Archive for the ‘gifts’ Category

Holler Dollar: Ribbon at Target

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

This cute ribbon is in the dollar spot section at Target right now.

You only get a total of 2 yards, but it’s perfect for wrapping a tiny gift. We just used a sheet of regular white paper, and added a little ribbon.

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Black and white always makes for a clean, classy look.

Not bad for a buck!

Unusual Gifts From Uncommon Goods

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

This is post is brought to you in part by Uncommon Goods.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% ours.

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We are thrilled to share one of our favorite sites with you today. As you know, we are all about a good gift and this site is packed with unique ideas, perfect for those who are hard to buy for. We also love their large selection of handmade gifts (click HERE), which are always our favorite presents to give.

To give you an idea of their amazing collections we pulled a few baby/kid items we are dying over…boxwood clippings_uncommon goods gifts1. We can think of several little kiddos that would love looking at these nightlights falling to sleep every night.

2. This is the best idea ever to document all those funny things your little one says.

3. This personalized baby crest would make the most adorable present for baby! (see other personalized gifts HERE)

4. This woodsy art piece would be lovely in a nursery or kid’s room.

5. Fortune cookie baby booties?!!! Adorbs!

6.  These are perfect for the little scientist and a good reminder for mommy’s brain!

No longer are we stumped searching for the perfect gift! Make sure to check out all of Uncommon Goods HERE.

Summer Tea Towels

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Summer is here and it’s time to pull out all those bright and colorful accessories. One thing I always enjoy is mixing up my tea towels. Isn’t it funny how a little tea towel can brighten your day? I also love giving fun towels as gifts. It’s something everyone always always needs and you don’t have to worry about matching personal taste too much, because it’s just a towel! Here’s a few I think are fun for this time of year:

Loving this vibrant juicing dish towel.

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This red classic stripe is perfect for a patriotic summer!

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I want this conversion dishtowel framed in my kitchen.

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Loving this red and orange combo in these orange slice towels:

boxwoodclippings_orange slice tea towelsDon’t forget to ask for complimentary gift wrap if you’re buying for a gift at crate and barrel, their wrapping is my favorite!

What items are you switching in your home for the summer?

 

Great Gift Wrap at Target

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

We spied this lovely gift wrap at Target a few weeks ago, but what we loved most was the price tag! Each of these items cost $1.25, except for the bags, which came as a two-pack for $1.25!

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Sure, we’d love to spend lost on exquisite papers and ribbons, but we’d much prefer to spend our dollars on the actual gift and keep our eyes out for great and affordable basic wrap like this.

Make sure to check out the collection on your next trip to Target.

Muchas gracias, Target!

Five $5 Gifts for Mom

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! You don’t have to spend a lot to give the lady you love a lovely treat. It’s all about a little luxury to make her every day a little better. Here are a few ideas for under $5.

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1. It takes us forever to get through a bottle of perfume. THESE body sprays are the perfect size and price! $3 each when you buy three, with coupon code SPRINGTREAT at checkout.

2. Nothing beats having a new color on your toes, it seriously can make you feel like a new woman, right?! Treat Mom to a new shade. We love NYC’s quick dry nail polish, available at Target for under $2.

3. Have you given Eos lipbalm a try yet? Details HERE, $2.99 at Target.

4. Spruce her every day needs with your favorite brand. Fun gum or even a new toothbrush…

5. A five dollar gift card for her favorite treat is always a great idea. Our pick would be for Red Mango, healthy and delicious!

A special bow and a sentimental note will help these small treats extra special!

Happy Mother’s Day/Week to all you wonderful women out there!!!

Gold Wrapping

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Over the weekend we had a Tea Party for Em’s baby shower. Yup it’s that time already! Gold being her favorite color had to be present, even if it was just in the gift wrap!

These papers were left over from several Christmases past, but I just wanted to show you that adding a white bow made things look light enough for spring.

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Using up all my leftovers always makes me feel good. Thrifty and green all in one!

Do you have any tips for using up your loot? Do tell!

Holler Dollar: Baby Cards

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with Walmart. One thing I love is their extensive card selection. I was thrilled to find these cute Hallmark baby cards for just $.47 each!!!

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They read “Congratulations…on your sweet little dream come true.”

Can it get any cuter? For 47 cents, definitely not!!! If you have lots of babies in your life, these may save you a small fortune. Also, be sure to check out their $.47 and $.97 birthday card selection…pretty amazing!

Gift Idea: Handmade Recipe Box

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

There is nothing I love more than an old and worn recipe card. A card that has been used dozens of times with a dusting of flour or a few grease marks on it.

I remember seeing Brad’s Grandma’s recipe cards for the first time. I never knew her and instantly fell in love with her eloquent handwriting and funny instructions. What an heirloom!

In our world of technology, our computers have now replaced the standard  5″ x 7″ recipe card. Photographs and Pinterest are way too easy than plain, old handwritten instructions. I still love though, the idea of all of my favorite recipes being contained in one little box.

Brad surprised me at Christmas with such a box…with a little help from a Christmas elf named Sarah!

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This little box is something I will treasure for years. I absolutely love it, and the idea of filling it to the brim with tried and tested family favorites has me truly excited!

I think it would make a lovely present for any special lady…Mother’s Day and wedding season will be here before too long. How wonderful would this be as a gift for the bride-to-be?

If you don’t own your own recipe box, maybe it’s time for a treat! Made in the USA, its workmanship is exquisite, and price tag is reasonable for such a lovely handmade product. I know you will treasure it as much as I do!

You can find out more about these sweet little recipe boxes HERE.

Gift Idea: Family Tree

Monday, April 28th, 2014

I’ve mentioned before that we have A LOT of people to cover when it comes to gift-giving. Being one of 8 children, we’re always going back and forth as to whether we should still get everyone gift. As Christmas is only once a year, we all say let the madness continue, and we’ll least cover Christmas!

I’ve started the tradition of making my gifts, and this last year I decided to keep it in the family and make these family trees. They were a HUGE success (yesssssss!) what’ s not to love with something so simple and personal?

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boxwood clippings_family tree printable

These were actually really simple and even cheap to make (giving out all my secrets here!) about $5 each!

I bought the frames at Target on sale at 70% off. There is ALWAYS frames for sale there, so always good to stock up on for a later date. If you need frames immediately go to Ikea for the bargains.

Next I simply printed out the tree from Martha Stewart (found HERE).

Then because I didn’t like the way she did the names I simply typed and printed them out and cut as little flags (see above), and ta dah you’re done.

Tip: When I need something printed ‘nicely’ I go to Staples or Office Depot with my own card stock. They only charge about 10 cents a sheet, and it looks lovely!

Pretty good for just $5 and about an hour of work, huh?!

 

Dressing up a Plant Pot

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Today I’m over at Lil Luna,

this time sharing a cute and easy project that is perfect for Mother’s Day!

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Do pop over!

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…

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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, room temperature 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

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