{GIVE} Hot Cocoa for the Neighbors

Put together this hot chocolate and coffee gift for your neighbors or family friends this Christmas and they will surely be delighted.
Materials Needed:
1.  to-go paper cups
2.  hot cocoa mix
3. instant coffee
4.  fun straws or stick stirrers
5.  mini chocoloates or cookies
6. holiday ribbon

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{GIVE} Holiday Gift Cards

 Sometimes the best gifts are gift cards.  Let's be honest, everyone likes gift cards.  I jazzed my gift cards up with a few small goodies and off they went to delighted friends and teachers.

1.  Sephora gift card with holiday eos lip balm 
2.  Starbucks gift card in a mug with tea bags and mini chocolates
3.  Chipotle and Jack in the Box gift cards with mini chocolates


{GIVE} Prints for Cooks and Bakers

These kitchen prints are perfect gift for the cook or baker in your life. You could even go one step further by getting matching frames to save them from the added task.

image via LeslieLovePrints

 Get it HERE

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{Guest Blogging} Gifts for Beauty Lovers

I am guest vlogging over at LIFE WITH LIPSTICK ON 

Head on over to watch me act completely normal on camera (haha!) while I wrap the perfect gift this holiday for any beauty lover. 

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{CRAFT} Traditional Red and Green Plaid Christmas Theme

After my last post about a merry & bright Christmas theme, I gathered up my other goodies and weighed my wrapping options.  I feel in love with the traditional Christmas colors and the cozy plaid added touches.  It is going to be hard to decide on just one theme so don't be surprised if they both get used!

1. red, green and cream colored plaid {to tie big bows on presents}
2. red crinkle filler paper {to add fluff to gift bags and jars}
3. plaid clothes pins with warm and fuzzy shapes {to attach tags or recipe cards to treats}
4.  green and red Christmas scrapbook paper {for gift tags}
5. red glitter ball ornaments {to embellish tops of presents and bags}

1. clear paint cans {to fill with treats and trinkets}
2. red, green and white flag triangles {to make a mini banner}

the Christmas tree cookie box peeking out of the upper left corner

 red and white washi tape on the right {for sealing treat bags and taping gifts with style}

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{CRAFT} Merry & Bright Christmas Theme

I have a Christmas conundrum.  I can't not decide which Christmas theme to go with this year.
{Crafter problems, I know!}

Every year, I tell myself I am going to try something different but then end up doing something very traditional instead.  This year I actually bought some {Merry & Bright} themed goodies to get me started on a least a few gifts even if I opt out for the traditional look.
Left to Right {clockwise}
1. teal and turquoise glittered peacock feather picks {present toppers}
2. colorful floral and arrow scrapbooking paper {gift tags}
3. plum and metallic ribbons {can be used to tie up treat bags instead of ribbon}
4. bright glittered ball ornaments{present toppers and gift bag embellishments}
5. lime green polka dot straws {add to hot chocolate mixes for a pop of color}
6. tiny flag triangles {make a gift banner}
7. multi colored chevron gift boxes {for small trinkets and goodies}

 These colors would be so unexpected under the Christmas tree that they are sure to delight your friends and family. 

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{BAKE} Last Minute Christmas Gift

I am fairly organized with my Christmas gift giving, yet there always seems to be that one instance when I need a gift in hand when I show up but didn't plan for it.  Whether it is a coffee meet up with a friend or a last minute gathering to drive around and look at Christmas lights.  

This would be the perfect go to last minute gift for those times.  You can make your treats ahead of time and freeze them until needed {chocolate chip cookies are perfect for this}.  Pop a few treats into the adorable containers you bought at Target for $1.  Add the tag with some holiday ribbon and you are good to go.

Just in case you need my FAVORITE chocolate chip cookie recipe...
Get it HERE.

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{DIY} How To Dress Up Store Bought Flowers

I often linger around the fresh flower part of the grocery store gazing at all the beautiful flowers.  I am definitely "one of those people" who loves fresh flowers and would be delighted if my hubby brought them home on a weekly basis. Flowers are so cheerful and bright.  They can add that pop of color to your kitchen or entry way table.  

I adore giving flowers as gifts to congratulate and show my appreciation.  Most of the time the flowers are in those plastic bags with a ugly price sticker on it, along with the flower food and a few chunky rubber bands holding it all together....not cute! Here is how I hide all that with something most of us have in our house currently.

1.  bright fun wrapping paper
2.  ribbon
3.  floral paper tag

Cover the plastic wrapped flowers with the wrapping paper, pull it together with a colorful ribbon and then add a tag.

Two beautiful friends were the recipents of these floral bunches for a "40 is the new 30" birthday brunch.
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