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Creative Holiday Gifts

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography





As everyone starts to shop for holiday gifts, it seems to always be the same headache as you try to decide what you should get everyone. Over the years, I have gotten a little bored with the normal gifts I’ve given, so I found a few ways to get creative with presents:

1. Make Something

When I say this, I don’t mean you have to be artistic or crafty, because those two things do not describe me at all. Last year for Christmas, I gave my dad a very personal gift. In October I called, e-mailed, and reached out to people on Facebook who were family and friends of my Dad. I asked them to write me their favorite memory of my dad. I got about fifty responses, and amazing stories, so I compiled all of them. I gave them to my dad in a book, and he loved it! ‘

Memory Book Gift

Photo © Etsy

2. Find Something Original

You don’t have to be original to find something original. There are websites, such as, Etsy.com. These websites have a million gifts that you can by that can be personalized, personal, or an inside joke. This will make it easy to warm anyone’s heart, without you having to touch a glue gun!

Mousepad Gift

Photo © NeedleNookCreations

3. Plan Something Amazing

Now, this one is going to depend on who the gift is for. For my husband, last year, I planned an amazing 24 hours for the both of us which consisted of beer sampling, a Lakers vs. Spurs game, and massages at our 4 Star hotel. My dad, however, I planned a full day for him and his wife at a resort and spa! Whoever you’re planning for, just plan it based on what that person loves. They will love you for it, and they will get a day feeling your appreciation!

Resort Package Gift

Photo © NewsFlash

Whether you want to make something yourself, buy something, or plan an amazing day for the ones you love, just remember, it’s always the thought that counts. As cliché as it sounds, every gift comes from love, and that is all that matters.

What are some creative gift ideas that you can think of or have done before?

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Pinteresting DIY Gifts for the Holidays

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography





The holidays are well underway! I love buying gifts for everyone, but as college students, the holidays can be just as expensive as they are enjoyable. Thanks to this wonderful site called Pinterest, I have developed a list of great, easy, and cheap gifts that you can make yourself!  Be ready to get crafty!

1. Wine Bottle Crafts

If you are of age or know people who are, keep empty wine or alcohol bottles. Make a twine bottle: you would need is a glue gun, empty wine bottle, and twine from a local craft store. All you need to do is start with the end of the twine, use your glue gun to glue the end to the bottom of the bottle, and start wrapping the twine around the bottle. As you go, glue down the twine occasionally. Make sure you keep the twine tight and close together, so that you cannot see the bottle through the twine.  You can do this with ribbon too! There are a lot of possibilities with wine bottles.

DIY Twine Bottle Craft

Photo © It's Great To Be Home

2. Ornaments

You can also get super creative with ornaments. Find some plain ones and grab the glue and glitter. You can make a design on the ornament with the glue. While the glue is still wet, throw the glitter all over it and let it dry.  Make a bunch of these and you just made new decorations for a loved one’s tree! Get creative and incorporate something they love into the design!

DIY Glitter Ornament Craft

Photo © Vitamini

3. Baked Goods

Everyone loves baked goods. Check out the recipes on Pinterest for some awesome ideas! Plus, you can be that person that everyone envies for bringing the best food to the Christmas party.

Baked Holiday Christmas Cookies

Photo © wildolive

4. Scarves, Hats, and Blankets

Know how to crochet or knit? Use the skill to make an awesome scarf for everyone! Pinterest has some awesome tutorials for how-to’s that can help anyone from beginner to pro. It’s not just an easy gift, it’s a pretty fun hobby and very easy to learn.

DIY Handmade Knitted Winter Scarf

Photo © skymagenta

These are just a few examples of crafty gifts you can make and give, don’t be afraid to get creative and come up with your own! Be sure to like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter and let me know what you do for this holiday season. Take pictures and send steps! Best entry will be given the title of “Craftiest Gift Giver,” and will receive a secret prize! Let the crafting begin!

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5 Affordable Gift Ideas

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography





There is still time to shop for any gifts you might want to pick up for your friends and family this holiday season. If you’re on a budget this year, don’t worry – there are plenty of cool gifts to choose!

For The Tea Drinker

This yellow tea submarine is perfect not only for a Beatles fan, but also for those who crave tea. It is a fun and creative way to enjoy any cup of tea.

Yellow Tea Submarine Bag Holder

Photo © Gifts.com

For The Movie Lover

Have a friend who sees at least one or two movies a week? Get them this awesome ticket stub diary so they can remember which ones were thumbs up, and which ones were not so great.

Movie Ticket Stub Diary Collection

Photo © UncommonGoods.com

For The Wine Specialist

It’s not Monopoly, but Wine-opoly. Players “buy favorite wins, collect bunches of grapes, and trade them in for decanters.” Perfect for those Friday night dinner parties.

Wine-opoly Game Board

Photo © ToysRUs

For The Sports Buff

Choose their favorite NFL team to print on delicious chocolate m&ms. Perfect snack for when they are watching the game!

M&M NFL Customized Chocolate Candy

Photo © Mymms.com

For The Baker

Who doesn’t love owls? With these owl measuring cups, baking can be done in style and add a bit of pizzaz to the kitchen.

Cute Owl Measuring Cups for Baking

Photo © Boston Warehouse

For The Music Lover

The most influential pop albums from 1955 through 2003 are listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery; it’s a must-read for any music lover.

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die Book

Photo © Robert Dimery

For The Travel Enthusiast

This scratch off map has got to be the coolest map I’ve seen. This map can be scratched off for each place traveled! Gives a whole new meaning to wall art!

Scratch Off World Travel Map

Photo © Urban Outfitters

When it all comes down to it, no gift is a “bad” gift (unless it’s an ugly Christmas sweater), it’s all about the thought you put into it. Happy Holidays!

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Bio





Not going home for Thanksgiving? Not a problem. I’ve been through this several times over the years, so I’m going to share a few things I’ve done to make sure that my holiday was still great! Nothing can make you stop missing your family, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re not just sitting on the couch watching TV all day stuck at school!

Orange Thanksgiving Pumpkin Decoration

Photo © Mike Cohn

1. Invite Friends For Dinner

I did this a few years ago, and it turned out to be one of my favorite Thanksgiving’s! At this point in my life, I had NO idea how to cook a turkey so, I bought an already cooked turkey! Who cares where it comes from? I know that I didn’t have to have a turkey at all, but I wanted to keep with the tradition. It was delicious and my friends really appreciated it! We had so much fun sharing stories about past holidays with our crazy families, and we all enjoyed the time we got to spend together.

2. Volunteer

Last year, I decided to find a shelter that was serving dinner to the homeless! I figured, if I couldn’t be served turkey, then I’ll serve it to someone else! It was probably the most rewarding time I’ve ever spent. It really put into perspective the essence of THANKSgiving. Not only was I spending time with amazing people, I was doing my part for my new community. Sometimes all it takes is little reminders to turn your attitude around, and volunteering can definitely do that!

3. Find A Walk/Run

There are ALWAYS charity runs or walks going on Thanksgiving day, I promise. I’ve never done one before, but I’ve heard about them in every city I’ve lived in. This year will be my first, and yes, I am totally dressing up like a turkey. You get to meet people, have fun, exercise AND you can be silly like me and dress up! I can’t wait!


It’s always a bummer when you can go home to see your family for the holidays, but you can’t let that keep you in bed! Get out and celebrate the holiday for what it truly means. Be thankful for who you are, and where you are. Who knows, you could end up having the best Thanksgiving of your life!

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A Thanksgiving Thanks

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Thanksgiving is one of those special times that make you stop and think about all the things you’re grateful for…

Family by your side supporting you unconditionally, friends who make you laugh and keep you sane, a clean bill of health, yummy food on the table. Sometimes it’s the simplest of things. A great burrito at your favorite dive, a drive to town with the windows down, or a stupid, funny text from an old pal.

At BookRenter, we are thankful for lots of things, but most of all, we are thankful for you. It’s you, our wonderful customers who joined our mission to make education more affordable for all students, and made this journey possible.

Thank you for believing in us! We wish you and your families a warm and super-filling Thanksgiving.

Your Friends at BookRenter

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