- Sep 1, 2019
- 2 min read
I'm pretty sure the legendary Ice Cube once said something like, 'giftin' ain't easy, but it's necessary." Yeah, pretty sure that's it, wink! The art of gifting isn't rocket science, but it does take a lot of thought and creativity to turn everyday, ordinary gifts to something special. Check out four easy ways we used to take this s'mores gift basket from drab to fab!
Use personalization to make the gift a one-of-a-kind treat made just for the recipient. Good examples are zip codes or addresses for housewarming gifts, baby names for shower gifts, or monograms for wedding gifts. For this s'mores basket meant as a housewarming gift, I used the zip code for the new home's location.
#2 Upgrade Packaging
Switch items out of commercial packing and put them in fun containers, for example, store marshmallows in mason jars, wrap graham crackers in a kitchen towel tied with ribbon, and place dog treats in fabric bags. The Ball canning jar was ~$2 and the Threshold kitchen towel was $3 - both from Target. The fabric bag was purchased from the Container store and I used my Cricut to add a custom-designed iron-on.
#3 Tie it Together
Using a bit of ribbon on individual items ties them together in a theme and helps your gift look more consistent in color and feel. I used a grey ribbon on the chocolate bar and marshmallows to add a bit of flair and tie the items together aesthetically.
#4 Details are Everything
Once everything is in place, add ribbon and gift tags that match the theme to finish the look. I used light, airy tulle and a custom-designed gift tag to say 'Home Sweet Home.'
So, there you go! Four easy and inexpensive ways to take your gifting to the next level. Enjoy!
- Aug 15, 2019
- 2 min read
Is there anything better than fresh flowers?! I personally think they are one of the best gifts you can give, and they are certainly nice to have around the house to enjoy. The downside is that fresh flower arrangements can be expensive.
While doing your weekly grocery shopping, you've probably glanced over at the floral department and thought, 'I don't even know where to begin!' If you have $25 to spend and a few minutes to watch a video, I'm about to change how you feel about grocery store flowers.
Have a look at this short, 3-minute video to see how to make this beautiful arrangement, and enjoy a few tips below.
What was included in the featured arrangement:
One pack of fern fronds (on clearance for $1.50)
Two packs of assorted greenery (on clearance for 50 cents each!)
One pack of white europoms ($6)
One pack of white alstroemeria ($4)
One assorted bouquet with white roses, pink spray roses, dark pink alstroemeria ($8)
Clear vase ($4)
Total spend: $24.50 + tax
Tips for Buying Grocery Store Flowers
Always check the clearance section in the floral department. You can often find excellent deals for under $5. Be sure to inspect the flowers carefully to make sure they still have life left in them.
Timing is everything - check with the flower department manager to see what day(s) they get new shipments in for the freshest selection. This is likely the same day they markdown flowers as well, which means first dibs on the clearance section!
Don't skip the food packets - if not already included with the flowers, flower food packets are typically available in the floral department and they make a huge difference in the life of your flowers.
Monochromatic arrangements tend to look more expensive, so stick with the same color family, or simple white with lush greenery, for a richer look.
Think outside the box on containers - most grocery stores carry inexpensive vases for $3-7, but you can also check the glassware section for non-traditional containers.
Keep Your Flowers Fresher, Longer
Water is key - as soon as you get your flowers home, be sure to put them in water until you are ready to arrange them.
Trim off excess leaves and trim stem ends - leaves below the water line will promote bacteria and cut the life of your flowers short.
Use flower food packets and change water daily - dump out water each day and add fresh water with a food packet dissolved in it.
Be cool - if gifting flowers, be sure to store them in the fridge until they are ready to be gifted.