Gift Ideas


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Great Time - Watch Teacher Gift Idea

I’ve been eyeing these watches on every visit to Michael’s (which is a lot!) and the last time I was there they were on sale 2 for 1. So, obviously I stocked up. I thought they’d make great gifts, although I didn’t really have anyone in mind. I just knew for that price they were coming home with me. Let’s note that this is NOT a sponsored post by Michael’s, I just like to have a well stocked gift drawer in my arsenal. You can find a wide assortment of jelly watches here as well. Great Time - Watch Teacher Gift Idea

Last night was my daughter’s dance recital and as I was running through ideas of little gifts we could gift her teachers I remembered this stash of watches.

Last year I made a printable as an end of year teacher gift that went with a watch. The little saying on it has never been one of my favorites, so I decided to play with the word TIME this time around. Which I think leaves this printable open to be used for so much more than just school teacher.  Dance Teacher – Piano Teacher – Church Teacher – Swim Teacher. What other type of teacher would this work for?

Great Time - Watch Teacher Gift Idea

I used the template from last year to create this year. But these watches are way different from the ones I used last time. The holes at the bottom of the tag are intended for the watch to be done up in the back. These jelly watches lay flat really well. So I moved tome things around and came up with having the slits in the middle.

Great Time - Watch Teacher Gift Idea

With the watch laying flat, the card easily slips into a long envelope. If you don’t want to bother with an envelope you can use washi tape to secure the watch in the back.

Great Time - Watch Teacher Gift Idea

I left the background white so it can be printed on different colors of cardstock to go with difference colors of watches. We printed on teal cardstock to put the white watches with and they were super cute.

 

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You can find last year’s watch printable here:

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Mother's Day Gift Guide Every Type of Mom on thecraftingchicks.com

We are so excited to bring you our Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016! We’ve rounded up our favorites gift ideas from some amazing shops.  These are things that we either have and love or wish we had. We’ve also found some great deals on some of these, but you have to act fast. An make sure you snag something for yourself!

Without further adieu

The Crafting Chicks Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Fashionista Mom on thecraftingchicks.com

The Fashionista Mom is always on trend. Here are our tops picks:

NuMe Mother’s Day Gift Pack: Who doesn’t love having beautiful hair? NuMe has a great line of hair care and products as well as the tools that will make your hair look it’s best. The blow dryer is so compact and lightweight and works fast. NuMe has a special deal for Crafting Chicks readers: $179 Curl Jam + Bold Dryer + White Shampoo and Conditioner by using Promo Code:  CRAFTC179

Every mom loves a nice comfy T-shirt. We are loving this  Super Mom Tees that is now available from Cents of Style. The shirt and a set of cute pop-art inspired bracelets are $29.95, but through Friday, you can get $7 off with code SUPERMOM.
Charmed Collections beautiful handmade jewelry that is sure to make everyone smile. We LOVE the ladies behind Charmed Collections and we asked them to give you all a special coupon code. You won’t find this anywhere else. For 20% off enter code: CHICKSLOVEDCHARMED at checkout. Good until May 15, 2016
Oh, and check our Instagram account for a flash giveaway. 😉
Baker/Chef Mom has dinner under control. Here are our tops picks to inspire creativity in the kitchen:
A true kitchen has these fun yet functional Flexible Cutting Mat with Food IconsThey are easy to store and lightweight. I’ve given these as a gift many times along with a favorite functional knife set.
For the chef that has everything, make sure they have an Electric Pressure Cooker. This one has great reviews and it’s the one I’ve been eyeing for a while now. One day I’ll get one.
Our Best Bites isn’t just an amazing website with yummy recipes. These ladies have a shop that is chuck full of kitchen goodness. The best part is that you can save 15% until Friday the 29th by using  code MOM15 on your entire order.
For those wanting to be more chef like but not sure where to start, there’s Plated.
Plated delivers fresh, pre-portioned ingredients to your door so that you can relax and enjoy the cooking experience. Each week, 7 chef-designed recipes are featured on the menu. The dishes include 4 healthy meat & fish options and 3 unique vegetarian dishes. All of the ingredients you need arrive fresh to your door. Read through your step-by-step recipe cards & get ready to cook up some fun!It’s as simple as 1-2-3.
1.    You choose your meals.
2.    They deliver fresh ingredients.
3.    You cook a delicious meal.
KitchenAid We love our KitchenAid’s for oh so many reasons.
But we also love our Bosch’s. Please don’t make us choose which one to live without. Make sure the baker or chef in your life doesn’t have to live without one of these amazing machines.

Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Fit Mom on thecraftingchicks.com

Strong – Fit Mom hits the streets or gym with ease. She actual likes to work out and enjoys showing the kids how to fun exercise is. Here are our top picks:

Charge HR FitBit, well any FitBit really, is sure to make her heart skip a beat. These things are addicting and make you want to move around a lot.

Wireless earbuds are the new thing at the gym. These are a great price and have 5 stars on Amazon.

Swim suit season is hitting fast. Getting a great swimsuit from Athleta is sure to make anyone happy. I’ve gotten my last few from here and I love them. Great fit and they last.  You can also

Everyone needs to hydrate when they’re working up a sweat. The CamelBak Podium Big Chill Water Bottle is my favorite. For running, biking, or lifting at the gym you are ready for this anything with these bottles.

Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Creative Mom on thecraftingchicks.com

The Creative Mom is always finding something clever and creative to do. She loves trying new things and can’t wait to finish old projects. Our tops pics are:

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils are the best. Soft, thick cores are perfect for shading and shadows. The thick leads resist cracking and chipping making them perfect for adult coloring books. 

Everyone wants to have stunning artwork for their home. We love the prints at Minted. Minted has amazing artwork from independent artist. There are prints for every style and taste. For Crafting Chicks Readers Minted is offering 15% off by using SPRING16 (exclusive fine art and home decor)

But maybe your creative mom wants to learn how to paint and make her own artwork. Now she can take any class she wants to. CreativeBug is an online classroom that is self paced and ready when you are. The class list is extensive from sewing children’s clothing and quilts to drawing basics and watercolor. Getting a subscription is sure to make this mom happy!


DIY Stackable Bracelets

You’ve probably seen stackable wire bangles similar to this selling at boutiques for a pretty penny. Whether gifting to friends or making for yourself, these Alex & Ani inspired bracelets are easy to make.

Stackable Wire Bangles Tutorial

To make stackable wire bangles you will need:

  • 16 Gauge Jewelry Wire
  • Needle Nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Charms or beads

How to make Ani & Alex bracelets

Start by cutting off a 12 inch piece of wire. Be careful not to bend the wire. Instead of stretching it out to measure, I cut off about 1.5 coils. Bend one end to a 90 degree angle.

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Then using the needle nose pliers twist a loop on one end.

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Thread charms or beads onto the other end of wire.

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Then run the same wire end (the one not yet bent) through the loop. If you bend the wire, reshape it by wrapping around a water bottle.

DIY Ani & Alex bracelets

Create the same type of closure on the second end, by creating a 90 degree angle and then creating a loop around the wire. You’ll want to be sure there is an overlap of wire between the loops so the bracelet can expand to fit over your wrist.

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HI-Chew Fruit Candy Valentine Printables

We were lucky to partner with Hi-Chew last year when Nikkala made some amazing lunchbox and love note printables. So when I started thinking about valentine’s for my girls to give to friends,I had Hi-Chews on the brain. We sure love these little treats at our house. They are the perfect for times when I need a quick sweet treat.

Not to mention that with every yummy fruit flavor I could think up a fun little Valentine pun. Are you ready for the fun?

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I’ve got 2 printable sheets with 4 different printables on each. You can attach the full size packs to some of the tags,

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just a little individual wrapped treat to the tag,

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or I even made a printable for a mixed bag of individually wrapped ones to give to a teacher or close friend.

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Lots of options with these.

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Just print these off and have your kids write their names. Then tape the Hi-Chew treat of your choice to the tag and you’re all set. The giving is all up to the kids at this point. And make sure you try a few, as quality control of course. Wouldn’t want to giveaway a treat that wasn’t up to your standards  😉

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All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

We love all things peppermint!  Brownies, ice cream, cheesecake, hot chocolate, cookies… even sugar scrubs, bath salts, bath bombs and candy bowls!  We are so excited to share some of our most favorite peppermint recipes with you!  Enjoy!

All Things Peppermint – Recipes

Candy Cane Brownies from The Crafting Chicks

All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

Cookie Cutter Peppermint Bark from The Girl Who Ate Everything

All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake from Lil’ Luna

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Peppermint Oreo Milkshake from Belle of the Kitchen

All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

Peppermint Meringue Cookies from Mom’s Dish

All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

Peppermint Eggnog Punch from Your Home Based Mom

Peppermint Eggnog Punch

Peppermint Red Velvet Cake Roll from The Kitchn

Peppermint Red Velvet Cake Roll

Peppermint Patties from The Gunny Sack

Peppermint Patties

Peppermint Popcorn from The Crafting Chicks

Peppermint Popcorn

Peppermint Brownies from Sweet C’s Designs

Peppermint Brownies

Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies from Inside Bru Crew Life

Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Homemade Hot Chocolate & Peppermint Cream from Simply Kierste

Homemade Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Cream

Candy Cane Peppermint Puppy Chow from Daily Dish Recipes

Candy Cane Peppermint Puppy Chow

Peppermint Bark Oreos from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Peppermint Bark Oreos

Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream Pie from Six Sisters Stuff

Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream Pie

Peppermint Candy Ice Cream from Snail Pace Transformations

Peppermint Candy Ice Cream

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Dip from A Pumpkin and A Princess

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Dip

Holiday Peppermint Bark from Fork Knife Swoon

Holiday Peppermint Bark

Snowflake Peppermint Bark from Baked by Rachel

Snowflake Peppermint Bark

All Things Peppermint – Gift Ideas

All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

DIY Peppermint Extract from The Rising Spoon

Homemade peppermint extract

Peppermint Bath Salts from The Frugal

Peppermint Bath Salts

Peppermint Sugar Scrub from Here Comes the Sun

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Body Butter from My Frugal Adventures

Homemade Peppermint Body Butter

Peppermint Bath Bombs from Moments with Mandi

Peppermint Bath Bombs

DIY Peppermint Candy Bowl from Princess Pinky Girl

DIY Peppermint Candy Bowl


Stitchn_Kitchen_Christmas_Blog_Tour-01 We are so excited to be a part of the Riley Blake Stitch ‘n Kitchen Blog Tour.

Today I’m going to be sharing a fun Hand-Stitiched Berry Kissmas Pillow.

Hand-Stitiched Berry Kissmas Pillow

I have loved hand-stitiching for many years now. These are so easy to whip up in an afternoon. Here’s what you’ll need to “cook up” your own “Berry Kissmas” pillow.

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Hand-Stitched Berry Kissmas Pillow
“Making” Time: 1 afternoon
Ingredients For the Hand-Stitching:
Stitchable Pattern–Download below
Emboirdery Floss to match your fabric
Background fabric, I used Riley Blake Basics in Skin color.
Ingredients For the Pillow:
4 different fabrics, I used Lost & Found Christmas
Instructions: 

For the embroidery:

Download the pattern.

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  1. Transfer your pattern onto your fabric. I always do this by printing and then tapping the pattern to a window. Tape your fabric on top of the pattern and trace with a pencil.
  2. Use a basic backstitch to make the wording and the mistletoe steams in green.
  3. Use a french knot for each of the red berries.
  4. Once your done with your hand-stich, cut it to a finished size of 9 1/4 x 5. Set aside for now.

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For the pillow:

  1. Cut out 2 strips of fabric 11 5/8 x 2 5/8, for the top and bottom.
  2. Then cut out 2 strips of fabric 7 1/4 x 2 5/8 for the sides.
  3. Attach the top and the bottom first, rights sides together, using a 1/4″ seam to your embroidery, leaving the longer ends on opposite sides. Press.
  4. Attach the sides, placing the right sides of the fabric together, using a 1/4″ seam to your embroidery. Press Merry-Kissmass-Pillow-front
  5. Cut a backing out 14 x 9 3/8. Merry-Kissmass-Pillow-fabric
  6. Place right sides of fabric together and sew pillow together, leaving a space to stuff the pillow and then hand stitch closed.

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That’s it!

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Now you have a really cute pillow to keep or give away!

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Now since this is a Stitch ‘n Kitchen Blog Tour, I need to leave you with a yummy recipe.

I can hardly talk about “kissmas” without thinking of Herseys Kisses. We love them at our house and I’m happy to share a yummy recipe with you.

These are our Cherry Cordial Chocolate Crinkle Cookie.

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So yummy and soft inside, with just the right amount of cherry.

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Hop on over to get the recipe.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hey Ya’ll! Merry Christmas to all of you. I’m Kiki from Kiki and Company here to share a quick little project and printable with you to make gift giving this year a cinch! Do you give gifts to your kids teachers, your neighbors, friends and even the dog next door? Sometimes it feels like the list is forever long, right?! Making gifts that are memorable, but quick and simple are key. This one today will be perfect to anyone you need to say Merry Christmas + Thank You to!

Polar Bear Jar and Tags

 

 

How cute are they? To make them is super simple.

SUPPLIES

  • Free printables
  • mason jars
  • twine
  • glue
  • something to put in the jars

Polar Bear Jar and Tags. Cute!

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Download, Print and Cut out the free printables
  2. Fill your jar with something yummy. I wanted to go along with the white and red theme, so I chose mints, but you could use anything!
  3. Place printable hearts circle on top of lid before securing closed.
  4. Glue bear to the front and then the ends of the sides in the back.
  5. Glue pouch together and punch a tab out. (This is optional.)
  6. Add card to the pouch and add twine to the back of it.
  7. Tie around jar and you are ready to give.
  8. The pouch is big enough that if you want to add a gift card, you can!

Polar Bear Jar and Tags. Love these!

 

How cute is that card?! These are super fun and easy to put together. I hope you find the perfect people to give them to.

Polar Bear Jar and Tags...super cute!

Polar Bear Jar and Tags. So fun!

 

 

To download this freebie, click on the link below:

Polar Bear Tags

Polar Bear tags

 

Hope you have the Merriest Christmas around!


We all have stressors during the holidays and this month the Michaels Makers were asked to come up with creative and fun holiday hacks and tips to help relieve some of that stress and make holiday entertaining and prepping fun!

Quick Holiday Gift Ideas with Michaels

We were given 5 common holiday hiccups to choose from and I went with Quick gift ideas for teachers, the post man, a friend, a co-worker, etc.  I had a lot of fun coming up with clever, easy, & cute gift ideas that anyone will love.  Plus they are all quick and easy to throw together.  With just one stop shopping at Michaels…making Holiday shopping a breeze!

Gift Idea #1:

A Coloring Kit!  These adult coloring books are all the rage!  We are loving these Coloring books (but big kids can use them too…even my 6 year old likes to help me color mine).  I found the best selection of these coloring books at Micheals.  I loved this Four Seasons one.  They are all so pretty!  I think this would make a great gift to give to a friend or co-worker.

Quick Holiday Gift Ideas with Michaels I made a cute printable tag to go along with this gift!  Wishing you a COLORFUL Christmas.  You can Download it HERE. sm colorful christmas 6 Tie up the coloring book, colored pencils (I love this set I found at Michaels), and add a pretty bow with the tag. sm colorful christmas 1

Gift Idea #2:

A Hot Cocoa kit for two!  I found these burlap bags at Micheals for $1.99…and new they would make the perfect way to wrap up and deliver my Hot Cocoa kits in!

A great thing to add to the Hot Cocoa Kit gift is a yummy Chocolate Covered Hot Cocoa Spoon!  So easy and fun to make!  

Just take Wilton candy melts, melt according to package…dip your spoons,  sprinkle peppermint and sprinkles for a yummy added touch to the gift!

This would make a great surprise to leave for the mailman, the milk man, the bus driver, etc.   Its a quick treat to share:)

Add my free Printable “WARMEST HOLIDAY WISHES” tag to tie up the bag. sm hot cocoa gift 3 sm hot cocoa gift 1 sm hot cocoa spoon 5 sm hot cocoa spoon 1 sm hot cocoa gift 4

Gift Idea #3:

Cookie Kit Gift!  Sharing a sweet and quick gift idea today.  You can throw this together in seconds and add my free printable “Sweet Christmas” tag.  This would make a great gift for teachers, or a neighbor.
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·         Michaels has tons of holiday project ideas and instructions on their Michaels.com, including gift wrapping, home décor, last minute gift ideas, hostess gifts and more.

·         Check out the other four holiday hack topics and the unique ideas all of the makers came up with on Michaels’ blog, The Glue String.

AND…you can even share your own Michaels Holiday Hack using the hashtag #morejolly.

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Coloring Book Gift Idea & Free Printable We are loving these Adult Coloring books (but big kids can use them too…even my 6 year old likes to help me color mine).  I found the best selection of these coloring books at Micheals.  I loved this Four Seasons one.  They are all so pretty! sm colorful christmas 5 I can’t wait to share these coloring books with family, friends and co-workers.  I made a sweet COLORFUL tag to go along with these.  Wishing you a…COLORFUL Christmas. (Download Below)
sm colorful christmas 6 Tie up with a pretty bow…they are too pretty and don’t even need wrapping paper! sm colorful christmas 1 I also will use this cute free printable tag I designed with coloring books for my daughter’s friends.  Loving these sweet “Hello Kitty” Christmas coloring books. sm colorful christmas 3 Roll up the coloring books and tie with a cute ribbon and the tag.
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Hot Cocoa Kit Gift & Free Printable Tag Sharing a cute gift idea to day…A Hot Cocoa kit for two!  I found these burlap bags at Micheals for $1.99…and new they would make the perfect way to wrap up and deliver my Hot Cocoa kits in! sm hot cocoa gift 1 sm hot cocoa spoon 5 A great thing to add to the Hot Cocoa Kit gift is a yummy Chocolate Covered Hot Cocoa Spoon!  So easy and fun to make! sm hot cocoa spoon 2 sm hot cocoa spoon 4 For your hot cocoa kit gift, you will need:

Mini Hot Cocoa Packets (your favorite brand)

Festive Burlap bags from Michaels

Mini Marshmallows

Chocolate Covered Hot Cocoa Spoons

& My Free Printable “Warmest Holiday Wishes” tag (download below)
sm hot cocoa gift 2 sm hot cocoa gift 4 Add all the goodies to the bag, and tie up with the “Warmest Holiday Wishes” tag.  The tag includes directions for a packet of hot cocoa. sm hot cocoa gift 3 sm hot cocoa tag {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}


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