Despite what's depicted in Hallmark movies, the holidays can actually be a really stressful time of year. Not only that, but if you're not careful, added anxiety and pressure can cause you to miss the season all together. With Thanksgiving in the rear view and Christmas coming around the corner fast, how in the world are we supposed to stay in the present and enjoy what this season has to offer? While we may never regain the magic of the holidays that we felt as children (the whole no-Santa thing kind of ruins it, amiright?), there are ways to claim and nurture some new warm and fuzzy feelings. Here's how you can make the most of the season by soaking up the present.
It's that time of year... when you start getting invitations for holiday parties and get-togethers. Which means you'll need some small gifts to thank the hostess for having you. Here are ten of our favorite easy DIY hostess gifts.
This holiday season, go one step beyond giving handmade gifts. Give the gift of creativity and empower the recipients with these five DIY Gift Kits. It's like handmade-squared!
Perfectly thoughtful gifts require perfectly thoughtful wrappings. And less-than-sublimely personalized gifts DEMAND thoughtful wrappings. A bottle of wine is always a neutral choice (only the decision between red or white), and to present it?
Here's an interesting article from the Honolulu Advertiser on the DIY gift movement. They allude to sites most Curbliers are aware of: buyhandmade.org and craftster, but they also offer some helpful tips for making handmade gifts this holiday season.
Also includes a helpful, basic crafting bibliography.
Running out of wrapping paper and bows and need more FAST? I saw this on Martha yesterday and put the Curbly spin to it.
What little wrapping paper you have left
Wrap your present in newsprint. I like the stock quotes as they make a nice, uniform background.
Cut a strip of wrapping paper to circumference the present, fold in edges, wrap around package, tape strip together in back of present.
Stylehive has the the (so-far) go-to list for wrapping paper inspiration. Wait, what am I talking about? I hate wrapping presents...
Anyway, maybe you could use these as Curbly profile backgrounds instead:
Although we don’t see it often up in the northland–probably because of the snowstorms and such–I’ve heard down south it’s quite popular to gift wrap your front door for the holidays.
A novice at door-wrapping, I consulted the experts. Here’s a blow by blow to get the job done.
The same stuff you’d use to wrap a present, only more of them. Although, the instructions I found made a point of stating that it’s...