Oh Beer, What Do We Have Here?

So my boyfriends birthday is coming up and I want to get him something that he will like, and more importantly something that he will USE! I think we have all had that problem where you buy a friend or boyfriend some really great knick knack just to have it tossed in the corner never to be looked at again (I’m looking at you, matching puzzle piece necklaces from Things Remembered). Don’t get me wrong, sentimental gifts are greatly appreciated, but they don’t always get as much attention as we expect when we first buy them. This doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good gift idea, and it doesn’t mean your loved one didn’t like it (he did but silly me for thinking he would wear a necklace every day!) It just means you can’t do as much with a knick knack as you could with some sort of craft.

Basically, I want to buy my boyfriend a gift that he will be able to do something with. So what does a gift like that look like? What would be a “manly” craft? These are the questions I was asking myself when I found Mr. Beer Home Brewing! I mean come on, what is more manly than beer? (or Root Beer or cider because Mr. Beer is smart and realizes sometimes, not even the manliest of men like beer)

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Mr. Beer Home Brewing Premium Kit

Mr. Beer Home Brewing has different sized at home kits ranging from $54.95 to $129.95. I chose the LBK $54.95 kit not only because it was the cheapest but because it was the smallest and therefore the easiest to have in a college home. This 8 liter kit makes 2 gallons of beer and is perfect for first time users. The Mr. Beer Home Brewing website states that the kit comes with:

• 8 Liter Keg Fermenter & Lid
• (11) 740-mL PET Bottles, Caps and Labels
• Spigot, Washer and Nut
• Can of Hopped Malt Extract (HME)
• Packet of Yeast (Under lid of the HME)
• Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser
• Bag of Carbonation Drops
• Brewing With Mr.Beer® How-To DVD (English, Español, François)
• Detailed Printed Instructions (download)

I can’t wait to give it to my boyfriend and see what he creates!

Weddings: They’re Not Just for June

Customizable hanger, perfect option for a wedding gift.

Customizable hanger, perfect option for a wedding gift.

I know what you’re thinking, weddings are usually a summer topic. And yes, while most weddings happen in May and June, there are still a few scattered about throughout the year. Take my friend Allison for example, she just married the love of her life this past Saturday. So yes, while weddings may be a more popular subject for the summer months, fall- and even winter- weddings are indeed a thing. That being said, we cannot forget about the weddings gifts!

I was racking my brain deciding what to get Allison and David. I could have gone with the traditional blender, or knife set, but that is so boring! As I have said before, I love getting personalized gifts that actually mean something. One of my favorite sites to go to for weddings gifts is Etsy. Etsy is a super popular, well known site so you know you its trustworthy, and because most of the gifts are hand-made it is the perfect site to go to if you want something personal!

The gift I chose for Allison and her hubby David were these super cool customized hangers. Like I said, they were hand-made out of wood and use twisted aluminum wire to write out the last name of the bride and groom. You can add a bow, pearls, or both to the hanger and its as cheap as $5.99 plus tax.

The reason I love this gift idea so much is because, generally, the hanger is used to hang up the brides wedding dress (and if you get one for the groom he can hang up his suit- if he didn’t rent it of course). The wedding dress is probably the most important keepsake from the brides special day. Therefore, it deserves more than just a cheap, plastic hanger from the dollar store.

I chose to put Allison’s new last name on the hanger as a way to commemorate her special day, with her special guy, and needless to say she loved it. Now she can hang up her dress and show off her new last name at the same time. Best of luck to the both of you!

 

Hugs, kisses and best wishes y’all!

Brookestone a Ton of Great Gift Ideas and Solutions!

blog-brookstoneThe gifts available at Brookstone are unbelievable! There are gifts for a variety of occasions including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, housewarming, anniversaries, graduations, and so much more. Heck, you don’t have to have an occasion to shop here! I frequently look around for things for myself.

Brookstone carries a variety of things both in their store and online. These items include (but are DEFINITELY not limited to): electronics, furniture, entertaining items, outdoor gear, pool accessories, wine and bar things, toys and games, travel accessories, and so much more. One benefit of shopping in the store vs going online is that they often have their products set up for demonstration. It’s nice to be able to see the items up close and personal and even try them out!

Super Cute Girl Toddler Clothes

Naartjie-toddler girl royal rose fall collectionIn a couple weeks, my family and I are celebrating my niece’s 1st birthday. I’m really excited to see my family again, as it’s been such a busy summer that I haven’t seen them since the 4th of July!

I’m still in shock that my niece is already going to be a year old! She will technically no longer be an “infant” and now be considered a toddler! This year has gone by so quickly and it’s been so amazing to be able to watch her grow and learn. She’s already taking a step or two and loves playing with her toys.

I ordered a bunch of girl toddler clothes to give her as a gift. She has a lot of toys already and I figured that with how quickly she’s growing, her mom will appreciate them! I love this fall collection and think it’s super cute. I had a hard time deciding what to get out of them all!

A Gift For Me From Clinique at Herberger’s

blog-cliniqueEvery month, I go into Herberger’s to get my make-up re-stocked. I never seem to conveniently run out of  things at the same time, but it always seems like once a month I run out of at least one thing.

Sometimes when I get my make-up (I always get Clinique–it’s my favorite!) I get lucky and there is a bonus and free gift. Today when I went in, they had a bonus free 7-piece gift with any purchase of over $27 or more. I felt like it was my lucky day! I love the things in my gift set and I know they will make great addition to my make-up collection! This gift set is worth $70 and is a great deal.