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Handmade Christmas Gifts for Kids to Make

DIY snow globe with vintage feel

While I was getting crafty and decorating glass globe ornaments, one of my little ones asked if she could help. Because the glass ornaments were too fragile (one had already broke – should have picked up the plastic globe ornaments in retrospect!) and I sadly declined her offer. It made me think of holiday crafts that would be great for the little ones and would make fabulous gifts as well. I’m sharing five of my fave handmade Christmas gifts for kids  at Wayfair!

DIY clay ornaments for the holidaysDIY felt pinecones #holiday #craftI’d love to hear your ideas and what holidays crafts you’ve done with your kids!

Need to get in the holiday spirit? Be sure to drop by Simplified Bee’s Christmas board on Pinterest for 250+ inspiring festive ideas!

Happy crafting and happy holidays!


*image sources from top to bottom: It All Started with PaintMinted and Molly Makes

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Read full story By on December 19, 2013 in baby and children, Christmas, DIY, Entertaining, Holiday, Tips/Tricks, Wayfair

Holiday Gift Guide for Men

With less than two weeks until Christmas (yikes!), I still have a couple people on my list to shop for – namely my Dad and my husband. Because the men in my life are all very practical, it can be a challenge to shop for them. This year I aiming for timeless, high-quality gifts. Here are a few fab gifts for the guys that caught my eye and thought I’d share with you too!

holiday gift guide for the gentlemen // www.simplifiiedbee.com

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7

Happy shopping!!!


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Read full story By on December 12, 2013 in Christmas, gift guide, Holiday

Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

It was a crafty weekend! Using clear glass globe ornaments picked up at Michaels, I created five festive Christmas tree ornaments. This craft isn’t messy, doesn’t take a lot of time and is super easy to do. If you wanted your kids to do this project, I would recommend using the plastic clear globes.

DIY gold+glitter glass ornaments - simplified beediy gold glitter and glass ornaments - Simplified Bee

For the trio above, gold was the theme. I filled the first with gold glitter (I’ve heard using floor was helps the glitter stick inside, but I didn’t use any here). For the second ornament, I drew tiny dots with a gold metallic Sharpie oil based pen. The gold glitter polka dots (found at Michaels) on the third one were simply stickers!

DIY globe ornaments with feathers and pine cones - simplified bee

Departing from the metallic gold and glitter, these ornaments above were filled with white feathers and tiny flocked pine cones. Super simple.

All of the supplies you can find at Michaels or another craft store. And I’m telling you, these are easy DIY Christmas ornaments… If I can do it, you can do it!

Happy holidays,




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Read full story By on December 9, 2013 in Christmas, DIY, Entertaining, Holiday, Tips/Tricks

The Gifter :: Outgift the Party

As we head full steam into the holiday season, along with it comes all those parties. Whether it be your office party, neighbor’s holiday open house or intimate dinner with family and friends, it’s bad form to arrive empty handed. Bringing a thoughtful gift for the host or hostess is always appreciated, but what’s appropriate to give? This week, the folks at HomeGoods and POPSUGAR are having #TheGifter crew uncover the best gifts at amazing prices, perfect to “Outgift the Party.” Here are just some of the many ever changing gift ideas I discovered at my local HomeGoods this week… be sure to follow Simplified Bee on Instagram #TheGifter to see them all!

crystal highball glasses - hostess gifts #thegifter

These exquisite crystal highball glasses by a high-end designer are perfect for your bff’s holiday bash or the newlywed’s dinner. The set of four is an absolute steal at $29.99 at HomeGoods compared to $60 at department stores. I’ll drink to that!

gourmet balsamic vinegar - hostess gift #thegifter

Food and wine is always a welcome gift for holiday dinner parties. This gourmet vinegar is a great, unexpected present for the hostess that loves to cook. The packaging is so fabulous, I wouldn’t even wrap it… simply add a gift tag, red bow and you are ready to go!

swedish holiday coasters - hostess gifts #thegifter

These Swedish drink coasters with tree cut-out would be a lovely, practical gift for just about any host or hostess.  The beautiful Alder grain makes each coaster unique.

celebration party crackers - hostess gift #thegifter

For the office party these British celebration crackers with little surprise trinkets inside gets my vote!

What’s your favorite gift to bring to a Christmas party? Be sure to tweet the images of the hostess gifts you discover with #TheGifter and you just may win a TJX $500 gift card!

Happy shopping,


*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TJX through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write this post about TJX #TheGifter, all opinions are my own.

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Read full story By on December 1, 2013 in Christmas, discounts, Entertaining, Holiday, home accessories, HomeGoods, Parties