This Wordless® word search wrapping paper by Fabio Milito and Francesca Guidotti is genius! (They could learn a thing or two about ribbons and bows, though.) No need to stock different wrapping paper for different occasions – there are 20 messages on each sheet, from Valentine’s Day to Christmas to birthdays, to simply “You are the best.”
Available here (Europe) and here (US). See also their matching cards.
I made some personalized wrapping paper (awhile back) that you might like too.
Images: Fabio Milito
via Sara Strand and the Dieline (both excellent sources for package design)
Five budget friendly ideas for Dad:
1. The Keychain iPhone Charger ($35) from Photojojo
2. Subscription to MAKE magazine ($29.95) from MAKE
3. Man soaps – handmade, vegan soaps ($17) by Herbivore Botanicals
4. The Big Lebowski letterpress beer coasters ($12, set of 10) by Ruff House Art
5. Office Escape picnic box with 4 placesettings ($25) by Boxsal
(In case you missed it, see A Few Father’s Day Ideas, Part 1, here.)
A few gift ideas for Dad:
1. “Little America” backpack ($84.99) by Hershel Supply Co.
2. Stelton press coffee maker ($65.10 for white, red or black) from Finnish Design Shop
3. Computery tattoos ($6) by Copernicus Toys
4. iCade – the iPad Arcade Cabinet ($99.99) from Think Geek
5. Woven silk tie ($68) by Boden
6. Molecule building set ($79.95) by FERM Living, available at Fawn & Forest
(Except for the tattoos, I realize these are all a little pricey. I’ll post some more budget friendly ideas tomorrow.)
Party favors are my favorite part of the party planning process, and I admit that I am willing to spend a few more dollars on nicer favors—in part because my kids’ birthday parties are small, so I’m not buying favors for 20 kids. But also, I just like to give gifts.
I try to strike a balance between fun, useful, not too cheap, and not too expensive. A bonus is finding things sold as multiples like the mini card games above, which you can divide up among your guests (more bang for your buck!).
So these are some of my favorites:
1. Classic card games by eeBoo ($12.95 for five games)
2. Mini notebooks (several designs to choose from) by ecojot ($4.75)
3. Twisty Stix scented erasers by International Arrivals ($2.95)
4. Crayon rocks by Clementine Art ($5.99)
5. Metallic colored pencils (also comes in neon!) by eeBoo (~$8 – shop for the best price online)
6. Mix n Match sticker set by Peaceable Kingdom Press (~$10 – shop for best price online)
What are your favorite party favors?
This mini viewer craft by Véronique of Pichouline would make the sweetest, most charming little gift, so I think you should make one. Get the tutorial on the Bloesem Kids blog here.
This weekend, I chose reading over cleaning, which is something I should do more often. What do you do to restore your energy after a long week?
via Bloesem Kids
I love these new “Cut + Sew + Color” doll kits ($10) by Jennifer Vallez of Sophie & Lili and can think of many ways to use them:
- A rainy day craft
- A birthday party activity/favor
- A stocking stuffer
- A Girl Scout troop activity (see the design with the Girl Scout uniform)
- A special gift for two BFFs to make for each other
(I’m just getting started)
You can find these DIY kits in her shop, along with custom dolls (including dolls for boys), the cutest baby dolls, and a range of hair accessories, printable invitations, stickers and other goodies. (See also this list for shops that carry Sophie & Lili in the US and internationally.)
All images: Jennifer Vallez/Sophie & Lili
From the archives: an interview with Jennifer Vallez for Charlotte’s Fancy
Still searching for ideas for Mother’s Day? Here are five sweet little gifts that will bring a smile to her face:
1. Taped jars by Little Helsinki (how about filling them with new markers and pens?)
2. Stiffened felt boxes by How About Orange (to hold small treasures!)
3. Origami Kisses and Hugs garland by Leyla Torres
4. Wooden bead necklace (tutorial by Henry Happened, image by Milchschaum)
5. Succulent garden by Birdhouse
You might want to bookmark these for birthday gift ideas too.
Images by their respective owners
A few suggestions for treating the moms in your life to something special:
1. Lautta Necklace ($88) at Pigeon Toe
2. Weekend Knit Throw ($98) at Garnett Hill
3. Tahitian Gardenia soy candle ($22) at Pacifica
4. Happy Notes gold foiled notepads ($30 for 30 cards in one pad) by Tokketok
5. Improved Meyer Lemon tree ($22 – $40) at Four Winds Growers
6. Paris vs. New York: A Tally of Two Cities (from your local book store or online)
In the US, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th.
1. Double Dip Scented Markers ($11.95) by International Arrivals
2. Wooden Tea Party ($18) by Apple n Amos
3. Monster Doodle Activity Cards ($9.99) by Usborne
4. Sound and Light Flashlights with Nature Sounds ($14.98) at Hearthsong
5. Mini Tweets Bird Whistle ($9.98, set of three) at Hearthsong
6. Make Me a Story Magnetic Play Board ($13.95) by eeBoo
7. Fluorescent Coloring Pencil Set (plus matching sketchbook $14.95) by eeBoo
8. Peek Inside Sugar Egg ($14.98 each) at Hearthsong
9. School Time Sticker Fun Vinyl Playset ($9.99) by Peaceable Kingdom Press
images by their respective owners