Creative Christmas Gift Giving Ideas for Groupons and Gift Cards (Gingerbread Edition)

Creative Gift Giving Ideas: Make a Gingerbread Scene to show off an gift card or groupon!

This post brought to you by Groupon Gift Shop. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Kayla Aimee Writes. I love giving experiences gifts. In fact, one of the most popular posts on my blog is the one titled 25 Non-Toy Gift Ideas in which I shared how we try to scale our Christmas gift giving to favor experience gifts over toy gifts. This year we polled our parents to find out some small things on their bucket lists and then we scoured the Local Things To Do section on Groupon to find them some gift certificates for those experiences! For my mother we found a snow tubing experience, which is something that she had mentioned … [Read more...]

How To Wrap The Perfect Present (Without Wasting Paper)

How To Wrap The Perfect Present WITHOUT Wasting Paper! Great tip!

I used to work as a gift wrapper during Christmas season at the mall and turns out, there are all sorts of secret gift wrapping tips and tricks. Like how to make the tape not show or how to make the tissue paper line up pretty or how not to have lots of randomly long, left over pieces of wrapping paper. I made a video once to show y'all some of the tricks I learned except that was a long time ago before I learned how to properly use a camera so it's kind of a horrible video. I am working on a lot of holiday projects right now and thought this this would be a fun video to revisit. So I made a new one! And mostly you should watch it just for … [Read more...]

Free Printable Colorful Christmas Gift Tags

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Click here to download the printable PDF-> Free Printable Holiday Tags PDF It's been a crazy couple of weeks around here. Normally I make free printable christmas gift tags every year but this year my time was stretched really thin so I asked my talented friend Kristina to make some for me! I bought some brightly colored gift wrap last year in the after-Christmas sale at Target (that's how we do!) and wanted something merry and bright. Aren't they so cute?! She is generously letting me share them here so feel free to download and print them out for your personal use! Other fun Christmas related tutorials & freebies: 12 Fun Free … [Read more...]

A DIY Holiday: 10+ Unique Gift In A Jar Ideas

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I'm enjoying Thanksgiving week with my family which means that Scarlette and I are decorating the house and preparing to get our craft on! Thanks to my love affair with Pinterest, here are some of my favorite DIY Gift In A Jar ideas for the holiday season! I plan on making the cinnamon honey butter because my friend Tiff made it last year and it was so good. I also want to try my hand at some homemade sugar scrubs because Natalie did that for my birthday and I love it. My friends and I like to rock the homemade. HASHTAGTHAT'SHOWWEDO DIY Gift In A Jar Ideas Cinnamon Honey Butter via Tidy Mom  Toffee Blondies in a Jar via Baked Bree Hot Cocoa … [Read more...]

Our Plans For A Simple Christmas + 25 Non-Toy Gift Ideas

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With the lights  twinkling on the tree behind us, my husband and I sat and contemplated Christmas and what we want it to look like in our family. We each have beautiful childhood memories of Christmases past and now it's our turn to share the magic. We thought a lot about possibly having a non-toy Christmas. (In sharing this I want to be sure to tell you that this is what works for our family and I'm not under the assumption that it must work for everyone.) One thing we both feel very strongly about is making sure that the Christmas we teach to Scarlette is not a completely consumerist one. This is hard for me. Scarlette is (and will … [Read more...]

25 Christmas Gift Ideas Under $10

25 Creative Christmas Gift Ideas Under $10

Since the year 2000, my three best girlfriends and I have been doing a Girl's Christmas and exchanging gifts with a $10 budget. In nearly a decade of doing $10 Christmas gifts, we've come up with some pretty nifty ideas to share with you! 1. Magazine Subscription. This gift has made the round in our group, seeing as we are all in love with magazines. Most magazine subscriptions are under $10 and around the holidays they offer even better deals. Wrap up the current issue of the magazine and attach a little card explaining that you've signed them up for a subscription! It's the gift that keeps on giving. (This year I went through Ebates and … [Read more...]

How To : DIY Keepsake Ornaments

DIY Keepsake Ornament

One of our holiday traditions growing up was having a special ornament for our Christmas tree each year.  It's such a sweet memory for me and I want to do something similar with Scarlette. I found these little resin frames in the dollar spot at Michaels a couple of weeks ago and decided to make my own keepsake ornaments out of them. They were really inexpensive to make because I had most of the supplies on hand and they make for great gifts.  Here is how I made them: DIY Keepsake Ornament Instructions: First collect the keepsakes or photos you want to use.  Scarlette's NICU nurses made hand and feet prints for me last Christmas so those are … [Read more...]

Christmas In July : Freebies + Gift Baskets

This year one of my thrifty goals is to cut our holiday budget by 75%. Here's what I'm doing... I subscribe to a few online freebie sites and I send off for things that would make good gift basket fillers. I also watch the couponing sites for items I can get for free with my drugstore perks. I keep a bin in the hall closet full of free items. I also pick up cute storage containers whenever I see them for a great deal in the Target dollar spot. When it's time for gift giving I pull together a gift basket in a specific theme. This spring I gave a graduation gift basket full of items I got for free. I themed it Dorm Room Survival … [Read more...]

Christmas In July | Recommended Online Survey Sites

This whole stay-at-home mom thing is both really awesome* and really hard. The hard part is mostly being a one income family. We had a plan but Scarlette's early arrival blew that plan all to pieces. So this year one of my thrifty goals is to slash our holiday budget by 75%. Lofty, I know. I'm starting my projects/super-frugal shopping now and I thought I'd post my progress. Every year I save up my points from taking online suveys and use them towards Christmas gifts and it's a huge help to our budget. I'm sharing some tips because if you start now you can have a good amount built up by the holidays! E-Rewards - This is my … [Read more...]