Text: This Christmas gift preserves your favorite coloring pages, and it’s way cuter than just hanging them on the fridge. Just trace the outline of a wooden letter on the back of your coloring page, cut it out, and decoupage the design to the letter’s front. Craft multiple letters to spell out a friend’s name or showcase a classic monogram for mom. No matter the gift recipient, these handmade letters make a timeless DIY Christmas gift that your best friends will love. Download our FREE coloring pages to get started.
Gift shopping can be hard. No matter if you’re shopping for a sibling, a longtime spouse, or a co-worker, the act of picking out the perfect gift can be overwhelming. What does she want? What doesn’t she already own? What color would she want it in? Is she allergic to anything? Does she like to read? What is her favorite scent? So many questions, so little time to buy.
Last year, I recommended the Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook (which I own and love), so this year I have to recommend the latest cookbook in the author’s series—Skinnytaste One and Done. As a longtime follower of the blog Skinnytaste, I can confirm all of Gina’s recipes are both healthy and amazing. If you want to get another gift to go with it, check out our favorite small appliances so they can use the cookbook with it.
You've done it: Year one of marriage is officially in the books. We're sure it's been a blur—and has come with its unexpected moments—but reaching this first major milestone is huge. Just as important? That first anniversary gift. Luckily for you, there's a traditional year-by-year protocol to anniversary presents, which makes things easier when it comes time to picking something out. Your first anniversary is typically marked with a paper gift. Why paper, you ask? As far as anniversary gifts go, the medium's price tag is usually on the lower end of the spectrum, which is usually appropriate for couples who are just starting out.
Deep Sea Fishing - He’s an angler, but rarely has the time or the companionship to head out on his own. Grab a few poles, some tackle, and hop on one of those deep sea charters. It’s usually a few hours out from the coast, making this an all-day, Saturday kind of affair. If some rest, relaxation, and a fair share of drinking (which is why you hop on one of those charters) sounds like a good time, it could be the perfect gift for him.
The traditional gift for the 15th anniversary is crystal, and we have to say: It's what's on the inside that counts. Quartz crystals are used in many watches to help keep time more accurately. When selecting a watch for your boo, we recommend going with Fossil. The company has a blend of high-quality time-pieces and sparkly smartwatches to fit anyone's style. Some, like the styles pictured above, use quartz crystals to aid with time keeping.
A more modern four-year-anniversary gift tradition is to choose an appliance, and that makes sense: Maybe when you registered for gifts, you were afraid of asking for too much, or didn’t know what you would use, or had a vision for what kind of married people you’d be that may not have actually panned out. That’s fine, not all of us are meant to live on homemade veggie juice!
So you’ve gone to all the trouble to find what you thought was the perfect gift, only to read the expression on their face, and thank the stars above that you kept that gift receipt or proof of purchase. This is where you’ll have to pay serious attention to shopping online. Buying from stores that have brick and mortar establishments nearby will allow you to go with them, and physically exchange the gift for one of two things: store credit, or an item of equal or lesser value.
"My son gifted this to me for my birthday. I love to work with my hands, and this was perfect for… more me. I have to admit, I was intimidated with a fear of messing it up. I knew my son would want to see the finished work. After staring at the pieces on my bench for a couple weeks, I finally decided, it’s now or never! Every step carefully processed. I knew there were no 'do overs.' Slow and deliberate steps, but once I got started it was an obsession. It came out great." - Ken less
In 1985, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) published its initial version of the Gemstone Information Manual. This manual has been adopted within the trade as the gold standard for disclosure of pearls, cultured pearls and natural gemstones. In that manual, the gemstones or precious metals that are associated with each wedding anniversary are listed for every anniversary year from the first to the 25th, and every five years thereafter up until the 60th wedding anniversary. It is interesting to note that there are some inconsistencies between this and other reputable sources as to the exact gemstone for each anniversary. This could simply reflect a difference due to the region of the world in which the list of anniversary gemstones was compiled. As such, the table in this section predominantly lists the gemstones according to the AGTA. Any variations in gemstones for a particular anniversary year as derived from other sources, are listed as alternatives for completeness, and to offer the reader a wider variety of options.
If you can't believe it's already time to start thinking about Christmas and you don't even know where to start, we've thought of that too. Take a look at our top ten best Christmas gifts to really give your holiday shopping a jumpstart. You'll find things for the home, thoughtful Christmas presents for men and lots of personalized one-of-a-kind items like personalized Stuffies for kids.
Customize a burlap throw pillow with your family member’s zip code or a special date. These DIY Christmas gift ideas add the perfect finishing touch to the family living room or a breezy porch swing. Create the burlap pillow from scratch (or use store-bought—we won’t tell), then use acrylic paint with stencils to paint your design of choice on the fabric. These country-chic Christmas gifts are perfect for the farmhouse aficionado in your life.
Last but not least, a humorous twist on a promise to love your spouse forever: Denture-shaped soap that says you’re in it for the long haul. This handmade soap comes as a set of two (top and bottom, of course!) and is available is three luscious scents, including cake batter and black raspberry vanilla (yum!). Your spouse will enjoy placing them in the soap dish in the powder room to get a good reaction from houseguests, or using them every morning in the shower to start the day with a smile on their face. If humor is one of the things that keeps your relationship, er, fresh, this will certainly help!
Friends and family will adore these cute Christmas gift ideas, including DIY dishware, Christmas candles, and other holiday home decorations. Whether you're searching for homemade gift ideas for mom or creative DIY Christmas ideas for friends, these unique options will be cherished for holiday celebrations to come. Start one of these handmade Christmas crafts today so you can check everyone off your gift list.