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Three Last-Minute, Low-Cost, No-Craft Gifts You Can Make in an Hour

By Sherry Richert Belul

If you’ve got someone on your list who has everything, or you are one of those people whose bank account has barely nothing, then read on! I’ve got three gift ideas for you that you can easily pull together in the next few days. Any of the three can be done without spending a dime. And the best part? The recipient’s gonna love ‘em! (And you!)

1. Make ‘em a Love List.

One of my all-time favorite gifts for someone who has everything is simply a list of reasons why you love them.

Say you want to make this really unique gift for your husband. All you have to do is set aside an hour of quiet time in which you can focus on him. Just sit down with some paper or at the laptop and start brainstorming what you love about your wonderful husband. Jot it all down. Think about qualities that are unique to him, things he does for you, special times you’ve shared together. Think about his quirky jokes or stories. How he always spends time helping the elderly lady next door. The way he makes up songs in the shower. How he saved the day that time in New Mexico. Tell him you love that he always answers the phone with a hearty “Hey there!” That he taught the kids how to ride their bicycles. That he can always make you giggle. Tell him you love his eyes, his intelligence, his love of puns. Tell him you love how well he treats Champie, the family’s four-legged, furry gal.

Your list can have twenty things or two-hundred things. It can be written in pen on a plain white piece of paper. Or you can do a fancy design on the computer and print it out. You can add a photo or two. You can draw a picture on it. You can frame it. Use your imagination.

Alternatively, you could make a list of things you’ve learned from this person or your fave memories of times with them. Same process as above. It could also be three top ten lists: what I love best about you, my favorite memories of times we’ve shared, and things I’ve learned.

These lists are treasures for someone to hear. I swear to you, they are the best gift someone can receive. It is amazing to receive a gift that mirrors who you are. It is a gift to be seen. And unfortunately, people often don’t get to hear these kinds of things in their lifetime. For some reason in our culture, folks wait until funerals to express their love. Love Lists are a way to express your love and appreciation NOW!

Simply Celebrate has made it really easy for you by creating a free PDF download that is a ready-made gift. Check out the Love List at http://www.simplycelebrate.net/home.html.

2. Go for experiential, rather than material.

One of the other things I always suggest for those folks who have everything is a gift that can be experienced together.

Can you give a handmade certificate good for a free jazz concert at the community music center, an upcoming art festival, or a surprise adventure or beautiful hike? Does your loved one have a favorite hobby that you can join in somehow? Could you plan an afternoon at a historic location and the two of you bring your cameras to feed his love of photography? How about morning birdwatching followed by a cup of tea at a local cafe? Could you plan an art day with a child or teach your best friends how to dance?

What people of any age, but especially adults, really want is quality time with people they love. Give the gift of your time and attention.

3. Lend a Hand.

Another great gift for someone is something that helps them out. Again, think about making a simple certificate you can give them which could be handmade or printed out. You could set up a new program on her computer or cook a gourmet dinner at his house. You could make a gift certificate good for babysitting the kids one Saturday night so their parents could go out on the town. If you have handyman skills and you notice she needs something replaced, you could buy all the parts and do the work. You could make a gift certificate good for “Three hours of at-your-service help around the house.” Think about this person and what kind of help they need or what kind of help would make life more fun.

Sherry Richert Belul is founder of Simply Celebrate and author of Present Perfect: It Really is the Thought That Counts —an ebook that includes dozens of no-to-low cost gifts that are fun to make and full of love. (http://www.simplycelebrate.net/presentperfect_ebook.html)

Find her books or sign up for Simply Celebrate’s free newsletter at www.SimplyCelebrate.net.

Email Sherry to tell her your gift experiences or learn about the one-of-a-kind tribute books she makes at [email protected].

Little ones will dig in with delight while using these adorable melamine dinnerware sets from Zoocchini! Both BPA-free and Phthalate-free, the sets are just too, too cute! Choose from the Barnyard Set, Ocean Set, or Safari Set – each one is brightly-colored in red, blue, yellow and green, with cheerful characters adorning the plate and bowl. “Mom’s” little one could not wait to eat off of her Barnyard Set & fill up her new sippy cup – her favorite song is Old MacDonald, so Casey the Cow and Doinkie the Pig really made her smile!

Each dinnerware set includes a bowl, plate, sippy cup with lid, fork and spoon. The set arrives packaged in a convenient carry case for easy gifting this season! The dinnerware pieces can only be placed on the top rack of the dishwasher for cleaning, or may be handwashed.

Zocchini’s Melamine Dinnerware Sets can be ordered online at www.zoocchini.com. Today is the last day to take advantage of 25% perfect off your purchase, as well!

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

The cereal lover or health nut on your gift list will relish in creating their very own custom cereal from me & goji this season! Hands down, this is one cool gift – you may be tempted to make your own cereal, as well! With over 60+ organic and all-natural ingredients to choose from, creating just one cereal will prove challenging – plus, you can name your own cereal and upload a photo onto the cereal capsule! Talk about custom-made!

Mom” created her own Tiny Green Mom’s Coco-Nutty Granola – and oh my! What a delicious mix of ingredients that included the artisanal cereal base, two helpings of granola, raisins, coconut, dried apple, acai powder, and ground nutmeg. The process is super simple! Choose your cereal base, enhance the cereal base, add dried fruits, add nuts & seeds, customize your label and order – voila! You have your very own organic, all-natural cereal made exactly the way that YOU want it!

For the holidays, me & goji is offering a gluten-free and super yummy Holiday Mix! In addition, they also offer custom corporate gifts, e-gift certificates for a friend, family member or loved one to design their own cereal, and subscriptions to their cereal club. me & goji makes an excellent gift of health and just plain fun for anyone this season! To ensure delivery by Christmas, orders must be placed by December 15th, 2010.

To learn more about me & goji, or to design your very own cereal, visit www.meandgoji.com.

*Company geneorously provided images and samples for this review.*

Give the BEST Gift Ever — That Doesn’t Cost a Dime!

By Sherry Richert Belul

This time of year Santa isn’t the only one who is making a list and checking it twice. So many of us also have long lists of folks we love and whom we want to acknowledge with gifts. Sometimes it can be so overwhelming that we just run out to the mall and buy, buy, buy — just to get things checked off that darn list. I’d like to invite you to challenge that dynamic with just one person on your list this holiday season.

I want you to think about how wonderful it would be to give someone a gift that they would cherish forever. A gift that would be energizing and fun for you to make. A gift that doesn’t cost a dime, but would truly make a difference in your relationship. I promise you, if you’re willing to invest just one hour, you’ll experience something extraordinary.

This gift is so simple … yet full of thoughtfulness and creativity. It is called The Love List. And here is what you do:

Say you want to make this really unique gift for your husband. All you have to do is set aside an hour of quiet time in which you can focus on him. Just sit down with some paper or at the laptop and start brainstorming what you love about your wonderful husband. Jot it all down. Think about qualities that are unique to him, things he does for you, special times you’ve shared together. Think about his quirky jokes or stories. How he always spends time helping the elderly lady next door. The way he makes up songs in the shower. How he saved the day that time in New Mexico. Tell him you love that he always answers the phone with a hearty “Hey there!” That he taught the kids how to ride their bicycles. That he can always make you giggle. Tell him you love his eyes, his intelligence, his love of puns. Tell him you love how well he treats Champie, the family’s four-legged, furry gal.

Your Love List can include big thing sand small things, funny things and sweet things. Your list can have twenty things or two hundred things. It can be written in pen on a plain white piece of paper. Or you can do a fancy design on the computer and print it out. You can add a photo or two. You can draw a picture on it. You can frame it. Make a scroll or poster. You could even cut each idea out on its own slip of paper, put them all in a jar and call it the Joy Jar or hang them on a mobile. Use your imagination and present your list in whatever way feels right.

These lists are treasures for someone to hear. I swear to you, they are the best gift someone can receive. It is amazing to receive a gift that mirrors who you are. It is a gift to be seen. And unfortunately, people often don’t get to hear these kinds of things in their lifetime. For some reason in our culture, folks wait until funerals to express their love. Love Lists are a way to express your love and appreciation NOW!

Promise me you’ll try this out with just one person on your list. I can assure you, it will not only be one of the best gifts you’ve ever given, it will also feel like a gift received.

Download Simply Celebrate’s free Love List PDF here — and commit to making this amazing gift for someone you love.

Sherry Richert Belul is mom to a witty and wonderful 10-year-old boy. She is also founder of Simply Celebrate and author of Present Perfect: It Really is the Thought That Counts —an ebook that includes dozens of no-to-low cost gifts that are fun to make and full of love. (http://www.simplycelebrate.net/presentperfect_ebook.html) Find her books or sign up for Simply Celebrate’s free newsletter at www.SimplyCelebrate.net. Email Sherry to tell her your Love List experiences or learn about the one-of-a-kind tribute books she makes at [email protected].

When you’re a kid—every insect, plant, and piece of nature is fascinating. Give the gift of adventure with the new Kid’s Bug-Eye Headlight from Coghlan’s! The Bug-Eye Headlight is compact, lightweight and powered by a bright white LED that never needs replacing. The light also features a comfortable elastic head strap in a fun purple and yellow color combination. An affordable gift at just $9, the Bug-Eye Headlight will be a hit this holiday season!

To learn more or to order, visit Coghlans.com.

*Company provided information and images for this review.*

The ALL NIGHTER Styling Powder™ is a 100% natural solution for anyone looking to spruce up their ‘do. A favorite of Hollywood stylists, the powder is simple to use and extends a blowout well beyond its intended expiration date. The process is simple: sprinkle the powder over the hair, concentrating on the roots. Using your fingers, disperse the powder evenly throughout the entire length of the hair. Within seconds, the powder removes oil, builds volume and creates texture.

The styling powder comes in a purse sized container making it a must-have for long nights out on the town. Choose from six colors to match with your hair color – platinum/neutral, dark brown/black, honey blonde, brown/brunette, golden blonde and redhead. Just in time for the holidays, any eco-beauty conscious gift recipient would be thrilled to find this product in their stocking. The entire line can be viewed at www.theall-nighter.com.

*Company generously provided images and samples for this review.*

This review was written by Kirstin Robison, who has a passion for everything beauty and travel related. Often found scouring articles and store shelves for the latest must-haves, Kirstin prefers to stay on top of trends. Nothing inspires her more than to find extraordinary products that really work and make life easier. Having traveled to many exotic locations, Kirstin understands the value of products that offer practical benefits. Writing for “Tiny Green Mom” gives her the opportunity to discover new products that make a difference for the user and the planet.

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With the Holidays fast approaching, we all could use a little time to Focus and Refresh. Let us help you stay in the zone to keep your holiday season magical. Whether you are overwhelmed at the mall with a long list of gifts to purchase; stuck in winter traffic; in need of a breath freshener before all of your holiday parties; or having anxieties about making a good impression on the people you meet, Mindful Mints will help keep you in the right frame of mind. Boost your immune system, calm caffeine jitters, un-clutter your mind, and relieve stress all while freshening your breath! Mindful Mints are the perfect solution to help you through the hectic season. They make an ideal stocking stuffer or a warm gesture to give to someone to say how much you care.

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*Company generously provided samples, images and information for this review.*

Nothing says holidays like a warm, spicy cup of Chai tea! To help make the holidays merry and bright, Tipu’s Chai is offering 4 holiday gift baskets chock full of their aromatic Chai tea, a Tipu’s Chai mug and a tea strainer for their loose leaf varieties. For the discerning tea drinker on your gift list, choose from the following gift baskets: Chai Snob, Mellow Chai, Instant Gratification, and Chai Love.

In addition, Tipu’s Chai is holding their very first Tipu’s Chai Holiday Blowout Sale! From December 6th – 12th, Tipu’s Chai is offering 15% off EVERYTHING in their online store! You won’t want to miss this delicious deal!

To learn more about Tipu’s Chai, or to order online, visit www.tipuschai.com.

*Company provided images and information for this review.*

Tis’ the season to go green! It is time to start thinking about gift-giving during the holidays, and Tiny Green Mom is now accepting earth-friendly must-haves for everyone on this year’s gift list. From green beauty finds for Mom or planet-friendly gadgets for Dad to the newest eco-friendly toys, books and games for baby & kids, we want to feature your product.

Submissions are being accepted now through December 15th, 2010. Please use the contact form to submit your product for review and feature, or you can email “Mom” directly at tinygreenmom at gmail dot com.

For any further questions about the policy for product submission on Tiny Green Mom, please review the disclosure. Happy Holidays!

*Image courtesy of JustJen.com.*