Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Surfs up! Gifts to Give

Do you realize that we are only about 9 weeks from Christmas? A little frightening isn't it? I prefer to get all of my Christmas shopping done well before Christmas so that I can actually relax and enjoy the real meanig of the season. I have been surfing the internet today and have come across some great sites with terrific ideas for some great gift giving ideas. Come "surf" with me and see what I have found....

I have discovered a website that I am in love with. Junk Gypsies!
From their website:" The raucous and rowdy home of gypsies, junkers, DREAMERS and true-blue REBELS! The Junk Gypsy company, with our TROUPE of talented scavengers, travels NEAR and FAR to find roadside treasures, decadent decor and exotic goods for your home.And our team of rebellious designers work to bring you spunky COUTURE through the Junk Gypsy tees, jewelry and other charming wearables.So with a little wanderlust in your soul and a rebellious gleam in your eye. . . take a magic carpet ride through our wild and spirited world!!!!"
They have so much eye candy on this site, currently I have spied this adorble belt-On Sale !! $25.00

Another website I adore is Junk Market Style.
From their website: "At JUNKMARKET and junkmarketstyle.com, we pride ourselves on our ability to keep pressing that refresh button; always creating and recreating to meet the shifting demands of the public. We work on the edge of creativity, offering products, design formats, and ideas that are sustainable and functional. From traditional to urban industrial, our styles for life at home inherently embrace the recycling of trends, producing classic adaptability with a dash of comfort."

From great ideas on what clever and creative things to do with your junk...like the burlap bag project that is still underway at my home, to thrifty shopping tips, this is a site you will want to visit!
 One Blue Moon Charms is whimsical wearable vintage art pieces that you can wear.

You custom create your own piece by chosing "a charm, a stick, your initial, and finally your chain. The necklaces make an adorable personalized statement piece.One Blue Moon Charms was established in 2007 by Linda Chay.  Each charm is designed by Linda and made lovingly made by hand. I know you’ll fall in love with her whimsical creations. How can one not?  (Linda is also a blogger. Visit her blog: http://www.mybluemoon.typepad.com/ )

Save Mother Earth by recycling. I love these cool ways to do it through Elsewares.com ...Check out these glasses made from...well old glass bottles. It's Ingenious and a conversation piece. And for those tailgating men, they even had beer bottle glasses.

Boylan Soda Glasses-These cool tumblers are recycled in Wisconsin from assorted clear Boylan soda and seltzer bottles, each a classic. Extremely durable, and the assorted glasses look incredible. Set of 4. Made in USA. Price $34.00
And these candles made from recyled parts: Recycled Tea Light Holder

Its a simple, elegant design that is both charming and practical. Made from recycled bicycle freewheels and cogs, tea light candle included. Sold individually. Made in the USA.
Price $12.99
And I am in love with this idea...also a conversation piece. A vintage lobster trap coffee table! Perfect for the beachhouse!

As a kid, every Christmas I asked for cheese. I kid you not. As an adult, cheese still tops my list of wants. I just LOVE a good cheese. One of my most favorite cheeses comes from Mississippi State University (SEC football fans, no bias please). My personal favorites is the Swiss vallagaret and the incredible Edam.Oh, Edam.  Cheese.

If I may toot my own horn, what about purchasing a beauitful piece of photography to personalize a space. Check out my Smug Mug Store for a lil somethin, somthing for your space. If you live local, check out my Photo Blog, where you can purchase a gift certificate for a family or pet portait package, which includes all proofs and sitting fee for $125.00 How is that for thrifty? Thta's what most photographers charge just as a sitting fee!
And be sure to stop by these incredibly talented bloggers, who are creative, crafty and sell their treasures to those of us who are either 1. not crafty. 2. dont have the time. 3. do not own a glue gun (MY FRIEND KYM/the boss!)

Hopefully I have given up some things to think about. There are alot of great and reasonably priced ideas to make someone on your list happy. And Big Daddy, if you are reading this, consider this my list to Santa. Smile.

Be sure and check out my list from years past...I think these gifts are still really great ideas!


Jane said...

You are just too good to me!!! I'm going to get a big head getting mentioned in your post again (OK...you know I secretly love it!!) Thanks.

Mari said...

I was just telling my sister this afternoon that I need to get going on this. Thanks for all the tips!

nancygrayce said...

I just had a minor anxiety attack when you said 9 weeks till Christmas! I'm going to check out those websites! :)

Shelia said...

HI Leigh! Oh, you're putting me to shame. I always say I'm going to shop early, but mostly I don't. I'll have to go check out these blogs.
Thank you so much for praying for my daughter and I agree with you on that verse. He gives us that peach that passes all understanding.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Thank you for the shout out Leigh! I know you bought enough cookbooks for everyone in your family.
I love friends like you.
Maybe, with your help, I'll get a place on the beach to put that lobster crate coffee table.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I've gotten a small start - hope to have the bulk done by the end of this month though -- I usually save the gift certificates to the end -- just to have a reason to join the hustle bustle!

Bama Belle said...

Great posts, what fun things!

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing these awesome sites!


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Scary that Christmas is so close....Just out blog hopping on this rainy night. Enjoyed reading yours...Hope you will stop by my Christmas blog and leave your favorite Christmas song...and enter a great giveaway.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Leigh~I adore the Junk Gypsies!
Their website is like a party in itself. I always underestimate my time when it comes to the Xmas shopping. It put me in a bind last year, cause we got a huge surprise snowfall. I'll be checking out the other spots you've shared.
I think Santa should bring you that Gypsy belt, wink, wink.
Sweet wishes,

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Thanks! I so appreciate getting gift ideas and I will check out your previous list too.

Kelly said...

Girl, thanks for sharing! I'm definitely going to be shopping those sites myself!!!

Kirby3131 said...

Good Stuff. I love finding new places to find gifts for my family. It's hard to resist buying for myself, though haha

Kristin - The Goat

Creations from my heart said...

Thanks for posting my blog.I always enjoy visiting your blog. Blessing...Sherry

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

These sound like great websites, Leigh!! Christmas is indeed just around the corner!

bks2plz said...

Looking for a great gift idea or stocking stuffers for family and friends, the new fantasy novel, "Gateway to DreamWorld," was released last month and has been receiving rave reviews.

During the cold months ahead, they will curl up in a warm blanket or in front of the fireplace and enter a fantasy world filled with excitement and suspense.

The book is listed on Amazon.com, Barnes&Nobles.com, and Powell’s Books.com