If you’re December has already gotten as jam packed as mine, you probably won’t have the time to spare for making and shipping your own sweets for Christmas gifts as perfect as they may be for long distance family and friends. Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of extra time to console each other on our chaotic schedules by skipping the kitchen and heading to the good ole’ world wide web for eight of the cutest mail order sweets out there.
Of course, we all know it’s all in the details when it comes to gifts and packaging and these select favorites of mine fit the bill for that too, not just the sweet tooth. Don’t forget though, most require you to order by December 13th to meet the Christmas deadline so jump on it now! Also, if you’re a U.S. resident and Instagram user, you can keep an eye out for a chance to win a gift certificate to The Cravory today! Follow my Insta account for details!
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Hopefully you all had a lovely Thanksgiving week and survived the Black Friday madness! In case Black Friday mass dangers didn’t appeal to you, I’m happy to announce that we’ve officially kicked off our second annual 24 Merry Days giveaway series for this holiday season! For those of you that haven’t heard of 24 Merry Days, prepare to do your happy dance..
Everyday in December leading up to Christmas you can visit one of 24 blogs to enter a giveaway for some pretty rad things from some of your favorite places like Anthropologie, Swedish Hasbeens, Public Bikes and more. You can visit the 24 Merry Days website which will reveal each blogger and prize everyday of the month. The first prize is on House of Earnest today!
Now, let’s see who can guess which prize belongs to which box..
I decided that I’d continue letting my love-of-gift-wrap-flag fly high after this DIY post by teaming up with Oh No Rachio to bring you this DIY printable accordion gift tag. Isn’t it seriously the cutest?!
I’ve been dreaming up this accordion idea for the holidays for a while and Rachel totally nailed it. It’s double-sided and reads Dear, please be merry and bright with a dear and from section on the back! They fit perfectly in standard mini envelopes or you can hole punch them to tie onto your gifts. Am I rambling like a car salesman? Sorry, I’m just super giddy over these.
- Printer for printable gift tags (each print makes two double sided gift tags)
- Paper scoring board or just a flat edge for folding creases
To make the gift tags, print out each page of the PDF making the printout double sided. If you have the auto two-side feature on your printer, all you have to do is print the PDF and select that option and it will automatically print to form making two double sided gift tags.
If you don’t have the automatic two sided printer feature, you can just print out the first page of the PDF download and then flip the paper over to print out the second page for the backside of the tags.
Cut out each tag, and then use scoring board to make creases at each division line on the color blocked printable.
Now you can fold the paper accordion style then fill out the “dear and from” section and you’re all set. You can either put it in a mini envelope or hole punch to tie onto your gift!
design by Rachel of Oh No Rachio! for Sugar & Cloth
Sometimes I have lightbulb DIY moments and other times I just have to give a round of applause to some other DIY geniuses, like I did with this leather dresser pull idea that I got from Improvised Life. Let’s be real, is this not the perfect $10 Ikea hack solution to make inexpensive furniture perfectly impressive for holiday guests? I think so! Add a few extra tidbits like cookies (these are from The Cravory), your favorite candle, and a few refreshments and they should be set.
To make this version of pulls, I just folded two inch wide strips of leather from the craft store and nailed two gold nails to top portion of the drawers.
In case you don’t have the space for guests to have their own dresser, you can always opt for this stand alone floor length mirror with room for guests to hang their clothes on the back. I like to keep pretty patterns on mine for everyday, but if you’re into sharing, you can give them a rack and a few clothes hangers for their own.
Another cute idea for making guests feel welcome is by leaving a polaroid mini camera for them to snap their favorite memories!