5 Gift Ideas for Writers You can Still Get in Time for Christmas

There are only a few more shopping days until Christmas! If you still need a gift for the literary lover in your life, here are five things a writer would love to receive.

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    1. A subscription to Writer’s Digest or Poets and Writers Magazine
      I love keeping up with writer’s magazines and these are two of my favorites, but I sometimes let the subscription lapse. Make sure the writer in your life is getting monthly inspiration in their mailbox with a gift subscription.
    2. A bathrobe and slippers
      Writers have the luxury of being able to work in their pajamas. Keep your writer cozy with a new “work uniform” so if he chooses to work without pants, he’ll have something nice to cover himself up.Image
    3. A mug stuffed with coffee or tea
      It is a well-known fact that writers fuel up on caffeine. Find a fun mug and fill it with your writer’s drink of choice to keep her going.
    4. Yoga Classes
      Sitting at a laptop for long periods of time isn’t healthy and can cause all sorts of back issues. Yoga can help relieve your writer friend’s aching back, help her to stretch and clear her mind with a gift certificate for some yoga classes
    5. A blank journal and a pen
      I don’t know a writer who doesn’t love a brand new notebook or a nice pen. A blank journal gives a writer a fresh start and a world of possibilities.

Writers, what’s on your wish list this year?

Last Minute Ideas for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for an idea to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s not too late to do something sweet for your Valentine!

Married people should still date each other:) Date night jar made with color coded popsicle sticks. Red=$$$ and planning required Pink=minimal $ and spontaneous White=Stay at home date Cute ideas included!!!!! This is one of the best "date jars" I have seen

Date Jar idea posted by Life in a Green House

I found this Date Jar idea on Pinterest a few months ago and have been secretly plotting do my own version of this ever since.

You can see the original post Here. In this idea, the pinner was looking for a solution for when she and her husband couldn’t decide what they want to do and neither of them want to make the decision.

The popsicle sticks are color coded to signify different types of dates. I did something very similar, only I cheated by buying colored popsicle sticks at the craft store, rather than taking the time to spray paint them different colors.

I used Green for expensive dates and dates that require planning, Red for less expensive dates, Blue for cheap dates, and yellow for free or at-home dates.

If you don’t have time to put a date jar together, scroll down and see if you get a date idea from any that I used for our date jar!

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Colored popsicle sticks I found at a craft store.

$$$ – Green

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Dinner at a Fancy Restaurant
  • Overnight Getaway at a Hotel
  • Couples Massage
  • Night at the Theater

$$ – Red

  • Dinner (his choice) and a Movie (her choice) – and vice versa
  • Dessert Date at a Fancy Restaurant
  • Go to a Concert
  • Cooking Class
  • Go to a Comedy Show

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    Date Jar. I added a bow as a finishing touch

  • Dinner Cruise

$ – Blue

  • Go out for Brunch
  • Pottery Painting
  • Go to the Zoo or Aquarium
  • Coffee Date
  • Go to a Book/Poetry Reading
  • Drive-in Movie
  • Visit a Museum or Art Gallery
  • Go out for Ice Cream
  • Wine/Brewery Tasting

Free/At Home – Yellow

  • Picnic Lunch
  • Breakfast In Bed
  • Puzzle and Pizza Night
  • Mexican Night with Margaritas
  • Fondue Night
  • Spa Night: Bubble Bath and Massages
  • Watch the Sunset
  • Go to the Park or Beach
  • Go for a Bike Ride/Walk
  • Volunteer
  • Cook a New Recipe Together
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Go Sledding/Ice Skating

My husband loved the date jar and we can’t wait to go on some of these dates! For more date ideas, and all things relationships, visit my Husband and Wife Board on Pinterest. Have fun and enjoy this Valentine’s Day!

Getting Ready for the Gift Giving Season

It’s December, and although it feels more like Spring outside, Christmas is just a few weeks away. I love this time of year – the first snow, the lights, and of course the food. But it can be difficult not to get disenchanted by the commercialism, and the overwhelming task of gift shopping.

I’ve always wanted to be a good gift giver, you know, that person who always gives thoughtful or meaningful gifts. I always seem to be that last minute shopper, unable to come up with unique ideas and purchasing gift cards at the last minute (don’t get me wrong, gift cards make great gifts – especially for teens and tweens who can be so hard to shop for!)

I’ve realized that the secret to being a good gift-giver isn’t about buying expensive gifts. Good gifts don’t have to break the budget (or require batteries/contracts/monthly payments) to be appreciated.

Get Creative. I don’t consider myself a crafty person. I’m usually the one oogling over DIY gifts and crafts on Pinterest that look like great ideas, yet I never seem to get around to them. But there are simple ways you can give handmade gifts for the holidays. Think themed gift baskets with items like coffee, chocolate, wine, cooking items…the options are endless.

Give Ornaments. I think Christmas tree ornaments make great gifts. They can be meaningful and be used year after year. Photo ornaments make memorable gifts. Clear, glass ornaments from your local craft store can be used in a variety of ways to create a unique and thoughtful gift.

Give an Activity. Things you can do together make great gifts. Give the gift of a pedicure with your mom, or sister. Take a cooking class with your spouse. Get tickets for a show at the local theater for a fun night out with a friend.

Give a Helping Hand. Offer a service you can do yourself. Babysit so your friends who are first-time parents can enjoy a night out. Do yard work (or shovel snow!) for an elderly relative or neighbor.

Shop Small. Look to locally owned business for help with your holiday shopping list. Check out craft stores, antique shops or woodworking shops. Or give the gift of a service from a local small business: a visit to a local salon for a hair cut, manicure, or massage, or dinner for two at a non-chain restaurant.

What unique gift-giving ideas do you have? Visit my Holiday and Gift Ideas boards on Pinterest for more suggestions! Good luck everyone!