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D.I.Y. Seed Tape from Giver’s Log

It seems like plantable note cards, gift tags, and even ornaments have been ubiquitous the past couple of years. I think it's a great idea, and now I'm happy to know how to make something similar on my own. Giver's Log, a blog all about creative gift giving, has a tutorial on how to make "Seed Tape." It's the same […]

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7 Cute & Contemporary Kitchen Tools

Kitchen tool have come such a long way in the design department. If you’re looking to update your own collection or searching for unique gift ideas for someone else, here are 7 clever, modern, and affordable designs that are sure to up the fun factor on time spent in the kitchen!

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Go-To Baby Gift

One of my all time favorite gifts for a new baby is the “Boogaloo” Doll by Bla Bla Kids. Aside from the absurdly cute name, I love giving Boogaloos because they’re the softest, most whimsical, lovable little knitted creatures – and not only does the mother usually love them, but the baby does too! I think it has to do with how cozy/soft/squishy they are, but the little munchkins just won’t let the Boogaloos out of their tiny grasps.

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Re-Gifting? Avoid These Mistakes

We’ve all gotten a gift we didn’t love. Maybe it’s not your size. Maybe it’s not your style. Maybe you’ve got a gift-giving occasion coming up (are there any of those coming up?) and you’re short a gift, and you’re thinking of paying your gift forward. Literally. Don’t be shy. A lot of people re-gift—about 1 in 3, according to a Consumer Reports holiday poll. I’ve definitely done it. I once received a really nice wine bottle opener, but I already had one just like it. Ta da—a housewarming gift! Re-gifting isn’t entirely evil, as long as you follow a few basic rules of conduct.

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Are You Done?

Shopping, I mean? Are all your presents bought, wrapped, and nestled snugly under your tree? (Or hidden someplace where Snoopy McSnoopers can’t find them?) Of course they are…unless you’re like 52 percent of Americans who still need to finish their gift-hunting, or 24 percent who (gasp) haven’t even started yet, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey. If you’re one of the (apparently) many who are still twirling from store to store in a last-minute panic, here are some tips to keep your wallet from self-combusting.

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3 Great Etsy Shops

I recently pulled together an Etsy handmade last minute gift guide for decor8 and I’d like to highlight three of the sellers from my guide since I found so many items in each of their shops that I’d like to give as presents. It may be a tad too late this year, but one doesn’t need a special occasion to give to those they love, right? So keep these shops in mind for when you want to surprise someone…

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Do You Set a Spending Limit on Gifts?

My husband and I used to go hog wild during the holidays. If I saw something I thought he’d like, I bought it. If he saw something he thought I’d like, he bought it. It wasn’t a very money-sound situation. Last year, we decided to set a limit—we were each allowed to spend up to (but not more than) a certain amount on the other one, and we’d spend the rest of our family gift budget on something we could both enjoy, like a home theater system or a weekend away.

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My Gift List from Etsy

I haven't posted nearly enough about Etsy on Simply Stated. Truth be told, I get overwhelmed just browsing on the site because there are so many amazing products available. So I leave the site wanting everything, but buying nothing. That said, I do have several items saved as favorites, so I guess you could call this my Etsy wishlist. What […]

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Would You Give Up One of Your Holiday Gifts for Charity?

When I was in college, I lived with four roommates. Instead of giving each other holiday gifts, we pooled our money each year to adopt a local family in need. Two of my roommates shopped for things on the family’s wish list, and we wrapped and delivered their gifts. I thought it was a great tradition—instead of receiving some tchotchke that I probably didn’t need, I felt that we were able to do something meaningful.

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Would You Give Art?

So tell me, would you give art as a present?

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