A Gift Guide For Crafters and DIY Lovers

Christmas time is upon us! If you’re scrambling for gift ideas for your crafty friends and fam I have got the list for you. Here are my favorite gifts for DIYers this year. Please be warned that you may end up wanting these for yourself.
Crafter Gift Guide
Gam Hammer from Restoration Hardware
This is nifty little gam hammer from RH is my go-to tool for small jobs and crafts. But it’s not just a regular hammer. It has four built-in screwdrivers that fit perfectly together inside the handle like a set of handy Russian dolls. Plus it’s gold so it’s totally fancy and gift worthy. More like GLAM Hammer AMIRITE?

Screen Printing Kits from Speedball
Do you know someone who really wants to get into screen printing? Maybe that friend who always has an idea for a t-shirt or tote? Well then here is an all-in-one starter kit for the budding screen printer. Or maybe that person is you and you should get it for yourself so you can DIY all your gifts.

Perfume Kit from MarkersKit
This is for the beauty inspired DIYer or even just someone who likes to smell pretty. This perfume kit has everything you need to mix your own signature fragrance. Or, again, it’s one of those gifts you can totally get for yourself and then give away your scented concoctions as gifts. Win-win!

Martha Stewart Crafts Paints
This gift probably seems really basic to some, but in the eyes of a crafty person it is more than just paint. It is a necessity. An addition to a collection, even. It is hours of DIY beheld in little jars. It’s always needed and always appreciated. Put together of a few colors or pick one of the monthly paint sets.

Gold craft scissors
Every crafter and DIYer needs scissors, obviously. Multiple pairs even. But let’s get real, regular scissors are boring and not gift worthy. These however, are particularly adorable and useful. Besides their obvious aesthetic appeal, their smaller size makes them perfect for sewing and intricate cutting projects. They make a great stocking stuffer, too.

Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool
If you know a really intense crafter and you want to spend the money, you need to get them a Dremel Rotary Tool. These compact rotary tools can do amazing things from glass cutting to stone polishing to leather burnishing, and all with the quick change of the attachment head.

Go forth and give, my friends. Happy Christmas.

Necessary Holiday Survival Gear 2013

Holiday Survival Must-Haves

The holidays are crazy with shopping, parties, cooking, and all that good stuff. Every year I find myself with a handful of must-have items that help make life easier. Here are some of my current favorites. They make great stocking stuffers too!

Batiste

1. Batiste Dry Shampoo: Who has time to wash and blow-out their hair everyday when there is shopping to do and parties to go to? Batiste keeps your hair looking and feeling fresh and voluminous  between washes. I’ve tried a few other dry shampoos that left me looking like I was covered in wig powder. I was not a fan! This is, by far, the best dry shampoo I’ve tried and the only one I can stand. I’ve used it on 3rd and 4th day hair with success. Shake it up, spray it on, brush it through – you’re out the door. It comes in a variety of yummy scents and even comes in colors to disguise those stray grays! Definitely a must have time saver.

Skinny Girl Cami

2. Skinny Girl Everyday Cami: I love these things. Sometimes we need a little extra mid-section support but don’t feel like squeezing into a full body shaper. Am I right ladies? It’s called a cami but it’s really more like a tank, so there’s extra back and chest support too. Most of the time I don’t even wear a bra with it. It’s my favorite thing to wear under my winter sweaters. You know how you’re wearing a cute sweater and then you eat too much holiday goodies and you feel like your clothes are clinging to you? This is your remedy. It keeps everything feeling tight and right.

NYX Butter Gloss

3. NYX Butter Gloss: Winter chapped lips are the worrrrst. This medium coverage gloss keeps lips hydrated without making them too glossy. It feels creamy rather than sticky so it’s comfortable to wear all day. Paired with a matching lipliner, it gives really nice volume. It’s subtle enough to wear without any other makeup. My favorite shades are Tiramisu and Cherry Cheesecake.

Herban Essentials Wipes

4. Herban Essentials Wipes: It’s cold and flu season so everyone is grabbing for the hand sanitizer when there’s not a sink around. I’m grabbing for Herban Essentials Wipes. These antibacterial wipes are made with essential oils and smell AMAZING. I’m always worried about drying my hands out or the residues left by other wipes and sanitizers, but these don’t leave that gross sticky soapy residue like other hand wipes do. They’re versatile too. You can use them to clean your phone, remove makeup, repel bugs, and much much more. I keep a pack in my car and carry a couple around with me. They come in 8 different varieties so there’s something for everyone.

Foot Alignment Socks

5. Foot Alignment Socks: Ughhhh achy feet. Work, shop, bake, party. I think we’re on our feet a lot more during the holidays, and usually in our most uncomfortable (stylish) shoes. Nothing feels better than kicking those shoes off and putting our feet up. Want to know what makes it even better? These foot alignment socks. They’re designed to re-align your feet after wearing confining shoes all day, helping to prevent and remedy crooked toes and bunions. They come in 8 great colors and are a perfect gift for anyone you know that complains about foot pain.

Bobble

6. Water Bobble: I am so bad at drinking enough water and I’m not one of those people that can drink straight from the sink. Yuck. Bottled water get expensive and who wants to put all that plastic into the environment? After suffering the effects of dehydration far too many times, I found a solution that helps me stay hydrated anywhere, any time. It’s the Bobble! It has a built in carbon filter so you can refill at any sink and instantly get tasty, filtered water. The cap keeps the top clean and loop can be attached to a belt or used as an easy-carry handle. It’s also BPA free, and free of Phthalates and PVC.

Definitely check out these must-haves to help you through your holi-daze!