Holidays: DIY Gift Giving

Joy.

Love.

Celebration.

Togetherness.

Tradition.

Food.

Gratitude.

A former Charlie Brown Christmas tree (no tree this year)

Hmmm… so many words pop up when thinking about this time of year: the holidays. Thanksgiving has come & gone, but the opportunity to be grateful & express our gratitude is there every day. I am still beginning my day by giving thanks for another beautiful day of life. This has definitely made getting out of bed easier as I have been battling the strong desire to hibernate ever since the time change.

Tangent. The point is, the holidays bring up many different things for all of us. This time of year is¬†an interesting blend of magical traditions & chaos. One thing I am doing this year to enhance the enjoyment of gift giving & reduce the stress around the holidays is DIY gifting. Getting creative, recycling supplies, crafting gifts unique as the individual within the comfort of home – it’s a win, win, win!

With Pinterest at our fingertips, DIY has never been easier! Here are some of my favorite homemade gift ideas (spoiler alert – some of you may be receiving one of these gifts from me this year!):

  1. COOKIES – I want to try this Paleo Peppermint Fudge Recipe!!
  2. Sugar Scrub – indulgent & simple! (check out 6 recipes with detailed directions)
  3. Jerky – turns out you can do it on low in the oven if you don’t have a dehydrator!jerky
  4. “Gratitude Granola” … or any granola ūüôā Try this recipe from¬†Oh She Glows.
  5. Sunflower Seed Butter (or you can try any nut butter: peanut, almond, cashew…)
  6. Kombucha – hey, it’s tasty, affordable & healthful!
  7. Mix Tape… or whatever the modern Mp3 version of this is (I miss the simple days)!
  8. Slippers… anyone else have fond memories of grandma gifting these? We got knitted ones with yarn bobbles. Here is a simpler version that’d be fun for kids!
  9. A good book… great for white elephant & gift exchanges. Because recommended books are best, so even if they are a little loved – pass them on!
  10. Vanilla Extract – I love receiving this one! DIY Flavored Extract Recipesvanilla
  11. Advent Calender – fun & unique holiday tradition
  12. Mason Jar with just about anything in it! (Check out these cute ideas!)
  13. Photobook – I love Shutterfly & they ALWAYS have coupon codes available!
  14. Art Supply Kit – or any “kit” (ice cream sundays, build a fort, scrapbooking, spa…)
  15. Original jewelry – check out this spin on friendship bracelets (hint hint: I want one!)
  16. Neck Wrap/Heating Pad – fill with rice & add some essential oils

BONUS: Surprise Balls – Looks fun for kids or stocking stuffers!!

Here another post with 65 cool DIY ideas… “65 Amazing Homemade Christmas Gifts

Share your ideas with us!!

May your gift giving me unique, generous & full of love. Happy Holidays!!

Another year older. And grateful.

bdayWow – 29 years. Seems so long. And so short. All at once. Old or young, one thing is for sure, I have a lot of love in my life. I feel so very blessed & want to take a moment to reflect on this beautiful birthday weekend & all the gratitude I feel for the people in my life.

My birthday weekend (yes, I celebrated for three days instead of one) has served as a powerful reminder of who I am. Specifically what I value & look for in relationships: connection, trust, & mutual understanding. I chose to spend my birthday (weekend) doing things I love and having so many people show up & show me love has left me feeling understood, appreciated & so very grateful.

I sort of think I am too old for gifts. But then, are we ever too old for anything? Nah! I was surprised & grateful for all the gifts I received this year and they were a fun reflection of who I am & the relationships I have with the people I love.

  • Fresh,¬†colorful¬†flowers
  • handmade: card, jewelry, food (BBQ, salads, dips, sweets, treats & a fruit platter aka “fruit loot”), drinks, a hoop (yes, a¬†hula hoop),¬†purse
  • farm fresh¬†local cuisine
  • vino & mittens (wine & fashion are fun b/c choosing these myself can be work!!)
  • framed photograph
  • beach, picnic &¬†play with the best company
  • scratchers – I’m feeling lucky!!
  • reflexology/massage (ok, that one may have been a “happy birthday to me” gift)
  • vintage style glassware
  • journal – a place to set goals, self-reflect & express gratitude
  • upcoming dates & travel (I guess I’ll be celebrating longer after all!)
  • cooked & cleaned for all weekend – ahh ūüôā
  • lots of hugs, laughs & love

I love receiving & giving gifts that are useful, edible, experiences & a true reflection of a person &/or relationship. I definitely feel that my friends & family understand who I am. And feeling understood, appreciated & connected is the real gift. Thank you to everyone who has showered me with love this weekend & always – I am truly blessed & thankful.

What do you look for when giving or appreciate when receiving a gift?