Skip the Store-Bought: Here are 25 Genuine Valentines for Your Sweetheart

by Holly Wade

Skip the Store-Bought: Here are 25 Genuine Valentines for Your Sweetheart

The holiday of love is coming up, and you know how much we love a simple homemade gift! Since Valentine's Day can be a high-cost holiday, it's the perfect time to take the DIY route and gift cute printable valentines your sweetheart will really appreciate. Whether you're giving valentines to your S.O. or your friends, they'll appreciate the homemade touch. Plus, if I'm being honest, these 25 free printable valentines blow store-bought cards...

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Let Your Lover Know They're a Work of Art with a DIY Paint-By-Number Kit

by M.E. Russell

DIY Paint-by-Number kits featuring you and your sweetheart!

When I was a kid, I remember going to visit this tiny hobby store in the city where both my parents worked. I have two brothers, and when we would all visit this store, we would immediately go separate ways. My older brother was always drawn to the model cars, my little brother would beeline to the Thomas the Tank Engine toys, and I was obsessed with the paint-by-number kits. Specifically - the ones featuring... horses.

While my days of horse-loving are well over, I still think this throwback hobby is pretty nifty (and certainly nostalgic). For Valentines Day, I thought it might be sweet to make a DIY paint-by-number kit from a photo of me and my boo - keep reading to see how you can, too!           

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DIY Leather Earrings - The Perfect Christmas Gift That Won't Break the Bank

by Stephanie Lee

DIY leather earrings - the perfect Christmas gift that won't break the bank

Stylish jewelry usually comes with a matching price tag, which can be disheartening if you’re shopping for a Christmas gift on a budget. 

But that doesn't mean you need to forgo the thoughtful present that you had your heart set on! There are plenty of ways to DIY pretty accessories that’ll wow your friends, and I’ll share one with you today using one of my favorite materials - leather. Keep reading to see how I made these affordable DIY leather earrings.           

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21 Ways to Make Your Mom The Happiest Mom on Earth

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Make Your Mom the Happiest Mom on the Planet

Don't fret for a moment about what to get your mom for Mother's Day. The best thing you can do is to spend time with her (no irritation or annoyance allowed), or have a nice, relaxed conversation with her.  No store bought card or pot of flowers will touch her heart as much as your efforts to express your sincere appreciation for her, past and present. To help you get started, here are 21 mostly free ideas to choose from that are guaranteed to make your mom happy. 

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30 Galentine's Day Gifts to Buy or DIY

by Alicia Lacy

30 Galentine's Day Gifts to Buy or DIY

 

I don't know about you, but in light of current events, I'm feeling an abundance of gratitude for the women in my world. The future is indeed female, and when ladies come together, remarkable things happen. 

What better way to celebrate sisterhood than to treat your tribe to a Galentine's Day gift? I've rounded up my favorite gifts to give to your best friends, as well as a couple easy, meaningful DIYs you can create with your own two hands. 

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How To: Wrap a Gift Like a Pro

by Alicia Lacy

How To: Wrap a Gift Like a Pro

'Tis the season of gift giving and the perfect time to learn how to properly wrap a gift. With a little practice, you can forgo gift bags altogether, and learn to create perfect corners and tidy packages. And, we'll even show you the sweetest way to wrap a bottle of wine. Grab your tape and scissors, your favorite roll of wrapping paper, and a spool of ribbon - let's wrap.

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Roundup: 22 Mother's Day DIY Gift Ideas She Will Love

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Roundup: 22 Mother's Day DIY Gift Ideas She Will Love

You've been DIYing gifts for Mother's Day since you were in elementary school, writing cards on construction paper and pressing your hand into a concrete stone with the date on it. Now that you're all grown up though, it's time for some more adult DIY ideas for Mom - ones that she is sure to love. So, I've rounded up 22 awesome DIY gift ideas for Mother's Day to get your creativity going.   

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Father's Day Gift Guide: 12 Great Gifts for Cool Dads

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Father's Day Gift Guide: 12 Great Gifts for Cool Dads

Dads are notoriously hard to buy for, but a couple of times a year we all reach deep into our gift-giving pockets and wrack our brains trying to determine the 'perfect' gift for Dad. Of course, Father's Day is one of those times and it is coming up fast.   June 16th to be exact. So instead of struggling to figure out a great gift in time for Dad's day this year, just check out this gift guide. It's a whole lot easier than stressing out and there are plenty of affordable gifts to choose from (the vast majority are under $75).   

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Roundup: 30+ Inspiring and Festive DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

by Capree K

Roundup: 30+ Inspiring and Festive DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

If store-bought wrapping paper just isn't doing it for you this year, here are over 30 DIY gift wrap ideas to inspire and delight! Happy crafting!     

1. Polka Dot Gift Wrap

2. Studded Gift Wrap

3. Celery Stamp Gift Wrap

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4. Re-purposed Sweater Gift Wrap

5. Stitched Gift Wrap

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6. Fringe Gift Wrap

7. Hand-Lettered Gift Box

8. Scrap Wallpaper Gift Bags

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9. Hand-Painted and Stamped Gift Wrap

10. Tinsel Bow...

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Gift Guide: Sweet Stocking Stuffers for Men, Women and Kids (All Under $20)

by Alicia Lacy

2012 Curbly Gift Guides: Stocking Stuffers for Men, Women and Children

Stocking stuffers are my very favorite thing about the holidays. There's something completely magical about the tiny things. Once again, we've compiled our annual collection of stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. Below is a list of the gems we found this year. We followed three simple rules while putting together this collection:

1. Everything must fit into a stocking.
2. Everything must be under $20.
3. Everything must be...

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