Curbly's Guide to 2008 Holiday Gift Guides

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 20, 2008

created on: 11/20/08's fun 2008 Holiday Gift Guide got us thinking about how to get through all the Holiday Gift Guides out there. So here's a comprehensive summary to the best 2008 Holiday Gift Guides we could find, organized by topic, just for you!

Use it as a "guide to gift guides", to help find what you're looking for. I've started with the obvious interests of Curbly readers. If you're looking for foo-foo-y girly gifts or a nice warm robe for Grandma, you'll need to do a little online research. 

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It's hip to be square...

By: Diy maven Nov 20, 2008

if you're a wreath, that is. From Williams-Sonoma, the boxwood (get it? BOXwood??) wreath measures 18" square and comes with a red ribbon. A little pricey at $59, but it is a lovely, modern take on the traditional round variety. Via.

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3D Puzzle Christmas Tree

By: Diy maven Nov 19, 2008

Made from 100% recycled cardboard, Pop Deluxe's new laser-cut Snowflake Tree puzzle ($17) comes is kraft brown or white. It measures 10 x 10 x 13, and although they can be decorated with paint, glitter and such it seems unnecessary. Their simplicity is rather elegant.


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Make a Modern Paper Chain

By: Diy maven Nov 18, 2008

Conventional paper chains are so last century. Heck, they’re so two centuries ago! (Not to mention so second grade.) Jeffery over at CraftStylish has reinterpreted this classic, putting a completely modern and grown-up, not to mention GORGEOUS, spin to it. The materials you need to replicate Jeffery’s design are minimal enough and include:

  • Medium weight paper
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Make Christmas Decorations More Chic

By: Lilybee Nov 17, 2008

According to both Coco Chanel and my Grandma Generoux "EVERYTHING is chicer in black, Darlink". Take for example, this fellow, the nicest thing you can say about him is that he's 'festive'. Check out his makeover after the jump.

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DIY: Flaxseed and Lavender Eye Pillows

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 17, 2008

created on: 11/17/08

Who doesn't bend and stretch their way through yoga class for the promise of final relaxation and the eye pillow?  Its' sheer goodness should never be underestimated. This experience is so relaxing, everyone should have one of these next to their bed. It has never failed to soothe and calm my tension and fatigue. The fresh lavender scent and the weight of the pillow feel like a cool breeze in a dark room. … Continue Reading

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DIY: Real Simple Centerpiece Ideas

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 17, 2008

created on: 11/17/08

Forget about ordering a floral arrangement for Thanksgiving.  Look around your house, in the pantry, at your bowls to find simple and pretty vessels to fill with fruit, water, river rocks, flowers or even a branch from a leaf-barren tree.  This arrangement allows everyone to see across the table while either enjoying the family, or self-righteously analyzing each other. We do a little of both.

What you need:

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Peace Wreath

By: Diy maven Nov 17, 2008

The peace sign turned 50 years old this year. To celebrate the occasion--and spread a little peace as well--you might want to opt of a peace wreath this holiday season. Available through Gardener's Supply Company, the 18" diameter wreath ($30) is 'hand-tied on a northern Vermont farm, using fresh-cut balsam fir.' Hmm. I can smell it already!

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Make Your Own Geek Christmas Ornaments.

By: Chrisjob Nov 14, 2008

This year, make your e-waste into something celebratory with this collection of handmade geek tree ornaments from GEEKWARE. Currently in five parts (though expect some updates, as apparently, there's 100!!!), these how-tos include everything from ribbon cable Stars of Bethlehem to santa mice to my fave, keyboard key word ornaments.

Check them out here. The contrast between the techno-recyclables and the natural Canadian greenery is… Continue Reading

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Snowflake Lights.

By: Chrisjob Nov 14, 2008

Nothing sets a festive mood like a fresh lighting scheme. From tiki torches at a summer BBQ to a full-on romantic candlelit dinner on Valentine's day, there's always something incredible about the unique glow at special occasions.

But such an investment for once-a-year is a bit wasteful...well, at least it used to be. Requiring only a scissors and some completely reusable L.E.D. votives, Design*Sponge offers this project: snowflakeContinue Reading

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Tie Bows Like A Professional

By: Lilybee Nov 12, 2008

created on: 11/12/08

We're not talking shoelaces here, we're talking PRETTIES. For gifts... 'cause it's getting to be that time. Sure you could buy ready made bows, but wheres the fun in that? This way you get to use up any supplies of ribbon that you might have been compulsively hoarding (I can't help it I loveses the precious ribbons)... Anyway, the trick to making swanky looking ribbon bows is apparently to use a bow tying… Continue Reading

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Sixteen Recycled Handmade Gift Ideas

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 10, 2008

 created on: 11/10/08

  If you're condsidering handmade gifts this holiday season, you most likely have some creative genes already in place.  For that reason, this is a quick "off the top of my head" list of found objects you could artistically and lovingly incorporate into your own sweet handmade offerings.  Feel free to expand this as the ideas start flowing. Don't be tempted to buy used and re-give in the same condition. … Continue Reading

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Using Goodwill Materials in Your Handmade Holiday Gifts

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 09, 2008

 created on: 11/09/08

created on: 11/09/08

There are no hard and fast rules on re-gifting Goodwill treasures or merely using "gently used" materials as building blocks for your handmade, made with love, tremendously creative holiday gifts. Most people aren't tickled to have your  oodwill bargain passed along to them, however, if you've commited to giving HANDMADE this season AND you are the one hand making the… Continue Reading

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Plasticland's Cool Retro-Styled Christmas Cards.

By: Chrisjob Nov 06, 2008

If you're like me, then you're simply insane for the holiday season, and get totally stoked by all that invokes the magic of Christmastide, and are totally okay with embracing it now that Halloween and Election have come to a close.

And if you're like me, things that seem as if they were designed in the late 40s to the early 60s just look fabulous, regardless of the season.

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How To: Make Perfect Cardboard Pillow Patterns

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 06, 2008

created on: 11/06/08

If you're planning on whipping up some custom throw pillows it can be such a time saver to make cardboard pillow forms in varying shapes and sizes. I have an entire set of these under my work table so I don't have to re-measure each time. For the sake of the reader's eyes, I covered a large piece of cardboard with green paper so you don't have to look at brown cardboard.

In order to make the perfect knife edge pillow,… Continue Reading

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