Curbly Gift Guide: The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer Round-Up

by Alicia Lacy

Curbly's Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide
If Christmas gifts consisted only of stockings and the goodies therein, I'd be one very happy gal. While I absolutely adore the tradition of gift-giving, I find gathering the little things most exciting.

Below is my list of favorite "stocking stuffer" gifts (and yes, Julie Andrews' "My Favorite Things" ran through my head as I put it together). For a gift to make it on this list, it had to be wonderful, and it had to cost under $20.

It's...

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Roundup: Modern Holiday Decor

by Jill W

The holidays are approaching, but many of us haven't even found the time to dust off the old classics from our basements and attics, let alone research the latest in contemporary holiday decor. But as always, Curbly is here to help. Here are plenty of options that'll add a modern touch to the traditional holiday season. 

ORNAMENTS

Credit: Urban Outftters [http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=18973388&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS]

"Love" is a sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana. The image was originally designed as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964, and first exhibited as a sculpture in New York City in 1970. Here is a miniature version of the modern sculpture sold as an ornament from Urban Outfitters.   

Credit: CB2 [http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=581&f=5274]

We like these Mod ornaments made of a combo of polished/brushed metal from CB2.  

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How To: Make Modern Paper Ornaments

by Chris Gardner

created at: 11/30/2010

Having completed yards of modern paper holiday garland, I wanted to create some more paper decorations to maintain the look and colors throughout my home. I tried making paper snowflakes from the colored cardstock, but they didn't really work. Then I recalled an old trick I learned in Sunday school as a kid which we called "onion bulbs" and put all over the Chrismas trees. We used paper strips to create the shape of teardrops and hearts...

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Roundup: 12 Unconventional Christmas Trees That Will Have You Re-Thinking The Fir

by Capree K

created at: 12/01/2010

As a tradition, my husband and I usually go on the day after Thanksgiving to pick out a tree with his family.  There's a special lot that has our preferred species (Balsam Firs - I love how skinny and open they are, which is great for showcasing ornaments.  Take a peek at our tree from last year to see what I mean).  This year, though, we were out of town and to this day are still treeless, which is nearly blasphemous.  I am dying to get a...

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Make It! eBooks on Sale During December!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Now through December 31, our whole series of Make It! how-to manuals is on sale. You can get all three of the Make It! PDFs for just $20, or get one of the printed versions for 25% off
These books make great gifts for the DIY-ers in your family, just in time for the holidays!

Make It! PDFs on sale now. 3 for $20 until December 31st, 2010.


Make It! print versions 25% off until December 31st, 2010

Some of the projects from the awesome Make It! series.

The Make It! series of how-to manuals, offering in-depth, beautifully photographed tutorials on how to make inspiring DIY projects for your home. So far, we have released three issues:

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Modern Doll Houses

by Alicia Lacy

created at: 11/21/2010

Recently, I stumbled upon these amazing doll houses (read: works of art) by Brinca Dada. Not only would I love to have one of them for our daughter Ayla, but I'd love to live inside one of them. They are simple and stunning. 

The company's philosophy is that "toys should be beautiful and fun." They believe they should be athestically pleasing to parents and inviting to children. They pride themselves on skipping the flash and noise, in favor...

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How To: Make a Super Simple Paper Wreath

by Capree K

created at: 11/21/2010

It's wreath time, friends!  Are you ready for this?  I think you are.  I think you were born ready, so let's do this!

First things first.  This wreath is freaking awesome.  Also, it's deceptively simple.  Two good things for any DIY project, as far as I'm concerned.  If you agree, let's see what we'll need to bring this colorful creature to life.  

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How To: Make Easy, Natural Place Card Stands from Twigs (Free Printables Included)

by Chris Gardner

created at: 11/15/2010

I love the idea of bringing in found, natural elements for Thanksgiving decor; maybe some drift wood, or smooth river rocks. But where I live, all I can find are dead, brown oak leaves, some leftover dried corn stalks at the nursery, and twigs that get knocked down during windstorms. Crunchy foliage doesn't do much for me, but I like some of the branches and twigs that get blown into the corners of my block, and figured there must be something...

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Roundup: 12 Cozy Scandinavian Modern Cabins

by Capree K

created at: 11/09/2010

If you liked last week's Scandinavian Modern kitchen makeover, you're in for a treat!  As I mentioned yesterday, around this time of year I always get that rustic itch (which sounds like a virus, but I swear it's not).  I seek out and take inspiration from cozy spaces - move over shiny minimalist houses, I want wood and textiles!  So, what's the ultimate winter abode?  A Scandinavian Modern Cabin.  I'll take two!  

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Curbly Original
How To: Make a Mod Chandelier (for under $10.00!)

by Chris Gardner

My friend and Curbly team member Capree has an amazing dining room, where she created this awesome hand painted branch wall. Her hard work is accented by her spectacular light fixture, which is a single bulb surrounded by thin metal rods that jut out at artfully random angles, the Twig Light by Fire Farm.

I loved it so much, I decided to take a stab at recreating it myself. And I did! I don't know how to weld, so I knew I couldn't make one...

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Before & After: Scandinavian Modern Kitchen Makeover

by Capree K

created at: 11/04/2010

First things first: I love, LOOOVE a good before and after!  It's the dangling carrot that keeps me going and feeling inspired.  If someone can turn that into that, then my projects don't seem so intimidating and I get a tingling "I can do anything" sensation.  And you know what?  It feels good... So good, I want to spread the joy to everyone.  If you'd like that same tingly feel-goodery, then follow the carrot to this awesome Scandinavian Modern kitchen renovation!  

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