Well, it’s been a great, long weekend but we’re back in the swing of things over here at Ties & Tutus. Are you? Today’s challenge is a simple one. I know we are all in vacation or relaxation mode, so don’t worry, we won’t ask too much of you just yet. This week’s challenge is to leave a note or special treat for your mail carrier. I have to admit, our mail lady came to the door to have me sign for a package last week and I felt horrible when she left because it was 110 degrees outside and she’s pounding the pavement with a sack of mail. I imagine it’s a thankless job, so I scribbled a little note and left it in our mailbox for her just to let her know I appreciate what she does. I have no idea what she thought when she read it, but sometimes it’s the little things that go a long way.
I’m not sure how it happened, but Father’s Day is next Sunday and that means we need to get serious about some amazing gifts. If your husband is anything like mine, he’s horrible to shop for. While I love celebrating him and making him feel special I get a tad bit stressed out trying to find the perfect gift for him. Well, this year I think I have it under control (let’s just hope he doesn’t read this post). Have you been to Paper Coterie yet? If not, run, do not walk there now (click here to go to their website). They have an amazing selection of custom cards, stationary and gifts, and the coilbound “All About My Dad” book has got to be the best Father’s Day gift out there. It’s similar to the Shutterfly books we’ve all seen before but it has space for your child to truly customize the book for his or her daddy. Daddy is sure to cherish this book for years to come and you, my friend, just hit a home run in the gift department.
What’s more meaningful than a DIY project? A Do-It-Together project! This unique and creative DIT book is perfect for documenting a child’s special relationship with Dad. Each book can be personalized with 19 photos and your own text. When the book arrives, plan a special activity time together to complete the book by capturing all the important details they love about Dad. It’s the perfect DIT project! Printed on premium, uncoated, 100% recycled fiber paper. Just add crayons!
* Note, we are in no way endorsed by Paper Coterie, we simply love their stuff!
This is my second Fun Find Friday dealing with gift wrap, so you probably think I’m obsessed with wrapping gifts, but really that’s not the case. In fact, I actually don’t truly enjoy wrapping, so I’m always looking for ways to make it more interesting and fun. My mother-in-law is the “master wrapper” so I have a lot to live up to. Here is my latest trick: create a pocket from the wrapping paper to tuck the card into. I can never find a cute way to attach cards to a package and I hate taping them, so this is the perfect little trick and it’s really SO simple. Here are some pictures to explain the process:
We’ve got a winner! According to random.org the winner of the Little Blue Bird $15 gift certificate is Jessica Klaus! Congratulations Jessica! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. As always, we want to thank each and every one of you who entered as well as Little Blue Bird for sponsoring this giveaway.
I was sitting at lunch talking to a friend about her son’s 3rd birthday party. We were going back and forth on ideas, themes, locations and so much more. Then I brought up that dreaded question all parents are asked when a child’s birthday is looming, “What can I get your son for his birthday?” The typical answer is, “Oh, I don’t know.” Thanks for the help, friend! Well, much to my surprise she had an answer for me! She said to donate the money we would normally spend on a gift to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Not sure what Alex’s Lemonade Stand is?Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.
Your child can too hold an Alex’s Lemonade Stand birthday party. All you have to do is register your child’s party online and notify your family and friends that in lieu of gifts, donations are being accepted in your child’s name. Click here to read all about it! Not only is this a great way of raising money for childhood cancer, it’s a great life lesson for our kiddos. In my eyes, it’s a win-win.
Today’s is a do-it-yourself gift bow. There’s something about springtime because as I look at the calendar it seems as though we have a birthday party every weekend from now until eternity. Now, I love me some parties- they give me an excuse to shop, so I’m not complaining! But I will say that I despise spending money on gift wrapping. It’s such a rip! You budget for a gift, but then you throw in the wrapping paper, bow, tissue paper, box and card and next thing you know you’ve spent an extra $10. Well, I’m here to help you with one of those things: the bow. I learned this trick around Christmas and used it for many of our gifts. I can’t tell you how many people commented on my little trick. I just knew I had to share it with you (please forgive my horrible pictures). Here are the steps:
1. Grab a scrap piece of wrapping paper (preferably a strip somewhere around 5″x8″) and a pair of scissors.
2. Fold the strip in half hamburger style (that’s the Kindergarten teacher coming out).
3. Cut 1/2″ slits starting at the “open” side of the paper, leaving about 1/2″ uncut near the fold.
4. Zoop (for lack of a better term, that’s what my mom called it) the paper with a pair of scissors until curled. Make sure the designed side of the wrapping paper is showing on the outside of the curl.
5. Fold the folded end up twice — does that make any sense?
7. Tape your bow on the gift.
I’m so excited because this topic was recommended by one of our loyal followers. We love to hear from you, so if you ever have an idea, thought or comment, be sure to let us know! Alright, now let’s get back to the topic at hand…regifting.
Let’s be honest here, I’m sure the vast majority of you readers out there have regifted something in the past. Yes, I’m talking about you. Am I right? Are you embarrassed now? I’ll go ahead and admit it, I’ve done it a time or two. It’s not because I’m cheap, lazy or because I’m in a jam. I’ve purposely, knowingly regifted a thing here or there. Reality is sometimes you’re given things that just aren’t “you” or that don’t serve a purpose for your way of living. It’s not because there’s anything wrong with a gift, sometimes it just seems better suited for someone else. You know what I’m getting at, right? As the regifter, that’s what we tell ourselves to make ourselves feel better.
Now, let’s flip the switch here and talk about being on the receiving end of a regifted item. Sure, sometimes we have no clue we’ve been the “victim” of a regift because it really is something we’d want, use, like and for that regifting is a great thing. But, and there is a big but, sometimes it’s blately obvious what is happening. My favorite regifting story is a wedding gift we received in the mail. It was an item from our registry, but inside the little Crate & Barrel box was a card…written to the person we received the gift from. That one made me laugh. It was something we really wanted and for that I say, ‘Yahtzee!’ We were all winners.
Have you heard any funny regifting stories? What do you think of regifting? Is it socially acceptable? Something to be ashamed of? Let’s hear it! Leave us a comment, we know this is a hot topic.
Until then, Ties & Tutus will try and CYA in the regifting department. Here are some regifting etiquette tips to remember:
- Remove the evidence – make sure all gift receipts, cards and previous wrapping have been removed from the packaging.
- Make sure the item is in like-new condition and in its original packaging.
- Only give the gift to a recipient in a different social circle than the person from whom the gift was originally received.
- Make sure the item is a good fit for the recipient.
If that special someone still needs a little hint at what you’d like for Valentine’s Day – it’s tomorrow in case they haven’t noticed – send them an email nudging them to head over to erincondren.com to purchase an ‘e’ gift card for a whopping 20% off. I guess those procrastinators win after all, huh? If you’re not feeling the love from someone else, give yourself a little V-Day present and purchase any denomination with the discount and get yourself something fancy. Hurry because the offer is good for one day only! Here are all of the details: