Gift Ideas

Under $30: Holiday Host & Hostess Gifts

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

I’m a lover of entertaining during the holiday season, decorating the house with fresh evergreens, adding some sparkle, and filling it with the scents of the season – we love inviting friends in from the cold to enjoy a cup of cheer at this time of year.  

Every year I do a roundup of favorite gifts ideas for a host or hostess and I keep it under $30. If you’re invited to a get together this holiday season, here are my 2012 picks for the cooks, foodies, wine enthusiasts, coffee or tea lovers, gardeners, and hip hosts or hostesses you know! 

for the cook

 

Striped Apron, Dean & Deluca, $30; Le Creuset Butter Crock, Pot & Pantry, $30; Spotless Juicer, Anthropologie, $30;  Red Zig Zag Apron, Sur la Table, $20; Equal Tea Towel, Studio Patro, $24; Marble Mortar and Pestle, Overstock, $29.99;  Letter Pressed Cookie Set, World Market, $17.99 

for the foodie gifts

 

Fig Jam Assortment, the girl and the fig, $28; Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup, Dean & Deluca, $22;  Demi glace (several flavors), Williams-Sonoma, $29.95; Gray Salt Trio, Napa Style, $29;  7” Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, The Cheesecake Factory, $25.95; Royal Riviera Pears, Harry & David, 29.95. 

for the wine enthusiast

 

8 Cork candles, Napa Style, $22;  Red Pedrini Bottle Opener, Target, $19.99; Decanter with Oak Stopper, Wine Enthusiast, $29.99; Wine Purse, Bed Bath & Beyond, $29.99;  Gold Honeycomb white wine glasses, set of four, West Elm, $25

coffee or tea lover gifts

 

Loose Tea Storage Tins, Teavana, $10.95;  Glass teapot, CB2, $17.95; Graphic Espresso Serving Set; Crate + Barrel, $19.95; Tea for One, Poketo, $29; King & Queen Mugs, Jonathan Adler, $26; Aerolatte Frother, Crate + Barrel, $19.95

 

for the gardener

 

Herb Keeper, Amazon, $19.95; Floral Garden Shears, Hayneedle, $24.95; Compost Container, Gardener’s Supply, $29.95; Rosemary Mini Tree; Burpee, $29.95;  Copper Garden Labels, Terrain, $18

for the hip host or hostess

 

Thomas Paul coasters, Orange & Pear, $18; Hobnail Candle, Altogether Home, $28;  Mustache Tray, Z Gallerie, $24.95; Wood Bowl, Wayfair, $24.95; Agate trivet, Leif, $20; Enamel Servers, Macys, $24.99; Maple stick candles, Shop Terrain, $30;  Cheese Knife Set, Crate + Barrel, $24.95

I hope you like the 2012 picks as much as I do.  Perhaps one of them is the perfect gift for someone you know … or for you?! 

Coming up next, the Friday Finds of the week.  :)

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20 Creative Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

You all know I love a great DIY project, and for Mother’s Day it’s so nice to take the time to make a Mom feel special with something handmade (or semi handmade).  Here are some ideas I’ve found around the web that I absolutely love and they all make wonderful creative gifts for Mother’s Day. 

creative ideas for mother's day

 

One of the nicest things you can bring to a Mom is something green and living, right?  Flowers are always lovely, but strawberries are tasty and last longer than a week!  This is a wonderful gift for the mom who loves to garden (or just eat strawberries, hey they’re a low maintenance perennial!).  Be sure to wrap them up in a charming tea towel like these from one of my personal favorite shops, StudioPatro

studio patro plant

 

Is Mom an avid reader? Make her a beautiful bookmark pairing vintage baubles and velvet ribbon so she’ll remember the page (and you!)

elegant bookmarks mothers day

via Country Living and Velvet Strawberries

 

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DIY: Makeup Brush Holder

Monday, April 9th, 2012

My oldest daughter is away at college and it’s her birthday this week so I wanted to send her something special for the occasion (and something easy to ship too!)  She mentioned she didn’t have any decent makeup brushes so I made a trip to Sephora to splurge on a new set for her.  While I was there I thought about something to hold them all and wanted to give her a little handmade gift to go with the new brushes.  I thought a cute fabric pouch would be perfect so I stitched up a makeup brush holder with some leftover fabric remnants from my stash.

This was one of those projects that I made up as I went along but I tell you this, if you can sew a straight line, you can make your own too!  Here’s how I made this fabric makeup brush holder for my college girl in about an hour.

fabric makeup brush holder cg

 

First grab yourself some fabric, for this I used two remnants, one a blue medallion cotton fabric, the other a cotton duck lining.

Here are the measurements of fabric used:

fabric holder measurements

 

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