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“Black Friday” is nearly upon us, again, followed by the so-called “Cyber Monday”. It’s the height of the holiday shopping season. Why bother with run-of-the-mill gifts this year when there are so many fabulous gifts for geeks out there? Get something memorable! Here are a few ideas to get you started. Plus, you can avoid the malls by shopping online.
The Geekery Category on Etsy.com is chock-full of, well, geeky gifts, such as:
Chemistry-Themed Crayon Labels
Art meets science in these labels. For your children, or for yourself.
Caffeine-Molecule Upcycled Coffee Mugs
Face it, most of us rely on the ubiquitous caffeine molecule every day. Let people know just how much their lives are impacted by chemistry by showcasing this mug at the office.
Nerdy Baby ABC’s and 123’s Flash Cards
Give your baby (or a friend’s baby) a head start in life with these flash cards, designed by a chemical engineer for her kids. I bought some for my children and for some friends.
Snorg Tees Geek-Nerd Section
There’s a tee for every nerd at the Snorg Tees shop. Some feature inside jokes that only the initiated will understand. You dig?
The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine
Specially-formatted paper is designed so you can photograph the pages and convert them directly to pages in your Evernote notebooks. Fabulous!
December is almost here – it’s time to get ready. It doesn’t have to be expensive, either! Christmas is a great time of year to make crafts with your kids, or on your own. Have a Do-It-Yourself Christmas this year – start by making an Advent Calendar. Here are some of my favourite ideas:
Advent Gift Tags (pictured) – here’s a set I made using the Candlelight Christmas designer paper and 25 and Counting stamp set from Stampin’ Up! Pretty ribbon is used to tie the tags to any gifts you choose. I also made a set using paper favour boxes, by adhering punched out snowflakes with the 25-and-counting images (also shown at right). The boxes are thumb-tacked to a cork board that was covered with Christmas paper and ribbon.
Other ideas to inspire you:
Canadian Living Home & Crafts has a ton of great ideas, including an Advent Calendar:
DIY Christmas: Make a chic Advent calendar – Canadian Living.
Martha Stewart, always a go-to:
The Crafty Crow – A Children’s Craft Collective
This site is a treasure trove of ideas, including these ones. Many use recycled and scrap materials and will appeal to kids: http://www.thecraftycrow.net/2010/11/24-advent-calendars-to-make.html
You probably know that Fiskars makes a lot of fabulous scissors and other cutting/punching tools for papercrafting. I just discovered their Crafts website – here is a link to their Advent Calendar ideas:
I love my daughters, and I love the artwork they so proudly bring home. They’ve clearly worked very hard on most of it, which makes it so difficult to do a little home organizing…(read: get rid of the piles and piles of paper that accumulated all last year). Yes, I feel guilty saying “get rid of”. I keep 12×12 scrapbook albums for the most precious items. My mother kept a box of the most treasured artwork, certificates, awards, and report cards for each of her four children.
This year my goal is to keep the memories, not the paper. How? By taking a photograph of each project, and compiling those into a photobook using digital design software (My Digital Studio2 from Stampin’ Up!). I had thought about this in previous years, but what nudged me into action was seeing the example by Amy Swartz, here: http://mydigitalstudio.net/profiles/blogs/mds-2-amy-keeps-memories-and-cleans-house. Armed with coffee and my iPhone (4s, not 5), I’m ready for action. I’ll start with a photo book template and customize it as needed. It would be easy to make the pages seasonally themed.
It will take some work, and some of the more complex or multi-page items don’t translate well into 2D format. (Last year my oldest daughter made her own version of The Paper Bag Princess, and won kudos for her excellent work – that project will be kept in the scrapbook!) But I think it will be worth it, and our family will not have to drown in all that paper. Plus, it would make a nice gift for their grandparents at Christmas time.
Make these adorable Halloween characters using the Stampin’ Up! Ghoulish Googlies bundle. We gave a set to one of my daughter’s friends as a birthday gift, and she loved it!
I used Nazli Gelin Garden size 10 crochet thread to transform my daughter’s shirt into something special.