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Why a vacuum sealer may in fact be the greatest gift idea ever

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As you hunt for the best gift ideas for people you love, a food vacuum sealer – a shrink-wrapping kitchen accessory machine that sucks air out and seals your food in plastic – is hardly the first thing that springs to mind.

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37 Amazingly Creative DIY Gift Wrap Tutorials to Make Your Gift Shine

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Let’s talk about some great DIY gift wrap tutorials!

One year I was so on top of things. Not only did I have all my Christmas shopping done, but I also got everything wrapped an entire week early. I was so proud of myself!

Only then did I realize that I had used wrapping paper that said Happy Birthday all over it.

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100 Hilarious Quote Ideas for DIY Funny Birthday Cards

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You can spend five bucks on a pre-made card that is moderately funny, or you can make your own DIY funny birthday card that is actually hilarious. It’s up to you, but you can guess what we recommend.

Here are 100 hilarious quote ideas for DIY funny birthday cards. If you write it yourself, not only does it give the card that extra-special feel but they might actually think you came up with the quote on your own. We’ll let them think that, no need to spoil it, as you obviously need all the help you can get.

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Easy-Peasy $4 Essential Oil Reed Diffuser DIY

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There is an easy-peasy way to make a DIY essential oil reed diffuser for less than four bucks. Here is how to do it.

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21 Free Dates for the Money-Saving Couple to Give Instead of Gifts

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If you’re a couple committed to saving for bigger and better things than cheap gifts, you’ll love these 21 ideas for free dates. There are many fun, creative, memorable – and free – experiences you can give to one another as a gift for those times when you’re saving, inbetween jobs, or in a financial squeeze. Read more

100 Things You Can Make While Watching TV

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Here is a big, inspirational list of things you can make while watching TV.

Turn Netflix & chill into something productive by using your crafting or hands-on skills or turn the sports game commercial breaks into an opportunity to get your body toned and flexible.

You can use these as gifts for family and friends, to sell at a craft fair, to start an Etsy shop, donate to a homeless shelter, or launch your own small business!

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DIY Gift Guide for Simple, Nifty Christmas Gifts

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Each year when Christmas season rolls around, we’ve found our list of families and individuals to whom we want to give Christmas gifts growing by several notches. This is a happy thing, because our extended family is growing as new spouses, significant others, and children are added, and new friends are being made. We love it!

But this expanded Christmas gift list does make affordable gift shopping a daunting task. One easy way to handle the task is Read more

9 Cute DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

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Wrap your gifts with creativity. Here are 9 cute DIY gift wrap ideas to get you started for just about any occasion. Read more

Backyard Bird Feeder Gifts

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Backyard Bird Feeder: A Gift for the Whole Neighborhood

Like some of you, birds were one of my first gateways into nature. I’d sit for hours in the window seat, watching them snatch insects off the ground, pull seed from the bird feeder and sing songs to each other in the branches of near by trees. Bird watching is a wonderful pass time and a bird feeder in the backyard is a gift for all ages that is always available, no matter what your Read more

8 Great Coaster Gift Ideas

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One really can never have too many coasters. Unless they’re lame, of course. You can have too many lame coasters. If you are suffering from a plague of lame coasters, below you will find the prescription which will cure your ailment. If you have not fallen to this vile plague, just remember: One really can never have too many coasters.

One and Done:

1. Vintage:

Fun Coaster Gift

The Hollywood Coaster from Jonathan Adler. Simple, trendy, retro, fun. Follow the link to purchase and you’re done.

2. Geeky Chic:

Scrabble Letter Tiles as Coasters

Designed in classic fashion after the original Scrabble tiles, this coaster set includes oversized letters and score tiles. Perfect for anyone who has a Pinterest board entitled “grammar”.

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3. Scrabble Yourself:

Scrabble tile coasters DIY tutorial

If the Scrabble coaster tile set is to out-of-the-box for you, try this DIY Scrabble Tile Coaster tutorial from Intimate Weddings. The best part about this is you can accent names (or hide clever words and phrases… *wink*) in the coasters! Designate each coaster’s owner (“Madeline”) or preferred drink (“Lemonade”). The possibilities are endless….

4. Dominator:

Coaster Gift Ideas

Playing with the same game-ish-ness style as the Scrabble coasters, this set of Domino Coasters (from Lil Cody Designs on Etsy) is an affordable gift or simple DIY project.

5. Tile & Style:

Tile and scrapbook paper coaster tutorial

This easy DIY coaster tutorial from Mal & Kev uses 16-cent tiles, scrapbook paper (or newspaper, or book pages, or whatever), Mod Podge, and a bit of paint and clear acrylic sealant. As you can tell, these can be as simple or as ornate as you like – let your style shine!

6. In Color

DIY Coaster Tutorial

 

Check out this DIY Coaster Tutorial from Poppytalk for color-blocked coasters in sprightly colors. Of course, you can go with any color scheme you desire, to match your home decor, seasonal or holiday colors, and oh so much more.

All you need for these is:

1. Wooden coasters (you can get these from your local craft store)
2. Acrylic paint
3. Paint brush
4. Paint tray
5. Masking tape
6. Gold spray
7. Clear glaze spray

Personalized

7. Custom Maple

Personalized Coasters

 

Laser engraving is an easy and affordable way to customize your coaster gift. This set of four Maple wood coasters, available at Northwest Gifts, can be engraved with quotes, special dates, names, logos, images, and more.

8. Custom Marble

Coaster Gift Ideas

 

This set of four marble coasters, also from Northwest Gifts, includes a marble caddy and can be personalized with any laser etching you desire or design.