Thursday, December 1, 2011

Day 1 of the 25 Days of Christmas 2011

Today's card is cut with my Cricut and the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge. Most of my cards use one pack of last year's holiday SU paper. I think it was from the mini, it's retired and I can't find the name of it anywhere. The sentiment is from PTI and I used stickles to make my ornament sparkly. Below, find some Christmas ideas.

I'm starting off my 25 Days of Christmas with some Christmas lists as well as some crafty goodness. The first list is the 10 Best Non-Crafty Gifts. Above you see #1 and #2 on my list. #1 is a Kindle Fire. It does movies, apps, games, music, reading and more. This tablet is awesome and at $199.00, half the price of and IPAD.

#2 is a Kindle (or Kindle Fire). Many people predict that book readers will become dinosaurs with the advent of the Tablet and while that may be true, a dedicated reader might be the perfect thing for someone who cannot afford a tablet and the inevitable subscriptions and apps or for someone older who really just wants to read. It's easy to use, stores a ton of books and you can adjust the text size which is perfect for an older adult!

#3 is an Isi Twist and Sparkle Beverage Carbonating System (about $50.00), BevMo, William Sonoma and Amazon all carry this and I am sure many other retailers. I did a lot of research about soda makers and after I got it, I found that it was just perfect for my needs. It literally is a little wand that you put the CO2 cartridge in and this bottle, you put the wand in and twist and voila instant carbonated beverages. My mom uses it for water and we all love putting juice in it, you also can put wine and other alcoholic beverages too!

4. Breville Pie Maker from Williams Sonoma about $100.00. This is on my wishlist and if you watch the video, you will want one too! Super easy to use fast, makes 4 pies in about 12 minutes. I can see savory and sweet pies and would really fun to use with the kids!

#5 is the Flip Ultra HD Video Camera about $105.00. I know we can all use our cells phones to make videos now, but it's nice to have something easy to use dedicated to the task, plus what if you're recording and you get a phone call?

#6 is a DSLR camera and I have chosen the Canon Eos Rebel about $500.00. A splurge, but I love mine - super easy to use, great pics, a nice buy for a beginner's SLR camera which an run you well ove $1000.00 for a super fancy one.

#7 is skincare products - the good stuff. As we get older, we can use all the help we can get. My grandmother has the absolutely hands down , most beautiful skin for 83 years old. She uses Ponds and Oil of Olay but for some of us that stuff is a little greasy. My skin is very sensitive and prone to breakouts when using any kind of product that clogs pores even a tiny bit.

The Skincare Day Moisture protection by Shiseido is about $40.00 but if you have the kind of skin that breaks out easily, this is the best moisturizer ever. It's light non-greasy and is SPF 15. It's like water folks!

A friend of mine swears by Hope in a Jar by Philosophy but it has no SPF and I haven't tried it but it runs about $38.00.

I got a coupon code to try this skincare line called Muvazi. It's a splurge for the whole line at $120.00 but so far I love how soft it makes my skin feel, its made in house with organic ingredients and its suppose to help with age spots and lines, not that I have a ton of those, but I wouldn't mind having my skin look a little younger if you know what I mean.

#8 is also on my list from The Sharper Image, it's a Compact Elliptical Trainer for all of us lazy people. I have no idea if it works great but I love the idea ofbeing able to work out while watching TV and it has a small footprint too!. It's about $130.00.

#9 is a slide and negative converter about $130 from The Sharper Image. If you are as old as me, you have pics from before the digital revolution. This handy gadget captures the image and coverts them to digital format - there is also one that will take scans of your old pictures and convert them into digital format too - that one runs about $150.00.

#10 is a Mommy necklace which I bought one for my mom last year with all of her grandchildren's names on it. You can find them all over on etsy. They run roughly $35.00 and up. A very nice personalized gift.

I hope that you all find today's post useful. It's so hard to buy presents so hopefully this will give you some ideas. Tomorrow's post will be crafty gifts to give or receive!

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MaryBeth said...

Thanks for all the good shopping ideas! Love your card too, the stickles really make it pop! Great job!

girlia said...

Great card. I love that ornament on Art Philosophy.

Dawn said...

Awesome list of gifts...I want them ALL!!!!!