your wrapping stations.

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They even have boxes and bags to match all at ¢50, and some of the cutest wrapping trimmings I’ve ever seen.

If you’re on your way to the store, be sure to go check them out. :)

Holler Dollar: Trader Joe’s Soap

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

I think I have found the best holler dollar around… Trader Joe’s Oatmeal and Honey Soap. This pure vegetable soap with no harsh chemicals smells of milky cinnamon, helping me feel very fall-y and melting my daily stressors away at the same time. It’s creamy texture makes it perfect to sub for shaving cream and leaves my skin clean and soft.

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I am planning to wrap these up in fabric and give them as gifts for Christmas this year, which I am really excited about. At $1.69 for a two pack, they work out to be only $.85 each! I can’t wait for everyone to try them.

Read more about this soap HERE. Thanks Trader Joe’s, you really are my favorite!!

Sweet Tooth Fairy Cookies

Friday, October 4th, 2013

We are big Sweet Tooth Fairy fans. We love popping in to one of their shops and buying a single cupcake instead of making a whole batch at home. Their baked goods are always so delicious and a perfect little treat.

Lately, their cookies have been catching my eye. There’s something about fall that makes me want a cookie and a big glass of milk…

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I was pleasantly surprised when I passed up my favorite cupcake to try a cookie instead. It was absolutely delicious and at $1.25 I can afford to pick a few up on the way to visit friends or to bring a little treat home to the hubs.

I’m also thinking of these stacked up in their brown paper bags as favors for the big baby shower.

Some locations are also offering gluten-free peanut butter cookies which are amazing!!!

If you haven’t these cookies yet, I promise it’s worth a try!

15 Homemade and Sentimental Family Gift Ideas

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Our family has a tradition of giving a gift for each and every member at Christmas. I think we’re up to about 70 people in total, so we have to get creative with budget and resources to make this doable.

One of my favorite gifts I made was a slideshow of all our Christmas’s photographs from our childhood set to Christmas music, it was an emotional hit!

Although projects like this can be time consuming (start now for this Christmas!) they are affordable, and it’s a easy way to make the same thing for almost everyone on your list. But most of all, it’s a treasured keepsake that really can’t be bought.

 

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Here’s a list of 15 Sentimental Family Gift Ideas:

1. Make a mix CD of favorite seasonal music that brings back memories, accompanied with a letter of those memories.

2. Interview a parent or grandparent and give a copy of the transcript.

3. Frame old and new family photos.

4. Frame a famous and loved family recipe.

5. Digitize old photos and create a slideshow.

6. Make a family recipe book.

7. Write down your childhood memories and give to your parents, or your children.

8. Frame a family tree.

9. Copy and print old family photos and put in album.

10. Make a family quiet book for children, with pictures of each family member.

11. Make a card game using family faces instead of traditional cards.

12. Draw the family home you all grew up in.

13. Create a journal with questions for each family member, ask to promote thoughts and memories.

14. Compile a family history book.

15. Write each member a personal note of love and appreciation.

Although shopping can be SO fun, I really get a kick out of going back to the basics, and remembering the special family unit we all have. Gifts like these can soften hearts, close distance and bring us all home for Christmas. :)

Holler Dollar: Star Gift Wrap

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

 

On my last trip to the dollar tree I stopped in my tracks when I saw this pretty wrapping paper…

boxwood clippings_holler dollar star wrapping paper

I am obsessed with this thick craft paper with golden stars and may have to use it in mass quantities for Christmas this year.

 10ft for only one dollar…holler!!!