25 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

25 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Him

If the men in your life are anything like mine then it can be hard to buy them gifts that are just right. They don’t tend to need much and they seem make a habit of buying their own goodies when they want them. Well check out the list below for some great Valentine’s Day gift ideas he’ll truly enjoy that show you love and appreciate him!

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Hilarious Gift Ideas for Co-Workers & Office Parties

Our annual office holiday party is always a riot and we all enjoy participating in a “Dirty Santa” gift exchange where everyone brings a wrapped gift (usually a max of $20), we draw numbers to see who gets to pick first and the next people in line can either “steal” an already opened gift (up to twice per gift or it might never end) or choose another wrapped gift. It’s hilarious when everyone wants to steal the same gift and super fun to see what everyone brings. Sometimes it’s pretty obvious when people are re-gifting something they’d really like to get rid of and there are always the usual gift cards and alchohol gift sets, but the best ones are the funny but useful gifts that everyone wants to fight over so I pulled together this list of my favorite amusing gift ideas for co-workers and office parties.

I Survived Another Meeting That Should Have Been An Email Coffee Mug Knock Knock Make a Decision Pad
Executive Mini-Sandbox – Beach Break Over 30 Different Mood and Practical Flip-Over Messages – includes Erasable Pen and blank boards to write your own
FUN Emoji Face Squeeze Balls- 12 ~ 3” Stress Relax Emotional Toy Balls The Butt Office Supply Station Desk Accessory Holder
How to Poo At Work The Official BS Button
Stress Buster Desktop Punching Ball Adult Coloring Book Maybe Swearing Will Help w/ Sargent Art Colored Pencils, Set of 50

 

The Ultimate Wine Lovers Gift Guide

What kind of gift do you get for that friend or loved one who already has everything? Well if you have any wine lovers on your gift list then that makes it easy to find the perfect gift they’re sure to enjoy. There are so many wine themed gifts to choose from – everything from this hilarious glass that holds a whole bottle of wine to the practical plant watering spikes that used recycled wine bottles.

4 Plant Water Spikes For Plants and Flowers – Recycled Wine Bottle Watering System Unisex Christmas Cotton Socks If You Can Read This Bring Me A Wine
Wine-Opoly Monopoly Board Game Wine Tumblers, 10-Ounce, Set of 2, Merlot and Pink
Aerating Wine Pourer Crystal Decanter Spout Ready to Stumble Funny Wine Glass 13 oz
Wine Coloring Book For Adults Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass
Wine Stakes Set, Wine Sticks Holds Bottle and 2 Glasses Preventing Them from Spilling or Breaking CounterArt Chalkboard Wine Glass Cutting Board, 15 x 12 Inches

DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Balm

DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Balm

If you are new to making lip balm, the first thing you should know is that it really isn’t as hard as you may think! It also isn’t time consuming either and one great perk is you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself. If you have a good, natural base, then once you’ve made your own lip balm a few times, you will feel confident in changing the flavors and ingredients for them with no problem. This recipe has a good base which comes out nice and smooth and then with the addition of a great spearmint essential oil and vanilla extract you’ll have a perfect flavor combination.

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Gift Ideas for Your Special Bacon Lover

Gift Ideas for Your Special Bacon Lover

Bacon. It’s more than a food. It’s a way of life for many, including myself! If you have a bacon lover to buy for this holiday, we have compiled some great gift ideas for you!

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DIY Wintergreen & Eucalyptus Bath Salts for Sinus Relief

DIY Wintergreen & Eucalyptus Bath Salts for Sinus Relief

These all natural bath salts will bring some serious relief to you and your children if you are suffering from sinus or seasonal allergy issues. They are simple to make and contain easy to find ingredients that you can feel good about using! The wintergreen and eucalyptus oils will help any body aches, especially with a good, long soak in the tub, plus they’ll help you feel invigorated, in addition to the sinus relief.

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Make Your Own Chocolate Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Make Your Own Chocolate Hearts for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up shortly and I absolutely love to make gifts for my friends and loved ones for the holiday. These Chocolate Valentine Hearts are perfect because they’re so easy to make, they’re delicious and the presentation is wonderful. I’m planning to place them in decorative cupcake wrappers inside treat boxes as gifts for co-workers this year.

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Make Your Own Color Burning Pine Cones for the Fireplace

Color Burning Pine Cones for the Fireplace

When I was a kid we had these pine cones that would change the color of the flames in the fireplace when you added one to the fire. I always thought it was the coolest thing to see the flames turn blue or green. Well you can get these color burning pine cones at Amazon for around $30 or you can make  your own at home for a lot less!

These festive pine cones can add a rainbow of colors to  your fire for a romantic evening or to entertain guests or the kids, they are wonderful for the holidays and they make great gifts! When making your own you can choose the color – yellow, green, blue-green, white or red – or you can mix it up and use some of each color in your flames or gift baskets.

The kids and I went for a walk and collected our own pine cones so we cleaned them up a bit then I baked them at 200 degrees for about an hour to open them up and take care of any bugs that might be on them.  Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil before baking and allow the pine cones to  cool completely before the next steps. Of course if you bought your pine cones from the craft store you can skip baking them.

Make Your Own Color Burning Pine Cones for the Fireplace
 
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Ingredients
  • One cup of one of the following depending on the color flame you prefer:
  • Yellow – Table Salt
  • Yellow-Green – Borax
  • White – Epsom Salts
  • Green – Boric Acid
  • Red – Strontium Chloride (found with aquarium supplies in pet stores)
Instructions
  1. Pour ½ gallon of hot water into a bucket.
  2. Add 1 cup of the flame colorant of your choice and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add prepared pine cones to the mix. Be sure to add only as many as can be completely covered by the solution. Soak for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Remove the pine cones and arrange on newspapers until they dry completely. Typically takes 3 to 4 days.
  5. Now your pine cones are ready to burn! Simply add them (one at a time) to your fireplace and watch the colors appear.

While these color burning pine cones are easy to make and fun to use, there are a few precautions you should take:

  • Burn only one color at a time.
  • Make as many different colors as you’d like, but don’t mix the colors when making your batches.
  • Don’t burn your color changing pine cones in BBQ grills or when cooking food.
  • Keep flame colorants out of reach of children and pets.

11 Ways to Save on Christmas Gift Shopping

11 Ways to Save on Christmas

1) Use Apps

There are many smartphone apps that can help you save money on not only things you buy everyday but toys, games, and clothes. For instance Target’s Cartwheel app, as well as Michaels, Hobby Lobby and many more apps often contain percentage off and other coupons.

2) Use Coupons

As we get closer to the holidays you will notice an influx of coupons on hot toys of the season in grocery coupon inserts as well as printable online coupons. Companies like Mattel, Milton Bradley, and a few others will put out coupons that when combined with sales make for amazing deals!

3) Shop Sales

This may seem like a no brainer but really, when you see an item that is on your list at a great price, go ahead and grab it. Saving $2 or $3 dollars later on is probably not worth the running around, long lines, and gas money.

4) Start a Gift Closet

While it may be a little late for this year, you can start right after Christmas building a gift closet for next year. While tastes change, and your kids may not demand the hottest Star Wars toys next year there are plenty of simple items like clothing, stocking stuffers, cologne, and beauty products that you can pick up at a heavily discounted price after Christmas. Designate a large tub in your closet or somewhere else convenient and fill it with gifts throughout the year as you find amazing deals. We use ours for unexpected birthdays, hostess gifts, and of course I am always stocking up for kids Christmas and birthdays.

5) Price Match

So many stores have begun to price match against other stores paper or online ads that there is no reason to pay more or run around to 3 or 4 places to get a great deal. Most places will also match Amazon’s listed prices so look them up on your smartphone while shopping.

6) Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Purchase discounted giftcards at GiftCardRescue.com and Giftcards.com for anywhere from 5%-30% off the value. Use a $100 card that you purchased for $80 in conjunction with sales and coupons – you won’t believe how much you save.

7) Minimize Your Shopping

Get with friends and relatives at the start of the holidays and agree in advance to only buy for the kids or opt to draw names so you are only buying for one person or couple in the family instead of every third cousin and great uncle.

8) Re-Gift

Not last years fruit cake of course… But if you receive gifts that just don’t fit you or your lifestyle there is no harm in re-gifting. Just be selective with who you regift to, make sure that the original giver and the new recipient do not run in the same circles. Your pet sitter who keeps her nails meticulous might love the nail dryer Aunt Helen gave you.

9) Seach For Codes

I never buy anything online or head out to the stores without first checking RetailMeNot.com for discount codes. You can find everything from restaurants to photo developing on there and you can save a ton overall.

10) Research Online

Search sites like PriceGrabber.com for the best deals. Scope out reviews also – cheaper does not mean you will save more money in the long run and more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean the item will last longer.

11) Budget in Advance

Set a budget up front and stick to it. Oftentimes the thing that costs us the most is mindless spending with no aim in mind, and not knowing what you have spent until you pull the tangle of receipts from your purse at the end of the day. Have a list and do your best to stick to it at all costs.

Make Your Own Root Beer Sugar Scrub

Root Beer Sugar Scrub

There is nothing better than the feel of your skin after using a good body scrub and this Root Beer Sugar Scrub smells delicious and is so fun and easy to make! This completely edible sugar scrub recipe would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for kids of all ages. Reminiscent of childhood days even the oldest member of your family can appreciate this easy DIY gift, while the edible nature makes it safe for even the youngest. This natural body scrub can have unscented soap added for a terrific MAN friendly hand scrub if you need a thoughtful gift for any men in your life. Leave your skin soft and smooth with this great sugar scrub recipe while carrying the scent of a favorite beverage.

Root Beer Sugar Scrub

Root Beer Sugar Scrub
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons Root Beer Concentrate
Instructions
  1. Add oil and concentrate to the sugar in your choice of container.
  2. Mix until all sugar is well coated.
  3. Store in a sealed jar.
  4. Enjoy.