Teacher Christmas Gift-Hot Cocoa Theme

Being pregnant and sick and tired, I just didn’t have it in me this year to get crazy creative with my daughters preschool teachers gift.  A quick run to World Market for some goodies to make a Hot Cocoa cup was just what I needed to dazzle up my gift card gifts. You can see how I’ve dazzled up a gift card for past teachers {HERE & HERE}.  All you need is a giant mug…because really…who wants a puny cup of hot cocoa?!?!  Not I.  Hot cocoa mix, a yummy treat, mini jar to hold some marshmallows, gift card and BAM…you have an amazing gift.  I also use Printables a lot, that I save on a Pinterest board when I find cute ones.  Then, I have great gift tags when I need them in a pinch.  This adorable little darling I found on Smitten Blog Designs.  Thank the stars for talented and giving graphic designers and their free Printables!  Boy do they make you look good in a pinch.

Jennifer Bishop Design| Hot Cocoa Teacher Gift

Jennifer Bishop Design| Hot Cocoa Teacher Gift

 

Iron Anniversary Gifts

Being that my Wedding Anniversary just passed I’ve had Iron on the brain which is the 6 year Traditional gift.  After our wedding, my husband and I thought it would be fun to follow the Traditional Anniversary Gift List .  At the time, we weren’t realizing how difficult it would be.  Throw a baby into the mix, and I will say that we did get off track a couple years but have been able to pull off a few great ones over the years.  I’ll share those in some upcoming posts.

My husband came to me this year and said “Iron is the gift this year.  I think we should pick something out for our home together.”  Now what he was really saying was “I know I’ll pick something, my designer wife won’t like and I’ll be doomed for an eternity.”  Yep probably so.  I really like the idea of using the gift thing to collect items for our home.  Items that have meaning and a story behind them are always better than just a “thing”.  My butt doesn’t need candy…my allergies don’t need flowers…so yeah let’s do iron!

I’ve collected a few ideas to illustrate just how you can take the iron anniversary year and incorporate items into your home.  Some are quite literal as an iron chandelier (you will see this in a client design in a few months), some create something to do, like roasting marshmallows around an iron fire pit.  I also like to find items that aren’t so literal.  If iron isn’t exactly your thing, you can do artwork of something iron, like a doorknocker.  Go wine tasting! There are quite a few wineries with the word “iron” in their name.  You can take photos on your trip and use them in your home.

Whichever way you go, it’s about the memory.  Collecting items over time that have a story behind them…like your iron anniversary gift…is what makes a house a home.

Six Light Iron Chandelier | Urban Fire Pit | Iron Canopy Bed | Oyster Shell Lantern | Door Knocker Art | Antler Melody Hook Marble & Iron Coffee TableIronstone Wine

 

 

 

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