Archive for the ‘gifts’ Category

Garden Clippings Gift Wrap

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Is there anything more beautiful than nature?

These little gifts were adorned by just a few clippings from my yard

and couldn’t be more perfect in our opinion.

boxwood clippings | garden clippings gift wrap

boxwood clippings | garden clippings gift wrap

boxwood clippings | garden clippings gift wrap

 Most clippings will last several hours, so have gift ready and then snip snip right before you give to recipient.

Is there anything greenery can’t transform? It breathes life like no other! We can’t get enough!

Our Favorite Things Bridal Shower Gift

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

This week we had a little shower for our soon-t0-be sis, Kristina (wedding on Friday!!!).

We loved this opportunity to get together the ladies on both sides of the family and shower the bride.

For our gift, we put together a few of our favorite things to help her set up house.

boxwood clippings | bridal shower gift 3

boxwood clippings | bridal shower gift

Favorite Things Basket

greatest towels ever (HERE)
working glasses (HERE)
cutest timer (HERE)
Mrs Meyers’ soap (HERE)
mixing bowls (target, not longer avail)
porcelain egg crate (home goods)
handmade chalkboard
dish towels (HERE)
metal caddy (similar HERE)

We topped it off with a ‘C’ for ‘Clayton’ with our favorite Pottery Barn glitter ornaments (HERE).

boxwood clippings | bridal shower gift

We are so looking forward to Friday and the celebrations….follow us on INSTA on the big day!!!

An Easy Father’s Day DIY Gift

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Still looking for that little something, for that big guy in your life?!

Em created this cute card of Jane’s handprint for her daddy.

boxwood clippings | easy father's day diy gift

Paired with a frame, it can become a permanent piece of artwork in the house or at the office.

Simple. Easy. Affordable. Sentimental.

PERFECTION!

Handmade Pineapple Gift Wrap

Monday, June 1st, 2015

We are feeling the Aloha around here lately.

Rattan, pineapples, and Mai Tais…yes please!

We are celebrating the first day of June and many sunny days ahead with some fun gift wrap…

pineapple gift wrap | boxwood clippings

pineapple gift wrap | boxwood clippings

We made the pineapple wrapping from green butcher paper and THIS stamping method and paired it with green, yellow, white and a hint of gold.

Who is excited for summer?!!!!

Mini Flower Arrangements

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Happy Monday! We hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready to tackle the week?!

Today we’re sharing the easiest centerpiece idea that can double as a party favor to make any get together a little more special…

mini flower arrangements| boxwood clippings

mini flower arrangements| boxwood clippings

mini flower arrangements| boxwood clippings

We love how these mini arrangements look clustered together as well as how cute they are individually to give as a favor at the end of the evening.

To create this look we bought three bouquets from Walmart for $5 each. We then gathered all our random glass jars. You know the ones…spaghetti sauce, baby food etc jars. You can even just use little plastic cups if you don’t have glass. Then we just clipped the stems and divided between jars…zero floral arranging skills needed!

We made 20 arrangements averaging less than $1 each!

Pretty, thrifty AND organizing our jar cupboard…win, win, win!

Holler Dollar: Black and Gold Gift Wrap at Target

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Don’t you just love a cute and easy gift wrap?

This one is an thrifty option with supplies found in the Dollar Spot at Target right now.

boxwood clippings black and gold gift wrap at target only $1

boxwood clippings black and gold gift wrap at target only $1

 

So much cuteness for just $1…HOLLER!!!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Mother’s day is just around the corner! I love this day to celebrate mamas and womanhood. Here are a few ideas for any lady on your list.

mothers day gift ideas1. Personalized charms of loved ones initials are adorable don’t you think? THESE necklaces are perfection, and THESE bracelets are equally cute and a steal!

2. I am DYING for a silhouette of Jane. Her little profile kills me and I’m pretty sure all mothers feel the same! THESE custom silhouettes are under $10!

3. A morning brew can be even better in a pretty monogrammed mug. Love THESE from anthro.

4. When in doubt a house plant or flowers are always nice!

5. Have you seen the new hobnail candles from Bath and Body Works (HERE)? Totes adorbs!

6. Don’t we all need a little incentive to put on mascara day after day?  THIS cute bag would help!

7. Dying to try THIS new pale pink polish, ‘baby’s breath’.

Happy early Mother’s Day friends!

Candles Made in Baby Food Jars

Monday, April 20th, 2015

We have a lot of baby food around here these day, and these little glass jars are way too cuters to send to the recycle pile!

We thought they would make perfect little candles and are so thrilled with how they turned out!

boxwood clippings diy candle in baby food jars

boxwood clippings diy candle in baby food jars

There are A LOT of tutorials out there on how to make candles. We kept it as simple as possible. We bought THIS wax and THESE wicks which we kept in place by bending the top of the wick around a skewer.

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Next we melted the wax in a double boiler, stirring constantly. When the temperature reached 170 F we removed from the heat, added a few drops of essential oil and waited til it dropped to 150 F before pouring the wax into the jars.

boxwood clippings diy candle in baby food jars

It took a few hours for the candles to set, and we finished them up by trimming the wicks and covering the candles with scrap pieces of fabric. We love how these turned out, and they were so much easier than we thought they were going to be.

Our houses are smelling yummy and we can’t wait to give this out as little gifts and favors.

Have you given candle-making a try?

EASY Mini Chocolate Easter Eggs

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Did we over-face you with too much chocolate yesterday, or are you ready for more?!

Either way, THIS mini egg mold makes the cutest little chocolate Easter eggs you ever did see!

boxwood clippings easter for gygi_4

We filled the mini molds full with melted chocolate (milk HERE and white HERE) and put them into the freezer to set.

We then popped them out of the mold and drizzled them with chocolate in different designs.

boxwood clippings easter eggs

This is the perfect Easter activity to do with kiddies…EASY, EASY, EASY!

We’ll be putting a few in cellophane bags and tying them up with pretty ribbon for Easter gifts.

We love a good five-minute, affordable and adorable gift idea!!!

Holler Dollar: Floral Stationary at the Target Dollar Spot

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Watercolor and florals are going nowhere this spring! The trends are still going strong and our eyes get a little brighter when we see them, are you the same?!

Look at these pretties we just found at Target’s Dollar Spot:

boxwood clippings: holler dollar, target floral stationary

Wouldn’t this grouping make the cutest $3 present?

Writing thank you notes is also a little easier when you have new and pretty cards you are excited about, don’t you agree?!

boxwood clippings: holler dollar, target floral stationary

 Thanks to Target for bringing us such little beauties that won’t break the bank!

Party Favors for Mummies and Kiddies

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Since the twins party was held for both Mothers and Children we thought it’d be cute to do separate favors.

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The first, were honey jars for the mummies. They went perfect with our Winnie-the-Pooh theme, and were just adorable in miniature size.

I found the jars HERE, and the local honey from a vendor.

Very effective, and very easy!


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The kids party bags were just as fun. I took inspiration from my British childhood and each guest left with candy, book and stickers.

Lucky for me, I’d had the theme in my head when the girls were 6 months old, so when the dollar spot at Target had a bunch of Winnie-the-Pooh books and toys, I knew I should stock up early to get the good prices.

boxwood clippings_twins birthday favors

 

The miniature board books were my favorite and a steal for $1.

The cute sticker bags and candy boxes were of course from Gygi who always are are go-to for packaging. (See HERE and HERE).

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Don’t forget to use our exclusive coupon at GYGI if you’re planning a party anytime soon.

And don’t worry if you don’t have a theme or a plan yet, stop by for visit their site (HERE) for great ideas!

Boxwood-Clippings- Gygi Coupon 1

Gift Wrap: Pink and Gold for Valentines

Monday, January 12th, 2015

We always try extra-hard to anticipate special events and holidays during the winter months…we need something to look forward to!

Here’s a little pink and gold wrapping inspiration we’ve created to get us excited for Valentine’s Day!

boxwood clippings: pink and gold gift wrap for valentines day
boxwood clippings_pink and gold gift wrap for valentines day

boxwood clippings: pink and gold gift wrap for valentines day

We pulled a few gold sprigs and wrapping paper from our Christmas supplies and added it to our pink and white supplies. The fabric blush flower was a hair clip we found on clearance at Claire’s for .$50 and the gold heart is a pendant from an old necklace.

Ha! Now we can’t wait to start making plans for the month of looove!! How about you?

Gift Wrap: Brown Paper and String

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Yesterday morning I was finishing up some gift wrap and was impressed by how simple things always look so good.

Brown paper, basic string, a clipping from outside and a small bauble (just to be fancy) is all you need.

boxwood clippings_a simple brown paper gift wrap

boxwood clippings_a simple brown paper gift wrap

 Of course a personalized tag is always fun.

Get yourself a nice thin pen (like THIS one) that will help flatter your handwriting.

boxwood clippings_a simple brown paper gift wrap

Wishing you happy wrapping, from our homes to yours!

Gift Idea: Orange Cream Chocolates

Friday, December 19th, 2014

We are in love with THIS recipe for making homemade chocolates.

They are easy, so fun to make and the final result looks so profesh…making them a perfect Christmas gift idea!

boxwood clippings_orange creams

We headed to Gygi to stock up on ingredients and packaging. Here’s what we used:

Ingredients:

2 c powdered sugar

2 1/2 TBSP butter

1/4 tsp orange cream oil (not extract)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

12 oz chocolate apeels

2 tablespoons (30 ml) evaporated milk

Directions

Mix powdered sugar, room temperature butter, orange cream 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 on foiled cookie sheet. Refrigerate again 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 chocolates from the fridge and dip them completely in chocolate. Use a fork to dish out of the chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip back into the chocolate bowl and place your chocolates on the cookie sheet to set. We used a round dipping tool like THIS, which made dipping extra easy (and helped us feel like chocolatiers :)).

For packaging, we picked up THESE little candy cups and THESE adorable holiday boxes sold individually, which are so fun for Christmas!

This recipe makes about 25 delicious orange creams. Adapted from this recipe.

Are you making anything fun for Christmas this year? We’d love to hear!

Gift Wrap: Glitter Letters

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

It’s finally here, the day I stay in my PJ’s and wrap, wrap, wrap!

Little Women playing in the background, and my little women playing with leftover gift wrap, it’s a dream!

boxwood clippings_gold and cream gift wrap with glitter letters

Last year some of my favorite gifts were wrapped in gold, with thin cream ribbon, with these (see HERE) glitter ornaments.

Simple, chic and easy. Perfection in my book!

Gift Idea: $10 Boxwood Wreath

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

This year we have been extra busy with the babies, so we need to keep Christmas pressies super, super easy!

On Saturday, we made a quick trip to Trader Joe’s to pick up our favorite $10 Boxwood wreaths.

boxwood clippings_boxwood wreath

We tied a simple bow and tag and hand-delivered to a few people on our Christmas lists.

Can you get anything lovelier than a fresh wreath for a gift? We may be a little biased!

Do you have any easy gift ideas this year?

10 Family Gifts for $25

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The most wonderful time of year is upon is, but also the most stressful right?!

We are always trying to simplify, and one great way is to give family gifts. Here are a few ideas we love:boxwood clippings_10 family gift ideas for under $25

 1. Out-of-the-ordinary special treats. Jelly Belly’s are always a good idea. Watch out for them on coupon at Costco.

2. Awkward teenagers? They won’t be able to resist joining in when everyone else is having fun working on a puzzle. We love festive ones like THIS one.

3. A framed family picture is the perfect gift! Getting an actual print into a frame isn’t so easy when you are busy all-day, every-day with little ones! This is a super inexpensive gift when using frames like THIS.

4. Good old fashioned fun like THIS bocce set are great to gather a family of all ages. Only $7!!! Really?!!!

5. Gift cards for a family outing are always great. A favorite ice-cream or doughnut shop, a museum, the zoo or movies tickets.

6. Kids love a hot cup of cocoa, especially with their own special mug. Monogrammed mugs from HERE.

7. How about a Christmas-themed movie set like THIS?

8. I remember been enthralled by a massive barrel of popcorn when we were kids (see HERE).

9. We love the idea of having a family tree on the wall. Kids love seeing their names on it too! Learn how to make your own HERE.

10. We love family board games. THIS one is easy, fast and hilarious. Win, win!

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Did you see Target is offering free shipping on everything for the holidays?!

We like the idea of avoiding the cold and crowds by shopping online…just need to make sure to order nice and early!

 Do you give group gifts? We’d love to hear your ideas!!!

Colorful Gift Wrap

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Today’s wrapping idea came from our dad, who requested our help putting together a bright and shiny pile of presents for our Mum a few Christmases ago!

Great idea, Johnny boy!

boxwood clippings_colorful gift wrap

 

We used colored tissue paper, clear cello wrap over the top and coordinating ribbons tied in a simple bow.

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For large presents, you can always use plastic table cloths (see HERE), in lieu of the tissue paper.

Wouldn’t these make stunning presents for kiddies?!

Christmas Gift Wrap: Black, White + Gold

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Is there anything more classic than black and white with a touch of gold?
boxwood clippings_black, white and gold gift wrap

boxwood clippings_black, white and gold gift wrap

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We are always craving a little glamour this time of year, and of course we turn to gift wrap to get our fix!

Sparkle for Less at Walmart

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The time of year to sparkle is quickly approaching and Walmart has you covered in the jewelry department!

You will not believe the deals to be had! These studs earrings were only $2.88!

boxwood clippings_cheap and chic jewery at walmart!gold, black + crystal studs

Just when we thought THIS necklace was a deal, Walmart released a huge selection of statement necklaces for only $5!!!

boxwood clippings_$5 statement necklace

There is no excuse not to shine this season with prices like this, so while you’re picking up your turkey make sure to steer your cart into the jewelry dept too!

How about some costume jewelry for all the ladies on your Christmas list? We love the idea!