Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

More Creative & Clutter-Free Holiday Gift Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2013 | 24 comments

Today I’m piggy-backing off the really fun Clutter-Free Gift series I ran last year, and sharing some of my favorite creative AND clutter-free gifts for almost anyone on your holiday shopping list this year.

Of course, I’d love to hear your favorite clutter-free gifts as well!

Gift Giving: Cheap vs. Frugal

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2013 | 49 comments

As you probably know by now, I’m a big fan of saving money whenever I can, using coupons, finding great deals, etc. etc. — and that philosophy transfers over to my gift giving as well… but only to a point.

I personally think there is a distinct difference between giving frugal gifts and cheap gifts — and today’s post is based on this topic and a few recent emails I’ve received on this topic.

Nora’s Homemade Cloth Activity Book

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2013 | 33 comments

Now that it’s officially October, I find myself frequently thinking about Christmas gift ideas. Two gifts I’ve ALWAYS been an advocate for are clutter-free gifts and educational gifts — especially when it comes to gifts for kids.

Today I’m sharing a really fun educational gift Dave’s mom made for Nora — it would make a fabulous Christmas, birthday, or “just because” gift for any lucky child on your gift list!

Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts {Day 6} = Acts of Service

posted by Andrea | 12/1/2012 | 3 comments

Today is the last day in my week-long Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts series… and it’s my favorite clutter-free gift of all {acts of service}.

I’ve always been a big fan of service gifts — much more so now that I’m married, have a house to maintain, and a child! I’d take the “gift” of a cleaned kitchen or a few hours of babysitting over almost anything from the store… any day!

Creative & Cutter-Free Gifts {Day 5}: Charitable Donations

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2012 | 7 comments

Today is day 5 in my week-long Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts series… and we’re talking about a bunch of ways you can give back to different charities!

If you have people on your list who literally have everything, a simple donation to special charities in their name might be the best gift you can give them.

Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts {Day 4} = Cash

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2012 | 11 comments

Today is day 4 in my Creative and Clutter-Free Gift series and I’m super excited — because we’re talking about giving cash!

I never liked giving cash until I realized that there are tons of creative {and personalized} ways to give this fabulous clutter-free gift. I’m sharing 10 ideas today!

Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts {Day 3} = Experiences

posted by Andrea | 11/28/2012 | 12 comments

Today is day 3 in my creative and clutter-free gift series and I’m talking about “experience gifts”.

Experience gifts can be a little more time-consuming to plan… and they aren’t necessarily inexpensive, but they ARE a fantastic clutter-free gift that your recipient will probably remember for a very long time.

Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts {Day 2} = Gift Cards

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2012 | 10 comments

Today is day 2 in my week-long creative and clutter-free gift series… and we’re talking all about gift cards.

I’m a huge fan of giving (and receiving) gift cards and today, I’m sharing 9 ideas to add a little creativity for this fabulous clutter-free gift.

Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts {Day 1} = Food

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2012 | 17 comments

Today is the first day in my week-long Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts series… and I’m just SOOOOO excited! All week long I’ll be sharing lots and lots of creative ways to give practical and clutter-free holiday gifts that should please everyone on your Christmas list!

I’m starting the series off with my favorite clutter-free gift {FOOD}… I have 13 creative ideas for giving the gift of food.

Simple, Practical Wedding and Shower Gifts

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2012 | 29 comments

I’m a huge fan of wedding registries because they allow guests to give gifts the bride and groom actually want. I’m also a fan of simple, practical gifts that anyone starting a new home will need.

This past weekend, we attended a shower for my sister. She got lots of great gifts off her registry… but my other sister and I went in on a gift together and we deviated from the registry just a bit 🙂

Creative Ways to Give a Giftcard

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2011 | 5 comments

There’s only 8 days until Christmas… and if you are still frantically searching for the perfect gift, it might just be time to “resort” to a gift card.

However, even though a gift card might not seem like the most personal or thoughtful gift, I can almost guarantee the recipient will love it… and with just a few minutes and a little creativity, you can package your gift cards in a thoughtful way.

Here are a few creative ways to give a gift card:

Making Your Own Christmas Wish List

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2011 | 13 comments

Christmas is just over 5 weeks away and I’m assuming most of you have already been asked “what do you want for Christmas?”

Even as adults, we occasionally get a few gifts each year, and I don’t know about you, but I always have a difficult time coming up with things to put on my OWN Christmas wish list. But now I have a really simple method of keeping track of the things I want for Christmas…

How Do You Do Christmas Gifts?

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2011 | 18 comments

Every year, as I’m making my Christmas list and searching for great bargins on creative Christmas gifts, I always start thinking about all the DIFFERENT ways people handle the issue of “gift giving”.

I know every family and group has different gift-giving traditions, so I thought I would first share a few of the different ways my family and extended family handles Christmas gifts… but then I’d love to know how you do it too!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2011 | 21 comments

I love hot chocolate and can be “forced” to drink it in almost any climate — even if I’m not cold! However, I don’t love paying top dollar for it at fancy coffee places and restaurants. I also don’t really like the “cheaper tasting” watered down hot chocolate packets from the store.

So thankfully, my mom always made her own homemade hot chocolate mix… and shared her really easy recipe with me {it only has 4 ingredients}!

My Favorite Clutter-Free Food Gifts

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2011 | 7 comments

The holiday season is here!! And for those of you haven’t even started thinking about holiday gifts, I’ve come to your rescue with my all-time favorite clutter-free food gifts that are sure to please even the pickiest person on your list.

I challenge you to skip the busy stores, skip the clutter, skip the over-prices gadgets, and make {or buy} food gifts for everyone on your list this year!!

Make Your Own Beer Bread from Scratch

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2011 | 19 comments

I remember the first time I attended a Tastefully Simple party and tasted their beer bread. It was so delicious that I knew I had to buy some. However, I quickly realized that a $5.49 price tag might not be worth it for one loaf of bread — especially at the rate we plowed through it!

So my frugal self decided to look for a beer bread recipe that I could make myself — and I’ve never looked back since!

The Gift of Food

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2011 | 15 comments

Where I come from {and I suspect most of you can relate} whenever something significant happens, we run to our kitchens and start making our favorite foods. Whether it’s a birth, a death, a sickness, or just a special occasion, I don’t know anyone who does not appreciate the gift of food!   Personally, I always try to give clutter-free gifts, and food is one of my favorite clutter-free gifts because I can easily incorporate it into my normal routine and it is always […]

Unique Gift Ideas for Dads

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2011 | 6 comments

The following is written by Mel from Unique Holiday Gift Ideas: I don’t know why, but Fathers Day always seems to sneak up on me… and then I am scrambling to find unique gifts for my dad, husband, and father-in-law. This year I am being more intentional about planning the holidays so that I can really enjoy them instead of going around in a big cloud of guilt over all the things I wished I had done…and didn’t. If you […]