Though the holidays are supposed to be a relaxing, fun time, for many of us they end up being stress-fests. Between shopping for gifts, preparing holiday meals and treats, and managing family interactions, it can be too easy to end the year feeling worn-out and frazzled. But that's where self-care comes in. Taking the time to give yourself a break can make a huge difference, and if that break takes the form of a hot bath for you, you can incorporate the rejuvenating scent of evergreens via these Christmas tree bath salts. Or package these bath salts up with some other bath luxuries, and give them as a gift!
A lot of us (myself included) are dealing with extra emotions during the holidays. Whether it's stress, anxiety, or sheer panic, the gift-giving deadlines that creep up at Christmastime can bring up all sorts of feelings. Maybe it's your nieces and nephews that are stressing you out because you have no idea what kids are even into anymore! Or maybe it's your mother-in-law who who already has everything she could ever want. Or maybe your husband, when asked what he'd like for Christmas, only answers with the not-so-helpful phrase, "Whatever you'd like to get me."
Fortunately, you're not alone. We're all in this together, and we're going to make it through another Christmas season. So let's take deep dive into Christmas gifts: what people like, where to find it, and how to stay calm until the 25th gets here.
As we wrap up the year, it's always fun to look back at some of our favorite DIY projects from the last twelve months. This year we worked with The Home Depot to come up with a whole series of projects and tool reviews, called Tool School. Here's a look at some of the DIYs I liked best, along with the tools that made them possible, plus, a selection of new gift ideas just in time for your holiday shopping.
It's the holidays and, SURPRISE! Everyone is stressed.
Be it the in-laws, end of year deadlines, travel, or all the shopping, this is a time of year that just makes us crazy. And as hard as it is suffering from burnout ourselves, it's even harder watching it in someone you care about.
There are two little words that can help: self-care! (The Oxford Dictionaries just declared "toxic" the word of the year, but they must not spend much time on Pinterest. The word of the year is clearly self-care).
Today's gift idea is for that special someone, your S.O.S., Stressed-Out Spouse (or Partner, or Bestie, or Sibling, or Other Significant Person who needs help). This self-care gift basket will help remind them to slow down and be good to themselves.
I've broken this gift basket concept down into four different elements that are important for centering: sleep, stress reduction, mindfulness, and me-time. The best thing about putting together your own gift basket is that you can scout your local shops for unique, handmade items and support those small businesses.
Boston locals, I purchased everything for this self-care gift basket at Cambridge Naturals in Porter Square, my favorite source for organic and natural products. And of course, I'm including online sources for the rest of you!
Ready to see how you can put together your own epic self-care gift basket for the holidays? Don't worry, I won't judge if you end up wanting to keep it all to yourself!
Keep reading for our tips to make the most relaxing gift ever!
Although it's hard to believe, it's almost that time of year when holiday parties start occupying most weekends. Most people's go-to gift for these kinds of events is usually a bottle of wine, but sometimes it's nice to surprise your hostess with something different. Here are 60 fantastic DIY hostess gifts that you can start thinking about ahead of time to avoid excessive holiday stress.
Holiday season is creeping up quick! Looking for gift ideas for the at-home cooks in your life, but don't want do bust the budget? We've dug up 18 of our favorite cooking stuff finds, all on Amazon, and all for under $40. Keep reading for awesome gift ideas for chefs!
A lot of holiday seasons go by where I am totally and utterly irresponsible with my spending habits. I think, "It's Christmas! I can spend as much money as I need to on presents. It's called the Season of Giving for a reason!" This mindset always comes back to bite me in January, because while it is fun to go shopping for gifts, it's not fiscally smart to blow your whole bank account. This year, I've decided to be more thoughtful in my gifting, while also trying to save money. Homemade gifts, if done well, are the best to receive. And what's more homey than a canned recipe? While I'm trying to decide what to can and give, I've found a lot of great recipes along the way, and I'm sharing them with you today! Keep reading for my favorite canned gifts to make and give in bulk.
Some people call him "sir," others "chief." Still others see him as "hero," as in "I never would have gotten [fill-in-the-blank] done without him." Sure, he could be all of those things to you, too, but you're also the lucky duck who also gets to call him Dad.
That's how one Washington state woman felt about her pop, a Civil War veteran and widower who raised her and five brothers—so much so that she rallied for a day of officially recognized commemoration, and won it in 1910.
Hitting the campaign trail to create a special holiday has already been done, so now you can devote all your effort to making sure your dad gets singled out for all the good about him—and what better way to kick it off than with a card? Fathers Day cards are the embodiment of a host of strong and sometimes complicated emotions, but regardless of the state of your relationship, every dad appreciates a nod of appreciation.
Read on for our curated selection of printable Fathers Day cards, cards you can buy online, and some tips on what to put in that card before you deliver it!
So Mother's Day is days away, and you're empty-handed.
JK! There's no judgment here - I am the absolute worst at planning ahead.
But, let's not leave our moms thinking we don't care about them. Instead of panicking and grabbing the first tchotchke that catches your eye on the way home and playing it off as totally intentional, try one of these last-minute gifts your mom will love.
We've got you covered with gifts you can order online, simple ways to make a gift of flowers more special, and experiences you can share with your mom that will really make her day.
Ready, set, go - you got this!
With Mother's Day right around the corner, many of us are on the hunt for gifts for those new moms out there. The best gifts usually involve something that will save her time or give her a bit of extra time to herself. So we've done the research and rounded up the best ideas from around the web. Here are 17 gifts for new moms that will put a smile on her face this Mother's Day (or any day of the year!).
Mother's Day is just around the corner, and you know what's better than a mom? Nothing! If you want to show your momma you care for her in a special and unique way, then handmade is the way to go. We've rounded up 48 doable Mother's Day ideas you could craft for your mom, or for the other mothers in your life. Maybe you're a mom too, and you want to treat yourself - go wild. It's your day. Mom will love the care and thought put into her...
There's a common conception about the gift card: that it's as good as money, and the recipient can use it to get whatever they want.
But here's the thing. A gift card is not as good as cash. If it were, why not just throw a crisp $50 bill in an envelope and hand it over?
No, my friends. A gift card is better than cash. Because cash is for getting what you need! A gift card if for getting something you truly want.
It's hard to believe that it's that time of year again, isn't it? Time to scour the stores and internet for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Well if you need a present for a lover of tech gadgets, we've got you covered. Click through to check out our picks ranging in price from $20 to $200.
Hand lettering has grown more and more popular over the last couple of years, and with good reason - it's a creative hobby which is also super functional and useful in daily life. So why not give some hand lettering materials as gifts this holiday season? Here are 20 of our favorite books and supplies for the beginner or intermediate lettering aficionado in your life.