Chic & Unique Christmas Decor From Etsy!

Have you ever noticed that most of your friends have such similar holiday decor? Everyone seems to buy their decorations from all the same stores. I want my home to look chic and unique around the holidays! I think I finally cracked the code though! One of the best ways to make your home stand out at Christmas time is to buy some of your key pieces from Etsy! I found some great decor to help you get some great ideas. Some of them might even be able to be inspire you if you’re inclined in the DIY department. So without further ado, here are 7 amazing items that are sure to give your home the unique flair you are looking for this holiday season. 

 These Seashell Christmas trees are such a cute touch and are sure to give you tons of inspiration for an entire beach themed Christmas. The chances of other friends or family members adopting this unique holiday theme are slim to none! Your decor will definitely be a conversation starter. If you live somewhere cold, it’s also bound to make you feel a little bit warmer this Christmas. 

This AMAZING and unique MAP garland! Can you imagine how special this would look on a Christmas tree?! It’s perfect for a travel obsessed person, couple or family. I know that if I walked in and saw this strung across someone’s home I would think it was such a cool idea and I’d definitely want to talk about it. 

This adorable shadow box with Christmas music and decor! I’m imagining this gorgeous piece sitting on a piano! I think that would be such a beautiful touch for a music lover. I’m also picturing some beautiful paper garland with musical notes and snowflakes to go with the winter musical holiday scene! 

 Something that actually looks vintage to compliment your already vintage decor in the best possible way, like this Retro Wooden Santa! If you are trying to create a more 1950s vibe, this sign can go outside on the porch or be propped up against a wall to completely create that effect inside or outside of your home. 

Have you ever seen a Christmas trees covered in gorgeous orange monarch butterflies? I haven’t and most of your friends probably haven’t either. This is another great way to tie summer into your Christmas decor. I love the uniqueness of this beautiful idea. I guarantee everyone who visits will agree.   

A snarky sign mixed with holiday cheer! If you like a little bit of humor with your decor this sign is sure to give you the little laugh you’re looking for. People will probably be dying to know where one can make such a purchase. This is a very unique and interesting piece of decor. 

Isn’t this copper wire fairy light garland SO interesting? I can think of so many interesting places to put this in a home! Above a fireplace I bet it would give such a modern twist to any traditional holiday decorations you already have! 

I hope you enjoyed some of these Chic and Unique Etsy finds! If you look hard enough you may even be able to some more things to add to this list. 

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5 Great Gifts For Dad

Dad’s, Grandpas and Uncles can be some of the hardest people to shop for. Here is a list of 5 gifts that most of the dad’s out there are sure to enjoy! Hopefully this gift guide will give you ideas that will confirm your spot in the family as the favorite! All the product photos below are amazon links so for specific names and more details that I haven’t included, just click the photos! 

An Outdoor Surveillance Camera like a Nest Cam!  I don’t know about your dad, but mine LOVES to know what’s going on outside. A camera like this will allow him to see what’s going on 24/7 from the convenience of his smart phone.  Plus, if he’s a practical man, word on the street is these cameras can actually lower homeowners insurance in a lot of areas! 

A Drone. My dad is a pretty much just an overgrown child. If your dad is retired like mine, and looking for a new hobby, learning to fly a drone will probably be perfect for him! The nice thing about these, is there’s a huge price range available so chances are you can find one in your budget. 

A Smart Watch. My dad has ALWAYS worn a watch. If yours has too, it might be a good time to upgrade him to an awesome Smart Watch like the Samsung Galaxy watch shown above. 

A Wireless Weather Station. This is another gift with the ability to sync to your dad’s smart devices! This is a great way for your dad to track the weather at home no matter where he is! Who wouldn’t want to nerd out over this sophisticated setup? 

A Telescope! This one may seem odd, but this is a gift that no one else has probably thought of. What better way to pass the time than to look at the stars! 

I hope this list was helpful and that it gave you some great ideas of things you can give your dad this holiday season! If you liked more than one idea save one for his birthday. 

Day 6 Of Blogmas 2018

Creative White Elephant Gift Ideas

Many different groups choose to do some variation of White Elephant around the holidays. I’ve also heard this game called Dirty Santa or Yankee Swap. Chances are if you’re attending holiday gatherings this year, you’re bound to find yourself in a situation where you’re playing a version of this game. 

If you’ve never played this game before, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about so I’ll quickly give you an overview of what this is all about. Usually each player or participant is asked to bring a wrapped gift to contribute to a pool of gifts that will be used to play the game. Usually all players will sit around a table or in a circle where the gift pool can easily be seen by all. Each player will draw a number which will determine the order that the players take their turns. The player who goes first will choose a gift and open it. Each player following will have the option to open a wrapped gift or steal a gift that has already been opened! In the event that a player has their gift stolen, they will then have the option to open a new gift or steal from another player. Some groups will have rules against stealing the same gift multiple times within a turn. As I mentioned earlier, there are many different variations of this game!  The host of your particular gathering will definitely give you the official rules of their version of the game. 

White Elephant gifts always come with a price you are asked to aim for. It’s usually between $10-$20 funny, weird and unique gifts are usually the biggest hit so below I’ve listed 5 great ideas at 3 different price points to help you get specific ideas, or draw inspiration. All the images are Amazon links so be sure to click them for more information on the brand, exact price, exact item name, and other details I may not have included. 

(Around) $10 Ideas 

Red Wine Stain Remover! This is a gift that will probably get a little chuckle especially since chances are someone will be drinking wine while this game is being played. I think this is a perfect White Elephant gift because it’s both functional and kind of funny. 

A Funny Throw Pillow. First of all, this will probably throw people off when it’s wrapped because the size and weight and also, home items like throw pillows with a hilarious phrase on them are an interesting touch to a household. An item like this will definitely be a hit! Of course, depending on the crowd you’ll be with you could always just get a regular decorative throw pillow! 

An Adult Coloring Book. Adult coloring books are still all the rage. They’re great for calming anxiety and killing time! Of course you could just pick up any old coloring book, but a funny one like The People Of Walmart Adult Coloring Book is sure to get the attention of the group and make everyone laugh. 

A Nerf Gun. When it comes to White Elephant, I think the most random and unexpected gifts always end up being the most fought over! A Nerf Gun is such a weird unexpected gift and if there are men playing, they will be stealing this EVERY TURN.  

Novelty Band-aids!  There are a lot of great novelty band-aids like these bacon bandages above! One of the best things about a gift like this, is even though it’s funny it is still useful. Besides, the next time you see a friend or family member wearing a bacon band-aid you’re sure to get a good laugh. 

(Around) $15 Ideas

A Novelty Clock. I think a novelty clock is a really funny White Elephant gift because people don’t really use wall clocks anymore but they can still be a really interesting conversation starter at the office or really anywhere it’s displayed. I love the Melting Clock pictured above. If there are any art lovers in the group they will definitely get a kick out of this nod to Salvador Dali. 

Funny Socks! Socks are something functional that everyone needs. Most people wouldn’t purchase a pair of socks like the Bob Ross ones pictured above, but they’ll definitely wear them or re-gift them to someone else who will. This is a gift that’s sure to get a laugh. 

A hilarious Welcome Mat that everyone can relate to. This is another gift that I love just because of how random it is. I know if I saw somebody open this at White Elephant  I’d probably steal it and proudly display it in my home. 

A 60 Pack of AA Batteries! First of all, no one could ever have too many batteries. You’re probably thinking this is the most boring gift on the list. Don’t worry! All you have to do to make this one funny is create a label that says “Gift Not Included” then you have a joke and the most functional White Elephant Gift of all time. 

Desktop Corn Hole/ Bean Bags set! I actually can’t even explain how fun this game is. One of my cousins brought it to our family Thanksgiving last year and it actually lead to our entire family having a tournament across the dinning room table. Ever since then I thought it would make a genius White Elephant gift! 

(Around) $20 Ideas 

Big Fuzzy Slippers! Honestly, the more outrageous the better. These obnoxious pink bear paw slippers above are so perfect. Of course there is always the issue of people having different sizes but luckily people do have the ability to steal, trade or re-gift. I think part of the fun is the possibility of 6 foot tall grown man opening these. 

A Game. The idea of having a game as a White Elephant gift is brilliant because it keeps the party going, especially if it’s a unique game most of the players have never played before. Relative Insanity pictured above is a perfect game if the majority of your group is family. It was created by Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and has been featured on several talk shows. 

A Grilled Cheese Toaster. Yes, you read that correctly. This is a toaster specifically designed to make grilled cheese sandwiches. It has baskets to safely and easily cook 2 grilled cheese sandwiches at once. So this is another odd yet useful White Elephant Gift. 

The Huggle Hoodie. This is pretty much a snuggie on steroids. Why would you not want to pretty much live in a blanket? I still don’t own one of these but I’ve wanted one since I spotted it on a friend over the summer. You better believe if I saw this at a White Elephant I would be ready to fight for it. If you don’t like this idea, really any of it’s “As Seen on TV” family members would be good choices. 

This Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker. This is seriously my favorite thing on the list. It’s random enough to be a perfect White Elephant gift but there’s actually a good chance the recipient will actually enjoy it and use it. 

 I hope this list gave you a lot of good ideas! My goal when choosing a White Elephant gift is to pick out things that are fun, interesting and people will actually like, or that they will have potential to re-gift to someone else. I hate to get things that will just end up in the trash when spring cleaning rolls around. I also recommend wrapping the gift as beautifully as you possibly can. I like to try to make my gift the most aesthetically pleasing and I’m always hoping to have my gift picked first.  

Day 5 of Blogmas 2018

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Your Besties ($25 or Under)

The holidays can be so hard because you have so many people to buy for! For most of us, family comes first and then we end up feeling guilty when the funds run out and we’ve purchased nothing for our loyal girl squad. I’ve searched high and low and I think I’ve come up with an amazing list of 10 gifts $25 or under that your Bestie(s) will actually want!

photo via @MorpheBrushes on Instagram
  • One of the MorpheX Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection Pallets. The actual vault retails for $49 and it includes all 4 pallets. However, the pallets retail separately for only $15! These are seriously some of my all-time favorite eye shadows and no matter which color scheme you choose, you really can’t go wrong. They are so AMAZING! Better yet, if you have 4 best friends buy the vault and split up the 4 pallets among them. I guarantee they’ll want to share because each pallet has it’s own unique assortment of colors. I linked the whole vault below, because it’s the best value but you can easily find the individual pallets on the website. Make sure you google coupon codes before you purchase, a lot of YouTubers have them with Morphe. I usually use JACATTACK for 15% off.
  • Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I’ve seen this book retail for a lot of different prices! The lowest I’ve seen it was around $10 and the highest I believe was about $16. It’s definitely available for under $20. I know this book has gotten a little bit of backlash but I honestly think some people just didn’t understand it or else just didn’t give it a real chance. Everyone I know who actually read the book LOVED it and I honestly think it should be given as a right of passage to all millennial women. This is a book that I really can’t say enough good things about and if you want my more in depth thoughts click here! I did another post with a full review and all my thoughts.
Image Via Miley Bear Market
  • A Customized Mug! Have an inside joke? Something unique and special to your friendship? A saying that makes you think of your best friend? Why not put it on a mug? We all have seen someone local who has a crafting business whether it’s full time or just something they do on the side. We see their Facebook posts promoting their business and we probably scroll right past. We should consider them when we are looking for holiday gifts because they can usual create something beautiful, customized and amazing with a personal touch that can’t be purchased at a store. Besides, purchasing from them may be helping them provide a better Holiday for their family rather than just putting your dollars into another corporation. However, if you do order from them just be aware, they are humans and won’t be able to compete with Amazon having your item on your door step in two days. They are usually one person and they have to take time to create your custom item. I should also mention, prices may vary depending on the complexity of your request. If you don’t know of any local crafters, I use
    Miley Bear Market! She can be contacted most easily via Facebook. Just tell her Ashley sent you

 

Image Via Bath And Body Works 
  • A candle. Candles are SO underrated. A candle is a gift you may not be super excited when you open, but as soon as you smell it you are in heaven. This is how you can give the gift of relaxation. I wait for the Bath and Body Works Sales on their 3 wick candles and I stock up. Those babies will make the whole house smell glorious for weeks on end… longer if you don’t burn it during every waking hour like I do. Sorry Yankee, Bath and Body Works just beat every brand with their candles. They usually retail for $24.50. PLUS they have a lot of sales this time of year that will for sure bring it below $20. WATCH FOR CANDLE DAY! I don’t know when it will be this year but it’s usually in the beginning of December and 3 Wick Candles go on sale for like $8. I will update this post when I get official word but if you hear before me COMMENT BELOW. I don’t even want to link them because you really need to go smell them in person, but just so you know what I’m talking about, this is them.
    http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/c/home-fragrance/3-wick-candles
  • Okay this one might seem strange but just trust me for a minute! Tyler Glamorous Wash in the scent DIVA! Yes, it’s laundry detergent. Yes, this may seem like a very bizarre gift. Yes, your friend might look at you with a confused look on her face but, when she uses it for the first time she will understand. This stuff might be a little pricey to wash everything in so I use it exclusively for bedding. The aroma is one of the most luxurious things a person can experience and it fills the entire room not only while washing, but it sticks to the fabric of whatever you wash with it for a very long time. I don’t wash my comforter nearly as often as I wash my sheets and I’ll tell you the fragrance lingers for weeks. I guarantee this gift will be a huge hit. It’s currently retailing on Amazon for $25. Click the image above!  
Image Via Fandango
  • A Fandango Gift Card. Or really any movie gift card. Sometimes we can’t justify the expense of going to the movies when we are subscribed to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime but when someone gives you a gift card that gives you the opportunity to enjoy the magic of the big screen. I received a Fandango Gift Card for Christmas last year and it really was a treat to be able to go out and not feel bad for not looking for something I already pay for through streaming.
    https://fandango.wgiftcard.com/responsive/personalize_responsive/chooseDesign/fandango_resp/1
  • A Phone Tripod. This is for your Instagram Obsessed Bestie. Selfies are kind of going away, all the it-girls on IG are taking more modeling type shots to fill their feed. Having a phone tripod will allow them to set a timer and get much more interesting poses. You will be your bestie’s new hero with this gift. I LOVE this Jelly Fish Tripod because it’s not bulky, so portable and easy to set up on the go whether I’m trying to take a group photo, solo pic, quick video or really anything! Click the image above! 
  • A Stick Immersion Blender. This is another one that might seem odd, but your health obsessed friend will love this gift. This thing is so portable and easy to take on the go. It’s going to be perfect for that lunch time smoothie at work, way easier than lugging around a bulky blender. There are a ton of scenarios where this thing comes in handy, don’t believe me? Just Google it. Click the image above. 
Image Via Aldi
  • WINE. Need I say more? This is another underrated gift. When you don’t know what to get someone you can never go wrong with a bottle of wine. AND GUESS WHAT?! Aldi has a surprisingly remarkable selection for unbeatable prices and most of them are in really cute bottles. You’re Welcome.
  • Wireless Bluetooth Headphones. I don’t know about everyone else, but if there’s one thing I can’t seem to keep track of it’s my damn headphones! Having a separate pair for my gym bag and my purse has been kind of a game changer for me and I’d like to have a spare for when one of those two decide to run away from home. I strongly believe you can never have too many pairs of these and they will always come in handy. No one will ever be disappointed to get some new headphones. Click the image above! 

I hope you enjoyed this gift guide and more importantly got lots of gift giving inspiration! I know most of these gifts were more geared towards your female besties. If you want to see a gift guide for male friends, significant others, parents, or anyone else, please leave me a comment down below and let me know. I’d be happy to write up another guide for you.