Gift Ideas for Co-workers

The Holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year but it does come with its stresses.  A big one that I struggled with as I started working in the real world (in a real cubicle with real co-workers) was appropriate for gift giving in the office.

You don’t want to go bananas and buy for everyone but you also don’t want anyone to feel left out.  If you are absolutely certain that you do not want the gift giving to stop at the office, a safe bet is just do small gifts for the people you work the most closely with (as well as the boss man or woman).

In my opinion, it would be ridiculous to spend more than $20.00-$30.00 on an office gift for a person; you can easily get away with spending less!  Below are some of my cost-effective office gift ideas for men and women alike!

  1. Wine Aerators are great gifts for men and women; they are simple, easy, and if you caught wind that someone likes a glass of vino or two, this is an easy solution with a personal touch.  Also easy to find, just google it!  Crate & BarrelTarget, and Amazon are good places to search.
  2. Meat & Cheese boxes are great for all, especially men.  Hickory Farms is famous for this stuff.  They have boxes from as low at $20.00.
  3. A Moleskine notebook is great for anyone.  You can pick them up at any office or stationery store.  Also, visit their website because they come in a lot of different varieties other than the classic black.
  4. Orchids are great gifts for everyone, especially at the office.  They are gorgeous and are actual living, potted plants.  So, they won’t go dying on you (unless, of course, you completely neglect it).  A great site with care instructions found here.
  5. Ornaments are a total no-brainer for those who celebrate Christmas.  You can play it safe with something generic or you can get elaborate and whimsical depending on the person you are shopping for.
  6. An easy gift for gals is a nail polish set.  Sephora makes this really easy as they have multiple sets and options ready to go as gifts.
  7. Chocolates are always a go!  Everyone in the office can appreciate this; instant gratification doesn’t get any easier than Godiva!
  8. A seasonal alcohol is often a good route to go, especially with the guys.  A 6-pack of Sam Adams Winter Lager with a bow attached: voila!  Perfect gift for the guy across the hall.
  9. From beer to more beer….Beer Soap is something that I just recently came across and think it’s a great little gift as well as a perfect stocking-stuffer.
  10. Gift cards are super safe and easy.  iTunes is basically universally accepted as well as Best Buy, Target, etc.
  11. A glitzy compact is a definite go-to for any lady (or gentleman) in the office.  This one from Sephora keeps you on budget and is very cute!
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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men!

The Holidays are almost upon us!  This is my first year celebrating Christmas with my boyfriend as a cohabitating couple and I want it to be a memorable one!  I have a long list of preparations which includes making and stuffing our stockings (one for me, him, and the dog).

My Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Him:

  • Beer Soap
  • Chapstick
  • Mini’s of his favorite candy
  • Razor Cartridges
  • Scratch off/lotto tickets
  • Socks
  • Mini booze bottles
  • Cigar
  • Gift card to a fast food place
  • Gourmet Coffee
  • Starbucks gift card
  • Vitamins
  • To-go aspirin
  • Nuts
  • Tea
  • Holiday thank you cards
  • Gum/Mints/Etc
  • Underwear

That is what I have so far 🙂 Happy Holidays!

 

Currently Obsessed With….Hot Pink Trousers

Long time no blog! Just wanted to make a quick post about a new thing I am currently obsessed with for spring – BRIGHT colors! I recently purchased these hot pink trousers from H&M for an amazing deal of $14.95. Adding a pop of color into your daily wardrobe through shoes, a fun purse, pants, or even a cardigan is an easy way to embody spring.

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H&M Trousers, $14.95

Grooveshark Free Music Streaming

In a pinch for that perfect song but you don’t want to go to the iTunes store to buy it?  Wish you could listen to it for free without doing something illegal?  That is why I love Grooveshark.  You can legally stream music instantly from your computer and they literally have almost any song you can think of.  It is similar to Pandora but I think it is better as there are no commercials and you have more control over exactly what you want to hear.

Grooveshark is free and easy to sign up.  I just logged in through my facebook account. You can make your own playlists, listen to stations, and much more.  Being a free streaming surface, you can’t actually save and download any of the songs.  You always have to stream from the website.  This is sort of a bummer for people who want to make the music portable.  For this, Spotify is great.  You can download the app on an iPhone or Android and take the streaming wherever you like!  As expected, these free music options all have opportuities to splurge for a “premium account” where you get perks, better access, etc.  I never opt to go this route as the basic functions are all that I need.

At the end of the day, I’m a Grooveshark fan but do whatever works best for you.  Happy listening!

Quick Way to Dry Nail Polish

In a hurry with wet nails? Here is a quick way to speed up the drying process. I actually first read about this tip in one of my teenybopper magazines years ago (perhaps Seventeen?) and I still use it today!

In a sink or large bowl, add ice and water.  Stick your fingernails in the ice water and wait 2-3 minutes – then continue on with your daily activities!

Quick Dry Nail PolishPhoto courtesy of Real Simple

Miracle DIY Mask!

It seems like stress and the holiday season go hand in hand, right?  Who’s skin really enjoys all of the stress and craziness? Not mine! I found an amazing and super easy face mask to help relax my skin and reduce any inflammation and brighten it all at once without any harmful chemicals! What makes this mask even better? It’s DIY and can be done for under $10.00!

  • 2 Tablespoons Honey ($5.00 from Vons)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon  ($1.49 from Vons)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg       ($3.00 from Vons)
**Note** It’s always a good idea to do a small test of the mixture on a small patch of your skin to make sure you don’t have a reaction.

Mix all ingredients into a small bowl until they form a paste.

Apply to face in a circular motion until applied evenly on entire face. Let the mask sit for a half hour.

Wash the mask off with warm water in a circular motion for exfoliation

Voila! Your skin will feel refreshed, relaxed and bright!

An Idiot’s Guide to Sewing a Coat Button

I recently found myself in a fashion predicament: a few buttons on my favorite coat popped off.  My experience in sewing was limited to my middle school home-ec class, but I was determined to fix my buttons myself without a trip to the local alterations shop.

Luckily, I was able to find an easy, step-by-step guide online.

What you need:

  • A basic hand sewing needle
  • A double threaded thread, knotted
  • Button(s)
  • Jacket or coat


The video is easy to follow and sewing the buttons back on my coat was quick and harmless!  This is definitely a useful skill you will be able to use again and again in the future.

Go for a Polish Change!

As in nails, not people from Poland!

Do you love having natural, manicured nails because for some reason, you can never paint them as well as a professional?  Unfortunately, even when painted by a pro, the polish just doesn’t stay on.  No matter what, your nails are chipped within days of having them done.  Does this tempt you to go in for a manicure as often as once a week?  The bummer is, even the “cheap” express manicures/pedicures can be $15.00-25.00.

Solution?  Go for a polish change!  They aren’t as intensive as the manicure (no cuticle trimming, detailed shaping, or massage) but they will beautifully paint your nails, gloss them up with a good layer of top coat, and some will give some slight nail shaping.  You walk out in less than half the time with what looks like a fresh manicure.  The golden ticket: most places charge around $5.00!

It is a great option for in-between mani’s or when you want to try out a new color on a whim!

Photo Courtesy of Beaut.Ie

DIY Teeth whitener!

We all want to have those perfect white teeth.  But who can really see themselves spending $50.00 and up for teeth whiteners that can leave your teeth so sensitive you don’t even want to smile?

Here is a quick, super easy, and cheap DIY teeth whitener that works just as well!

What you need:

  • Toothpaste (use a paste instead of a gel)
  • One teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • Small mixing bowl

Put a small amount of your toothpaste into the bowl.  Mix in baking soda and water.  Thoroughly mix together and brush your teeth for two minutes.  Repeat once a week until your desired results are reached.  Once your teeth are sparkling, make sure you limit the use to once or twice a month.

Save that Gooey Nail Polish

We all have those bottles of nail polish that might be a little old and have gotten goopy, gooey, and gross.  Although they are impossible to use, you do not have to toss these out!  Most of the time, it is salvageable! Just add some nail polish remover to the bottle and shake it up.

Cutex Nail Polish remover, $2.69 at Walgreens

After your first try, check it out and see how smoothly it applies.  If it is still pretty thick, try again.  Do it a couple of times until you reach a good consistency that you can work with.

Another tip, don’t store your polishes where there is a lot of heat; this adds to the goop factor!

Pictured: Essie’s Casy Study.  $6.00-8.00