With so many reasons to celebrate at this time of year, now is a great time to start planning a small supply of gifts that can be used for a party hostess, teacher or co-worker. These gifts are usually much more about a little practical something that's a little unique and in beautiful packaging.
It's always the little thoughtful gifts that seem so hard to get right. That's why we've pulled together our favorites to give you a great place to start. As always we know our members have fabulous ideas that are creative, thrifty and unique and we'd love to hear about your favorite finds for the perfect gift this year.
Unique and hip designer gifts:
One of our favorite places to start shopping is the always-fresh fab.com, they have listed gifts in helpful categories such as food lovers, gifts under $25 and gifts and best of all everything is sold at a discount.
Here are 3 fun ideas:
Make Your Own Manicure Gift Set
A simple box, basket or make-up purse all make a great holder for this gift, then fill with some fluffy cotton balls. Then fill it with a selection of the latest colors and tools for a manicure. By picking out cute nail lacquer colors and colorful nail files and finishes you can make this gift look cool colorful and very unique. Add some sparkle with glitter or sparkled confetti and a bow and you have a very inexpensive personalized gift that anyone can enjoy!
Selecting Chocolate Gifts the right way:
Giving someone a box of chocolates can sound like such a cliche sometimes but most people just love to receive chocolates, so don't over think it! But to get this gift just right be sure to select the right kind of chocolate. Here's a quick guide and some simple ideas on types of chocolate gifts to buy
Home Made Gourmet basket Coffee, Cookies, Cheese
A friend of mine turned me on to a few tricks and tips that can help you turn a few simple, carefully selected ingredients into a terrific looking gift. Firstly, cookies. If you bake your own cookies find a beautiful box and pack it with tissue or individual liners and a beautiful bow will dial this gift up to the level of any gourmet. Add a handwritten card or label with ingredients and a cute name card and attach to complete this look. Another cute twist to gift cookies is to layer the ingredients carefully in a mason jar and add a recipe and ingredient label with a pretty bow to make this easy to make ahead and store and super portable if you are travelling and toting gifts with you.
For a gourmet cheese gift, you can select a range of 4-6 cheeses adn don't be afraid to let the person at your cheese counter help with selections. By simply wrapping each cheese loosely in parchment paper tying with hemp and slipping a herb such as thyme or even a sprig of pine under each parcel, this gift takes on an artisan feel. You could dial up the gift by pairing it with wine, a bunch of grapes, crackers or an interesting cheese knife.
Make your own holiday wreath
For those who are willing to put some time into creating a great personal gift, try this great looking Pearl Wreath by Cortney from the TheMommyhoodProject.com She has included a step by step guide to making this terrific wreath, if you give it a try don't forget to share a picture of your creation.
Good luck with your gift shopping and don't forget to share your tips and great finds and help make this season's festivities a little more fun for us all! We can't wait to hear your ideas.