Even the most seasoned holiday shoppers seem to have someone that presents a challenge to buy for. If you’re still checking your Christmas/Hanukkah lists this year, relax, you have plenty of time to show the depth of your love. Here are some fresh ideas to add to your back pocket …
Number 1: Konmari Swaddle Gift
Many people claim that household chores bring them pleasure. This represents a lucky group of folks hard-wired for enjoying that type of mindless work to busy their hands, relax their minds, and fill them with a sense of accomplishment. Despite what TinyBuddha says I look at chores as a necessary evil, because they just don’t seem to ring my bell that way… until now. After watching social media light up over the discovery of Konmari, and seeing this book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up pop up in almost every shop, I decided to give the system a try. I’m thrilled to report back that I have finally found a type of housework that floats my boat! It’s a bit like origami for your clothes, and it magically makes everything fit in to your drawers and look pretty. Plus, it reminds me of the days when the kids were little and we used to swaddle them up like little burritos. Does anyone else remember that to be super fun?
I think a lot of people on my list would enjoy Marie Kondo’s book the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up wrapped Konmari-style in something great… a new blouse, scarf or even a festive tea-towel. In the picture above, the book is the surprise hidden inside the sweater!
YouTube has a lot of video demos for Konmari folding. Below is a snapshot of how to fold this sweater gift:
In this picture you can see the book peeking out from behind the sleeve!
Follow this link for more information on Marie Kondo and the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing.
Number 2: I Know You By Name Gift
One of my favorite parts about our Church is the large sign that hangs above the altar with the words of Isaiah 43: “I have called you by name, you are mine.” In a world of 7.5 billion people, no matter what you’re going through, it’s a wonderful gift to feel you are on this earth for a reason. We have the opportunity to pay that affection forward, by calling our own friends and family by name. You just need to use the power of the Internet and the list of keywords below to discover unique gifts that will speak directly to all your special someones. In New Zealand this year, an entire country is pulling off the world’s best Secret Santa event and they ONLY know their gift recipient by their Twitter name. As examples, I picked a couple of my own friends names and here are the ideas I came up with.
Sweet Sue Cocktail
Image and cocktail recipe found at Salvatore-Calabrese.co.uk
As it turns out, my dear friend has her own cocktail, and it’s called a Sweet Sue. It would be really fun to collect all the mixings, print out the recipe on pretty card stock, and give her the gift of raising a glass that literally calls her by name.
An awesome gift idea for a girlfriend. I think a new hor doerves tray with all the ingredients for Eggs Jeanette would be a nice tribute to my great friend Jeanette for the holidays.
To create a very personalized gift this year, type your friend’s name in to Pinterest, along with one of the following keywords, and introduce them to something special that is practically made just for them.
Name + Brand
Name + Book
Name + Cocktail
Name + Music
Name + Flower
Name + Makeup
Name + Game
Name + Craft
Name + Restaurant
Name + Place
Number 3: LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Have you ever seen a DIY project you wanted to try but didn’t because you don’t have time to buy the supplies? How about YouTube, have you found a DIY video there where the content didn’t measure up to the title so you just gave up? If so, you’re not alone. For a quick laugh follow this link to a list of epic DIY fails. Just as often though, with the right supplies and good instruction, you can surprise yourself by creating something great and enjoying it the whole time. For these reasons, I know that I would love to receive the gift of supplies and a link to well-done personal instruction on practically any new skill or project.
For example, Michael’s is currently offering two free months to their Creativebug Video series, which is jam-packed with totally unique, doable projects guaranteed to ensure your loved ones’ DIY success. The series is complete with taped introductions of the featured artists that inspires us to craft beyond our capability. There are even a handful of top-notch free videos to try. Choose the supplies, click on the picture above and print out the “My Gift To You: Learn Something New!” Card, and in the first box handwrite the project name and in the second box handwrite the url link to Creativebug (or purchase a Creativebug gift certificate to print at home) and arrange it in a beautiful gift basket. Voila! The cozy days of January just got a lot more fun.
These three projects look like DIY winners to me:
Our Ya-Ya friends just tapped their creative side at a local Paint Nite Event – see below. Even though some of us don’t have a natural talent for the arts, sigh looking at myself here, and some of us were drinking wine, that would be everyone but my daughter, we were able to create some pretty cool paintings and had a great time doing it! I highly recommend the Paint Nite class and it would make a great gift too – especially if you made your friends take you with them. We were able to get our tickets through Groupon for a super deal!
There you have it. Three new ways to give a thoughtful, unique gift. Need more holiday inspiration? Anthropologie has a nice blog and a great collection of curated music mixes including “`Tunes for Trimming” “Gym Jams” and “Winter Warmers.” I remember really enjoying some of the seasons commercials last year, and found out PeopleTV published a list of the 12 best holiday commercials for 2016. I’ll admit I’m partial to the Heathrow Airport Bears, how bout you?
That’s a Windlasse Wrap-up for the night. Happy Holidays!