Gift Guide: Women

Fun, out of the box gift guide for women!

Last year around this time, I did a couple of pretty extensive gift guides: one for parents/grandparents and one for men.  But I didn’t quite have time to put together one for women.  As a woman, you might think that I would have a pretty good idea of what women want when it comes to gifts, but to be completely honest, I usually have a really hard time telling my husband (or anyone else) what I want for Christmas or my birthday.  Am I the only one with this problem?

So, I turned to my friends and asked them what they wanted and I have to say that I agree with most of these!  My hope with this list is that you’ll be able to give a gift that’s a little outside the box.  Whether you are buying for you mother, mother-in-law, sister, daughter, friend or spouse, there are some great choices here.  I’ve divided it up into categories the following categories: beauty, little luxuries, services, experiences and creative.

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Beauty
Manicure/Pedicure: This is an awesome option for almost all ages.  You could turn this into a group thing with friends or family members or even a mother-daughter(s) date.  There are a lot of deals on Groupon and other deal sites.

Bath Bombs: I’ll be honest, I’ve never actually tried a bath bomb before but I hear they are amazing!  If the woman you are giving a gift to loves relaxing in the bath, then this is a good option.

Spa Voucher: Women love to be pampered and spas are a great place to be pampered.  You could even take this gift a step further and schedule it out for them so they don’t have to remember to set the appointment themselves.  Check out Groupon for local deals.

All Inclusive Photo Shoot: Women also love to feel pretty.  Consider an all inclusive photo shoot where they get their make up and hair done and then have some nice pictures taken of them.

A Relaxing Night In: This gift will look different to different women, so think about how your giftee likes to relax at home.  This could mean a nice bubble bath (with a bath bomb!) and reading a book.  It might be a girly movie.  For me, I love having a stretch of time where I can work on crafts uninterrupted for a few hours while my husband watches the kids.

Jewelry: This is a great gift because it’s so flexible depending on who you’re giving it to and their personal taste.  For grandmothers, it might be a necklace, bracelet or keychain with their grandkids names on it.  Same thing for mothers and the names of their children.  You could look into designing a custom piece and getting it specially made.

Little Luxuries
A Nap: When my friend suggested this one, I laughed out loud because it’s so true!  Getting time to take a nap is one of the best gifts you can give a mother.  As a husband, maybe you can commit to watching the kids each Sunday so your wife can take a nap.  If you are an older child, you could entertain your younger siblings for an hour while your mom takes an uninterrupted nap.  It might sound a little silly at first, but sleep is a wonderful gift.

Pretty Office Supplies: There is something about having pretty office supplies that just make work a little more enjoyable.  Sometimes women worry so much about being practical that they don’t want to spend the extra dollar or two for something basic like a notebook or pen.  Instead of plain manila folders, get ones with a pattern or uplifting words.

Candles: Mmmm…have you ever walked into a room and smelled something that just made you smile?  Candles are another one of those “little luxuries” that are nice to have around.

Fun Planner: For years, I’ve used a basic planner to keep track of my daily tasks, appointments and activities.  It might have a cute cover but the inside is simple and not much to look at.  When I attended Pinners Conference at the beginning of this month, I attended a class on The Happy Planner.  It is basically a planner that you can use for planning (obviously) but also to commemorate things, almost like a scrapbook.  I love to craft, but don’t always have the time do it.  This planner is both pretty and practical, which I love.

Services
Maid Service: Friends, this is seriously one of the best gift ideas ever.  As a stay-at-home mom, I spend a lot of time cleaning and straightening and it feels like I’m never done.  Plus, there are those tasks that I just don’t like to do so I avoid them until they absolutely have to be done.  This is where the gift of maid service comes in, because you can just pay someone to do those things for you, while you do something else you’d much rather do.

Babysitting: Almost every year for my birthday, my mom gives me a restaurant gift card and a promise of babysitting.  If you know someone who needs a little break from their beautiful children to go on a date, run errands by themselves or go to an event or conference, then this is a perfect gift.

Experiences
Gift Certificate to Try Something New: I love learning new skills but I don’t necessarily want to try and learn them by myself.  Going to a class is a great way to get exposure to something new without having to buy all the supplies or try to find the answers on the internet.  There are a ton of classes in almost every area you can think of.  Is there something your mother, wife, friend or sister has said they want to try out?  See if you can find a class for it.  Some of the classes I thought would be fun are an art class, zumba, glass blowing, ring making, kick boxing and cooking class.  Again, Groupon is a great place to find these types of classes.

A Day/Night Out: This could be a date night where you do something a little more extravagant or a girls weekend in the city.  Experiences and making memories are wonderful and lasting gifts.

Tickets to a Concert or Conference: When I went to Pinners Conference earlier this month, I was cashing in my birthday gift that I’d asked my husband for a couple of months ago.  Gifts don’t have to provide instant gratification and some of the best gifts are those where you have to build up the anticipation.

Creative
Silhouette machine, Designer Edition or any one of the kits: I’ve mentioned this many times before, but I LOVE my Silhouette Cameo machine.  I use it all the time and it’s been a great investment for me.  This is a little pricier of a gift so it would be a good group gift to give.  If the woman you’re gifting already has one, you can buy a gift card to upgrade to the Designer Edition or Designer Edition PLUS, a gift card to the Silhouette online store or even one of the many kits they have (heat transfer vinyl, vinyl, rhinestone, fabric ink, glass etching).

Journal: Having a journal to write down thoughts or feelings or lists is something I always have nearby.  You can make your own (check out my tutorial for mod podge notebooks) or buy one with a fun print or cute quote on it.  Pair it with some fun pens.

Adult Coloring Book and Markers or Pencils: I have a couple of these myself and they are so fun to be able to pull out when I just need a break or when my kids want me to color with them.  There are so many awesome ones to choose from: Harry Potter, Disney, Mandalas and the list goes on.  A nicer set of markers or colored pencils would go great with this gift.

Handlettering Workbook: Another class I attended at Pinners Conference was an introduction to handlettering.  It came with an awesome workbook that I could take home and practice my writing.  I’ve always admired pretty handwriting and so this is a really fun one.  I bought this workbook HERE and this is the marker I use HERE.

I hope you got some inspiration from this gift guide for the women in your life.  What are you favorite gifts to give and receive?

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Today I opened my front door and found a jar of jelly sitting there with a cute note attached: “He had a broad face and a little round belly that shook when he laughed, like a ‘jar’ full of jelly”.  Aaaannnddd…cue the fun, creative and yummy treats that start popping up on doorsteps during this Christmas season!

Every year, I like to think of fun treats to give out to friends, neighbors and my husband’s coworkers.  There are so many cute ways to package and label gifts that it seems a shame to repeat any one gift twice!  (Although, I’d probably be the only one who would know…)  Since it would be impossible to make all of the treats I would want to and show you how to present them, I’ve put together a friend and neighbor gift round up for you to pick and choose what you’d like to give.  I’ve just made your holidays easier.  You’re welcome.  *wink*  (Please follow the links for more information and pictures.)

“We could all use a little extra ‘dough’ this Holiday Season.”–cookie dough (free printable from The Things I Love Most)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Everyone could use a little extra ‘dough’ this time of year!”–cookie dough (free printable from Happiness is Homemade)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Homemade cookies would be so fine, but these are so much better than mine!”–box of store bought cookies or dough (from Things That I Create)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Good Roll and Cut Cookies–the perfect cookies for decorating (from yours truly)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“We wish you a Merry Christmas and a “Bubbly” New Year!” (free printable from Money Hip Mamas
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Wishing you a Merry KISSmas and a “sparkling” New Year!”–include chocolate kisses (free printable from Tastefully Frugal

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Cheers to some great neighbors!” (from Blue Skies Ahead

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Peppermint Popcorn (recipe and free printable tags from Design Dazzle

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Just POPPING by to wish you a Merry Christmas” (free printable from The Things I Love Most)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Merry Christmas to all and to all a Movie Night!”–include a Redbox code (free printable from Over the Big Moon)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“We’re POPPING by with a holiday ‘Hi!'” (from Things That I Create)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Jello Popcorn (recipe from Our Best Bites)–I love this stuff!

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“A bit of ‘disposable’ Christmas cheer!  What could be better?  No dishes my dear!” (from Things That I Create)  

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Our Christmas wish to you…less dishes to do!” (from Things That I Create
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“May your days be Merry & Sprite and all your Christmases be white” (free printable from It’s Always Autumn)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“We’d SODA like to wish you a Merry Christmas!” (free printable from Simply Kierste for Baby Center

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“‘Soda-lighted’ you’re our neighbors!  Merry Christmas!” (from Things That I Create)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“‘Twizz’ the season to be jolly!”–Twizzlers (from The Dating Divas

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“There ain’t “muffin” like good friends!”–muffin mix (from Pebbles in my Pocket)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“Ho!  Ho!  Ho!  Merry Christmas from the Ding-Dongs next door!”–HoHos and Ding Dongs (from One of A Kind

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“We think you GEYSER awesome and we hope you have a BLAST this Christmas!”–Mentos and Diet Coke (from FLIPZLES

 

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Snowman Soup–hot chocolate, candy canes, chocolate kisses, mini marshmallows (free printable from Ginger Snap Crafts

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Caramel and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels (recipe from Spend With Pennies

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Christmas Crack aka Saltine Cracker Toffee (recipe from I Heart Nap Time)  

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Reindeer Dust–A fun and easy gift for families with children! (click here for a free printable from me!)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

What are some of your favorite neighbor gifts to give?

Gift Guide: Men

Gift Guide: Men--HUGE list of ideas for gifts to give the men in your life

If you ask my husband, he thinks that guys are really easy to buy for.  I tend to disagree.  When it comes to trying to figure out what to get him for a gift (whether it’s Christmas, birthday, Father’s Day, anniversary), it usually takes a lot of thinking on my part to come up with a gift I think he’d really like.  Thinking back on the types of gifts I give him, I realized they generally fall into three categories: practical, interest-based and sentimental.

I think if you can decide what type of gift you’d like to give, it’s (a little) easier to think of a gift they’d like to receive, or vise versa.  I’ve compiled a list of ideas within each category to help give you a head start on your gift giving for whatever holiday or occasion you’re celebrating.

Note: Keep in mind, some of these suggestions are geared more towards husbands, while others could be given to fathers, fathers-in-law, sons, brothers, etc.

Gift Guide: Men--HUGE list of ideas for gifts to give the men in your life

    Practical: These gifts are given to help solve a problem or make life easier.

    From my experience, guys really like to solve problems and simplify.  So a practical gift is great when you know of an area of their life that needs one of these things.

    • Hygiene Items: 
    • Tools: 
      • Power Tools: drill, circular saw, miter saw
      • Ladder
      • Power washer
      • Air compressor
      • Socket set
    • Clothing: 
      • According to my husband, most guys will like to receive clothes (even if they say they don’t).
    • Vehicles: 
      • Car wash punch card
      • Emergency Roadside Kit: jumper cables, flares
      • Car waxing kit

    Gift Guide: Men--HUGE list of ideas for gifts to give the men in your life

    Interest-based:  These gifts are given to support a hobby or activity the person enjoys.

    I think that most gifts fit into this category.  Finding a gift that fits someone’s hobbies or activities is fairly easy to do and it is what many people turn to when trying to decide what gift to give.

    • Technology/Electronics: 
      • Accessories: headphones/ear buds 
      • Upgrade current device: phone, tablet, computer
      • Video Games: new or upgrade current system
      • Home Theater System: sound bar, speakers
      • Streaming Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick
      • Go Pro
    • Sports:
      • Basketball: shoes, jerseys, shorts, balls, basketball standard
      • Golf: drivers, wedges, putter, gloves, balls, bag
      • Rock climbing: pass for indoor quarry, shoes, rope, clips and carabiners, upgrade current pass
      • Fishing: various lures and bait, polarized sunglasses, reels, waders, fishing vest, tackle box
    • Food: 
      • Gift certificate to a nice restaurant or favorite restaurant
      • Gift certificate for their favorite treats
    • Events: 
      • Tickets to a concert or play
      • Voucher for special interest classes (photography, cooking, art, etc): check out group deal websites, such as Groupon, Living Social and Amazon Local
      • Tickets to a sporting event
    • Outdoors: 
      • Camping: tents, cooking accessories, hatchet, air mattress or cot
      • Hunting: guns, bows, camo
    • Movies/Music/TV: 
      • Itunes gift cards
      • Amazon gift cards
      • Movie theater tickets 
      • Subscription to sports or other special interest package (NBA Fast Pass, NFL)
    • Fitness: 

    Gift Guide: Men--HUGE list of ideas for gifts to give the men in your life

    Sentimental: These gifts are given with special thought to the meaning behind it.

    When I think of sentimental, the first thought that comes to my mind isn’t men.  That’s not to say that men can’t be sentimental.  In fact, I think it’s quite the opposite in some cases.  But thinking of a gift for a man that is sentimental can be challenging, especially if you don’t think of them as being sentimental, romantic or emotional.

    So my suggestion is this: Find out what their love language is.  If you haven’t heard of this term before, it is a concept developed by Dr. Gary Chapman and it is basically the way that we feel most loved, divided into 5 languages: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Quality Time, Physical Touch and Receiving Gifts.  Go to this website and have them take a little 30 question quiz and tell you the result.  (You can take it too!)  Knowing how they feel most loved can help you know what type of sentimental gift they’d like to receive.

    Once you know their love language, take a look at the ideas within each category for some direction.

    • Words of Affirmation
      • Create a list of things you appreciate about him.  Print out the list as a whole on some nice paper, or cut it up and put them in a jar for him to look at individually.
      • Write a letter about why you love him, or the moment you fell in love with him.
    • Acts of Service:
      • Perform secret acts of service.
      • Purchase a gift certificate for a service that you can’t perform that you know they have been wanting done, such as cleaning out air ducts, gutter cleaning, carpet steaming, painting, etc.
    • Quality Time:
      • Buy tickets to an event or activity that you can go to together and spend some one on one time.
      • Plan date nights for the next year–weekly, bi-monthly, monthly (whatever fits your schedule)–and commit to doing it.
      • Schedule a weekend getaway.
    • Physical Touch:
      • Offer a massage each night for a week, after they workout or just after a long day.  Give coupons that can be redeemed.
      • Buy a soft blanket or comfy lounge clothes.
    • Receiving Gifts
      • A countdown to the special day with a gift for each day (example: 12 days of gifts for birthday, anniversary, Christmas, etc).
      • A photo book or scrapbook of a period of time, event or theme.
      • Create a scavenger hunt with clues that lead up to the gift’s location.
      • A watch or other item that he can add to his collection.

    I hope you were able to find some new ideas!  What other gifts do you like to give to the men in your life?

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