Wednesday, November 22

Christmas Gift Guide for Any Guy (including stocking stuffers!)

Men. I always find them hardest to shop for at Christmas. Anyone else? If so, we're here to get you started with a few tried and true gifts I've used with my own mister, including stocking stuffer ideas down below. (We also have 2017 gift guides for ladies and for little boys!)  Here are a few that have been his favorites:

  1. A nice watch - you can go with a snazzy classic like this, a smart watch for a techy guy, or something waterproof and durable. (find it here)
  2. Tools - a Dremel is super handy for all kinds of little projects and fixes! Other great options would be a drill, Kreg Jig, or miter saw. (find it here)
  3. A wallet - I find myself buying him a wallet every few years as they wear out. I always look for a bifold wallet with flip ID and RFID block. (find it here)
  4. Harry Potter Illustrated Books - my husband loves these. They've released one each Christmas the last two years, and this year is #3. Don't worry, he's good at acting surprised. (find it here)
  5. Thing Explainer - one more book that's one of my guy's favorites. He read me a few parts and it was pretty funny! (find it here)
  6. A t-shirt - this is my go-to gift for the guys I don't know what to buy for (meaning brothers-in-law). I love to find something funny or related to their interests. (find it at BrainLevel on Etsy)
  7. A tool tote - like a tool box, but better suited to organize and carry your larger hand tools. (find it here)
  8. Snacks or Drinks - My husband loves rootbeer so I always keep an eye out for new varieties he hasn't tried yet. If that fails I can always grab an old favorite!
Once you've got your presents for under the tree, it's time to think about that stocking! These little gifts range from fun to practical and everything in between. You may even want to pick up a few for yourself!

  1. Exploding Kittens - or any small game. (find it here)
  2. Pen lights - these are so practical, and with a set he can keep one in the car, one in the toolbox and one at the office. (find them here)
  3. Collapsible water bottle - perfect for carrying in a gym bag or backpack. I want one of these for myself! (find it here)
  4. Gloves - a nice durable pair, especially if he's always ripping them. If he doesn't need sturdy work gloves, you could try cozy winter gloves or lightweight driving gloves. (find them here)
  5. Gear Ties - these handy little bendy ties are great for wrangling cords and chargers, and they come in several sizes. (find them here)
  6. Small tools - a pair of pliers, new drill bits, or mini screwdrivers. (find it here)
  7. Socks - I'm loving these Star Wars Ugly sweater socks! (find them here)
  8. Car Escape Tool - it clips on a key chain and could save a life! (find it here)
  9. Pocket Utility Tool - skip the typical pocket knife and go with something a little different like this nail clipper utility tool that includes scissors and a knife. (find it here)
  10. Man Soap - my guy has had his eye on this deep cleaning bar soap with pumice for his messier jobs around the house. (find it here)
That's all I've got for the guys. I mean seriously, that's it. So tell me - what are your favorite gifts for guys??

 P.S. see the rest of our Christmas posts and projects here:

Tuesday, November 21

Wooden Peg Nativity {Chrsitmas Crafting Party}

Our Joseph had a little mishap last year that ended with a missing hand... and a realization that the ceramic nativity set needed to be farther out of reach. So I knew this year we would need a nativity that could safely be in reach of all those little fingers. Something they could play with (and drop) all day long without broken pieces and sharp edges.

Our boys loved the peg camping set I made a few years ago (and it's held up great all this time), so it seemed like the perfect place to start our new nativity.

I wanted all the parts of the Christmas story, so I made a set that includes Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus, their donkey, an angel, stable animals, shepherds with sheep, and wisemen with a camel.

I even found this perfect little wooden box at Michaels that stores all the pegs and doubles as the stable when you're ready to play!

Friday, November 17

Boy's Wallet Tutorial {perfect stocking stuffer!}

This wallet is a stocking stuffer I made up for my boys a couple years ago, and it's one of my favorites. Our boys love having a wallet like their daddy, and when the save up enough birthday money for a new lego set they are so excited to put it in their wallet and head to the store.

They are cute as can be, and you can make them in any fabric your kids like! I know I call it a boy's wallet (because boys everywhere around here) but it really is great for any kid and a girl would love it just as much. You can change the fabric to suit anyone on your list!

The best thing about this wallet is the kid-friendly features, like a zipper coin pocket (they have an amazing amount of change in those banks) and a velcro closure to keep everything secure.

Wednesday, November 15

Christmas Gifts & Stocking Stuffers for HER

We've already shared a long list of our favorite gifts for boys, so today we're talking about the ladies with a round-up of our *cough* my top gift ideas for 2017! Followed by a few of my favorite stocking-size gifts. But let's start with the big stuff:

  1. A pretty watch - I love this dark face with brown strap combo (find it on Amazon). 
  2. A craft kit - this is a great chance to let her try a new skill she's had her eye on! These embroidery kits look fun and so beautiful (find them at TamarNahirYanai on Etsy).
  3. A bullet journal - all the rage, and perfect to tuck in your purse to keep all you thoughts with you (find it on Amazon).  
  4. Pretty mixing bowls - think something useful that is pretty enough to display on open shelving in the kitchen. I love gifts that are useful, and even more so if it's pretty. (find it on Amazon)
  5. A blanket scarf - super cute and amazingly warm! (find it on Amazon)
  6. A beautiful blanket - a picnic blanket, a cozy throw, whatever tickles her fancy. This is a great gift that's as practical as it is beautiful! (find it on Amazon)
  7. A bag or purse - because bags are my weakness and they just might be hers, too! Plus it's the perfect place to carry her new bullet journal (and several of our stocking stuffers, too). (find it at TippyThai on Etsy)
  8. Boot cuffs - another great item in our "keep Georgia warm" theme. Bonus points because they're cute! (find them at TwigBerryStudio on etsy)
 And now. This is important. Don't forget her stocking. Here are a few of my favorite stocking-size gifts to get you started:
  1. Handmade goat milk soap - good for your skin and smells yummy, too. (find it at GorgeousSoap on Etsy)
  2. Collapsible water bottle - my ever-thirsty-self would love one of these tucked in my purse for water emergencies. (find it on Amazon)
  3. Handmade chapstick - I love the all-natural ones, and especially with a mild honey scent. (find it at MelaniesApothecary on Etsy)
  4. Wooden bead "Mama Necklace" - I wear these even when I don't have a baby in the house! They add a beautiful, natural element to your style. I love them so much, I even started making them myself. (find them at SewGeorgia on Etsy)
  5. Car-escape keychain tool - a great little gift that perfect to tuck in a purse and just might save a life! You could also tuck in a pen light for emergencies. (find it on Amazon)
  6. A ring - this double-knot ring is beautiful, and especially meaningful if it comes from her main squeeze. (find it at LeCubicule on Etsy)
  7. White peach loose leaf tea - my favorite! Add in a tea cup with a loose leaf tea strainer for good measure. There's nothing like a warm cup of tea on a cold day! (find it at KimberlysKupboard on Etsy)
  8. A globe locket - even better if you fill it with a great photo of her favorite people! (find it at SilkPurseSowsEar on Etsy)
  9. Handmade mittens - a perfectly warm and cozy gift, and I love that they are upcycled from sweaters! (find them at MadeAgainMittens on Etsy!)
Those are my forerunners for 2017! Obviously, I just want to be warm. And put things in my purse. Preferably a new purse.

Check out the rest of our Christmas posts and projects here:

What are your top gifts for the ladies this year? What should I add to my list??