5 Gift Ideas For The Girl With A Heart Of Gold And Wallet Of Coal

5 Gift Ideas For The Girl With A Heart Of Gold And Wallet Of Coal

Christmas presents don't have to be expensive to show you care.

I totally get it. Christmas is right around the corner and you are a broke college student with barely enough money for food this week, let alone Christmas presents for everyone on your list. If you’re like me, you get more excited about gift giving, then gift receiving during the holidays and spend lots of time trying to create the perfect present for all your friends and family. Lucky for you, I am pretty crafty myself and have complied a list of gift ideas that require almost no skill and limited funds!

1. Paint a Canvas

I know this sounds simple and basic but you would not believe how excited people get when they receive a handmade gift! If your craft skills are not A1 there are plenty of stencils online that you can print out and nobody has to know that you didn’t free hand it (;

If the person you are painting for is a big sports fan than their favorite team’s mascot is a great thing to paint (print that picture out online and get tracing!) for your spiritual friends, their favorite bible verse on a canvas is a great idea, and you can never go wrong with a well decorated monogram. The options are endless.

2. Fill a Coffee Mug or Basket

This is personally one of my favorites to do. If you are on a super tight budget you can buy a plain white mug from the dollar store, decorate it using different colored sharpies, then bake the mug in the oven and you’ve got a cute coffee mug to fill with nail polish, makeup, lotions, candy, socks, hair accessories, or any other trinkets you can find at the dollar store. For larger items, try using a basket or decorated box found at HomeGoods or Marshalls.

3. DIY Body Products

We would all love to have unlimited funds to be able to create a basket of Bath and Body Works products for every girl on our list, but in reality that is not going to happen. Instead, try searching Pinterest for recipes for DIY salt scrubs and bath bombs. There are endless amounts of different flavors and colors that require only a few ingredients from the grocery store. Here are the links for my personal favorites:

Bath bombs

Salt Scrub

Place your DIY goodies in a mason jar with a cute bow and you are good to go!

4. Coupon Books

Okay, so maybe I’m stretching it with this one, but when I was little and wanted to make Christmas presents for my parents I would create “Coupon Books” that were a big hit in my family and to this day my mom still might have some of them. All you need is paper and creative ideas- practically free! If anything, this is a comical gift and you never know when someone might try to redeem one. Here are some coupon ideas that are grander than what my 5 year old brain came up with the first time I made these.

  • 1 coupon for mowing the lawn
  • 1 coupon for a free ice cream cone
  • 1 coupon for doing all of the dishes
  • 1 coupon for cleaning the bathroom
  • 1 coupon for vacuuming the whole house
  • 1 coupon for a date night out
  • 1 coupon for a free hug
  • 1 coupon for cooking dinner

5. Mason Jar Sweet Treats

It’s the holiday season, lets eat! If you are a good baker, or can even manage making some killer boxed cookie mix, I guarantee people will not complain about a good sweet treat. Simply decorate a mason jar with a bow or sparkles and fill with your best dessert. Another idea is to give Mason Jars full of all of the ingredients for desserts like cookies, breads, cakes, and smores. Here are a few links for Mason Jar Dessert Recipes:




As cliché as it sounds, at the end of the day, it truly is the thought that counts. A sweet hand written note added to any gift is a great touch, and also remember it is all about how you wrap it! Cute bows, bags and pretty wrapping paper go a long way, and can make a less exciting gift look fabulous. Resist the urge to Black Friday shop and hit up a craft store!

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

As well as this article by a fellow creator…

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