It’s not too late!  You’ve still got time to find last minute fabulous gifts for the ladies still on your list.  Last week I went to one of my favorite local boutiques {Barefoot Contessa} to finish my Christmas shopping and maybe pick up a couple things for myself too.  It’s just all too hard to resist.

For the gardener…

Paperwhites {$18}.  These beauties have been made by Barefoot Contessa boutique owner herself.  She has sourced beautiful vintage silverware and teacups and filled them with forced bulbs.  A pretty little plant with white flowers  will grow over the winter.  Then this Spring they can be transferred into a bigger pot for outside.

For the tea lover…

As a tea lover myself, this is the type of gift I love to give.  The perfect thing for winter nights.
Gold Lip teacup & saucer $29.90
Honey dipper $7.95
Teapot teabag dish $3.95
Teatime pastel napkins $6
Peppermint tea $3.95

For the hostess…

Are you the one bringing the desert to your Christmas soiree?  Why not bring your lovely hostess a gorgeous glittery cake server {$20.95} and spoons {$6.95 each}?  Available in gold and silver.
Sidebar: Panetone {Italian Christmas sweet bread} is one of the most delicious things ever!  Happy to give and receive it.

All these lovely things are available at Barefoot Contessa except the Panetone which I purchased at Home Sense.

#LocalLove

 

Christmas is now less than two weeks away!  If you’re looking for a fun way to share a little prezzie with your friends, neighbour, or even a unique hostess gift…why not DIY?  I love to customize little gifts for my friends.  They are simple, easy, and always loved.

Step 1:  Think of packaging.  I like the idea of putting all the goodies into a cute bottle or mason jar.

What you will need:
Gold Confetti, gift tags, glitter stickers, gold ribbon (all from the Dollar Store)
Sharpie metallic markers ( to write on the tag or even draw designs on the jar)
Mason jars are perfect or you can use a bottle (this one is left over from my juice cleanse)
Washi tape to seal your Christmas card

Step 2:

Add your confetti to the bottom of the jar for a more polished and festive look. Then, load it up with goodies you know your friend will love.

For this one I went with a little beverage and treat theme.  I filled the jar with tea, honey sticks, liqueur, chocolate, and peppermints.  This gift is a great accompaniment to your hand delivered Christmas cards too.

Step 3: Time for the finishing touches!

Write out your gift tag and attach, wrap a ribbon around the top of the jar and adorn it with beautiful details.  These glitter stickers are perfect for the jar lid top, on the Christmas card, or anywhere else you like it.

Step 4: Spread your {DIY} Holiday Cheer!

Your finished product will look something like this.  Since I had a whole drink theme going on, I tied on a couple of pretty paper straws to the outside of the jar.  I also love vintage or stamped spoons as another option.

Happy DIY-ing!

 

 

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