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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19 Struggles Only Girls With The 'Looks Thin In Clothes But Not In A Bikini' Body Type Will Understand

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided one-pieces were cool again.

We grew up thinking the world was black and white. There's tall people and short people. There's old people and young people.

There's fat people and skinny people.

But as you get older, you realize there is a lot more in between those two ends of the spectrum than you ever thought possible. Especially when it comes to weight. And you do a lot more realizing if you're in an awkward position on that scale... Literally.

1. People always tell you to stop saying you are fat

Obviously, your friends SHOULD prevent you from talking negatively about yourself. And if you only saw you when you were fully dressed, you'd probably tell yourself to stop saying you're fat, too.

2. And are kind of surprised by your actual weight

You've definitely had friends who are shocked by the number on your scale because you can carry it pretty well when you are fully dressed.

3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish

Have you ever changed out of your super cute, flattering outfit and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought... Wow, am I lying to people?

4. But you know this is probably true for most people

When you're wearing clothes, typically the parts of a body that bring about insecurities (stomach, namely) are covered. No matter the body type, you realize most people are more comfortable in clothes than out of them.

5. Your confidence is often contingent on the month

November? Yep, won't need to be in shorts or a bikini for about 7-8 months. I am good to go.

February? I'll need to be in a bikini soon.. I could use some work.

6. You are thrilled by the one-piece bathing suit making a fashion come back

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided it was time to give one-pieces a try again. The stomachs of us in-between gals are appreciative.

7. Crop tops are 95% of the time not your top of choice

Yeah, okay, clothes are supposed to work for me and not against me.

8. You honestly don't understand jean sizes

I have fluctuated in weight a lot of my life, most recently losing 25lbs, and I still did not budge in jean sizes.

9. You wonder what other people think when they see you

Do other people see me as thin in clothing? Or fat in a bikini? What size am I perceived as?

10. Shopping is kind of a nightmare

Have you ever found about 27 items you liked, added the prices and thought, ah, it is going to be so tough to choose from all of these items? Only to go into the fitting room and realize only 2 of the items fit you well? Yep, me every single time I go to the store.

SEE ALSO: 7 Struggles Of Being The Girl Who Is "Not Skinny" But Also "Not Fat"

11. You're thankful that at least you've got boobs

You can kind of hide them in clothes, and then let them steal the show away from your tummy in a swimsuit.

12. You have a hard time setting weight-loss goals

You aren't really sure how overweight you are (if you are, at all) and you don't want to be at an unhealthy weight on either side of the spectrum.

13. Body positivity comes and goes

There are days, weeks or even months when you feel like the most beautiful person on the planet, and then something happens (old jeans don't fit, you try on a new bathing suit, etc.) and you convince yourself that all of that confidence was wrong and undeserved.

14. You always try on the biggest size first

Either this or you're in a weird limbo between the smallest plus sizes size and the biggest generic sizes size.

15. Half of you knows every body is a bikini body, and half of you is convinced that yours is not

You know that your body is worthy of wearing whatever you want to wear, but looking at yourself and seeing what society (and you) sometimes deem as unattractive can eat away at that knowledge.

16. But you also know self-love and confidence are key to beauty

Even if you have to fake it, you know that feeling confident is going to carry you pretty far.

17. Being in a bathing suit is a constant game of readjustment

Okay, I am sitting. Pull the bottoms up to cover as much as my stomach as possible and the back of the top down to cover any back rolls.

18. You've avoided the mirror after a shower before

You know that you are just going to lose all the comfort you felt in your body during the day when you see yourself, so sometimes it is best to just avoid it.

19. Ultimately, you know your beauty is not contingent on what you are wearing

The goal for everyone should be to get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're in a snowsuit, a bathing suit or a birthday suit... You can see your beauty no matter what and feel confident despite what you have on. It'll take time, but falling in love with the way you look is worth it.

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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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