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A DIY Box for Crafters

Here’s a great gift for a crafty friend or family member – WhimseyBox! Each month, for $15, a box arrives at your doorstep with everything you need to complete a fun project including materials and instructions. Gift subscriptions can be purchased for 3 mos. for $45, for 6 mos. for $90, or for a full year for $165. Each Whimseybox includes:

  • DIY Project Materials
  • Project Instructions
  • Reusable Organization Box
  • 5×7 Collectible Art Print
  • Free Shipping

To get started, click here to go to their Gift Subscription page. Here are some of their recent projects:



Concert Tickets

Concert tickets are a way cool experiential gift – especially if the recipient is someone who is really into music. Buying 2 or 4 tickets to see one of their favorite bands can easily create an experience that stays with them for years to come and they’ll have you to think of and thank each time they remember the experience. If you’re unsure of what type of music they like, you could instead get a gift certificate or gift card that covers the face value cost of the tickets + any purchase fees. Here are some sites that will help you see upcoming shows in different cities nationally with links to purchase tickets:

If you’re looking for tickets to a show that has sold out or you are looking for seats that aren’t available from the main ticket seller, these sites may be helpful:

This type of gift experience can also easily include tickets to a play or a sporting event. Giving someone the opportunity to experience something that they’ll enjoy and help them create happy memories is a gift that can’t go wrong!

Pic from Flickr User Beograd


World Wildlife Fund

Is your intended gift recipient an animal lover? The World Wildlife Fund offers a Gift Adoption Card that is a cute and charitable way to give. These cards, which can be purchased in increments of $50, are a symbolic “adoption” of an animal.  The recipient can choose which type of animal to adopt (from over 100 different species!) and will receive a thank you gifts that include:


  • A soft plush version of their adoption animal
  • A Species Spotlight card full of fascinating information about the animal
  • A handsome 5″x7″ adoption certificate, suitable for framing
  • A beautiful 5″x7″ full-color photo of their adoption animal
  • A drawstring gift bag

They’ll receive something tangible as a thank you and the best part is that the donation goes toward supporting WWF’s conservation efforts worldwide. This is a great gift for kids as they’ll learn about the WWF, feel the good that comes from giving to charity, but will still get something cuddly to love.


To learn more about this program, click here. To learn more about the World Wildlife Fund and their conservation efforts, visit their main website at


DIY Monogrammed Art

This is a super easy, and super customize able gift idea – and a great addition to any room! What is it? Washi Tape Monogram Art!

If you’re not familiar with Washi Tape – you will be soon as it has been sweeping the craft world in the US recently. According to, the washi tape phenomenon began in 2006 as a group of Japanese artists approached a tape manufacturer asking for colorful, decorative tapes. With the initial success, more colors and patterns were introduced and now there are TONS of options and it is readily available in craft stores and also for purchase online. Here’s a great application for it that can be modified depending on the occasion: washi tape monograms!

All you will need is some washi tape in the colors and patterns of your choice, a way to print block letters, scissors to cut them out, and a nice frame for a finishing touch. Visit Lia Griffith’s website for the full set of instructions! The pictures below are from her site – don’t they look great?! Once you’re there, browse, because her site is filled with awesome ideas!

WashiMonogramArt              WashiTapeMonogram

These could easily be done for a baby shower, a wedding shower, or a housewarming gift. Everyone loves a personalized gift and the gorgeous colors and patterns available in washi tape make it easy to make something beautiful!

Nerdblock: Subscription Boxes for Nerds!

We just heard about Nerdblock, a subscription box service for nerds, and it looks pretty great. Basically, you subscribe, give them your t-shirt size, and then each month you’ll receive a box with a new t-shirt and some cool toys. They’re involved with brands like Marvel, Disney, Nintendo, and Star Wars – so you know there’s going to be great stuff in those boxes! It’s only $19.99 per month.. but if you’re interested, subscribe today, because there are a limited number of boxes that go out each month.

These boxes would make a great gift.. but we won’t blame you if you sign up for yourself!

For more information, or to sign up, visit

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