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Category Archive: gifts

Easy DIY: Quilted Blanket

This is probably the easiest sewing project you could tackle. All you need are two piece of fabric cut to equal measurements. I found this alpaca flannel and thought it would make a… Continue reading

Easy DIY: Tea Time Teacher’s Gift

A quick gift to put together for last minute giving. I went with a Japanese theme using green tea bags and Japanese cakes but you could go with Earl Grey and shortbreads or… Continue reading

Make This: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These are perfect for any PB lover you know since inside each cookie is a small PB cup. (I used the ones from Trader Joe’s)  The cookie recipe is the one from Hershey’s.… Continue reading

Easy DIY: Leather Gift Card Holders and Envelope Wallets

This is the perfect way to take gift cards to another level. Especially when you’re stuck with buying set denominations because sometimes you don’t want to give $50 gift cards but $10 doesn’t… Continue reading

Easy DIY: Valentine Treat Bags

Since I’m trying to use up the stash of small drawstring bags, I thought I’d make some fun treat bags for Valentine’s Day. I just replaced the drawstring with red ribbon. You could… Continue reading

Easy DIY: Crystal Clear Valentines

Playing off the science theme from the Petri dish cookies, I thought I’d use test tubes for classroom valentines. I originally was going to put polymer gel balls in the tubes but then… Continue reading

Easy DIY: Ten-Sided Yin Yang Globe

These would make fantastic treat or gift boxes. Origami Maniacs has the template and tutorial on how to make the Ten-Sided Yin Yang Globe by Oschene.

All About the Packaging: Nendo’s Giftote Bag

Japanese design firm, Nendo, came up with this simple but amazing take on gift wrapping. Sure, you could just pop your gift in a regular tote and call it a day, but this… Continue reading

Can I Have This?: Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad

    While this is technically a “kid’s toy,” it has really come in super handy for crafting. I’ve used it to transfer patterns and designs onto totes and t’s for embroidering as… Continue reading

Easy DIY: Hand-drawn Glasses

We usually give a little personalized gift to my daughter’s favorite teachers from the previous years. This year, we decided on hand-drawn glasses. Using Pebeo Vitrea markers, my daughter drew some fun designs… Continue reading