12 Edible Gifts to Make + Give

Your coworkers. The mail carrier. Your child’s teachers. Neighbors.

This list could easily be a mile long, it’s the one that names everyone who deserves a little something special this holiday season. And nothing says thank you for being amazing more than a homemade gift, bonus points if that gift is edible. Here are twelve recipes sure to put a smile on each and every one of those faces.

 

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20 Super Rad Gifts

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1/ a black cast iron fondue set for your cousin who wants to borrow yours
2/ a set of four brew espresso cups for someone who can’t stop won’t stop
3/ a chic candle snuffer for your mom who always has one burning
4/ a ceramic flask for your uncle who loves the outdoors

 

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5/ a double ended highlighter set for the students in your life
6/ an Esym scent pod for your best friend’s stocking
7/ a pair of gold agate bookends for your aunt who’s a librarian
8/ a Juniper 37G knife for your friend who always has one in their pocket

 

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9/ a Lomo Instant Sanremo + 3 lenses for your dad who loves photography
10/ an overdue notecard set for your grandmother who still writes to her childhood friend
11/ a maple sugar cube for the sweet-tooth
12/ a set of four frosted stout beer glasses for your friend who loves craft beer

 

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13/ a One iOS lightning charger for the workaholic
14/ a SOMA glass water bottle for your super healthy aunt
15/ a Soundflex bluetooth speaker for your friend who bikes every weekend
16/ a standing pen for the one who’s forever asking to borrow one

 

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17/ a torq nutcraker for your grandfather who loves snacking on nuts by a fire
18/ an acrylic chess set for your best friend’s uber smart kiddo
19/ Wild Medicine soap & crystal for your boho pal
20/ a bottle of winter oil bath for the one who needs to slow down and relax

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Shop to Stop Diabetes

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It’s been awhile, but about two and a half years ago I shared with you that I’d been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This past May my numbers finally leveled out where they need to be which was fantastic news, and it felt like something to be celebrated because a lot of hard work and self-control went into getting there. Since that first day I’ve become well-versed in not only the disease but in the ways to support a cure. Hopefully the world will see one in my lifetime, and that hope is owed in no small part to the American Diabetes Association.

This holiday season I’m teaming up with the ADA and their Gift of Hope program, an annual holiday gift catalog whose funds go to support their mission to fund research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes. The program began in 1971 when several Minneapolis area parents of children with diabetes wanted to do something to fight back against the disease. They started selling holiday cards to raise money and since then the program has raised more than $26 million. No small feat!

There are lots of lovely gifts to choose from – I have my eye on this tote, a portable picnic blanket, this all-natural cookbook, and these plaid dish towels for the holidays. The Believe decoration above is getting wrapped up for my aunt who loves Christmas more than any other holiday!

This post sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Please consider shopping with Gift of Hope this holiday season. It’s a cause near and dear to my heart that affects me directly, thank you for supporting the brands that support Design Crush!

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Mega Holiday Card Roundup

The leftover turkey is gone, maybe the tree is up, are the holiday cards written out? I had the best intentions of writing mine out Saturday, but instead spent most of the day working (Whomp, whomp.) I love sitting down at the dining room table with a big selection and picking out the perfect one for each address on my list. Here are fifty holiday cards and makers worth a second glance, with a side note that I’ve only shared one from each so if you like what you see dive deeper!

 

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11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20

 

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21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30

 

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31 / 32 / 33 / 34 / 35 / 36 / 37 / 38 / 39 / 40

 

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41 / 42 / 43 / 44 / 45 / 46 / 47 / 48 / 49 / 50

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Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales

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And Other Stories // 50% off select items Friday through Monday

Anthropologie // 30% off sitewide with code LETSGO

ASOS // 20% off sitewide and in store with code GOGOGO and 30% off sitewide and in store with code THANKFUL30 Thursday through Tuesday

Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items sitewide Thursday through Saturday online, Thursday through Monday in store

BirchBox // Sales starting at 10% off

Bloomingdale’s // Extra 25% off a large selection of items sitewide

Boden // 30% off and free shipping and returns

CB2 // 15% off full price items with code SAVE15 and free standard shipping on orders $29+ Thursday through Monday

Crane & Canopy // 20% off site woe with code THANKS through Monday

Crate & Barrel // 15% off full price items and free standard shipping on orders $49+ Thursday through Monday

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Free People // 50% off select styles through Monday

Furbish Studio // 20% off site wide Thursday through Tuesday with code HOLIDAY20

Glossier // 20% off and free shipping through Monday

H&M // up to 70% up plus $3 deals and free shipping

Kiehl’s // Now through 12/1 $20 off orders of $65+ with code JINGLE

Macy’s // lots of great markdowns plus free shipping $50+

Madewell // 25% off your entire purchase with code THATSALE

Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on all holiday Wednesday through Sunday with code BF2016

ModCloth // 20% off no thresh,  30% off $100+,  40% off $200+ Wednesday through Sunday with codes FRIDAY20, FRIDAY30, FRIDAY40

Molton Brown // 25% off sitewide  and free shipping Thursday through Monday

Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items Thursday through Monday

NYLON // 25% off sitewide Friday through Monday with code FRIDAY25

Old Navy // 50% off the entire store Black Friday

Shopbop // Spend $200+ get 15% off; Spend $500+ get 20% off; Spend $800+ get 25% off through Monday with code GOBIG16

Sole Society // 30% off all footwear, select bags, and accessories Friday through Monday

TOPSHOP // Up to 50% off select items

Tarte Cosmetics // 25% off with code FRIYAY

Target // so many great sales!

Urban Outfitters // buy one get one 50% off all apparel

VERB // Free shipping on all order and free tote bag with orders over $44 with code THANKSYALL Friday through Monday

AHeirloom // free shipping with code AHFRIDAY through Saturday

All Modern // save up to 70% on furniture and décor with an additional 25% Monday off with code MODERNMONDAY

Boots & Arrow // 30% off with code BLACKBOOTS30 through Sunday

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Ellovi // all products are buy one get one free, Friday through Monday

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Leesa Sleep // $75 off a mattress and earn a $50 Amazon gift card

Little Paper Planes // 20% off online only Friday through Sunday with code LPPHOLIDAY

Modernica // lots of great deals including their vintage collection for the first time

MOO // 30% off everything Monday through Wednesday

Moop // 10% off with code ALLTHEGOODTHINGS through Tuesday

Moorea Seal // up to 70% off everything Friday

Need Supply // extra 20% off sale items

Parachute // Monday only 15% off everything online

Poketo // 25% off for Friday with code GIFTART

Rifle Paper Co. // up to 30% off everything Friday

Sapling Press // 25% off with code EXTRASTUFFING through Tuesday

Amazon // all of the deals, plus a new deal up to every five minutes from now until Dec. 22, with the best saved for the five days between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday

Goldyn // 30% off storewide Friday through Monday with code ALL BLACK EVERYTHING

Still House // 20% off Friday

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Happy Thanksgiving

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DIY Thanksgiving Greenery Garland

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’re spending the day with friends and family, eating lots of good things and enjoying one another’s company far into the evening hours. I’m hosting the holiday at my house for the third year, and luckily the greenery and some of the flowers have held up since last weekend’s party. Check in later for our cyber week deals post and we’ll be back to regularly scheduled content tomorrow! I’m oh so grateful for your readership, friends.

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Holiday Curb Appeal

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Things move at an exceptionally fast speed during the holiday season, especially when it comes to decorating. Case in point – Saturday my porch was covered in pumpkins for my housewarming party and today it’s nearly ready for Christmas! I’ve teamed up with Boscov’s to share with you how the transition of my place is shaping up.

 

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The necessity of good curb appeal is preached the real estate market over, but it also can be taken as a way to make your home feel welcoming before guests ever step foot inside. I wanted both sides of the semicircular set of stairs leading up to the front door to mimic each other, so I chose pairs of everything. Two 10-inch tall white LED lanterns, two 14-inch tall red LED lanterns with timer, and two 2-foot tall Northampton LifeLike Shrubs. I’m really drawn to the three different types of lighting each piece uses – candle, traditional string of lights, and mini twinkle lights – because they add so much visual interest. And though I’m not normally someone who’s drawn to glitter, I love the touches of silver on those shrubs!

 

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This Camdon Fir diamond shaped Christmas wreath is my favorite touch. You’ve seen other photos of my home and know how I love mixing my own modern pieces with the older charm of the place, so this really couldn’t be a better suited piece of decor. The diamond shape fits just perfectly into the large leaded glass window of the door! I simply added a simple bronze prayer bell to show off the new entry set and give everything a bit of bohemian flair.

 

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Just inside the entryway I did a little something as well. Some miniature Lemax decorative trees lined up on the mirror’s shelf are an unexpected touch of simple decor. I plan on adding to this little collection with a few bottlebrush trees I have in other colors as well.

 

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Did you see this illuminated Bethlehem star?! It was super easy to put together and plugs in right under the bench for the prettiest glow. You can also use it outdoors under cover, which would be a real showstopper. I have a feeling this is one of those pieces that I’ll move around a few times – in the entry, near the fireplace, maybe on the landing of the stairs. Whatever corner could use a little extra glow at any given moment.

I hope your holiday season is off to a fantastic start! We’ll be sharing plenty of inspiration, projects, and recipes over the coming month so stay tuned.

 

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This post sponsored by Boscov’s. I received product and compensation in exchange, though all words and opinions are my own as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content!

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14 Advent Calendars to Make or Buy

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24 Day Christmas Advent Calendar

Some things never change, like the fact that advent calendars are one of my favorite Christmas traditions! My Mom still buys me one every November in anticipation of December 1st. I love that they come in any number of forms (paper, garland, wall hanging, display) and serve any number of purposes (countdown, gifts, candy, activities) – but in the end it’s all about the building of anticipation!

 

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Advent Calendar Candle

 

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Advent Calendar Miniature Stockings

 

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Advent Calendar

 

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Christmas Advent Calendar Download

 

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DIY Greeting Card Advent Calendar

 

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DIY Mini Mail Advent Calendar

 

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DIY Modern Advent Calendar

 

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DIY Modern Rug Advent Calendar

 

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DIY Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar

 

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Printable Advent Calendar Tags

 

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Santa and Reindeer Hanging Advent Calendar

 

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Tiny Village Advent Calendar Printable

 

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Wood Countdown Calendar

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You’re Invited: Thanksgiving Dinner

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I’m in serious denial that we’re halfway through November with Thanksgiving only a little over a week away – anyone else? I’ll be hosting for my family for the third year in a row, so it’s nearly down to a science at this point without a lot of guesswork or planning. But, you guys know how I love to plan imaginary holiday get togethers (see Thanksgivings past: 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015) so I couldn’t break with tradition no way, no how.

 

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Earl Grey Bourbon Punch // Grapefruit-Lemongrass Cocktail // Smokey Harvest Apple Cider Margaritas

Few things are more welcoming than showing up to a holiday spent with family and friends and being handed a cocktail. I like to have bar basics on hand for traditional libations, but a few specialties mixed up as well. Pitchers are great for this purpose, just label them with the cocktail inside. A nice punch in a bowl is even easier, just add a ladle and guests can feel free to serve themselves.

 

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Ceramic Marbleized Vases // DIY Acrylic Menu // DIY Blue & White Olive Holiday Wreath // DIY Metal Fall Leaf Garland // Molded Plaster Candlesticks // DIY Origami Cornucopia // Round Beeswax Pillar Candles // Small Brass Candleholders // Translucent Tealight Cups

This time of year I’m especially drawn to all things warm and inviting, so I want to have lots of candles sitting in out of the way places as well as on the dining table. Mix things up a little with different heights and widths to add interest. I also want vases full of greenery, a big full wreath on the front door, and the menu posted somewhere in a fun way so guests know what we’ll be eating.

 

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Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Tartines // Dark Beer Cheese Fondue // Slice and Bake Cheese Crackers

While guests are milling around talking to one another give them something to nibble on. I like how these particular three contain different levels of involvement – if you’re a little munchy go with the crackers, a little more the tartness, skipped lunch go for the fondue!

 

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Circle Chopping Block // Copper Louise Bowl // Copper Salad Serving Spoons // Faceted Marble Cheese Knives // Glass Cheese Dome with Oak Base // Ivalo Punch Bowl Set // Large Porcelain Serving Bowl // Round Nesting Ramekins // Serving Platter // Serving Dishes // Trap Pitcher // Acacia Tiered Server

Serving pieces are my absolute favorite part of planning any meal. For this one I’m opting to stay close to that warm and cozy feeling I already mentioned by using lots of wood, metal, glass, and ceramic pieces. The warm tones all pull together so nicely, and solid pieces like this are great for any season throughout the year.

 

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Blackline Stoneware Plates // Blue Chambray Cotton Dinner Napkins // Brass and Walnut Rail Trivet // Brass Photo Stands // Dearborn Wine Glasses // DIY Leather Napkin Rings // Flat Iron Trivet // Washed Linen Tablecloth // Aquarelle 5-Piece Place Setting // Brass Salt Spoon and Ceramic Cellar // Latte Mug Set // Porcelain Gray Plates Set

More of the same for the table itself. And though my table isn’t large enough to set out the entire spread of food, I like to pull in a few trivets. If I see guests going back for seconds on something in particular it’s easy enough to make room for one or two of the more popular dishes. I also like for my dinner and dessert dishes to feel related but not match, in this case both are a sort of stoneware grey.

 

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Challah Bread Stuffing // Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Parmesan Sauce // Gin Brined Turkey // Hasselback Roasted Beets // Homemade Turkey Gravy // Orange-Cranberry Chutney // Roasted Cauliflower with Breadcrumbs, Capers, Almonds & Raisins // Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing // The Ultimate Stuffed Artichoke // Toasted Sesame Mashed Potatoes // Whole Grain Apple Butter Parmesan Biscuits with Honey Sage Syrup // Wine-Braised Rainbow Carrots with Sage

This entire year I’ve been trying to eat close to the Earth, less processed food and more real food. My menu keeps in line with my intention, lots of vegetables and grains to feed and nourish the mass around the table. And all of it delicious!

 

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Cardamom Pear Upside-Down Cake // Mile High Apple Pie // Pumpkin Tiramisu Cake

Ahhh, now we’re down to it. The best part of the meal in my humble opinion, the sweet finish! At my house we usually take a little break between the main meal and dessert for everything to digest and settle, a (very competitive) game of Yahtzee is usually involved. Dessert is then had, to-go bags packed up full to the top, and goodbye hugs given.

I hope your Thanksgiving planning goes smoothly, friends!

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DIY Halloween House Monster

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I always decorate for Halloween, but there’s no formula. Some years it’s only a porch full of pumpkins and others it’s something a little more. This year I decided that the windows in my guest room were begging for eyeballs.

 

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And that’s how it started, with six dollars worth of poster board and a pair of scissors. My first thought was that I’d like for them to be a bit larger, maybe even bigger than the windows themselves, but I was happy. I shared this photo on Instagram and Facebook as an afterthought.

 

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And that’s when the design by committee began! Several friends and followers suggested that the large living room window directly below needed teeth. And they were 100% correct, so back out came the scissors and leftover paper scraps.

 

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A window full of neon yellow snaggleteeth later and more suggestions came pouring in. Friends who live in town started driving by with their children in tow and I even caught a few snapping photos.

 

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The last suggestion that I entertained was the addition of some mean eyebrows with the last two scraps, which definitely made this DIY Halloween house monster complete. All-in-all it was a blast to create and I can’t wait to see the looks on trick-or-treaters’ faces in a few weeks!

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