12 days of shopping

12 Days of Shopping – Arts and Crafts on Day 2

Wine decoration tag from the container store from capability momcapability mom mod podge arts and crafts 12 days of shopping

I love craft projects (dioramas, hot glue and glitter), so the holidays are fun and somewhat messy around here. All to the good!  And my new craft addiction is to fold over elastic. I like the colors, I like making hair ties and headbands and luckily, other people like them, too, or I would have a ton of FOE in my house. I am going to use them as ribbon ties for presents, too – maybe I did overbuy…

So, this year in addition to construction paper chains, strings of popcorn, chocolate kiss trees and mod podge-ing some cute containers for baked goods (sugar cookies and vanilla bread are our go-to recipes), we also upping the cute factor on presents we give. Why? Because it’s fun to do, a great way to express yourself and makes the gift even more special.

Not feeling the crafty love? The Container Store has a fantastic wrapping center with pre-made tags and bows and even a how-to guide for Gorgeous Gift Presentation.

Here is my post from last year – Mod Podge Gifts and here is Pragmatic Mom’s great Clove fruit Tutorial. Check out Mod Podge Rocks blog for a great ornament tutorial.

The 12 Days of Shopping

 Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts Granola, Day 1 of 12 Days of Shopping – Granola versus Homemade and Personal – Granola from Flour and Barefoot Contessa.

 Dec 2: Kids Arts and Crafts  (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5: Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6: High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7: Hostess/Gifts That Give Back

 Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?) and Emily Post’s Etiquette on this subject.

 Dec 9: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List); Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Cookies & Personalized Holiday Tags

 

Shopping for the Holidays with Pragmatic Mom

Shopping for the Holidays with Pragmatic Mom

For the past two years, Pragmatic Mom and I have fun posting a series for the 12 Days of – not Christmas – but Shopping. We cover those challenging people to buy for (Gifts for Father and Father-in-law was by far the most searched) including in-laws, tutors, and teachers. To save you from distracted and driving around searching for gifts, we get together for coffee, brainstorm and presto, we’ve got you covered. We’ll be joint posting for the twelve days and Pragmatic Mom will do half of each post, and I’ll do the other. Also be sure to check out the great shopping guides from some of our friends at Boston Parent Bloggers.

December 1: Make Your Own Gifts

December 2: Kids Make Gifts Craft

December 3: Personalized Gifts

December 4: Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

December 5: Tutors/Teacherscapability mom at target

December 6: High Tech/Low Tech

December 7: Hostess/Doing Good and Getting Something

December 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

December 9: Husband, Me (Our Own List)

December 10: Pets

December 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

December 12: ’Cause I Am So Together, Last Minute Home Made Gifts

 

12 Days of Shopping with Pragmatic Mom

Pragmatic Mom and I are sharing a series of 12 posts for the 12 Days of – not Christmas – but Shopping; one a day starting today.  We selected those tough to figure out (in-laws, tutors, etc) gifts and “wracked our brains” (we had a blast) for several  hours at our coffee shop.  We’ll be joint posting for the next twelve days.  She’ll do half of each post, and I’ll do the other.

Here are the posts we are doing for …

The 12 Days of Shopping

Friday, Dec 10:  Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

Sat, Dec 11:  Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

Sun, Dec 12: Personalized Gifts

Mon, Dec 13:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Tue, Dec 14:  Tutors/Teachers

Wed, Dec 15:  High Tech/Low Tech

Thu, Dec 16:  Hostess/Doing Good and Getting Something

Fri, Dec 17:  Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

Sat, Dec 18:  Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List)

Sun, Dec 19:  Dog/Cat

Mon, Dec 20:  Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

Tue, Dec 21:  ‘Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts

This is a pic of my present drawer – what? you don’t have one? You will after you read these posts – I used to have a present cabinet but that is another story!

capability mom has a stash of small gift items for those last minute gifts
Capability Mom's Present Drawer
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