Because Great Gifts, Like Love, Don’t Have to Cost a Thing….

The pervasiveness of social media not only makes finding great gifts easy, you can also use it to create gifts.  If you’re running low on funds and want to celebrate someone may I suggest that you:


Here’s why:

  1. It’s Easy.  All you have to do is be a little creative in coming up with a moniker for the person you’re gifting the hashtag.  #BellesBookishBirthday (I just saw Beauty and the Beast, sorry).
  2. It’s Expansive.  Strategize the best way to share the hashtag with family and friends.  Send an email out to everyone with the hashtag.  Do a Facebook tribute using it and encourage others to do the same.  It also doesn’t matter what media you use the hashtag will trend.
  3. It’s Memorable.  As long as the hashtag exists the person being gifted the hashtag will be able to find those posts.  You could also create a Brag Book of some of the best posts and gift it.

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The best things in life are free and good gifts can be too…

Christmas just ended and we are already three days into 2018.  The holidays are over and along with them the sales and shopping frenzy that go with them.  But there are still good gifts to be had and given!  

So if after the holidays money is a little tight but you still have some gifts to give, have no fear my new blog series is here.

First up: PRAYER

Prayer is one of the best gifts that you can give someone, whether it’s including them in yours or writing down a prayer especially for them.  So here are some suggestions:

  1. Write a Prayer.  Sit down to write a prayer especially for the person you’re gifting it to.  Caveat: Prayers are personal so you have to know the person and be able to address their needs and the desires of their hearts.
  2. Email It.  Send them an email titled “Prayer for You” (you may want to warn them it’s coming so they don’t think it’s spam).
  3. Mail It.  If you have a card and a stamp, write the prayer in a card and mail it to them so that they can keep the prayer and the sentiment.

Trust me, it’s not a gift that will be returned.

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New Find: Eat.Drink.Host

For thoughtful guests interested in bringing something 


to the party…

Gift ideas are everywhere and this one came courtesy of Hautelook, the retail events site.  They debuted products from EatDrinkHost, an event tableware site that prides itself on being the best thing to happen to parties since paper plates. 

Their materials are fun and witty and not badly priced.  Admittedly, you can get great tableware from local chains like Walmart (love their stripes) and Target, but if you want to add some additional flourishes like placemats, EatDrinkHost is your site.

So the next time you have a party and you’re expected to bring the paperwork, consider EatDrinkHost – I think that your hosts will love them.

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DIY Lanyards and Nametags

The best (and most personal) way to kick off an event…

Regular Gift About Town readers know that I’m a sorority girl.  I’m also proud to be a little crafty.  So when my chapter president wanted to kick off our retreat with a fun get-to-know you game I volunteered to help.  

The concept: Flavor-flav style medallion lanyards cut out in one of our symbols (a rose).  

Materials needed:

  • Card stock (8 1/2 x 11 is best)
  • Ribbon (your color choice – one 15 foot roll makes about five lanyards)
  • A Decent Printer
  • A Hole Puncher
  • Colored Sharpie pens (my preference).

Here’s how you do it:


STEP 1: Choose your image and insert it into a blank document or presentation.  I chose a rose because it offered more writing space and is one of our sorority’s symbols.  After you insert the image use your “Format Picture” option to lighten the photo or wash it out.


IMG_0435STEP 2: Print copies of your image on card stock (available at any office supply store) then use scissors to cut it out (or if you’re a scrapbooker and have a  Cricut feel free to use it).  You may have to test out a few sizes before you settle on the perfect one.


STEP 3: Use your hole puncher to create a hole for your ribbon/lanyard and cut enough ribbon to comfortably allow the lanyard to fit over a person’s head.  After you’ve inserted your ribbon tie a knot and you’re done!


TEAM-BUILDING EXERCISE: Since we used the name tags for a team-building exercise, we also created a key so that sorors would be able to fill out their name tags when they arrived at the retreat.  That’s where the colored sharpies come in.


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Because sometimes you just want a cool Christian tee…

My life is divided into four pretty equal quadrants: 1) God  2) Family & Friends 3) Sorority Life 4) Teen Ministry (with other ministries coming a close second to them).

When it comes to giving gifts, I’ve got it down to a science but teens are much harder.  The older I get the younger they get and to add insult to injury I’m not as app-savvy or snapchat-worthy as I would like to be.  Suffice it to say that finding the perfect gift of a teen growing in God is a challenge.

So I hit a gold mine when I discovered Beacon Threads.  Beacon Threads is a Christian-based brand on a mission to give the world a makeover by sharing light and love. Through clothing, Beacon Threads offers a trendy way believers can share God’s love or us and their faith with others.

I happen to go to church with the owners (and I still actually work with one of them).  They’re just as cool as their shirts and their boys, who are often featured on their Facebook page, are totes adorbs.


I recently gifted their Child of God shirt to one of my teens for her birthday and she was wearing it the next time that I saw her.  


Search over, perfect gift for teens found.

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Featuring the 4F’s of Christmas (My own guide to great Christmas gifting).

FAITH/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.  Whatever your faith or lack there of, it’s always a good idea to gift something that contributes to someone’s personal development.  Last year a friend gave me a Happiness Journal.  It was lovely and an awesome gift whether you’re spiritual or not.

FINANCES.  Money is never a bad gift.  Let’s face it, the times that we live in are not easy for everyone and I always know someone who can use a quick infusion of cash or an American Express gift card.  So get a great card and slide in a couple of bills.

FOOD.  This is a new gift area to me, but I really enjoy receiving either food items (Cheryl’s cookies  anyone) or food gift cards.  My mom loves Panera Bread – you can’t go wrong with a gift card that buys her breakfast and lunch.  If I was shopping for my sister it would be P.F. Chang’s all the way.  In short, we all have fave foods – why not make it a part of a gift.

FUN.  This gift takes a little more creativity.  Maybe it’s a Groupon deal or a gift certificate to a dance class.  Maybe it’s movie or concert tickets.  Perhaps a friend needs a new golf club or set of balls.  Either way you can’t lose when fun is  part of the gift.

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Because it’s never too early to start planning…

Christmas will be here before we know it.  Although the weather is still warm (at least where I live) and the days are long, I’ve found that great gifts take some planning.  Especially when it comes to the holidays and multiple gifts.

A Simple Guide to Creating Your Christmas List

A good friend who knows that I have a gift blog shared a clever method of selecting gifts for kids.  But it’s so great and simple that I think it will work for anyone.  So I dusted it off and included it here.  

Simple Christmas List - Christmas in July

I’ll offer my take on this soon!

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The Sweetest Thank You

It’s quick, easy and relatively inexpensive (pinky promise)…

My team at work had a major success last month (hence the lack of blogs, my bad).  I was able to sign off on some bonuses/awards for them – which is great.  But I prefer something just a little more tangible to show my appreciation for all of their hard work.

Et voila – Cupcakes!

Gourmet cupcakes make a great thank you especially for small office get-togethers.

I got these from Kupcakes and Co. (a great spot not too far my from job that opens up at 7 a.m.)  Their cupcakes are so good and they have gluten free options.

And Cookies!

I also had the opportunity to thank some of our non-profit teammates who helped us reach our team success.  If you’re familiar with this blog then you know I love sending Cheryl’s Cookie Cards.  I went a little bigger this time and splurged on a cookie pail.


I was completely charmed by this cow-themed one “Moochas Gracias” – that cow face still cracks me up!

See easy!

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Kiss the Barbecue Chef: Host & Hostess Gifts

Because Memorial Day kicks off the summer barbecue season….

Barbecue season is awesome.  It’s warm and everyone is able to enjoy a season of really great food.  So when someone opens up their home, try to remember to thank them.

Here are some thoughts:

Photo from Etsy Seller: Embroidered Stitches


A case of water or a couple of bottles of soda will do.  You can also go a little upscale and bring a bottle of wine or a case of beer (points for the hosts’ favorites).

If you want to be their favorite guest, bring two bottles or cases – one to enjoy at the cookout and one for the host/hostess to enjoy later.


I don’t know why I love this idea so much, but I do.  There’s nothing like seeing someone at the grill with a great apron on.  It’s handy and fun.  My favorite type of gift.

A couple of sites to consider:

  1. The Apron Place.  Has it ALL including a section just for men.
  2. Chef’s Closet.  Has the cheapest aprons that I found.  You can also embroider them.  If aprons are going to be your go-to gift for summer events, I suggest you buy in bulk.  If you’re crafty and handy with clothing paint, purchasing from this site also allows you to do your own thing with minimal investment.
  3. Etsy.  Etsy never fails.  


Because the hosts are typically running around – sometimes weeks before the event – all other activities often get put on the back burner.  So I suggest a gift card for dinner at their favorite restaurant or a movie gift card.  Something that can be enjoyed after everyone has gone home.

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