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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!

Cristin

*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

The Gifter :: Last Minute Gift Ideas

Still have some people on your list to shop for? With only a few shopping days left until Christmas, it’s crunch time and can get downright stressful to find the perfect gift for those remaining on your list. But don’t you worry, #TheGifter is here to help! For our final mission, I’ve been asked to uncover fabulous last minute gift ideas.

When selecting gifts at the last minute, I still focus in on items that I’d purchase for myself and are of high quality, style-savvy and budget friendly. Difficult task? Not at my local HomeGoods where there’s endless variety of  high quality products at prices up to 60% less than specialty stores. With new items arriving daily, I spotted some AMAZING crunch time gift ideas for home decor lovers – sharing a few here and on Instagram!

blue & white ginger jars #thegifter

Chinoiserie ginger jars are beautiful home decor accessories and can set you back hundreds of dollars. This classic blue and white jar by a brand name designer has a luxe look without the price-tag. It makes my list for a great last minute gift for mom, your sister-in-law, or best friend.

faux croc tray in white - simplified bee

Animal patterns are all the rage in home decor, so I was drawn to this faux croc skin tray (that’s priced low enough to satisfy last week’s mission!). Fill it with homemade cookies and it makes a great last minute gift for the teachers, neighbors and co-workers on your list!

ornate round mirror from India

This ornate mirror made in India is so stunning and affordable (at $99.99 originally $200!), I had to include it as a last minute gift. It’s no stocking stuffer, but wouldn’t it make a fun surprise gift Christmas morning?

white porcelain pineapple - simplified bee

A symbol of hospitality, this chic porcelain pineapple (a super hot decor accessory!) makes a great last minute gift for the newlyweds, entertainer or home decor lover on your list.

red & white baseball storage bin #baseball

This adorable designer baseball bin is a win-win gift! Little boys will be over-the-moon because it’s so cool and parents will love it because it will help organize all those toys! Best yet, it’s half the price of a similar one I saw at a boutique.

I’d love to see your last-minute gift ideas you uncover at your nearest HomeGoods or TJX store! Simply tweet a picture of the item(s) you discover using #TheGifter and you just might win this week’s TJX $500 gift card! Wouldn’t that go a long way at HomeGoods!

Happy shopping,

Cristin

*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 18, 2013 in baby and children, Christmas, Holiday, home accessories, home organization, HomeGoods, mirrors

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!!!

Cristin

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

The Gifter :: Gifts Under $20

Tis the season of giving, but with a growing list of gift-recipients it can be really tough on your wallet. This week’s mission for #TheGifter is to uncover fabulous, thoughtful gifts under $20. It may seem like a hard task, but when shopping at HomeGoods it’s quite easy. With an huge array of  high quality products, new items arriving daily and prices up to 60% less than department stores, I spotted some amazing gift ideas at my local HomeGoods store – sharing a few here and on Instagram!

red espresso 3 cup - gift idea

Yep, this top-quality brand name espresso coffee maker in festive red was found at HomeGoods for under $20. In fact, it was less than $10! Makes a perfect gift for the coffee lovers on your list.

drink pitcher - great gift for under $20

This simple, yet elegant handcrafted drink pitcher made in Portugal was also spotted at HomeGoods for under $20. It’s a great gift for the entertainer, cook or newlywed on your list.

bottle brush fox ornament - christmas tree

Fox decor is really hot this holiday season.  So when I uncovered a pair of bottle brush fox ornaments for the Christmas tree well under $20, I grabbed them for myself. They too would make a fabulous gift for co-workers, teachers and friends.

gold + silver decorative storage boxes

The organizer in me was drawn to these chic silver and gold decorative storage boxes – HomeGoods was selling all three for under $20. Fill them with homemade holiday cookies, add a bow and you have a beautiful (affordable) gift that anyone would welcome.

Now it’s your turn to uncover fabulous gifts for under $20! While shopping HomeGoods or other TJX stores, tweet a picture of the items you discover using #TheGifter and you’ll be entered to win a TJX $500 gift card! There is a new winner every week – I’d be over-the-moon if it was a Simplified Bee reader!!!

Happy shopping,

Cristin

*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 10, 2013 in Christmas, discounts, Entertaining, gift guide