Gift-Giving 101

By September 19, 2008The Inside Scoop

After yesterday's post, I have received several inquiries as to what "gift-giving" related books & magazines I own as inspiration.  I thought I would share a list with you here of some of my personal favorites…

I have a everything holiday related by Martha Stewart Living.  The ones I turn to the most are

Msl_best_of_holidaysHolidays, The Best of Martha Stewart Living.  This is a collection of all the best ideas from past magazine issues and books regarding Thanksgiving & Christmas.  Lot's of ideas for cooking, decorating and gift-giving. 

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Classic Crafts & Recipes Inspired by the Songs of Christmas.  This book is just awesome.  A lot of packaging ideas for homemade treats, which is right up my alley!

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Crafts & Keepsakes for the Holidays: Christmas with Martha Stewart Living.  This has loads of crafts in it, especially homemade gifts.

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Gooseberry Patch: Homemade Gifts from the Heart.  Really, I love all the Gooseberry Patch books.  This one in particular is one of my favorites for inspiring gift ideas, though.

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Good Gifts from the Home: Oils, Lotions and Other Luxuries.  I got this with the goal to make some of the amazing things described within it's pages.  The directions are very clear and easy to understand.  Nothing seems to over-complicated.

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Homemade: Delicious Foods to Make and Give.  What I love about this book is that not only does it provide you with yummy recipes, it also has a few ideas on how to package them.

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A_gift_for_giving A Gift for Giving: Making the Most of the Present.  I ave owned this book for  quite a few years and I love it.  I continually get inspired by it's contents.  Great photography too.

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Season of Giving & A Season of Joy, both from Making Memories.  What I like about these particular publications most is that the projects use a lot of paper crafting supplies, so it makes it easy to complete the same ideas in your own space.

So, there you have it!  Just a few of my favorites!  I hope some of these publication might provide you with the motivation to create your own homemade gifts this year!

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  • 1
    Mom2Men says:

    Thank you Nicole for providing the infomation I requested yesterday. This is exactly the type of thing I was looking for. I think I’ll head over to the library today. Thanks again for the wonderful inspiration you provide.

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    Thanks for sharing these & passing on the inspiration.

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    sarita says:

    thanks for the info on the books – i too will go online at my library to see if they have any of these books…you certainly have the gift of hospitality..thank you for sharing with us.

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    Stephanie says:

    I wanted to say thank you for the frequent posting and information you have given these past couple of weeks. I click on your blog everyday, hoping to see something new, but also understand that you have many other matters to tend to as well. It has been a great surprise to see something new each day. Thank you!

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    jeanne says:

    Thank you for these helpful resources as I begin to plan my holiday gifting. I have always felt that something handmade and packaged with care is always the best! I love your posts that ignite new ideas! The detail of your products are so great. The stamp sets are so versatile and practical. Thank you again and again for such quality design and customer service!

  • 6
    Aggie says:

    Hey Nicole! You have a very well organized blog and at least part of the topics involve gift giving. Would you consider visiting our site and letting us know if decorated Christmas wreaths from our farm would interest your visitors?

  • 7
    Sherri Wilson says:

    Thanks so much for posting this list!! I, too, was curious to know which books you used for inspiration. You are very creative and I love visiting your blog.

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    kisha says:

    thanks so much Nichole for the information on your resources!

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    Suzanne Dean says:

    I’m so glad you posted these books—NOT! I just visited Amazon and spent $100 on books–am I crazy or what? No really, thanks a ton cuz’ I’m always looking for great “homemade” gift ideas (Amazon thanks you too, lol)!! And I got all my new PTI goodies yesterday so I’m gonna have a “fun” weekend, yippee!!

    hugz,
    Suzanne Dean

  • 10
    Cynde says:

    Thanks Nicole for sharing your favorite books. I have a few , but are a few I am anxious to get!
    Thanks so much!

  • 11
    Fong says:

    I’m new to scrapbooking and i am so amazed at your creativity! There are so many things that you can do, beyond the 12 x 12 paper layout. really appreciate the many inspiring ideas.

  • 12
    Robyn Haas says:

    thanks for the ideas on the books! I love doing handmade gifts they mean the most!
    Hugs,
    Robyn

  • 13
    Mindy says:

    I love that you love Martha, or at least her publications. Not many people dare to admit they like her ideas. But I always look forward to receiving the next magazine!
    Thanks for sharing with us your inspirations.

  • 14
    Amber says:

    Thanks for sharing, Nichole!!!

  • 15
    John Watson says:

    Try this site with plenty of gift advice as well as great gift ideas
    http://www.say-it-with-a-gift.com/gift-guide.html

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    Debbie Viney says:

    Wow!I love the idea of the templates!I am a nurse and do treat boxes etc. for my fellow workers for each holiday.These will be fantastic!Looking forward to seeing these each month.

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    Debbie says:

    The creativity of Papertrey and it’s artists never cease to amaze me. Thank all of you for all you do

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    Joann Griesser says:

    I take a lot of teasing because I do so many “little” things – boxes, cards, treat holders, etc. I can’t wait to get my hands on every one of your new templates. It will be like Christmas every month to get the new ones, What a treat to have instant gratification by being able to immediately obtain them online. I LOVE THEM ! Joann

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    dianne krickovich says:

    I am new to this site and just spent over 2 hours looking at your projects. They are absolutely GREAT!!!
    I am 70, not the norm I’m sure, but I love making cards and gifts and you have given me many new ideas.
    Now I’m heading to your site to do some ordering.
    You are a very talened person,your work is beautiful and inspiring.
    Thanks so much!!!!

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