Wish List Wednesday: Valentine’s Day Gifts for your man or woman [DIY, inexpensive & thoughtful]

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Happy Wednesday!

This week is going fast since the office was closed and this weekend is the NBA All-Star Break…and I am NOT complaining about it!

Today’s post is for those of us who aren’t so into Valentine’s Day, but still would love to do something thoughtful for our significant other. This Wednesday post is a little non-traditional as in there aren’t links for every idea. Hope this helps you last-minute shoppers!

1 – 52 Reasons Why I Love You – I’ve seen this gift on Pinterest a ton and it’s super cute. It’s so cheap and easy and all the materials you need could be found at the drug store or even the Dollar Store. Just come up with 52 reasons, type or write them on a sheet of paper you can glue to the cards, use some binder rings to bind them and you’re done!

2 – Love Letter Board with Candy – This is another Pinterest favorite and there are a TON of versions on the website you can use. Or, you can get creative and write your own – just use one of the previous ones that uses the candy ‘terms’ for your love letter. Another one that can be sourced at the drug store or Dollar Store!

3 – A Cuddle Kit for 2 – I LOVE this one! Grab all the goodies – and extra candy or snacks you and your love enjoy during movie nights and enjoy a night in!

4 – Memory Balloons – When I was writing this post, I asked Jason what some of his favorite gifts that have been clearly homemade were his favorites and he mentioned this one. One year, I think when we had been together for five Valentine’s Days, I bought five balloons and attached a weight and card to each. Each card had the number of the year we’d been together and my favorite memory from that year. I also made him a chocolate cake [the best recipe!] with a heart made out of pink M&M’s on the top and dropped everything off at work. It was one of his favorites…even if he was a little embarrassed at the office!

5 – Swedish Fish Gift – This is one I may use this year as Jason LOVES Swedish Fish! This one is so easy and so cute and can be done for a ton of different candies. Again, Pinterest is your BFF on this one – search the favorite candy of your significant other and Valentine’s Day and you’ll have lots of ideas to choose from!

6 – Date Jar – Such a fun idea! Those this may take a LITTLE more time than some of the others, I love this idea. Each color popsicle stick determines the type of date –

7 – Coupon Book – Another classic DIY gift, there are a million templates online, but be creative and personalize some of them. If your guy or gal loves breakfast in bed, include that – or if there is a restaurant you hate but they love, promise to eat a meal there together. This one is easily personalized and can make a person feel so so special!

8 – Dessert surprise! – This wouldn’t be the best Valentine’s surprise for Jason because I try to do this from time to time normally, BUT make a special trip to get a treat that your significant other loves. For Jason, that’s Emeril’s banana cream pie. I’ve thought about trying to make it, but, I know my limits! If I’m downtown for a meeting during the day or something, I’ll stop by and pick a piece up to bring him at work. It’s always a welcomed gesture –and, since we don’t eat there more than a few times a year since it’s such an expensive night out, it’s a luxury surprise for sure!

9 – Basket of Favorites – The picture of the next gift idea is one I helped a co-worker put together for one of her staff members as a thank you. It’s so easy to make and personalize to really spoil the person on the receiving end. Collect candy, gift cards and other items, hot glue them to a dowel and find a great container to put them all in. Here’s an easy tutorial (I’ll admit, I didn’t use floral tape when I made mine) – it’s SUCH an easy gift to be as creative or simple as you wish!

10 – Book his or her favorite day! – Similar to the coupons and spoiling your significant other by promising to put on a smile and participate in their favorite outing, activity or heading to their favorite restaurant, this one is a way to really show you care. For us, usually this means me either tagging a long while Jason bowls, or, on the rare occasion, bowling with him. A lot of times, your loved one may not suggest their favorite activities or places because he/she knows it’s not on your list – surprise them by already having everything set! A simple, but sweet and thoughtful gesture.

11 – Cook his or her favorite meal – I feel like I am guilty of always deferring to this, but, homemade lobster ravioli is always a hit. If your significant other has a favorite meal at a restaurant that’s not TOO far outside of your comfort zone to make, gift it a shot. If you can, find a way to incorporate hearts – like the heart-shaped cookie cutter I used to make raviolis – or make a heart-shaped cake. Again, it’s the thought that counts with this one — well, if the house is still standing when you’re done in the kitchen!

I hope these ideas help if you’re looking for a last-minute idea that’s thoughtful, simple and doesn’t break the bank!

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

Have a great day!

-Lindsey

 

Wish List Wednesday: Valentine’s Day Gifts for your Best Gal Pal

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 Even though Valentine’s Day has become QUITE the spectacle, it’s still fun to pick out sweet gifts for the special people in your life and today’s post is all about Valentine’s gifts for your bestie — and they’re all under $25!

This list has something for everyone and, once I started picking out what I thought would be fun gifts, I just kept going!

You can never go wrong with candy – and how fun is the gummy sushi (8) and the ‘Perfect Man’? (3) Ha ha! I had to include Gertrude Hawk candy — peanut butter smidgens (11) make Jason the happiest man in the world! Champs aka Bubbles (17) is something with which you can NEVER go wrong and the Pier 1 flutes (16) are so pretty with their gold stems.

Bando had some great gifts – the tumblers (1) are great and would be awesome for a girlfriend to keep at work or at her nightstand. The notebooks (7) are too cute, too!

I found a slew of fun accessories, too, like the heart sunglasses (2) from Urban Outfitters, the headphones (4) from H&M (SO cute!) and the earrings (9-on sale!) from Anthropologie. Another great sale item are those PJs from Target (5) – $13!

Rounding out my favorite gift selections was the notebook (10) from Gigi New York that says, “My tastes are simple…I’m easily satisfied with the best.” LOVE it! The fleece blanket (15) from Target is so fun and a steal at under $10. Lastly, Lush products — just can’t get enough of them! I included a pink bath bomb (14), a unicorn horn bubble bath bar (12) and a really fun lip scrub (13).

Personally, I JUST took down the last of our holiday decor items (I had a few that were hung up high that I was just too lazy to drag the letter in to take down until the weekend) and some of our outdoor decor is still up… I know, I know…SO embarrassing! It’s been chilly so I just haven’t taken the ladder outside yet and that is why Valentine’s Day isn’t really on the radar just yet.

I hope this list inspires you as it has inspired me to start brainstorming ideas for my man — and anyone in my life I feel like spoiling a little bit!

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

-Lindsey

DIY Gift Idea: For your MistleTOES!

Happy Monday!

Today’s post is the perfect little gift for co-workers or girlfriends. A couple of years ago, I made this for my female co-workers. I always like to put a little something together for the girls in the office that I’m close with–in most jobs, especially sports, you spend a TON of time with one another and they’re all such great people. It’s the least I can do to thank them for the vent sessions or the help or advice for an event!

When I plan for gifts in the office every year, I always want to get something that can actually be used. Food is always a good option, too, but I usually prefer to do a gift for the ladies (we all know the guys prefer sweets!). This DIY was my gift two years ago and last year, I did a set of wine charms (DIY coming later this week). Hopefully, the girls think they’re useful! This would make a great hostess gift, too — you can always include multiple bottles of polish!

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Here’s how I did it:

Supplies

-Bottle of nail polish (I got mine for $1 a piece at Ulta on Black Friday – they were holiday-ish colors!)

Glitter pens (I use these and LOVE them; they’re great for nail art, too!)

Clear plastic bags

Jingle bells

Thin red ribbon

Blank gift tags

Fake snow

Red shredded metallic paper (Found this online, but I usually just buy it at Michael’s)

Instructions:

1-Make your tags. You’ll want to include “For your MistleTOES” on it somewhere, but put your spin on it. I used a Sharpie to write the message and then used the glitter pens to highlight ‘TOES’ and the heart.

2-Fill the bag about 1/3 full with the metallic shredded paper.

3-Add the nail polish bottle.

4-Lastly, sprinkle a little faux snow in the bag to give it some sparkle.

5-String the tag and tie it around the top of the bag once.

6-String your jingle bell on next and tie a double knot before tying the rest of the ribbo in a bow.

Easy, right? This idea was on Pinterest a few years ago and my co-worker and I both did it for everyone! Haha! But, you can never have too much nail polish, right?

What gifts do you give your co-workers? What’s your go-to DIY gift? Would love to hear more ideas!

Have a great day!

-Lindsey

 

Wish List Wednesday

Since October (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit), my mom has been asking me what I wanted for Christmas. I guess today’s Wish List Wednesday is the ‘Lindsey Gift Guide’…ahem, hubby and Mom, you’re welcome! Ha ha!

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 I’ve been coveting this i smell great perfume for a while. I tried out the sample pack and Wild Honey was my favorite. It lasts all day and smells so good!

As I become more and more obsessed with hiking (it’s not doing me much good down here in Louisiana!), I’d love a great pair of trail shoes and this pair of Saucony shoes got rave reviews.

LOVE this bracelet – so pretty and can be dressed up and down!

Reese Witherspoon was brilliant in the move, Wild, but I really want to read the book. I bought it for my brother-in-law a few years ago and wish I would have grabbed an extra copy.

If I had to sum up my hopes and dreams in 10 words, I think this shirt is pretty much on point. Coffee could be replaced with wine, too – I think I love them equally!

At this point in my life, I’ve baked thousands of cupcakes and I STILL cannot make a full batch that are consistency the same size. This little cupcake scoop would be a HUGE help!

The Big Cats Initiative collaboration with TOMS and National Geographic has been included in several gift guides and it’s making another appearance. I usually don’t invest too much in sunglasses, but I’m loving these – and the fact that profits benefit big cat conservation – purrrrrrrfection!

Anyone that knows me knows how obsessed I am with Ellen. This water bottle would be great for work – I’m REALLY trying to drink more water!

We have a few Pure Barre locations in NOLA and I’d love to try some classes—I’ve only heard amazing things and it’d be fun to try a new workout.

Board games are a blast – would love to add Cards Against Humanity to my collection.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Have a great day!

-Lindsey

Holiday Gift Guide: Day 4

As Cyber Monday kicks off, I hope everyone was able to knock out some holiday shopping, but also spend time with the family. I got most of our indoor holiday decorations up. Next weekend: outdoor decor.

Today’s the last gift guide installment. We’ll start with the ladies, as always — enjoy!

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For the chef

Bonus idea!: I’ve posted about this product before: the sprializer. This is the same model that I have and it’s awesome in the kitchen!

Splurge!: When I was looking at splurge items, I tried to remember what the most important items were in my kitchen and a good knife cannot be underestimated. This one has great reviews.

To accessorize:  Comfy shoes are must in the kitchen and these Toms shoes also give back!

For the mind: I’ve read amazing reviews on this book – it’s on my list, too!

To wear: Etsy had some great aprons, but this denim apron is such a classic and would hold up so well.

Steal!: This lemon squeezer is a great stocking stuffer!

To relax: After a long day in the kitchen, your feet are exhausted. This foot soak would be a huge help in unwinding.

To feel pretty: Around the holidays, when you’re cooking a lot and constantly washing your hands, they get so dry. This lotion had great reviews as an intense hand therapy.

For the home: DYING over this dessert and baking salts set – so much fun for experimenting for the chef in your life!

To stay fit: Under Armour shirts are so great for layering and keep you cool and warm depending on the weather. This would be a great shirt for the kitchen, too!

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For the hostess

For the home: These were just too pretty not to include. A gorgeous accessory for the hostess with the mostest!

To wear: When you’re running around with a house full of people, you want to be comfortable but look chic. This dress fits the bill for both – and, if you spill, you’re wearing black!

Splurge!: This bowl is SO cool – it chills multiple bottles of wine or champagne and is gorgeous!

To stay fit: This jacket is perfect to hit the gym… and then run errands for your next party.

Bonus idea!: Cheese boards are so much fun and this one is adorable! Uncommon Goods makes a $1 donation to a variety of charities with every purchase so this gift gives back!

To feel pretty: Whenever I host a party, I’m ALWAYS scrambling to get ready before people arrive. This gift set has everything you need for a quick makeup application before the doorbell rings.

To relax: After you’re done hosting a party, you’re a little wired. Bath and Body Works’ lavender vanilla/Sleep line is a great way to unwind.

To accessorize: This apron needs no explanation – it’s cheeky and fun!

For the mind: This Kate Spade book gives you all the best tips about being a great host – and it looks pretty!

Steal!: If you’re looking for an inexpensive gift for your favorite hostess, wine stoppers like this one are great!

Now it’s the guys’ turn…

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For the BBQ Pitmaster

To wear: This personalized apron is awesome for BBQing – it comes with a bottle opener [a beer is a necessity when grilling] and has tons of great pockets.

Bonus idea!: This grill light and fan would be great on a hot summer night.

For the home:  This Uncommon Goods’ Himalayan Salt BBQ plank would be a cool addition to a BBQ master’s collection.

To accessorize: Every pitmaster needs a great glove and Weber products are amazing!

Splurge!: Last year, I bought Jason a Big Green Egg and he LOVES it. They are definitely expensive, but worth the money. Talking to everyone that has one, they’ve had them for decades and they work as well now as they did the first time they used them.

To feel handsome: Burt’s Bees bug spray. A must in the summer!

For the mind: Aaron Franklin is known as one of the best BBQ pitmasters in the country. This book would give some great insight to a budding pitmaster.

Steal!: These flexible kabab wires are awesome!

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For the movie buff

To wear: This personalized apron is awesome for BBQing – it comes with a bottle opener [a beer is a necessity when grilling] and has tons of great pockets.

Bonus idea!: This grill light and fan would be great on a hot summer night.

For the home:  This Uncommon Goods’ Himalayan Salt BBQ plank would be a cool addition to a BBQ master’s collection.

To accessorize: Every pitmaster needs a great glove and Weber products are amazing!

Splurge!: Last year, I bought Jason a Big Green Egg and he LOVES it. They are definitely expensive, but worth the money. Talking to everyone that has one, they’ve had them for decades and they work as well now as they did the first time they used them.

To feel handsome: Burt’s Bees bug spray. A must in the summer!

For the mind: Aaron Franklin is known as one of the best BBQ pitmasters in the country. This book would give some great insight to a budding pitmaster.

Steal!: These flexible kabab wires are awesome!

Hope the gift guides were helpful as you prep for the holidays!

Have a great day!

-Lindsey