From our house…
I plan to drive around and see the lights…
Enjoy the Christmas Tree…
Watch my favorite Christmas movie…
Have a cup of hot chocolate…
Wrap a few last-minute gifts…
Give Thanks for all that 2012 brought me and all that 2013 has in store!
And, wishing you all a Very
I’m taking a few days off from blogging but will be back to wish you a Happy New Year!
I don’t know about you but I have some very hard people to shop for during the holidays. You know, the person that has everything and needs nothing (MOM), the person that will enjoy anything you get them and is not at all picky (HUSBAND), the person that is a tech genius and wants all the new electronic gadgets that are out, except they already own everything so there’s really nothing you can think of to buy (BROTHER), and the person that is just plain hard to buy for (18-year-old NEPHEW)! When it comes down to the-hard-to-buy-for on my Christmas list, I more times than not buy a few gift cards, making my job as Santa a little easier.
Here are a list of my favorite gift cards to give (and get) and why!
I love the TJX group of stores and because you can find just about everything you need for your home at these stores (necessities like towels or luxuries like candles), this is the perfect gift card to give to a man or woman.
While I buy most of my books via AMAZON, I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love to visit B & N and waste a few hours looking through books and magazines. My brother is a magazine “collector” like me so this is the perfect gift card for him! And, my nephews college accepts B & N gift cards in the campus store so it also works for him too!
Ok, while an Anthropologie gift card doesn’t really make a great gift for my mom, husband, brother or nephew, it does make a great gift for ME! There stuff is so pretty and just adds a little “happy” to life!
A Best Buy gift card is great for just about anyone because of the vast array of items they sell in their store. Perfect for the techie, business person, teenager or even a MOM that may need a new vacuum or printer.
The AMAZON gift card is one of my favorites because they sell any and everything AND because if you love books, this is the best gift you could give a book lover!
So I know a Staples gift card doesn’t sound glamorous but I can’t think of anything I hate more to spend money on than office supplies. With a staples gift card, purchasing necessities becomes a bit more enjoyable and allows you to spend your money on fun stuff !
Who doesn’t love Target and who wouldn’t love one of their gift cards! So many things to buy, and especially now, the items from the Neiman Marcus collaboration which are 50% off!
I’m not a coffee drinker but I do love a Starbucks hot chocolate fix in the winter and an ice tea fix in the summer. Starbucks is a little indulgence anyone would love!
And finally, because nothing makes road trips (or even a lazy Saturday morning) more fun than a “free” stop at Cracker Barrel!
So many reasons I love giving gift cards during the holidays and now that most of these companies offer e-cards the gift giving is instantaneous and even easier!
If you need a last-minute gift, click on any of the gift card images above and buy one for someone on your list!
Happy Last Minute Shopping!
Who says Christmas Stockings have to be stockings? This year I opted to change things up a bit and used cloth bins as Christmas Stockings for my family.
These cute bins are sold in a set of three at Ikea for $7.99. Each of the small gifts inside were wrapped either in tissue paper or gift wrap scraps. The glitter letters are from Wal-Mart and came with the metal curly hanger.
I love that these “stockings” are not only different but that the bins can be used long after Christmas. I love a thrifty Christmas!
You know my friend Suenette, who decorates over-the-top for Halloween? Well, her Christmas décor is just as pretty and worthy of its own post here on ConfettiStyle so sit back and enjoy in the merriment!
This picture does not do their main Christmas tree justice. It is decorated with hundreds of vintage and Christopher Radko ornaments AND it spins! It is so magical and beautiful!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around my parts!
I’m loving my colorful Christmas Tree. All of the ornaments are handmade (swirled paint inside clear glass ornaments)!
I decided to use solid color wrapping paper for my gifts and use contrasting colored ribbons and a cluster of small ornaments and jingle bells as embellishments. Each family member has their own color of wrapping paper so no gift tags are needed.
I created a framed chalkboard to hang on one wall near the tree.
I couldn’t resist these faux fur wine bags from Restoration Hardware and decided to use them as stockings for the hubby and I.
My sheet music wreath hangs on a mirror in the dining room.
A festive bow and greenery hangs on a half wall.
I add a little cheer to a brass birdcage that sits on top of an armoire.
I decided to keep a colorful theme with my dining table decor. The striped velvet runner I purchased from Crate and Barrel several years ago. The silver chargers are from Target.
I painted small metal trays I found at a flea market in chalkboard paint and added a festive message at place setting.
I placed a handmade ornament at in a glass and added a gift tag that I made using Scotch Expressions Tape. Love this stuff!
My metal cones a filled with ornaments and hang from near the stair rail.
I decided to add a little Christmas decor to the bedroom as well by hanging a wreath on the headboard. I also changed out my yellow and grey pillows for red and hunter green one for Christmas.
A mini tree sits in a mercury glass bowl on the nightstand.
And, my dress form even got in on the Christmas mix!