Melodrama’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

OK, this gift guide is totally last minute, like my shopping. My gifts always arrive late, but to me that just extends Christmas a little more and you end up with a little New Years gift. Right??? I am who I am.

If you’re like me and still need gift ideas for the hip and happening people in your life here’s a list of some of my favorites!

Cone Vase by Baigelman Glass

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Flamingo Tiki Glasses by Love and Victory

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Hand Painted Plaques from Everyday is a Holiday

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Ban.do Rose 17 Month Agendabando-il-agenda-17_month_medium-rose_parade-02_1024x1024For the kids…

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Star Diner Restaurant

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For the pet lover…

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The splurge…

Roccbox Portable Pizza Oven

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What’s on your list? Tell me some of your favorite things in the comments below!

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DIY Gold Accented Gift Boxes and Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Remember when getting clothes for Christmas was a big bummer when you were a kid? Nothing was worse than opening boxes filled with sweatshirts and socks. Isn’t it weird how much that changes as we get older? Now I love getting clothes for Christmas!

Something I like to do when giving apparel as gifts is to be as clever as possible with my gift wrapping. This year I teamed up with LOFT to bring you some easy and interesting ways to wrap your holiday presents.

Instead of wrapping your apparel boxes in the standard wrapping paper fare, try decorating them instead. There are a ton of ways to do this, and you probably have everything you need in your craft arsenal already. You can use markers, washi tape, stamps, stickers…just let your creativity flow.

DIY Gold Accented Gift BoxesI went with gold accented clothes boxes this year, so all I had to do was paint random brush strokes with gilding adhesive and then laid my gold leaf over it. I brushed the excess off and ended up with a really chic gold accented gift box.DIY Gold Accented Gift BoxesAnother thing I did was used metallic gold tape to create abstract line patterns.DIY Gold Accented Gift BoxesI’m telling you these are so easy and inexpensive but make a really beautiful presentation. Yay for DIY metallic gift boxes in any design you want!

Socks from LOFT used as stockings. Great gift!Another fun thing I like to do for stocking stuffers and little gifts is to use a cute pair of socks instead of standard Christmas stockings.Socks from LOFT used as stockings. Great gift idea!The socks act as an extra little gift that the recipient can actually wear and use.

Now go pick up a pack of cheap-o apparel boxes and decorate them to your hearts content!

 

This post was sponsored by LOFT through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about LOFT products, all opinions are my own. 

DIY: The Easiest DIY Christmas Wrapping Ever

Let’s face it, some people just aren’t that creative with wrapping presents. (Not me though, I’m wonderful.) Or maybe some of you just don’t want to mess around with all of the ornamental bows and ribbons. Maybe you just want to do something a little different and totally adorable. Well here’s the solution to your problem. Put it in a gift bag.

Just kidding! Chalkboard paper!

All you need is a roll of chalkboard paper and chalk markers, which are available at most craft stores. Chalkboard paper is just like a roll of wrapping paper so if you’re not that good at wrapping presents in general, this post wont help you (try here instead). I’m merely here to solve your creative problems. Basically you just wrap the gift as normal and then draw whatever custom design you want on it. Tada!!

DIY Chalkboard Wrapping Paper!!

A Gift Guide For Crafters and DIY Lovers

Christmas time is upon us! If you’re scrambling for gift ideas for your crafty friends and fam I have got the list for you. Here are my favorite gifts for DIYers this year. Please be warned that you may end up wanting these for yourself.
Crafter Gift Guide
Gam Hammer from Restoration Hardware
This is nifty little gam hammer from RH is my go-to tool for small jobs and crafts. But it’s not just a regular hammer. It has four built-in screwdrivers that fit perfectly together inside the handle like a set of handy Russian dolls. Plus it’s gold so it’s totally fancy and gift worthy. More like GLAM Hammer AMIRITE?

Screen Printing Kits from Speedball
Do you know someone who really wants to get into screen printing? Maybe that friend who always has an idea for a t-shirt or tote? Well then here is an all-in-one starter kit for the budding screen printer. Or maybe that person is you and you should get it for yourself so you can DIY all your gifts.

Perfume Kit from MarkersKit
This is for the beauty inspired DIYer or even just someone who likes to smell pretty. This perfume kit has everything you need to mix your own signature fragrance. Or, again, it’s one of those gifts you can totally get for yourself and then give away your scented concoctions as gifts. Win-win!

Martha Stewart Crafts Paints
This gift probably seems really basic to some, but in the eyes of a crafty person it is more than just paint. It is a necessity. An addition to a collection, even. It is hours of DIY beheld in little jars. It’s always needed and always appreciated. Put together of a few colors or pick one of the monthly paint sets.

Gold craft scissors
Every crafter and DIYer needs scissors, obviously. Multiple pairs even. But let’s get real, regular scissors are boring and not gift worthy. These however, are particularly adorable and useful. Besides their obvious aesthetic appeal, their smaller size makes them perfect for sewing and intricate cutting projects. They make a great stocking stuffer, too.

Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool
If you know a really intense crafter and you want to spend the money, you need to get them a Dremel Rotary Tool. These compact rotary tools can do amazing things from glass cutting to stone polishing to leather burnishing, and all with the quick change of the attachment head.

Go forth and give, my friends. Happy Christmas.

A Gift Guide For The Cooks And Food Lovers In Your Life

It should be no surprise that we love food around here, so when the holidays roll around I often find myself discovering a lot of food related gifts. Luckily most of the people in my life enjoy being in the kitchen too. I give them gifts like this and then they cook for me. It works out for all of us.

If you’re looking for a gift that’s under $60 for the cooks and food lovers in your life, here are my top picks that will get you an “OOH THANKS!” instead of an “Oh. Thanks…”. You’re welcome!
Melodrama Food Lover Gift Guide 2014

1. Cuisinart Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker –
I own and regularly use this ice cream maker. Every ice cream recipe you’ve seen here has been made with this baby. For $60 it’s a steal. It only has 3 pieces and is pretty compact compared to other models, so it’s easy to store in any size kitchen. The ice cream freezes in 20 minutes and produces a smooth, creamy texture. It also comes with a recipe booklet to get you started.

2. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Boxes and Cards
When you cook a lot you end up developing your own recipes. Obviously you need a place to store those recipes for ever and ever. These recipe boxes are the perfect solution and refill cards are available so you can trade hand written recipes with your friends.

3. Butter My Biscuit Kitchen Towel
Kitchens need towels and this one made me laugh. They’re hand screen printed, 100% cotton, and durable for heavy kitchen use.

4. Foodie Dice
I LOVE THESE. I was tired of living in perpetual “What’s for dinner?” hell and Foodie Dice came to the rescue. If you’re stumped by what to cook, roll the dice and get the answer. It’s like magic. Each dice has ingredients and cooking methods to get the ball rolling.

5. Lodge Cast Iron Combo Dutch Oven
We’re huge fans of cast iron cooking in our house. Our dutch oven combo gets the most use. It’s 3 kitchen staples in one: a pot, a skillet, and a dutch oven. You’ve probably seen it make a cameo or two in past recipes. Highly recommended.

6. Groceries & Shit Tote Bag
If you love to cook you obviously have to shop for ingredients and whatever. I particularly love this tote because it’s exactly what my answer would be if someone asked me what was in my tote.

Quick Christmas Wrapping Ideas and Tutorial

It’s Christmas Eve Eve! You’re probably doing last minute shopping and wrapping your gifts as fast as you can. Since I’m doing the same, I figured I’d put up this last minute wrapping tutorial and idea. I kept it simple this year with vintage looking paper from Rifle Paper Co., twine, and some cute holly toppers I made with left over felt from my felt tree tutorial.

Rifle Paper Co has these great wrapping paper sheets that I adore. They’re heavy duty and the perfect size for medium sized packages.

Rifle Paper Co.

I like to use only 3 pieces of tape (1 on bottom, 1 on each side) for a perfectly wrapped package that is easy to open. Everyone asks how I  wrap so neatly. Well, here’s how I do it.

WrappingTutorialOne piece of tape on the bottom to hold the paper close. Then I fold the sides in. Then fold the flaps down and tape closed. If your package is flatter just fold the pointy parts in like so.

WrappingI used twine to embellish with a simple bow.

wrapping tutorialFor a little something extra I used left over felt to make holly. I just used pinking sheers to cut leaf shapes and red felt balls. Glued them together with hot glue and stuck them to my packages with double sided tape.

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Christmas Wrapping

Wrapping Tutorial with DIY Holly topperAlright, guys. This HOHOHO is ready for Christmas!

Clever Gifts for Clever People – 2013

This is it! My last (minute) gift guide for 2013. Every man, woman, and child will want these things. Ok maybe not children but what do they know anyway?

clever gifts for clever peopleAre you ready to be inspired? I’m a really good gift giver so you should trust me. Today’s gift guide is all about <Oprah voice> CLEVER GIFTS FOR CLEVER PEOPLE!!!!!</Oprah voice>

GFDA1. GFDA Mug and Espresso Blend – The good people at Good Fucking Design Advice give good advice. Share that good advice with the ones you love. Maybe they need to remember to believe in them-fucking-selves while they drink their delicious and very bold fucking espresso roast. Sometimes nothing gets the message across better than the using F word. You all know it. By the way, all the GFDA merch is proudly designed and made in the USFA.

izola2. Toiletries from Izola – I LOVE Izola. They make really good quality, masculine products with a vintage utilitarian style. This is where you need to get those last minute practical gifts for your man. They have everything from toiletries to accessories. We really like this apothecary soap set and the brass comb makes an awesome stocking stuffer, but it’s ALL good stuff over at Izola.

zombie tarot3. The Zombie Tarot – I have a thing for tarot sets and this is one of the coolest I’ve seen. The cards have amazing vintage style zombie themed art and the accompanying instruction book has  silly but fitting descriptions of each card’s meaning. Also in the booklet you’ll fine fake 1950s ads for weapons and anti-zombie products. Perfect for your creepy, zombie loving friends and family.

bkr4. bkr Water Bottle – bkr water bottles are the trendiest reusable glass water bottles on earth right now. With their modern look and adorable colors, they’re almost like a fashion accessory. Each glass bottle is covered in a colorful silicone sleeve that provides great grip and protects the glass. You can pick from over 20 different adorable colors to suit your style. The bottle has a one inch opening for no-spill sipping and they’re BPA-free and phthalate free. A portion of all proceeds goes to clean water and cancer foundations.

spices5. The Mobile Foodie Survival Kit – This stackable spice stick is brought to us from the fine people at PLANT. This is a smart gift for that food snob friend (or husband…) who’s always like “This could use some more oregano. This needs a dash more of salt. I would really like to see how dill would affect this.”. The stackable pots of seasonings can be mixed and matched to your own preference and easily thrown in a bag for on the go food snobbery. Each set includes 13 pocket-size pots of organic herbs and spices—including basil, cayenne, curry, dill, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, onion, sea salt, black pepper, and rosemary. You smell the quality as soon as you open the package. This is also a socially responsible company you can feel good about purchasing from. Try their toiletries too!

TravelHoodiePillow6. The Travel HoodiePillow – It’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a travel pillow WITH A HOOD. Nothing makes me happier than this pillow. If you’re as socially awkward on airplanes as I am, then this is the thing for you. I would always made sure to wear a hoodie during flights so I could hide in my own little cottony cocoon but then my neck pillow wouldn’t stay on because of the hood being in the way and then I’d get hot and UGH. Now I have my hood and pillow together in one harmonious nap accessory. It comes in 5 colors of sweat shirt material and is genius.

anything is possible7. quotable Scented Candle – quotable cards is a shop for the word lover. Their accessories all have inspirational quotes that are meant to motivate and inspire. This candle says “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE” (because it’s true), it’s 100% palm wax, a 40 hour burn time, and has a wild currant scent.

powercup for charging everything!8. The Powercup – The Powercup is awesome and so very clever. It fits right in your cup holder and can power almost anything. It has 1 usb port for charging cellphones and the sort, but it also has 2 regular sockets so you can power up anything you want. Flat irons, laptops, your coffee maker, whatever! It’s great for road trips!

That’s it for 2013’s gift guides! I hope you choose to support small and local businesses this year. Also, if you feel like being less of an asshole this holiday season, please give whatever time and money you can to charities and foundations that give back to people, animals, and our communities.