Christmas can be a tough time of year, especially for those who feel like they are crumbling under debt or just don't have a ton of spare cash laying around to buy super nice gifts. For someone like me, who loves to give gifts, I hate when I don't have a lot to give.
But, it is the thought that counts, and you can actually make a ton of amazing gifts that anyone would love to receive. In today's post, I'll give you instructions on six DIY Christmas gifts that most people would be happy to receive! Enjoy:
1. CUP OF CHEER HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
2. DIY CANDLES
3. SUGAR SCRUBS
4. DOLLAR STORE GIFT BASKETS
5. A HOME-MADE HAT OR SCARF
6. HAND-MADE JEWELRY
I absolutely love traditions when it comes to Christmas, and I've actually carried some of my traditions from growing up into my marriage and we will do them with our children one day!
So, sit back, grab a snack, and check out these five Christmas traditions you need to add to your Christmas celebrations this year!
1. ADDING A NEW ORNAMENT
3. READING THE CHRISTMAS STORIES
4. WHOLE FAMILY GET-TOGETHER
5. GO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
I hope that you will try out some of these traditions. If you do, please take a picture and tag me in it on social media. I am @gemusiclover on Instagram and Twitter, and I'd love to see your versions of these traditions!
The winter season is a time to get together with friends and family to celebrate the year. So, you may find yourself planning a few get-togethers or parties that will happen closer to the holidays.
But, I wanted to inspire you to try something that may be new to you: a different way to celebrate. I hope you enjoy these unique Christmas party ideas.
1. A PAINTING PARTY
2. A BAKING PARTY
3. A CAROL-AND-KARAOKE NIGHT
4. WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE
5. A PJ PARTY
6. CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
I really love these Christmas party ideas, but I'm afraid I won't be hosting my own this year. Maybe in the future I will! But, if you're planning to host a party, I hope you'll consider these unique party ideas!
I don't know about you, but stocking stuffers are hard to think of for adults. You can put just about anything in a child's stocking and they will be happy with it, especially if it is candy.
But I've found that many adults, including myself this year, aren't too keen to get candy, as they are watching their waistline. So, keep reading to learn about 10 non-candy stocking stuffers ideas you probably didn't think of.
1. MAKEUP/SKINCARE ITEMS
2. STRESS BALLS
3. WIRELESS ACTIVITY TRACKERS
4. NEW WALLETS
5. A BLUETOOTH TRACKER
6. REUSABLE ITEMS
7. PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
8. A TOY FROM THEIR GENERATION
9. MINI CANDLES
10. MINI TECHNOLOGY
So, I hope this non-candy stocking stuffer list will help you get everyone on your list the best things for Christmas this year! If you have any other ideas, please share them with me. I still have time to pick up some stocking stuffers for this season!
No matter if your office is having a Christmas party with a voluntary gift exchange, or if you just want to get your awesome coworkers something neat for Christmas, today's blog post is for you.
In a time when candy is so easy to reach for, this list will feature NO CANDY whatsoever, so your coworkers or boss are sure to love any of these ideas! Keep reading for the full list of ideas!
1. CUSTOM OFFICE SUPPLIES
Custom stores like Vistaprint are among my favorite for ordering customized items for the people on your list, including your coworkers. You could also get custom drink wear, custom notepads, and custom pens.
2. GIFT CARDS
3. GIVE AN OFFICE GIFT
4. HANDMADE OUTERWEAR
5. NOVELTY DESK ITEMS
These non-food Christmas gifts for your coworkers are the perfect way to bring some Christmas cheer to your office Christmas party. Have other ideas? Leave them below!
Winter is an amazing season filled with amazing things. I wanted to compile a list of my top 10 favorite things about winter that make it my second favorite season, following fall! I hope you enjoy this Gif story.
1. CHRISTMAS MUSIC
I'm gonna Jingle Bell Rock Around The Christmas Time Is Here Comes Santa Baby It's Cold Outside all month!
2. WE CELEBRATE JESUS' BIRTHDAY!
I absolutely adore everything about Christmas, especially carols and re-tellings of Jesus' birthday. Even though most scholars agree that Jesus was probably born in the Spring, I still love celebrating his birth around this time each year!
3. THE FOOD OF THE SEASON
4. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!
Listen. I'm in love with all of the Christmas light events happening this year. I want to go to all of them!
5. COOL WEATHER
Anything but snow, because it literally turns to ice in 2 hours where I live, and I'm not trying to fall!
6. GIVING GIFTS I KNOW THEY'LL LOVE
I've always LOVED giving gifts because it gives me the chance to show the people I love that I'm listening and really want to provide them with something they can use and will love for years to come!
7. HOT COCOA
Need I say more?
8. CHRISTMAS MOVIES
Don't worry, you can expect a TON of Christmas movie reviews and suggestions right here on TheOpinionatedOne.com OR on Twitter!
9. TONS OF GET-TOGETHERS
This time of year features tons of get-togethers for me at least. The hubby has a Christmas thing, I have two Christmas things, then we are going home to have even more Christmas things. So EXCITED!
The cold weather is the perfect time to snuggle with your favorite person, or animal.
I hope you enjoyed this Gif story. What do you love about winter/Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!
Each year, there is always someone on my Christmas list who is difficult to shop for. It is either because we aren't super close or because they just never seem willing to tell me what they want. Well, I've been thinking and researching and I've realized that many of those lists that are out there on the internet aren't exactly helpful. However, the fact that they are written proves that I'm not alone in my problem!
So today's blog post will hopefully give you a few ideas for some things you can get for the people on your list this year.
YOUR BROTHER/SISTER (IN-LAW)
Get your brother or sister (in-law) a gift card to the movies or to an attraction they enjoy. It gives them the opportunity to spend time with you or their significant other.
YOUR LITTLE ONE
CLOSE FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER
LESS CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
I hope this has helped you finish up your Christmas shopping quickly! Good luck on completing your shopping list.
Today is the first day of blogmas. That means that I will be posting a new Christmas-themed blog each day this month. After Christmas, I will continue to post through the month on topics about the New Year.
Today's blog post will be a Christmas bucket list. Here it is:
GO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
PURCHASE GIFTS FOR PEOPLE
WATCH A CHRISTMAS PARADE
HELP MOM DECORATE
HAVE A CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON
Those are all of my main wishes for this holiday season. I hope you have a bucket list that you're checking off this year! See you tomorrow!
Yet another month has gone by, so now it is time again for another monthly favorites blog. Keep reading to find out more about the products, services, or entertainment I've loved this past month!
I always like to try a new beauty product or two each month to see if I like something more than I like the product I'm already using.
E.L.F. LIP EXFOLIATOR, SWEET CHERRY | $3
DOVE BODY WASH | $8.94
Here are a few things in the entertainment category that I've loved this month:
As for the YouTube channel I've loved most this month, that would have to be Daz games. I've always been a huge fan of Daz, but I've gotten into watching him more lately. He does use some language, so be advised before watching this with younger children. He's really funny and I love watching him play horror games because of his reactions.
Thanksgiving is all about the food. Here is what I loved this month:
Not everything that I loved this month was visible, so I wanted to share some of the things that have helped me this month that aren't tangible.
I don't talk about this too often because I strongly believe that we are now in a place where God is moving and working during each church service. That's not to say that I never felt anything in our old church, but this is something different. I come out of each service feeling emptied of my woes and feeling God so strong in my heart. I'm so thankful for that!
TIME TO JUST BREATHE
November was an insanely busy and stressful month for me. We remodeled and cleaned my mom and grandma's rooms and I had a huge project that I only had about two weeks to work on. I'm thankful that everything went off without a hitch, but I'm even more thankful for the time I had following the project where I could just relax and take it easy. If I was going full-speed like that all of the time, I don't know what I'd do.
As I said, it was a busy and stressful month, so that's really all that I have for you for this month's favorites blog. Since December is next and I'm sure I'll be getting some new presents, I am sure the monthly favorites blog will be much longer.
Don't forget that blogmas is coming and I'm participating. I'm also doing a Tweetmas tag in December. You can find details about that on my Twitter feed. I hope you'll check it out!
I decided to shave my face over the holiday. Women in particular have a lot of pressure put on them as to how they look, and I don't know if it is because I subconsciously knew about this or because it is truly my preference, but I just had a lot of hair I wanted to get rid of.
I was sick of plucking unruly hairs and, although my facial hair was blonde, I felt like I had much more of it than the average woman.
THE RESULTS/HOW IT FEELS
HOW I DID IT
As for this mini shaver, I love it! You don't have to worry about nicking yourself because the blades are protected. This one is battery-powered and came with a battery in the pack. I would recommend getting this, even if it is just for the minor touch-ups that you need to make occasionally!
So, there is my little adventure on shaving my face. I do feel like my makeup looks a bit smoother and goes on easier now that I've done this. If you give this a try, I do think the methods I chose are a lot safer and easier than just using shaving cream and a razor. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next time!
LEGAL: All photos are my own.