There’s nothing better than a great gift at a great price! Why splurge when you have so many other gifts to buy for your family and friends? I’ve found these cute gifts at a great price, perfect for spreading the love to your family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else on your shopping list!
Chevron Coasters — $12.50 from J.Crew.
Ceramic Jewelry Tray — $19.50 from J.Crew. This also comes in a couple other colors!
Fair Isle Trouser Socks — $14.50 from J.Crew.
Things We Love Eat Cake For Breakfast Mug by Kate Spade New York — $20.00.
Lilly Pulitzer Wine Tote in ‘Garden By The Sea’ — $20.00.
‘Break The Ice’ Insulated Tumbler by Kate Spade New York — $18.00 from Nordstrom.
Jonathan Adler 2013-2014 Agenda in ‘Dunbar Road’ — $20.00 from Swoozies.
‘Paris Is Always’ Note Pads (2-pack) by Ben’s Garden — $14.00 from Nordstrom.
Christmas shopping can be fun, but it can also tug on your wallet. But it doesn’t have to be an expensive experience. Plan ahead this year! Keep track of all of your favorite store’s sales and beat the crowd! These are a few great gifts that I have found online that are under $50. I will be posting more gift guides throughout the holiday season, so stay tuned!
Acrylic Cambridge Monogram Bracelet (top left) — $48.00 from Moon and Lola. These bracelets come in many different colors! This website is a fantastic place to get any and all monogrammed jewelry! Trust me, I would know, I’m a fanatic of monograms!
Deena & Ozzy Hammered Cross-body Bag (top right) — $42.00 from Urban Outfitters. This bag also comes in several other colors!
Glitter Box Set (bottom left) — $30.00 from Kate Spade New York. These socks are too cute and come in great Christmas colors!
Dainty Texas Necklace (middle bottom row) — $46.00 from The Impeccable Pig. I’m from Texas so, of course, I love this necklace!
Neiman Marcus Exclusive Four Monogrammed Coasters (bottom right) — $34.00
Crane & Co. For J.Crew ‘Merci’ Card Set (top left) — $24.50 from J.Crew. These thank you cards are so cute! And who doesn’t need to re-stock their thank you notes? I know I get plenty of use from them.
‘To The Moon’ Pillow by Primitives by Kathy (top right) — $24.00 from Nordstrom. This pillow is too cute! It can also easily match with other pillows, therefore whoever you give this gift to (even if it’s for yourself, I won’t tell!) you won’t have to worry about it not going well with their decor.
‘Color Me Glossy’ Lip Glaze Set by Stila (bottom left) — $28.00 from Nordstrom. I personally love Stila lip gloss. This gift makes for a great stocking stuffer too!
Kate Spade New York Drop Earrings (middle bottom row) — $48.00 from Nordstrom. These Kate Spade earrings also come in several other colors! These earrings are so classic, a great purchase for a friend or relative, or even yourself!
‘Be Dazzling’ Scented Candle by Kate Spade New York (bottom right) — $40.00 from Nordstrom. This candle also comes in black and white polka dots. Who doesn’t love a good candle? I know I sure do!
‘101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without’ Cookbook by Macmillan (top left) — $24.99 from Nordstrom. Ok someone needs to get me this! I need to get in the kitchen and learn how to make yummy new recipes, because only knowing how to make mac n’ cheese and scrambled eggs isn’t cutting it.
‘Everyday Pretty’ Lip & Eye Palette by Bobbi Brown (top right) — $30.00 from Nordstrom. This is a great stocking stuffer!
Boxed Initial Pendant by Nadri (right) — $38.00 from Nordstrom. This is a classic gift and a great stocking stuffer!
Etched Enamel Bangle in ‘Natural’ (bottom left) — $39.50 from J.Crew. This bangle also comes in two other colors!
Acrylic Hartford Block Monogram Post Earrings (bottom right) — $44.00 from Moon and Lola. These come in many different colors!
One of my favorite hobbies is doing Do It Yourself projects. There are so many things that you can create for half the price (or less!) of what you could buy them for. In college I made many DIY projects because I was on a tight budget. I created canvases for my “little sisters” in my sorority. I also created decor for my room! You can create so many things if you take the time to do it, and it doesn’t ever take too long!
Today, I will be teaching you how to make a Sharpie mug! I was originally inspired to make these when I found many cute mugs on Pinterest. There were some mugs that said “his” and “hers,” and there were others that said “Don’t talk to me until I have my morning coffee.” There were a lot of cute and funny mugs! I kept wondering where they bought them, but then I decided that I didn’t really need to spend money on a coffee mug, when I could create one!
Hence the Sharpie Mug DIY project. I made these mugs for my friends for Christmas this year! This was a SUPER easy project and turned out really great! I’m looking forward to trying different colors and designs in the future. For this mug design, I was inspired by Kate Spade New York products, so I incorporated the gold polka dots into my design and my friends’ first initials so that they were personal gifts. This is a really fun and easy DIY project and a great gift idea!
What You Need:
Sharpie (I chose gold, but you can use any color that you want!)
A mug (I bought mine for $3.00 at Wal-Mart, I couldn’t find any white mugs that I liked at the Dollar Store at the time, but that is also a great, and cheaper, option!)
How To Make Your Sharpie Mug:
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Think of a design that you want for your mug. — You can get ideas from your favorite designer (my design inspiration is Kate Spade, but Mara Hoffman could be a fun and challenging design also!) or you can Google “designs.” Or you could also think of a favorite quote to write on your mug!
Draw your design on your mug with your Sharpie(s).
Make sure to go over the design a second time, maybe even a third, so that it won’t fade and it will look extra shiny! Press hard with your Sharpie to be sure that your design comes out well.
Place your mug(s) in the oven once it’s ready at 350 degrees.
Set your timer for 30 minutes.
Once 30 minutes have passed, let your mugs cool for about 15-20 minutes inside the oven. Don’t forget to turn off the oven! Do not touch the mugs until they have had time to cool, they will be very hot!!