3 Creative Ways to Give a Gift Card

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I love receiving gift cards as gifts, don’t you? It is so convenient to use them for what you really want or need.  I love giving them as gifts too.  Did you know that Target has done a little research, and found that 90% of people love receiving a gift card as a gift, but only 30% of people feel good about giving one?  So in order to help your loved ones get what they really want this year I want to show you 3 creative ways to give a gift card:

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The first is for the wanderer in your life.  You know the one.  You never know where they are. And when you get to see them they tell you about their recent hike up an active volcano / encounter with a shark / currency exchange debacle / amazing friends they made in a hostel.  All their Facebook and Instagram photos are in exotic locations. Maybe they have a glowing natural tan in the middle of winter. You know the type.  I love those adventurous friends, but they can be a little difficult to buy for… what do they need, that is also packable in their carry-on (cuz real travel types go carry-on only), and what is the climate like on their next adventure? No worries guys, they need a Target GiftCard®.  And here is how you give it to them:

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Target has these cool luggage tags, and apparently a matching “Seasons Greetings” Target GiftCard®. Sweet.

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You will need to get the tag off the card without destroying the hang card. So, you simply slip your finger under the luggage tag string.

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Then slip the string over the tag.

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Tada! It’s like you’re doing magic tricks while preparing your holiday gifts. You are so awesome.

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Slip you Target GiftCard® into the luggage tag holder and then replace the string.

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No matter how you wrap this one: gift bag, box, stocking, your wanderlust-filled loved one will love it.

 

Another person most of us have in our lives: The Bookworm.  I love my bookish friends. T hey are loyal and have great imaginations.  What do they really want? Another book.  Easy peasy.  But le t’s be honest, these folks won’t buy food because they have another novel they “need.” So here is a way to give them what they 3want and whatthey need.  You can buy them that book (Target has a great selection and a lot are 20% off list price!) and slip a gift card in this cute Santa Bookmark / Target GiftCard® holder:

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I used four papers to create a fun little bookmark / gift card holder. Shiny gold, pearl white, red velour, and black matte.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine to cut these shapes (use this downloadable file to easily create your own.) White backer, “Merry Christmas”, Gold Belt Buckle, Black Belt, Red bottom.

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Slip the gold belt buckle piece over the black belt piece.

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I used a Scotch double-sided adhesive roller (available at Target) to place adhesive to the back on the red velour, keeping the adhesive on the sides and bottom only.

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After attaching the red velour, I placed a line of adhesive along the back of the black belt piece and attached to the red velour.

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Next, I used the same adhesive to attach the “Merry Christmas” Piece to the top of the white backer card.

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I slipped the card inside and used it as a book mark.

This last one is for two types of people: The Starving College Student -or- The Joker. I know you have one of these coming to mind right now.  The Starving College Student is just that – broke kids who can barely afford food. The joker friends are the life of the party and constantly helping others take life less seriously. Now’s your chance to turn the tables on the prankster and make the Starving College Student’s day.  Allyou need is a Big Cup Noodles from Target (less than $1, gotta love that price!).  This one takes a little effort, like all good pranks… so follow these instructions to pull a fast one that both types of people will enjoy:

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Get yourself a Big Cup Noodle.

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Using an exacto knife, carefully cut ¾ around the bottom of the cup, leaving a portion still connected.

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Slip the Target GiftCard® into the bottom.

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Using your hot glue gun, reattach bottom of Cup Noodles.

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If you love giving gift cards, these are 3 creative ways to package the card that shows the receiver a little extra special love without breaking your bank.

 

Now your starving college student (or prankster) will open this and think that you either love them, or hate them… depending on how hungry they are :) But when they open the top of the soup, they will really love you. (Just make sure they open it in front of you … you don’t want that Target GiftCard® getting tossed in the trash because they “don’t like Chicken Soup.” Plus that way you will get to see the joy on their face when they realize the prank.)

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If you love giving gift cards, these are 3 creative ways to package the card that shows the receiver a little extra special love without breaking your bank. So get yourself to Target (or hit up Target.com) and get what you need to give the gifts that 90% of people say they really want: a Target GiftCard®.

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Disclosure: We partnered with Target to bring you this slice of holiday cuteness as part of their #GiftCardCheer campaign. Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

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Easiest Christmas Wreath Ever + 8 Winter Wreaths

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Guys, I have the easiest Christmas wreath ever.  I spent $5 and did almost no work. This is what I used:

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$3 dollar garland from Target dollar spot and $2 Ribbon from Michaels. Easy Peasy.

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I simply looped the ribbon over the mini blinds and tied in a bow. SUPER SIMPLE. I would explain more, but seriously guys.  This is so easy I literally cannot explain anymore.

Do you have any easy Christmas decorating tips? Cuz I am all about the easy. And I am all about getting tips from friends. So help me out!

If you need more wreath inspiration, check out these ladies awesome creations

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Rudolph Candy Cane Ornament + 8 Handmade Ornament Tutorials

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Christmas time is here again! I am so excited.  This time of year brings so many fond memories for me. When I was young my mom made this Rudolph Candy Cane Ornament with me.  The original ornament still hangs on my parents’ tree year after year – after all these years! I wanted to make one with my little girl for our family tree.  If you want to make a Rudolph Candy Cane Ornament you will need the following supplies:

Candy Canes
Gold Pipe Cleaners
Red Pom Poms (10mm)
Googly Eyes (6mm)
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

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For each Rudolph you will need 1/2 a pipe cleaner, 2 googly eyes, 1 pom pom, and 1 candy cane.

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And here is how you assemble your little Rudolph

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And here are 7 more great ornament tutorials for you guys from some of my favorite bloggers

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DIY Gold Bell Christmas Lights + Cricut Explore Giveaway!

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Thanksgiving is officially over – let the Christmas Season begin!  In my house that means taking down anything leaves/pumpkin/yellow/orange/brown and replacing it with everything pine/bulb/green/red/gold.  So the de-falling has begun and the Christmastizing is here.

This year we are moving away from the teal/lime/silver of Christmas past and moving into the Red/Green/Gold of Christmas present.  Who knows where I will go in Christmas Future…  In order to really embrace this change of Christmas decor I decided to create these fun DIY Gold Bell Christmas Lights for the mantel.

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They were SO easy to make! I took the little paper mache pots I got from ConsumerCrafts.com that I showed you guys in this post.

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then I added some white spray paint to the insides in order to reflect the light from my Christmas light strand:

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Then I spray painted the outside of the pots with gold spray paint

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After they dried, I took my exacto knife and cut an X into the bottom of the pots

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I then used a wooden Carmel Apple stick I had laying around from our Apple Party to make a hole for the light, but a pencil could work really well too

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I simply inserted one light into the bottom of each pot

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And look how cool they look at night! The lights look like little recessed lights the way the paper mache pots focus the light down

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This enitre project took me about 10 minutes of hands on time and 30 minutes drying time.  So this is a quick and easy project you could do while the kids are napping… or the husband is napping, and have your Christmas decor completed quickly with some mini pots, spray paint, and a strand of lights. Happy decorating!

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Personalized Chalkboard Coasters + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

If you are looking for an affordable personalized gift, these Personalized Chalkboard Coasters are a super fun choice.  I love being able to personalize gifts for those I love. I made these for a friend who has a witty sense of humor:

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I got all the supplies at the Target Dollar Spot

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And I simple chose my phrases and then typed the into a word processing program on my computer and found a font I like.  This font is “Jacques and Guilles.”  Then I wrote the phrases in a similar manner as to what I saw on the computer screen.  I love the end result:

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These also make great place cards, like the ones I made for my Thanksgiving Table.  And they erase with a damp paper towel so you can write another witty phrase or friends name… or even a doodle if you have sweet free-hand drawing talent.

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These make great holiday or hostess gifts that anyone would like to receive and they are so easy to make! Who will you make some for?

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If you are looking for more easy handmade gifts, check out these other awesome bloggers:

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DIY Gold Wishbone Napkin Holders

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Yesterday I shared my $10 Thanksgiving Table Decor and today I am going to show you how to make these easy DIY Gold Wishbone Napkin Holders to go on that table.  These are very easy, all you need is Sculpey Clay (or other oven back clay) in gold.

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These come with break lines (as seen in photo above) so the clay is already separated into quarters.  Break off one quarter and seperate into thirds. *Tip: I used tissue paper to protect my work space as this clay can sometimes stick to hard surfaces.

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Take one third and begin rolling into a ball

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Then roll the ball on the into a “snake” and shape into an upside down “U”

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Using one hand, pinch the top of the “U”

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Then pinch each tip at the bottom

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Make as many napkin holders as you need, then place a peice of tin foil on a baking sheet and lay out your wishbones.

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Bake according to the package directions.  Allow to cool. Place on your table

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How are you decorating your table this year?

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Easy DIY Gold Thanksgiving Mason Jar Craft

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Hey loves! Happy Halloween! Prepare I am preparing myself for the sugar high and following sugar coma – Amiright? Are you the type of parent to steal all your favorite candies from your child’s treat bag and stash them for yourself? I’m not alone here, am I? Please tell me I am not the only one … help me feel better about taking candy from my baby. I feel like today is the perfect time to share the first of my Thanksgiving Crafting.  This year is the first year we own a home and we are hosting Thanksgiving.  I am feeling real grown up about now. So in preparation for that honor I made this Easy DIY gold Thanksgiving Mason Jar craft.  I think I will have it on my entry console for when guest arrive.

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Supplies:

1 Mason Jar
Tissue paper or tape
Silhouette Cutting Machine
Repositionable Vinyl
This “thanks and leaf” file for the Silhouette
Gold Spray Paint
Flowers

Here’s how we do it:

Cover the lid of your mason jar with tissue paper or tape to protect the inside and lid of the jar from over spray &  place vinyl cut out onto jar

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Spray jar with gold spray paint

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Remove vinyl from jar and paper/tape from lid

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Add flowers (and maybe baby pumpkins for extra fall flair)

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This will serve as beautiful Thanksgiving decor, a hostess gift, or make a grouping of them for your Thanksgiving tablescape.  These are so simple to make you can easily to make you could have your Thanksgiving decor made in an hour. How simple is that?

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Easy DIY Blue Mason Jar Hostess Gift

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If you are looking for an easy DIY hostess gift for the holiday season then I have your answer.  This hostess gift is perfect: vintage blue mason jar that your hostess can reuse as a vase, cookie mix so that the she has something on hand for future visitors, and these adorable mason jar measuring spoons.  This is like a hostess dream gift… or maybe just my dream gift.  So let’s make this easy DIY blue mason jar hostess gift.

Supplies:

1 blue mason jar
1 set mason jar measuring spoons
Silhouette Cutting Machine
This Silhouette cut file
Repositional vinyl
Tape
Plastic Bag
White Spray Paint
Cookie Mix:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar/coconut sugar
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Using your Silhouette Cutting Machine, use the cut file and cut the repositional vinyl

2. Place the vinyl cut out on the blue mason jar

3. Using tape and plastic bag, cover all parts of the mason jar left exposed

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4. Using white spray paint, coat the cut out

4. Using white spray paint, coat the cut out  5. Remove plastic, tape, and vinyl, leaving the desired image  6. Fill jar with Cookie Mix in order listed above  7. Place lid no jar and attach Mason Jar Measuring Spoons

5. Remove plastic, tape, and vinyl, leaving the desired image

6. Fill jar with Cookie Mix in order listed above

7. Place lid no jar and attach Mason Jar Measuring Spoons

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Include a card with this gift with the follwing backing instructions:

Chocolate Chip Cookies 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 2. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup of unsalted butter or margarine until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix in cookie mix. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough, spaced well apart, onto a greased cookie sheet. 3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

I literally love this gift.  I am thinking of keeping it for myself…. is that selfish? But it’s sooo cute! I love how quickly this gift comes together. I think it would be cool to make 3-4 of these and have them on hand for all the holiday parties you will invited to this season.  Your hostess will be so grateful. I know I would be!

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