There are many parts of traveling that one might find enjoyable: the release of responsibility, the down time while waiting for the plane or train, the anticipation of the destination, or being immersed in a different culture to experience new things. Wherever the traveler’s voyages take them, give them a keepsake, a memento, or something they can take on their journey.
Artist Renée Leone creates watercolor paintings inspired from her travels. Pictured here is her piece of the Brooklyn Bridge, but be sure to check out the other amazing works in her travel series.
Is there a special place or city that has captivated the heart of your friend? This Latitude Longitude Pendant is hand-forged with the coordinates of that special place.
This Postal Travel Journal Kit is a really great way for your loved ones to document their travel adventures. After they fill out the notebooks, they can mail them from their destination to have a postmark and a stamp from that city.
Relive the fun of traveling when you assemble one of these City Puzzle Maps. Choose from London, New York City, or Paris.
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Store-bought gift tags are fine, but handmade gift tags can really make a Christmas present feel special. You can easily make the gift tags in this post using your favorite paper—the great thing about paper crafting is that you can adapt these ideas and use whatever paper you want. Adhesive-backed cardstock is especially nice because you can just cut and paste, minus the messy glue part.
This peppy Christmas tassel garland caught my eye because it combines classic red and green with soft mint and pink, plus some gold for sparkle. String one to liven up your wall or hang several for a fun photo booth backdrop during a party.
No fussy measuring here! I simply cut a strip of felt, then cut one petal and use it as a guide to measure the rest. Make them big or small, red or white, and use them to decorate anything. I love how these flowers have a number of layers and plenty of dimension. In this post, I’ll show you have to make this flower two different ways. One way makes a lovely semi-flat flower, while the other technique makes a beautiful, more dimensional flower. Leave your thoughts/questions in the comments below!
We all love to eat the special treats and foods that are given and received at Christmas. Sometimes there is an overload of sweets and sugary treats since many of us are happily baking cookies, breads, and cakes. So if you’d like to give some yummy food gifts that won’t send your friends into a sugar coma, send some savory goodies instead.
Wisconsin is the home of many a cheesemonger including Wisconsin Cheese Mart. Their Nibbler Crate is a collection of Smoked Gouda, Baby Swiss, Cheddar, and Colby cheeses. Yum!
If your friends are looking for a healthy alternative to potato chips, give them some SeaSnax. These sheets of roasted seaweed are delicious as is, but you could also add them to salads or rice!
Need an accessory for an upcoming Christmas party? This poinsettia hair pin would be an elegant addition to your holiday garb. It is available in either red or white and would also be a great as a gift!
For your earth-loving, tree-hugging, health-minded, and crunchy friends, check out these gift ideas. Looking for something that is repurposed, upcycled, or sustainably made? How about handmade goods to help support local artisans in small communities? The elves have got you covered.
This beautiful Jewel Toned Sari Scarf is handmade from upcycled, vintage, silk saris. Be sure to check out the video to see how the saris are made.
This Suncoat Polish & Peel Nail Polish is water-based, non-toxic, and is even safe for kids. If that wasn’t enough, it is a vegan (cruelty-free) product. How to remove? Just soak your fingertips in water and peel. It’s that easy! This peely polish only lasts a couple days, so if you’re looking for one that lasts longer, try this one or this one.
Bye-bye chemical air fresheners! Hello Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag! This handy charcoal filled bag will eliminate odors in your home, apartment, or car. Set it out in the sun for an hour each month, and it will last 2 years.
Reduce waste and save trees by using Squeeze Cellulose Cloths as an alternative to paper towels. These cloths are made from biodegradable cellulose and can be used for months! Dishwasher safe.
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Love those ready-made curly bows, but hate to spent $$ for them? I’ll show you how to make these curly, fluffy bows easily at home so you can save your pretty pennies for other things… like more ribbon?
Oh. My. Goodness. Is Neva the Christmas Hippo not just the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen? Hippos are my second favourite animals, so I melted a little when I saw this cutie-pie. Made of red fleece with green cotton ears and tootsies, Neva would make a fun, whimsical addition to anyone’s holiday decor, especially those of us who really do want a hippopotamus for Christmas
While I was making these, I remembered when I was an elf-in-training, learning many techniques in my drawing and painting class. We did all sorts of fun things and used many materials. Today I’ll show you a few different ideas for painting some quick gift tags. Happy painting!