A Handmade Christmas All Wrapped Up! Onto Valentine’s Day!

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With Christmas all wrapped up, it’s time for me to start thinking ahead to the next “gifting” holiday – Valentine’s Day! Of course, I haven’t forgotten New Year’s, but I ate so much over the past few days I’m not sure I want to think about another carb filled party just quite yet. I’ll let that one sneak up on me. Valentine’s Day, however, I do like to plan for. I love finding unique, handmade treasures for my sweetheart and I enjoy making them! But first I want to share a few of the handmade finds I gifted for Christmas.
For Christmas I gave my sweetie a handmade guitar wallet from Found. As you can see from comparison it was greatly needed. Scott’s old Family Guy wallet was in such poor shape it had a huge hole in the middle. Regardless, he was very reluctant to let it go. The wallet from Found was the perfect replacement. It was hand crafted from remnants of leather hides and upholstery samples and has a spot inside not only for money and cards, but also a guitar pick. (See photos.) Perfect since Scott is both a bass player and guitar player. Where the guitar pick goes, rather than putting a traditional pick in that space, I included a hand stamped guitar pick necklace for him from Wyoming Creative. He was very excited by these new gifts. However, I still had to be the one to throw out his old wallet. For anyone who has ever been married it was sort of like tossing that old, holey t-shirt he still wears when he’s not looking. There’s that sort of mock devastation.

And, just for fun – because all sane men love bacon – I gave Scott some handmade Crispy Sizzling Bacon Lip Balm from Soap Art. Not only was he a huge fan of this very bacon smelling lip balm, but my dog Jasper wanted a lick too!
Now that all of the Christmas gifts have been opened, I’ve been working on some love inspired soaps for Valentine’s Day. The soap log pictured above was just unmolded today and sliced into bars with my handy Chef’s knife. It’s a cold process soap made with a combination of olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, rice bran oil and others and is scented with a Red Velvet Cake fragrance and a Red Currant scented soap heart center. Once it’s been exposed to air for a bit, the entire bar – minus the red soap heart – will turn a dark, chocolatey brown the same as the edges. I’m still working on a name for this one though, so if you have any ideas feel free to share them! I’ll also be introducing a White Chocolate Raspberry scented soap for Valentine’s Day as well.

DIY Handmade Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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With Black Friday less than a week away, now is the time to start shopping and crafting if you plan to give the gift of handmade. Following are some of my favorite handmade finds I’ve discovered over the past week. They include both handmade stocking stuffers available for purchase and DIY handmade Christmas craft projects you can make and gift.

Handmade Stocking Stuffer Ideas

For more handmade stocking stuffer ideas for everyone on your list, visit my Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas Board on Pinterest. You can also browse previous articles from Soap Deli News with handmade stocking stuffer gift ideas.



DIY Handmade Christmas Gifts

Looking for more handmade Christmas gift ideas? Then be sure to visit these boards on Pinterest: Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas, DIY Bath and Body, and Jonesing for Crafts. You can also browse past gift idea articles from Soap Deli News.

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Get a Jump on the Holidays with these Handmade Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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I am super psyched about the upcoming holidays. I love not only browsing, but shopping as well – especially for unique handmade items. But shopping is always the most fun for me when I am not rushed and have the time to seek out the perfect gift for everyone on my list! Stocking stuffers, however, are some of my most favorite things to shop for. The challenge of finding something that makes both a unique, but personal gift and fits inside a stocking is loads of fun for me. So here is another round of unique, handmade stocking stuffer ideas I’ve discovered over the past week. And there’s still plenty of time in the season to not only keep seeking out that perfect gift, but to get your orders in with plenty of time left for shipping.

Mustache Note Blocks, 50 Sheets “I Mustache You A Question” handmade by Vincentine Design – Everyone can use a notepad, and this one is perfect for those who have succumbed to that wild and wonderful mustache trend. For more mustache themed stocking stuffers, consider crafting a handmade mustache keychain or making a fun mustache mug. Or buy a handmade Mustache Tie Bar!
Joy Wood Box handmade by MIMM – A pretty hand painted and decoupaged wooden box that reflects a joyful winter scene. Perfect as a deck canister for holding paper clips or even cotton balls. Looking for something even smaller? MIMM also offers a lovely selection of handmade pill boxes including a masculine Winter Deer Pill Box.

Set of Four Mix Tape Coasters handmade by Meadow Tea – Handcrafted coasters made from Italian stone and are both heat and water resistant. Perfect for fans of 80s retro music and style. You may also like the Vintage Cassette Necklace from VectorCloud.

Chipotle Bacon Brittle Man Candy handmade by Glitter City Sweets – This handmade candy brittle is filled with super thick cut applewood smoked bacon sugar roasted with brown sugar, chipotle chili powder and sea salt. For other food stocking stuffers, I also like the idea of gifting these handmade products: Blue Popcorn Seeds, Pumpkin Ginger Sandwich Cookies, Snowman Gingerbread Cookies, and Fig Berry Blossom Jam.

1. Teatulia Peppermint Herbal Infusion Tea from Larry’s Beans – A smooth, relaxing caffeine-free tea from one of my favorite fair trade organic coffee makers of all time. If your preference if coffee, my boyfriend and I highly recommend Larry’s Beans Bean Martin Blend Coffee.

2. Handmade Vanilla Bean & Clove Luxury Shea Butter Soap handmade by Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen –  The perfect handmade soap for couples as the fragrance is appreciated by both men and women alike. This highly scented soap is formulated for this with normal to dry skin and boasts a fragrance blend of crushed vanilla beans enhanced by clove and cinnamon. You may also want to try Rebecca’s Limited Edition Handmade Peppermint Cream Goat Milk Lotion as an extra addition to your holiday stockings.

3. The Christmas Lip Balm Gift Set handmade by Lemon Citrus – A handmade lip balm gift set for your favorite little elf! This collection of six lip balms comes in the following tasty flavors: Gingerbread Cookie, Christmas cookie, Eggnog, Peppermint Stick, Apple cider, and Raspberry Chocolate. Or you may prefer Lemon Citrus’ handmade perfume oils instead. I am especially crushing on the Bonfire scent right now.

4. Pocket Mirror with Applique handmade by Polkadots + Blooms – Perfect for her purse, this handmade pocket mirror is so she’ll always know just how pretty she is! The eco-friendly base is made from natural, genuine vintage linen and the linen vintage pouch it comes in can be customized with a hand embroidered name or message. For more handmade pocket mirror options, be sure to check out the adorable, big eyed girls kicking some butt pocket mirrors created by Pinky Toast.

5. Leather Wallet with Woodgrain Embroidery handmade by RobbieMoto – If your man is in need of a new wallet, give him a spin off his traditional, boring everyday wallet and stuff his stocking with a handmade wallet with an ingenious wood grain design. Made from genuine leather, this handmade wallet features one large pocket for cash and two small pockets for credit cards or id. I’m also in love with RobbieMoto’s Mustache Leather Wallet. Prefer not to buy leather or simply have a man with a comedic personality? Give the humorous, retro vinyl wallets from Agorables a look!

6. The Mopha Tool Roll handmade by  E.H. Works – A handmade bike tool roll perfect for the man on the go! Carry everything you need for the ride whether it’s across town or across borders. This waxed canvas bike roll with leather trim features ten pockets of varying sizes for everything you need on your trip from here to there! Also for the bike rider, why not gift her a handmade Le Petit Bike Ring or a Round Wood Hand Stamped Bike Magnet?

Looking for more creative and unique, handmade stocking stuffer ideas for Christmas? Be sure to follow my Christmas Stocking Stuffers Board on Pinterest. You can also find other featured stocking stuffer ideas that you can both buy and make on Soap Deli News blog by following this link.

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What are you including in your Christmas stockings as gift this year?

Unique Handmade Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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Christmas will be here before you know it. And while it’s usually the big gifts we tend to give the most thought to, don’t forget the little things for stuffing those stockings! There’s no reason stocking stuffers need to be everyday and droll. Take a little time to browse and purchase something fun for the most unique stocking stuffers ever. Here are a few ideas for terrific, handmade stocking stuffers I’ve discovered.
1. The ECO BOXY Camera Keychains from Sweet Treats – Cute, quirky and handmade, this lovely little keychain fits easily into a Christmas stocking and is perfect for photography fans.
2. Zombie Legs in the Book Unusual Art Bookmark from my BOOKmark – Zombie fans and readers will go crazy for this unique stocking stuffer. This handmade bookmark resembles zombie legs that peek out from the reader’s pages!
3. Set of 8 Crayon Rings from Oh My Lucky Star – By far some of the coolest crayons ever, these handmade crayons are shaped like rings that can be worn or colored with. Include a set in your child’s stocking or gift some to your favorite hottie.
4. Caramel Nutmeg Lip Balm from Etiquette Bath and Body Products – This handmade lip balm is seasonally flavored with spicy nutmeg and warm creamy caramel and crafted with natural ingredients to keep chapped lips happy even during December’s worst weather. Perfect for an adult or child’s Christmas stocking.
5. Green and Red Dots Glass Stash Jar from Infinite Cosmos – A lovely handmade, hand blown glass jar perfect for decorating a small space or keeping tiny treasures or prescription pills. Perfect for glass and vessel collectors as well.
6. Le Fox Stud Earrings from le animale – Tell her just how foxy she is with a pair of handmade fox shaped earrings she’ll wear anytime of the year!
And, for more unique stocking stuffer ideas, be sure to follow my Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas Board on Pinterest. What are some of your favorite unique ideas for stuffing those Christmas stockings?
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Handmade Greeting Card Giveaway from Julie Ann Art

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Handwritten notes are fabulous to give and receive. In the age of technology, emails and text messages, a physical thinking of you is both memorable and just plain awesome. So share your thanks, love or just a hello with a handmade greeting card from Julie Ann Art. Right now Julie Anna is giving away a $25 gift certificate to her shop. She sells her own line of greeting cards with cute illustrations for special occasions that you’re sure to flip for.
Find something now and can’t wait to win? Enter coupon code SOAPDELI at checkout when you make a purchase and score 20% off your purchase while this contest is running!
For your chance to win this contest, you’ll just need to visit Julie Ann Art and choose your favorite product from Julie’s shop. Then leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite item. This contest will end on May 22, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. Limit one entry per person per entry method. This contest is open worldwide to those ages 18+. The winner will be chosen at random from among all eligible entries using random.org. Your information will not be shared or sold. The retail value of this prize is $25.
The first method of entry is required to enter this contest. If you’d like additional entries into this contest, you may complete each of the following tasks for one additional entry each.
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