Christmas Gift Ideas

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday upon us, it seemed like the perfect time time to revisit this list of 300+ gift ideas (100+ themed gift baskets) as most of these will be on sale!

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For quick-access shopping click over to my Amazon storefront where I’ve created a boutique with these, and many more, ideas.

This blog post took a looooong time to put together. I polled friends and […]

2018-11-21T16:51:04+00:00November 22nd, 2018|100 LISTS, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|0 Comments

Industrial Pipe Valet

Who would have thought that industrial pipe and plywood could create a stunning piece of decor for your home?  This industrial pipe men’s valet / coat rack is urban, rustic, steam punk and functional all in one!

I was over helping my friend Sherri out the other day and I noticed this impressive industrial pipe valet she had built.

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It is spectacular!  Truly – I’m not […]

2018-09-14T18:35:45+00:00September 15th, 2018|BUILD IT, DECOR, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|0 Comments

Housewarming Gift idea

June and July are supposed to be lazy vacation months but for many, they signify the beginning of something new – new homes, apartments, residences, dorms.  Of the estimated 40 million people who move each year (in the US) 80% of them move between May and September – and I think at least half of that 40 million is in the midst of moving onto and/or away from my street.

I know a bottle of wine or a batch of muffins are […]

2018-07-02T16:20:43+00:00July 3rd, 2018|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|0 Comments

Gift ideas for Mom

May 13th is Mother’s Day this year and so I’d like to offer up a few gift ideas for Mom that I’ve been tossing around for my Mom, my MIL (and for myself) in the hopes that it might inspire you to do something a little different this Mother’s Day.

Gift ideas for Mom

  1.  Free labour.  Yup, what Mom doesn’t want her “honey-do list” wheedled down?  Fertilize her lawn, till a garden, paint a room, pressure wash her deck or take […]
2018-06-18T13:38:24+00:00May 6th, 2018|For me, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|0 Comments

Jólabókaflóð (Jolabokaflod) – A Christmas Eve tradition worth practicing

I first came across the term Jólabókaflóð (Jolabokaflod) on Instagram.  It means “Yule book flood” and is a Holiday tradition in Iceland (you brilliant Icelanders) and it refers to the Christmas Eve tradition of  gifting a book and chocolate to friends and family.  The evening (after dinner and gifts) is then spent reading your new treasure and enjoying your treat.


I need this tradition in my life!!

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2018-06-18T13:38:51+00:00December 19th, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

Gag Gift Ideas for Christmas

It was only a year or two ago that I first heard the term “White elephant gift”.  I didn’t realize it was a tradition that some people participated in?  I’d heard of (and have both given and received) gag gifts, but to create a celebration around the gross and inappropriate…

sounded AWESOME!

I have a twisted sense of humour.

Today I decided to showcase some of my favourite Christmas gag gift ideas from all over the internet – homemade and manufactured.

Don’t scroll down […]

2018-06-18T13:38:52+00:00December 5th, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

DIY Jewelry Holder – PVC Pipe Project

If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram (which you really should) then you wouldn’t have seen my DIY spray paint tent I made the other week.

I invested about $150 in PVC pipe and elbows and followed a Pinterest tutorial on how to make a collapsible paint tent…

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This is my friend Helena who came by just as I’d started to wrap […]

2018-06-18T13:39:31+00:00May 7th, 2017|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|0 Comments

Teacher Gift for Teacher Appreciation Week

Someone on Instagram recently posted a card they’d made for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Immediately, and in a panic, I Googled to find out when Teacher Appreciation was in my neck of the woods (just in case it’s different in different countries) and sure enough – Friday, May 5th is designated as Teacher Appreciation Day here in Ontario.

I’m still trying to get my act together in time for Mother’s Day coming up, but my girls have been so fortunate to have amazing […]

2018-06-18T13:39:31+00:00May 1st, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|0 Comments

The BEST Mother’s Day gift I’ve ever received

The very best gift my family has ever given me, Mother’s Day or otherwise is this:

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A dollar store journal that I attached some vinyl lettering to.

I made this for myself (and a few for friends) back in 2014 and it is hands-down my favourite and the best Mother’s Day gift ever.

But I bought it […]

2018-06-18T13:39:32+00:00April 30th, 2017|For me, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|2 Comments

Mother’s Day Gift Idea – Custom Sun Hat

Do you remember Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress?  From her third marriage?  The one where the kids doodles were incorporated into the gown itself?

With this and Mother’s Day in mind, it got me to thinking of a neat Mother’s Day gift idea that the kids could do.  A crafty gift that I’d actually use…

like perhaps a sun hat?

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The vacation doesn’t look too bad […]

2018-06-18T13:39:32+00:00April 28th, 2017|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|2 Comments

Woodturning – When artisan meets lathe you get a masterpiece

This isn’t really a DIY post unless you have a lathe..

which after seeing these masterpieces, I’m highly tempted to purchase.

My friend and neighbour creates turned wood bowls from the most exquisite cuts of wood.  These aren’t everyday dishes that can tuck into the dishwasher after use – we’re talking high-end decor pieces here.

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Pieces range in size and shape so you can select out the […]

2018-06-18T13:39:36+00:00March 9th, 2017|DIY, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|4 Comments

The BEST Dog Bed – you won’t believe it, but it’s true!

I’ve meant to share this post for about 3 years now and never have, but with Christmas just around the corner comes the urge to spoil your fur baby.

Stores are showcasing pet clothes, toys, treats and beds with the same abundance that you’d find these things for your kids…

I’m going to do you one better…

I am going to show you the very BEST dog bed you can get, and it’s cheap (if not free).

2018-06-18T13:39:58+00:00December 17th, 2016|CLEAN, GIFTS, REPURPOSE|3 Comments

“Who Needs Santa” wood gift pile

Just a quick pop-in today with a super-easy and very cute DIY – the “Who needs Santa…” gift pile, made from 2×2 pieces of scrap wood.

I cut four pieces of 2×2 wood to lengths of 8″, 6″, 4″ and 2″, gave them a light sanding and then painted them in Christmas colours using inexpensive craft paint from the dollar store.

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2018-06-18T13:40:01+00:00November 30th, 2016|CRAFTS, DECOR, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

Wrapping Gifts with Innisbrook

How’s the Holiday shopping going?  Did you blow the wad on Black Friday?

Are you blowing the wad today (Cyber Monday)?

Why does “blowing the wad” seem so inappropriate?

I digress – if you’ve done any of your Christmas shopping at all, you are just about ready to get out the beautiful wrapping paper to make those secret treasures tempting, decorative and extremely hard to peek into.

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2018-06-18T13:40:02+00:00November 28th, 2016|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

Teacher Gift Idea – get it now!

Do you struggle to come up with gift ideas for teachers, coaches, neighbours etc?

I do.  I want to show my gratitude for their efforts and let them know I appreciate them – but what do you get them that is worthy (and not too expensive)?

If you surf Pinterest you will see TONS of ideas to do with chalkboards, pencils, mugs and apples – with projects created in every from of media from paper to wood, but if your teacher has […]

2018-06-18T13:40:03+00:00November 23rd, 2016|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|2 Comments

DIY Decorative Trays

I made these decorative trays last week in preparation for end-of-school Teacher gifts – the first two were made entirely from scrap wood, and were meant to be prototypes, but the girls loved them so much they decided to give both the crappy and good versions to their teachers.

I was worried this project was going to involve a lot of math and calculating angles etc – but I was pleasantly surprised.  Turns out these are even easier to build than […]

2018-06-18T13:40:33+00:00June 26th, 2016|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY, GIFTS|0 Comments

What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day – Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

I look forward to Mother’s Day.

It’s the one day a year when your family (should) acknowledge/s your efforts and sacrifices.

I think that’s what the day is really about – what most days should be about really – acknowledging and being grateful for those around you that contribute to your health, happiness and well-being. Whether it be your Mom, your kids, your husband or even the grocery clerk – all anyone really wants, deep-down in an ego-emotional area of your […]

2018-06-18T13:40:50+00:00April 30th, 2016|For me, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

Professional Gift Wrapping Techniques

I wanted to write a post showing how I tested out all sorts of gorgeous gift wrapping techniques so that every gift under my tree looked like it was professionally done.

Coordinating wrap and ribbons to match my tree, perfect, billowy bows like Martha Stewart, gift tags handmade with rustic charm and elegance…

BUT, I have a gift snooper in the house….

a 9 year old that has scoured every room, every closet, every possible hiding spot for her gifts.

My only option was […]

2018-06-18T13:41:19+00:00December 22nd, 2015|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|6 Comments
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