DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine’s Day

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

Today we are going to make these super cute do it yourself macrame keychains to gift to all your girlfriends for Galentine’s Day!

It’s only fitting that Galentine’s Day is featured on the Galista.

If you’re not a Parks and Recreation fan (which let’s just say you totally should be), let me catch you up here. The idea of Galentine’s Day was first created by NBC’s Parks and Recreation in Season 2 Episode 16. Leslie Knope, the main character on the show, creates this holiday to celebrate all the special women in her life. On February 13th, the day before Valentine’s day, all the females in her life leave the boyfriends and husbands behind to celebrate their best gal pals.

Not only do I love the idea of celebrating the amazing women in my life, but I also just miss the magic of exchanging valentines. Anyone else?

If you do, yay! Bohemian is totally having a moment right now, which is what inspired me to create this project. I am all in and totally invested in this project.

Parks and Recreation+ boho vibes+celebrating awesome women+ cheesy pun= why I’m so excited to share this super easy DIY all your gal pals will surely appreciate!

 

Supplies Needed

Keychain rings (I used these Swivel Snap hooks in “Antique Brass” and “Gunmetal”)

Yarn of some sort (I used this cotton rope also from Hobby Lobby)

Scrapbook paper or Craft Paper

Scissors

Comb

 

Before we get into all the steps I’m going to link you some helpful video resources (though I’ll also be showing you in picture form). This was the first macrame I’d ever created so these were super helpful in learning to create the two knots I used. The first basic knot lark’s head knot. And the second is the diagonal half hitch knot also referred to as the diagonal clove hitch knot.

Reform Fibers creates awesome YouTube videos. I definitely recommend you check out the videos if you’d like to see these knots in action.

Let’s get crafty gals!

 

1. Secure your keychain ring to a table with some tape. This is important so you don’t have to worry about holding your ring in place while you are trying to create your design. I’ve seen some people hang their piece on a hook but personally, I recommend taping it down. It made the process much easier for me.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

2. Next, if you purchased the same cotton rope “Natural Cord 4.5 mm (SKU:1429513)” as I did your first step is going to be unraveling the 3 pieces wrapped around each other. This will give you smaller strands to work with. These smaller strands will show the detail much better.

 

 

3. Measure and cut four 37″ strands.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista
How To: Lark’s Head Knot

4. Now, we are going to create our first knot (lark’s head knot). Don’t worry it’s super simple. Fold your strands in half, then hold the point in the middle of the keychain ring like so. Now, simply pull the bottom part through the loop. Repeat this four times so all the rope is connected to your keychain ring.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

5. If you purchased a keychain that rotates, turn to the side of the knot that you prefer shows. I like the right best.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista
How To: Diagonal Half Hitch Knot

5. We now have 8 strands. We are going to be working in half (only four strands at a time) and joining them later. Take your first strand (also called lead cord) and hold it diagonally to your right. Now, create a “4” with the second strand over your lead cord. Pull the end up and through the four creating your first diagonal half hitch knot. Now do that again with the same cords. As you go you will knot each strand twice to secure the design.

 

 

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6. Continue holding your first strand (your lead cord) diagonally. Now move on to strand 3, place strand 3 over strand one creating a “4”. Pull the strand up and through. Do this a second time to secure the design.

 

 

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7. Again, continue holding your first strand at a diagonal to your bottom right. Place strand 4 over strand 1 creating a 4 with the rope. Pull the strand up and through. As you can see, there are six knots in each row because you are doing each string that isn’t the lead cord twice. Congrats! You have completed your first line of diagonal half hitch knots. If you mess up remember its just knots you can simply undo it and try again 🙂

 

 

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8. To keep things simple we are still going to work on the same side. You are going to repeat what you just did with the first row of knots right under it. Remember to hold your lead cord diagonally down and create the four with each strand. Make 3 total rows as shown above.

 

 

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9. It is now time to work on the other side (strands 5-8). Your 8th cord is now your lead cord.  Hold your 8th cord diagonally towards the left and create a backward “4” with the 7th strand over the 8th. You shouldn’t get confused as long as you make sure you are working off your lead cord and making a backward four. I found it helpful to always hold onto my lead cord until I was done with that row that way I didn’t get confused.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

10. You will complete three rows just like you did on the left half.

 

 

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How To: Connect the two halves

11. It is time to connect the two halves. To do this you just simply take strands 4 and five and make a regular knot and pull it tight. To secure that knot make another diagonal half hitch knot by making a “4” shape again.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

12. Next, make two more diagonal half hitch knot rows on each side.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista
How To: Connect the Macrame Ends

13. Connect the two halves together again. (Sidenote: This sentence reminded me of Humpty Dumpty, and I just had to share that with you guys.) Again make a knot connecting the fourth and fifth strands. Then make a “4” with strand 4 and strand 5 and tighten to secure.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

14. Cut both sides at an upwards diagonal.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

15. Finish the macrame by taking a comb and brush out the strings. Be careful to only get the ends and not any of the knots you just created. I also backcombed my piece to give it a “messier” look.

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

16. Now that we’ve finished the macrame portion we are going to create these simple tags to go with them. I purchased these brown craft paper tags from Hobby Lobby. I love the contrast of the cord against the brown craft paper. Then I lightly sketched on in pencil the super cheeseball pun, “My life would knot be the same without you.”

 

 

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

17. I went over the pencil in a black sharpie. You can, of course, improvise and write the pun however you’d like. That is what is great about DIY’s you can customize the details to suit your taste. I thought about printing out tags, but I decided I wanted to keep the focus on the macrame. I’m going for the DIY look, so I’m happy with how the tags turned out.

 

 

18. I took a piece of the cotton cord and tied a knot to attach our keychain through the punched hole.

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

19. On the back, I just wrote “Happy Galentine’s Day” and attached a cute piece of washi tape I had.

DIY Mini Macrame Keychain for Galentine's Day- The Galista

20. Now your Galentine’s are all ready to be handed out.

 

 

 

If you missed Galentine’s Day, this is still such a fun year-round DIY. You could give them as birthday gifts or even just make them yourself. Everywhere I looked on Pinterest I couldn’t find any walkthrough tutorials for do-it-yourself macrame keychains so I thought to myself, “Why not create one?”

I hope you guys enjoyed this! I am so proud of the outcome. If you create this please leave a comment on how your girlfriends liked it. I’d love to see photos. Will you be continuing the Galentine’s Day tradition next year?

xoxo

Happy Galentine’s Day, ladies! As Leslie Knope would say herself “Ovaries before brovaries!”

-The Galista

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart

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Love is in the air, guys and gals! I have gathered a list of seven affordable gift ideas for all the romantics at heart.

Whether you are a gentleman trying to treat your lady or maybe you are a wife looking for a gift for your spouse, the special one in your life will be feeling all the love after receiving one of these gifts. (Links to products mentioned are provided throughout the post, so you can maximize your cuddle time this month.)

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

1. Body Paint Kit

Want home decor unique to you and your love? Love is Art is a body paint kit you and your significant other use to create art while making love to each other. (Sorry, mom.)

There are currently 24 different sets you can purchase on their website. A signature set comes with a plastic tarp, treated canvas, 4 oz bottle of paint, disposable slippers, and a body scrubber. The kits range in price from $60- $1,000. (Don’t worry guys the $1,000 price tag is only for the gallery edition).

After you have created your masterpiece you can pay to have it stretched locally or they sell the stretching kit on their site, and you can do it yourself. Hang it up and enjoy sharing how you created this piece of art with all your guests.

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

2. Scentbird

I have suggested Scentbird in a previous gift guide; however, I just think it makes such a great gift I couldn’t help but feature it again. If you aren’t familiar a Scentbird subscription comes with a 30 day supply of a designer fragrance for just $14.95. They offer over 450 different fragrances to choose from.

This is such a great deal considering rollerballs with less product go for more money through any other retailer. For example, Macy’s sells Dolce&Gabbana’s Light Blue 0.25 oz rollerball for $29. With a subscription through Scentbird, you can get the same perfume in a 0.27 oz spray for the $14.95.

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

3. Personalized handwriting jewelry or roman numerals

Jewelry for Valentine’s day is a common gift idea, but why not take your gifting game a step higher with a personalized jewelry?  This rose gold Roman numeral necklace by Gold Crush Jewelry starts at $69. Add the date of your first date or your anniversary and wow your girl.

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

4. Bouqs

This is a classic gift idea, but there is a reason flowers are a go-to. They are timeless. Bouqs specifically has absolutely gorgeous arrangements. If you girl isn’t a rose girl don’t worry, Bouqs has so many arrangements to choose from.

Bouquets typically start around $40-$60.

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

5. Star Home Decor

The Night Sky, my personal favorite option on this gift guide, is a customizable star map. There are many like this out on the internet, but after doing some research I have come to the conclusion this is the most credible and well reviewed.

The process of customizing your own star map is super easy. Choose the location and date then customize the message and other design elements. Add your anniversary date or even the day of a child’s birth and bring your spouse to tears.

For a 18″x24″ high-quality print you can expect to pay $60. As a side note, you are purchasing only the print it does not come framed. It may seem like a steep price, but when you take into account how many years your love will cherish this gift I believe it is well worth it.

 

6. Boudoir photos

Truly a gift for the both of you! Treat yourself to some pretty lingerie, and book a boudoir session with a local boudoir photographer. Not only will your significant other love the photos but having sexy photos taken of yourself can be a great confidence boost!

You could even create a book of your boudoir photos and gift it. So many options!

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart- The Galista

7. Scratch off Map

If you and your significant other are the adventurous type, gift this awesome scratch off map so you can document all your travels together!

If you’re too uncomfortable with #1, this is another great way to personalize your home with your SO. The standard size retails for $32 and the large for $48.

 

 

How are you guys celebrating Valentines Day this year? Will it be a steak dinner at a fancy restaurant or do you like to avoid the crowd and enjoy a cozy movie night in?

 

– The Galista

Declutter Your Life: The One Thing You’re Forgetting To Do

Declutter Your Life The One Thing You've Been Forgetting To Do- The Galista

 

Hey, guys!

Whether you are decluttering because minimalism is your new year’s goal or maybe you just simply need a good purge after the holiday gifts, everyone is getting rid of excess junk. Are you left wondering why you still feel stressed after decluttering what feels like every inch of your house? You have cleaned out all the closets in your home and even your fridge. What could you possibly be missing?

It’s the thing most people collect. It may even be right under your nose, literally. 

Your digital clutter. Specifically, digital clutter on your cell phone.

There are several types of mobile clutter including excess text messages, apps, and photos. With selfies and the “pics or it didn’t happen mindset”, it is no wonder why photos take up the majority of data on our photos. It is really not a surprise that InfoTrends estimated there would be 1.2 trillion digital photos taken in 2017.

Which is why we are going to be focusing on decluttering all excess images today.

Have you seen this message before? I pay the .99 cents/month for the extra 50GB of iCloud storage every month. Still, my phone has not been able to do a backup in several weeks largely because I have accumulated so much STUFF in my photo library. Especially now that I use my phone for taking blog photos, it was due time for a deep clean.

If you are like me, clutter can be extremely overwhelming. Trust me, I get it. I have the hoarder mindset especially when it comes to photos. I like looking back on photos to reflect on how I was feeling at the time. But I also don’t like when I want to share a photo, and I can’t find it in the abyss of my photo library. (Spoiler alert: there is a happy medium.)

They say knowing you have a problem is the first step, right? But now how are we going to get rid of all those extra photos? I am going to share with you how I got rid of my digital clutter (over 2,000 photos in a couple days) in 6 easy steps.

 

6 Easy Steps for Eliminating Digital Clutter on Your Phone:

1. Take it slow

Realistically speaking, if you have several thousand photos on your phone you aren’t going to be able to declutter it all right away. Try going through your photo library a little at a time, you can set aside some time every night or even vow to delete “X” amount of photos by a certain date.

Do you really need that screenshot of that cute shirt from 7 months ago? It’s not even available for purchase anymore. Delete as you go. If you have to question if you should keep it or not, delete it.

2. Go by category

This goes along with the first step, breaking a large project down into smaller tasks can be super helpful. One way to break it down for yourself is to go by category.

For example, if you have an iPhone go to your “Albums” in your photos. What’s great about the iPhone is that it automatically organizes photos into albums. Already having it organized for you means you can easily go through albums individually.

3. Eliminate large files and extra copies

iPhone users should check for unnecessary live photos in “Albums”. Live photos are great, but they also take up more space than a regular photo. If you accidentally left the “live setting” on your camera, you could be losing lots of space in live photos alone.

Watch for extra “burst” photos and double copies of photos. If you find either of these pick the best (if there is a difference) and move on. You probably wouldn’t keep two exact prints of photos to yourself, so why keep two exact digital copies?

4. Take out the trash

Don’t forget your “Recently Deleted” album once you are finished. Deleting photos from here, you are removing them completely from your phone. Otherwise, all the files you remove stay on your phone for 30 days.

5. Store your photos

Once you have decluttered your images, import the ones that made the cut to Dropbox or iPhoto. If you don’t have a MacBook you can even just save them on your computer. After storing your photos you can remove them from your phone.

6. Be mindful

After completing all the previous steps, plan to be a lot more mindful of what photos you’re taking. While the previous steps are easy, eliminating clutter is time-consuming no matter what. The less you have to do it, the better. As I go I plan on deleting photos right away if I don’t like how they turned out.

 

I hope this helped you develop a plan for freeing up storage space on your phone, and you are able to start the new year off with a clearer mind. Do you have any tips on how you keep up with your mobile clutter? Share them with us in the comments below!

 

– The Galista

2018 New Year’s Resolutions

2018 New Year's Resolutions- The Galista

It that time where we all find ourselves reflecting on our past year. Whether we are looking at our Instagram Top 9 or chatting with our friends, reflection at the end of the year is nearly unavoidable. After we reflect we are often asked what are the things we want to work on with ourselves for the upcoming year? How can we make the following even better?

Which brings me to New Year’s resolutions. You either love them or you hate them. I’m a firm believer that you can make changes in your life at any point in time. You don’t have to wait for a new day or a new year, but I also believe that creating annual goals cannot hurt. I like to do a little of it all.

Hopefully, by sharing my 2018 goals I will inspire you to create a few resolutions of your own. We can keep each other accountable.

Pour my passion into my blog

Starting my blog is hands down one of my best decisions of this past year. This is something I have always wanted to do, so with the new year, I want to continue doing more of it. I hope to improve by creating awesome content and growing my audience.

Adventure more

Whether it is taking little trips or exploring further away I want to welcome more adventure into my life with the new year. Little adventures like discovering new mom and pop businesses, and big adventures being anything that requires a few hour drive and a hotel stay. Going on vacation this month just reminded me I truly love experiencing new things. I want to see more in 2018.

After all, if I’m going to be living states away from family I want to be spending my free time traveling as often as possible.

Cultivate a new friendship

This is something that is really hard for me to do. I am an introvert and most of the time I have a hard time finding people who share a similar mindset as me. I already have some amazing people in my life, and I’d love to welcome another lifelong friendship into that mix.

I know there are so many awesome people I haven’t met, and I feel like by being so scared of putting myself out there I am losing out having another one of those people in my life.

Read more

Reading is something I love doing, but I struggle setting aside time to do so. I have finally started reading the Harry Potter series and plan to finish them by the end of next year. My husband bought me the Amazon Fire 7 for Christmas this year. We own the series, so I have no excuse for not succeeding in this goal.

I would also love to read some self-help books. Some titles I’d love to check out are “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero and “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson. If you guys have any book recommendations I would love to hear them.

Take more photographs

I have thousands of screenshots and photos of my dogs stored on my phone, but I’d love to take more photographs specifically of my husband and I. This is always something we have struggled with, but I want to have more photographs to help me remember our adventures each year. I know I will thank myself later.

Nap less

This is going to be a hard one for me. In order for me to come near accomplishing this, I am going to have to find a good multi-vitamin and develop a serious codependent relationship with coffee (in progress). I have been a nap connoisseur since I can remember. Napping less may just mean cutting down the length of my naps since I’ve read that the ideal nap is 20 minutes.

Step outside my comfort zone

This coming year I want to do something that scares me. I am not exactly sure what this means yet, but I want to put myself out of my comfort zone a little bit.

In 2016, it was moving out of my mom’s house hundreds of miles away from all my family, friends and everything I knew. This year my “step outside of my comfort zone” move was creating this blog. Putting myself out there and doing something I always wanted to do risking failure terrified me. It still does, but starting this journey I would say was the scariest part.

 

 

What are some of your new year’s resolutions for 2018? Do we share any similar new year’s goals?

 

-The Galista

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

Hey, gals! Welcome back!

It is time for my first ever do-it-yourself blog post. I am going to be walking you through how I created this natural bohemian inspired winter wreath using only foraged and affordable materials.

I am super excited for this one because not only is it an easy craft the finished product is just super cute.  There are so many DIY wreaths out there but what I love about this one is that it has the boho feel to it.

Wreaths are unbelievably expensive. An artificial wreath can easily run you $30-$40 just for the base alone. That is in the low price range for wreaths that are in stores this season. The super fancy ones from Front Gate and Neman& Marcus sell for hundreds.

DIY’s do not have to be expensive guys. Total supplies cost me under $10 (I’m including a full spool of yarn in the total price. However, I did not even use close to half a spool of yarn).

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

Supplies:

Wire wreath form (Found mine at the Dollar Tree)

Yarn

Floral Wire (can be purchased at Dollar Tree)

Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)

Scissors

Pruning Shears ( Mine were $3.88 at Walmart)

Foraged Branches (not pictured)

Step 1: Gather materials

First, you need to make sure you have all the essential materials. Most of these materials you probably own already (ie: scissors and a hot glue gun). The supplies that you do not already have on hand should be easy to find and super affordable.

Since we are going to make this wreath out of natural branches you can gather those now. I took a walk right behind my house and found these long needle branches and started clipping away with the pruning shears.

Whatever evergreens you have available would work perfectly pick what you’re drawn to.

Step 2: Organize Foraged Materials by size

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(Side note: I’m going to apologize once for my horrendous base housing floors. They are my least favorite thing about our house. Please ignore them.)

Here you should make two separate piles of your foraged branches. One pile for your smaller pieces and one for your larger. By doing so it will make it easy to find the piece you need so creating the wreath will be much simpler.

Step 3: Attach first large piece along outer rim with Floral Wire

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

You are going to lay your branch around your wire form and attach it to the outer wire ring with floral wire simply by wrapping the floral wire around the base. I attached once towards the needles and another time further down about 3 inches from the end of the branch.

I didn’t buy floral wire trimmers because the pruner works just fine. No need to purchase unnecessary tools. After all, we are trying to do boho on a budget here!

Step 4: Repeat with another large branch.

You will be repeating step #3 with the large branches all the way around the wire form.

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The circled spots show where I’ve attached the floral wire.

The further along you get the fuller the wreath will become and you will be attaching the branches to not only the outer rings of the form, but also the center rings.

You’ll want to lay the needles or leaves you are attaching so that they cover the bottom part of the branch. You will be attaching all of the branches over the one before. They should all be facing the same direction like so:

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

When you have made your way almost all the way around the form and you are placing your last large branch you will simply lift up the needles from the very first branch you placed to hide the bottom stick of your last branch.

Step 5: Adjust

Make adjustments till you are happy with the finished product. It is really all about playing around to see what you like best.

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista
Notice: Pug supervision is optional but strongly encouraged.

Below I filled in with the smaller branches where I thought it needed it.

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista
Before filling in VS. After filling in

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

Also, this is the perfect time to flip over the wreath and cut off the excess pieces. You don’t need to over-trim the branches just remove any excess branches that are sticking out too far.

Step 6: Decorate the base/ Create Pom Poms

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

Now that we have the foraged base complete you can really decorate however you’d like from here. You can even leave it natural. Adding more foraged greenery and berries or pinecones would look awesome. Great option if you’re going for a super natural look!

However, since I am going for a bohemian feel I thought what better way to achieve the look than to create some pom poms. Pom Poms are just so stinking cute, even the phrase itself is so fun to say. This is personally my favorite step of this do-it-yourself tutorial.

There are so many ways to create pom poms. This was my first time creating them (but certainly not the last). I’m going to share with you my favorite way to make pom poms that I’ve tried so far. AWESOME NEWS GUYS: You only need your scissors, yarn, and your hands. Yay!

For these mini pom poms:

First cut off a piece of yarn about 6 1/2″ and set it aside.

 

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

Then simply wrap the yarn around your index and middle finger like so about 25 times.

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

 

Now, slide the wrapped yarn gently off your finger. You can now carefully snip off the connection to the spool of yarn.

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

All you have to do now is tie your piece of yarn around the center of the cluster you created. Tie it as tight as possible without breaking the yarn. Do a double knot to ensure it is all secured.

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

Snip away the loops with your scissors making sure not to cut the middle string or hurt yourself.

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

At this point, this (left photo) is what your pom pom will look like. You’ll need to give it a little haircut to make sure it’s all uniform (like the photo on the right).

Lastly, put your fingers on the pom pom and run your fingers over the strings like you’re giving the pom a massage. This is what will make it look super fluffy.

Tada! You have your mini Pom’s. Now repeat with as many colors as you’d like then arrange your poms around your wreath.

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Once you’ve decided where you want each pom to go, hot glue them on with a dot of glue.

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

I gave my wreath a mini trim so you could see that last pom and that was it.

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist- The Galista

 

Thanks for checking out my first DIY post today. I am super happy with the finished product and hope you enjoyed it too. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to help you along.

If you recreate this foraged wreath please share a photo with me. I would LOVE to see your recreation!

-The Galista

25 Last Minute Stocking Stuffers (No Candy) Under $15

 

25 Last Minute Stocking Stuffers (No Candy) under $15- The Galista

Hey, everyone!

Are you looking for last-minute unique and affordable stocking stuffer ideas? I have gathered 25 ideas for all you last-minute stocking stuffer shoppers that are all under $15. These are all items you can find at your local Wal-Mart or Target.

I share fun and practical ideas for just about anyone you may be putting a stocking together for. I excluded sweets and treats as most people know those are the basics. These are additional things you can use to beef up your family’s Christmas stockings this year.

(To be fair: I also left out the Target Dollar Spot aka “Bullseye Playground” though if you have a Target nearby you definitely can find awesome stocking stuffers in that section alone)

1. Car Air Freshener Vent Clips

You can find these Febreze Car Plug-Ins right at check out for just $3.68 for a single pack. 

2. Wax Cubes

These are great for anyone who owns a candle warmer. There are so many scents to choose from and each pack costs about $2.00 each.

3. Mini Emergency Kit

A great purposeful item to stuff a stocking with is a mini emergency kit. This would be useful for anyone driving to have in the car or even to throw in a purse.

Stuff this little kit in a stocking, and they will appreciate having the necessary supplies later. I found the one in the photo at Wal-Mart for just $ 5.99.

4. Small Kitchen Utensil or Kitchen Gadget

This idea would be especially great if someone in your life was planning on moving out soon. You could do an entire themed stocking to set them up with all the home essentials like measuring spoons, pan holders, spatulas and more. 

5. Pepper Spray Key Chain

This is a great stocking stuffer for any female in your life. Give the gift of safety with this Mace brand pepper spray for only $ 12.59.

6. Phone Charger USB and Wall Port

There just isn’t a downside to having an extra phone charger around. Along with the USB phone cord, you could also include a wall plug-in. Phone USB charger cables typically retail for $3 and up.

7. PopSocket

PopSockets have been all over nearly everyone’s phones this year. You can find them in all the major stores. Pop Sockets attach to the back of a cell phone and can be used as a grip and as a stand.

They have a variety of designs including plain black colors and countless prints. Pop Sockets typically retail from $9.99-$15.99.

Target sells the original Pop Sockets in store where Wal-Mart actually sells a generic (knock-off) brand called “Spin Pop” for $4.88.

8. Gift Card

This is a go-to stocking stuffer idea for such a wide demographic because there is such a huge variety of gift cards to choose from. You can pick them up at any big-box store like Wal-Mart and Target especially around the holidays.

Some are labeled with a set amount and other cards you can have the cashier load your desired amount.

9. Christmas ornament

I mentioned in a previous post my family used to gift a new ornament for the Christmas tree every year. Stuffing a new Christmas ornament into a stocking is a great way to take part in the tradition.

10. Tumblr cup

These tumblr cups come in so many cute designs. You could even choose to do a to go coffee cup instead if that fits your family or friend better.

11. Chalk paint

The Waverly Chalk paint is a really great option for any crafter in your life. It only costs $9.45 and it goes a very long way.

It is an essential supply your crafter will appreciate having on hand next time they create.

12. Batteries

Through the holiday craziness, it is easy to forget the practical items. I know it happened all the time in my family while I was growing up. We would open all of our presents and could not wait to play with our new toy then all of a sudden we’d realize there were no batteries in the house.

Did you gift something that requires batteries? Throw a pack in the stocking to avoid disappointment and hassle. An 8 pack of AA batteries generally retails around $6.

13. Cards Against Humanity $9.99

This card game is a crowd pleaser and is just shy of $10 at Wal-Mart.

14. Makeup Wipes

Though I am biased to #20, some people prefer makeup wipes. I also think these are just great to have in a book bag or purse. These definitely get major points for being travel-friendly.

The equate brand 40 count pack retails for just $3.48.

15. Mini Hand Sanitizer

You can find the mini hand sanitizer bottles in the travel section or at checkout. These are also sold in the jelly holders for just a few dollars total. 

16. Fuzzy Socks

Who doesn’t love a good pair of fuzzy socks? For just a few dollars you can keep your loved one’s feet all warm and cozy. Bonus points if they are Christmas themed.

17. Nail Polish

Throw a sparkly nail polish in a stocking this year so they can rock their new glam nails for the New Year. The Essie LuxEffects nail polish is just $7.65. 

The variety on this one is nearly limitless.

18. Batiste Dry Shampoo

The “Divine Dark” dry shampoo by Batiste helps decrease the number of wash times on hair and it also helps to stretch the time in between root touch-ups.

Batiste also sells a version for blondes. A full-size can is $6.58.

19. Real Techniques Sponge

This makeup sponge is well-known on the internet for being a dupe for the Beauty Blender which retails for $ 20.00. I own both the Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques Beauty sponge, and I actually prefer the Real Techniques.

Luckily for you, a single Real Techniques sponge retails for just $4.88 at Wal-Mart. A double pack is still under our $15 limit at just $9.23.

20. Garnier Micellar Water

The Garner Micellar Water is perfection. It is a cleanser and a makeup remover all in one. I used to use makeup wipes and as soon as I bought this I just stopped buying makeup wipes altogether. Even with the expensive makeup wipes, I would have to use quite a few just to take off a full face of makeup.

The 13.5 Fl Oz lasts me at least a couple of months, and it is only $6.78 at Wal-Mart. I just buy a pack of cotton rounds, and I’m set. Wal-Mart also sells a little mini 3.4 Fl Oz bottle for $3.44.

21. Face Masks

Face Masks are a great stocking filler. There are so many to choose from but they typically only cost $2.50 each.

22. The Wet Brush

This is not your ordinary hairbrush. I do not know how the Wet Brush brand makes brushing hair so painless, but I am so glad they do. The original style sells for $8.99.

After owning one of these I cannot go back to normal brushes.

23. Makeup Bag

After awhile makeup bags just reach the point where all the powders, mascara and foundation has stained the inside lining. Why not gift a refreshed makeup bag?

The price, of course, depends on the brand and size of bag you pick but I spotted some for under $5 at my Wal-Mart.

24. Elastic Hair Ties

A 10 pack of Goody Elastic Hair Ties is just $ 7.49. These get lost so easily that replenishing someone’s stock couldn’t hurt.

25. Chapstick

There are so many awesome chapsticks to choose from, so pick your loved ones favorite if you know it.

However, I recommend the Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm which retails for $4.64. It is so buttery smooth and makes my lips feel super moisturized.

 

This will probably be my last “holiday/ gift shopping” post for this year. I hope you liked this little series. Christmas is my favorite holiday; I love putting a lot of thought into gifting even the “littlest” of gifts (like stocking stuffers).

Thanks for checking out my post today! I hope you found something on the list you hadn’t thought of before. What is your favorite thing to get in your stocking?

-The Galista

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss- The Galista

 

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

Were you too busy eating turkey and mashed potatoes this weekend and you forgot to do your Cyber Monday research? Not to worry I have you covered. Today I am going to share some of the Cyber Monday deals you shouldn’t miss out on.

Before we hop into today’s post I just want to say I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving with your families and friends. We went to a friends house for Thanksgiving dinner. I think it is important especially living around a military base to join together in order to remember that you are not alone during the holidays. Friendsgiving is totally a thing now.

Did you get any great Black Friday deals over the weekend? If not you still have some time to catch some amazing deals.

Without further ado, let’s hop right into that list:

 

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AE Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging in “Onyx Black”, AE Flannel Boyfriend Shirt in “Pink”, AE Denim X Super Hi-Rise Jegging in “Shredder Indigo”

American Eagle 40% off + FREE SHIPPING (limited exclusions)

American Eagle is one of my all-time favorite stores, but they can also be pricey. I typically only buy when they run a really awesome sale like this one. Not only are you scoring almost half off you also get free shipping which cancels out the only downside to opting to shop online.

It’s the perfect time to stock up on jeans! Prices are as marked on the site.

All of their sweaters are only $25.

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Mid-Rise Pixie Velvet Ankle Pants in “Black”, Smooth & Slim Plus-Size Velvet Pixie in “Glorious Pine”

Old Navy 50% everything no exclusions

Old Navy has lots of great products, but my favorite has to be their pixie pants. Any other kind of slacks I’ve ever tried on I feel out of place in.

Not only do they fit me perfectly, they look great too! If you are in the market for a great pair of professional pants I think this deal is worth checking out. Prices will be reflected in the cart.

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Green Glass Jug Vase by Hearth and Hand, Women’s Velvet Jumpsuit by Xhilaration in “Burgundy”

Target save 15%

Target is one of those stores that you often can’t find deals on your entire purchase so when they run these types of sales you have to take advantage.

Remember that Hearth and Hand line everyone was going bananas over? Now is the time to pick up some of the gorgeous pieces? My personal favorites from the line are these jewel-toned green vases. Or if you need an outfit for an upcoming holiday party this velvet jumpsuit would look stunning.

If you are anything like me then you’re probably thinking “It is Target, I don’t need help finding anything to buy.”

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Gray Moroccan Lumbar Pillow, Gold Pyrite Cuff Bracelet, Monkey Mug

World Market Up to 40% off and Free Shipping on $50+

We recently got a World Market in my town within the past few months. Just a few weeks ago I visited for the first time ever and let me tell you: I am in love. If you are a fan of all things bohemian and haven’t checked out World Market you are missing out. They do home decor, clothing, jewelry and even food.

You simply can’t go wrong scoring a deal here. They are offering 15% off of $50, 20% off of $100, 30% off of $200 and 40% off of $300.

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Erin Condren In Bloom Gold Metallic Life Planner, Erin Condren Watercolor Life Planner

Erin Condren 30% off Sitewide with code

I talked about how the Erin Condren Life Planner’s in my 2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her. If you are looking for a planner for yourself for the new year or even to give as a gift 30% off is a total score.

This kind of deal is not around often with these planners. There are so many awesome designs to choose from!

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UD Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick in “Black Mail”, UD Metalized Lipstick in “Trance”, UD Cream Vice Lipstick in “Night Hawk”

Urban Decay 50% off Vice Lipsticks

Do you need to stock up on some festive lipsticks? They will be a SHOCKING $9.50 each. Yes, you read that right. That is the price of some drugstore lipsticks! Can you believe you have 135 shades to choose from? There are also 6 different finishes.

If you have a hard time deciding what color looks good on your complexion just from looking online, you should know there is also a super cool feature where you can try the lipstick on by uploading a photo of yourself.

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Hobo “Lauren” Wallet in Caramel

Nordstrom Rack Free Shipping Sitewide

If you guys were interested in the Hobo Lauren Wallet I posted in my 2017 Ultimate Gift Guide For Her, now is the time to get free shipping.

Nordstrom Rack does already discounted prices so you are getting a Cyber Monday deal (that would reflect other store prices) even though they do not have it additionally marked down. Update: As of 1:18 EST you can still purchase “teal green”, “grenadine” (bright orange), and “granite” (light grey). All three selling for $64.97, originally $128 PLUS free shipping.

HURRY if you’re planning on buying, they will go quick!

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Amazon Fire 7, 7″ Display, 8GB in “Black”

Amazon Fire 7 With Alexa, 7″ Display, 8GB for $29.99

Guys, I’ll admit I am normally not the type to buy tech related items during Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Amazon is having great deals on their devices. This tablet originally retails for $49.99. I think this would make a great gift for almost any age!

My husband bought one for me as a Christmas gift this year so we can read the Harry Potter books together.

The tablet is also offered in yellow, blue and red. There is also a 16GB option going for $49.99 originally $69.99 that would be great for storing movies.

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ColourPop “Yes Please” palette, ColourPop LAX Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop 30% off Sitewide + FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING over $30

If you are a ColourPop fan or have ever wanted to try out their products, now is a perfect time. They are already such affordable products so the fact that they are marked down 30% is awesome.

They have barely been able to keep the “Yes, Please” palette in stock the past few months because it has been that popular. It usually retails for $16 now only $12.80. This palette is widely known as a dupe for the Natasha Denona Sunset palette that retails for a whopping $129.00.

 

Those are all of my favorite deals going on today! Thank you for checking it out, and I hope you are able to take advantage of these awesome sales.

If you are getting sick of all the holiday shopping talk, not to worry I should only have one more holiday shopping post coming your way then you won’t see anymore on here for awhile.

-The Galista

12 Magical Christmas Gifts for the Harry Potter Lover

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The GalistaHey, everyone!

Today I wanted to keep with the 12 days of Christmas theme and have compiled a list of the 12 Most Magical Christmas Gifts for the Harry Potter Lover! I have been inspired by all the new Harry Potter Collections that have been announced lately.

Personally, I love Harry Potter. Admittedly, I definitely know quite a few fans (including my husband) that could crush me in some trivia. I still absolutely love it, and I just love J.K Rowling in general. Her rags to riches story inspires me so much.

Gifts range in price from $9.49-$99. Keep in mind aside from #2 and #10 you could definitely get away with giving any of these gifts year round.

Let’s go ahead and jump into that list.

 

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Harry Potter Remote Control Wand from Barnes& Noble

1. Interactive Wand $48.95

This is such an awesome idea for a gift. My husband received this as an early Christmas gift this year, and we can’t wait to program it and use it as our surround sound remote.

Just imagine someone using this with new guests over to change the channels. The reaction would be priceless.

 

 

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Harry Potter “12 Days of Socks” Advent Calendar from Target

2. Women’s Harry Potter 12 Days of Socks $15.00

This is the coolest advent calendar I have ever seen, and I love chocolate so that is saying a lot. It has been all over the internet (for a good reason). If you plan on purchasing I definitely recommend not to hold out because I don’t know how quickly it will sell out.

The set comes with 4 pairs of long socks and 8 pairs of short socks. This gift definitely adds a little spice to the giving socks for Christmas idea.

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated Edition Series #1

3. New Illustrated Edition Books

Can your Harry Potter fan read the books over and over? Three of the books (The Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Prisoner of Azkaban) are now offered in a hardback illustrated version and let me tell you, the illustrations in these editions are absolutely beautiful. Each retail for $39.99.

Why aren’t the other books offered? They sadly haven’t been created yet. However, the first three could start a beautiful collection for the die-hard fan.

 

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Alex and Ani Lumos Set of 3 Charm Bracelet, Alex and Ani Deathly Hallows Symbol Earrings in “Sterling Silver”

4. Alex and Ani’s Harry Potter Collection

If you have never checked out the Alex and Ani bracelet’s before they are gorgeous. When I saw they came out with a Harry Potter collection I was stoked. The collection consists of 12 pieces. Most of the pieces are offered in either a sterling silver option or 14 kt Gold plated.

The 3 Piece Lumos bracelet set is $98.00. The Deathly Hallows Earrings retail for $48.00.

 

 

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Williams Sonoma Harry Potter Spatula’s, William’s Sonoma Harry Potter Apron

5. William’s Sonoma Harry Potter

Do you know a Harry Potter fan that loves to create more than spells? William’s Sonoma collaborated with Harry Potter and released three different products in all the house prints. The spatulae are $12.95 each. Adult aprons are $39.95 and the children’s aprons are $24.95.

 

 

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Pottery Barn Teen Hedwig Jewelry Cage

6. Harry Potter Hedwig Jewelry Cage by PB Teen $99

Even muggles could appreciate how gorgeous this jewelry cage is. Look how much storage space it offers! There are hooks for necklaces and accessories, holes for earrings, and even a ring tray at the bottom.

Don’t let the fact that this is offered at Pottery Barn Teen stop you, I know plenty of adults that would love this.

 

 

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Turn to Page 394 Pin from Fable and Black on Etsy

7. “Turn to Page 394” Pin from Etsy shop Fable and Black $9.48

Your Harry Potter fan could pin this little cutie to a book bag, purse, or even a jacket. I love the idea of purchasing from small business owners for Christmas gifts!

 

 

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Pottery Barn Golden Snitch Alarm Clock

8. Harry Potter Golden Snitch Clock by PB Teen $49

This is another super cute home decor option. It’s such an awesome twist on the basic alarm clock. Waking up with a little bit of magic? You just can’t beat that.

 

 

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Pottery Barn Platform 9 3/4 Pillow Cover

9. Platform 9 3/4 Pillow PB Teen $35.50

Okay, guys. I’m sorry there is so much home decor. But look at how beautiful this pillow cover is? I love the blush velvet.

 

 

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After All This Time Always Wood Sign from William Rae Designs on Etsy

10. William Rae Designs “After All This Time Always” Home Decor $32.50

I love that this is a more subtle Harry Potter gift. This could be hanging in someone’s home and unless you were a Harry Potter fan you wouldn’t even know. It’s a beautiful sign and quote regardless. I did not cry during this scene.

If this design didn’t suit your style William Rae Designs offers a few more Harry Potter options on their Etsy page. Definitely, recommend!

 

 

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Hallmark Keepsake Harry Potter Ollivander’s Wand Shop Ornament

11. Hallmark Keepsake Harry Potter Ollivander’s Wand Shop Christmas Ornament $24.95

Growing up in my family we would always receive an ornament each year. It was one of our traditions, so I personally love the idea of giving this Harry Potter ornament even more because of the sentiment.

Plus it is just so pretty. Each year when your loved one goes to decorate their Christmas tree, they can think of you when they hang this one up.

 

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Harry Potter Marauder’s Map Heat Change Mug

12. Marauder’s Map Heat Change Mug from Think Geek $12.99

Have you seen the heat change mugs before? This is the closest you can get to giving a magic mug to someone. Add heat to the mug and the footprints will appear on the map. So awesome!

 

Thanks for checking out the gift guide today, guys!

Did you find anything cool on the list you are planning to gift? What gift guide should I create next? Let me know in the comments, please!

-The Galista

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her

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Hey, everyone! I have picked out 10 affordable Christmas gift ideas for any female in your life. Whether your loved one is a makeup lover or a fitness lover I am confident you can find the perfect gift on this list.

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Hobo “Lauren” Wallet in “Camel”

1. Hobo “Lauren” Wallet

This first one I definitely do not hear enough hype about. Every female should own one of these. This wallet is a life saver. I found out about these wallets through my mom cause she had owned one.

I bought my mom and I each one of these. It was a few months before Christmas time because the boutiques in our small town were running deals. I dated mine that I still have today to 2014 at least, but it may have even been late 2013. It has been so long that I can’t even remember when we first got them.

Ours are both in awesome condition. I haven’t used another wallet since owning it.

They are a spendy wallet if you are buying them at the full retail price ($110-$128). I purchased my Hobo when our local boutique was running a 50% off the entire store. However, I can tell you that Nordstrom Rack has these for sale. In the “Lauren” style there are 59 different pattern options on Nordstrom Rack alone.

Here is the catch though, they are constantly sold out. Right now of the 59 prints only 4 of them are not sold out. A few weeks ago they even had several of the colors for only $34! What a steal!!

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Naked Heat by Urban Decay, Tartelette Toasted, Morphe 3502 Second Nature

2. Warm Toned Palette

Is your mom or girlfriend a makeup lover? If so, I can almost guarantee you she has her eye on one of the warm-toned eyeshadow palettes on the market. They have been the hype this year. About every makeup brand has their own version, so if she has a favorite prestige brand then definitely go with that brand.

Specifically, the warm-toned Urban Decay Naked palette has received a lot of attention and praise this year. The Naked Heat palette retails for $54.00. That is a decent chunk of change; however, the palette does come with 12 eyeshadows. Last year around this time Urban Decay put their Naked Smoky palette on sale for half off in all the major retailers.

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Scentsy Etched Copper Warmer, Scentsy Bon Voyage Warmer, Scentsy Carrara Warmer

3. Candle Warmer

This is definitely something almost any lady on your Christmas list could enjoy. There are so many fun styles and you can find these at the major stores and could probably catch a great deal on one during one of the holiday sales.

Scentsy is a candle brand that offers a variety of really cute styles, but Walmart and Target also sell candle warmers. You could even pick out some scent melts to finish off the gift.

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Threshold Fuzzy Blanket in “Scarlet Mystery”

4. Fuzzy Blanket

In my opinion, everyone could use another fuzzy blanket. You can never have too many of them. I currently own four from Target’s Threshold brand, but if you or anyone you know has access to a Costco membership they sell AWESOME ones there. I am in the market for one myself because the fuzzy blanket obsession is real.

Can you be too warm during cuddle season? (You can’t.)

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Three Bird Nest’s Messy Bun Confetti Knitted Beanie in “Mustard”

5. Three Bird Nest’s Knit Hat with Space for Bun

It’s the season to stock up on winter scarves, hats, and gloves. The one thing that many females can agree on though is they hate wearing a hat because it messes up their hair. Most of the time they just are not cute.

Which is why the Three Bird’s Knit Hat made my list this year, this hat is absolutely adorable. Not only do they come in so many gorgeous colors it has a hole at the very top of the hat where you can pull your ponytail or messy bun through. You know those things that are so genius you just think “I don’t know why I didn’t think of this myself”. That is how this hat makes me feel.

The hat provides necessary warmth to your ears, but you still get to do those classic messy buns (or ponytails). I mean what more could you ask for out of a hat?!

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Pop Your Pup Personalized Shirt

6. Pop Your Pup Customizable Shirt

If your loved one is a dog lover let me tell you about this amazing site PopYourPup. You essentially just upload a photo of a dog and you customize how you want the design to look. Pop Your Pup offers so many super cute graphic backgrounds (even donuts and pizzas). If your girl is a lover of donuts and her pup BAM you just killed two birds with one stone.

Pricing varies on what style of shirt you pick out. They even do home decor and offer gift cards (if you are nervous about designing a shirt for someone else).

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Hydroflask 18 oz Wide Mouth in “Graphite”, Hydroflask 32 oz Wide Mouth in “Sage”

7. Hyrdoflask

Again, this is something I feel like would make a great gift for anyone on your list. My husband and I both own one of these. Hydroflask advertises they keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. From my experience, I can definitely stand by that claim.

I first came in contact with these when the coffee shop I was working at during that time started selling these as retail. I know what you are thinking it’s pricey for a cup, but let me tell you the investment will be well worth it.

These things are MAGIC. I personally like this for ice water at night. You know when you wake up in the middle of the night and look over and all your ice is melted? Say goodbye to that problem!

A little funny story about the Hydroflask is the last time Mike and I took a 13+ hour road trip I brought mine with me and filled it with ice water. I eventually drank it all, and I actually got frustrated because the ice would not melt and I was thirsty.

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Lush “Snow Fairy” Gift Set

8. Lush

Lush is a great company that offers awesome products for baths, showers and so much more. If your girl is into pampering herself this is definitely an awesome option for you.

I am not a huge fan of baths myself, but I spoke about their lip scrub in my 2017 Fall Essentials. However, on the rare occasion that I do find myself taking a bath, bubbles are crucial. Their bubble bars are absolutely perfect, I split “The Comforter” bubble bar into two and it still creates so many bubbles. I definitely recommend.

Can’t just pick one product? Lush offers gift sets.  With the gift sets, you have a well put together gift and you didn’t even have to think about it.

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Erin Condren Life Planner in “Floral Stitches”, Create 365 The Medium Happy Planner in “Boho Deep Tones”

9. Planner

This is the perfect gift if you have a lady on your list who is a Type A personality or if she just likes to have her life together. It is also a great time of year to give a planner as a gift with the new year approaching.

I think it is great to give gifts that the receiver wouldn’t buy for themselves. When I think about a luxury planner I think of the Erin Condren planners. The LifePlanners alone retail for around $55-$60. So many super cute prints and add-ons available!

If you’re looking for a more affordable planner I recommend checking out “The Create 365 The Happy Planner” by Michaels. The full-size one retails for around $24.99- $34.99. HINT: Michaels offers a 40% off coupon for any regular priced item on their website.

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FabFitFun Fall Box 2017

10. Subscription

If none of those other options sounded like what you were looking for buying a subscription service for that special lady in your life is an awesome idea. It is the gift that quite literally keeps on giving.

A few subscriptions I have heard great things about are FabFitFun, BoxyCharm, and Scentbird. With a FabFitFun box, you get a new box 4 times a year all centered around products that will be great for the season you’re in. BoxyCharm and Scentbird are monthly subscriptions.

If you plan on purchasing any of those subscriptions, don’t pay the full retail price. There are so many influencers that have coupon codes for these products. A quick Google search will pay off!

 

Thanks for checking out my 2017 Ultimate Gift Guide For Her! I hope you found an idea that inspired you and you can check someone’s present off your list. Do you have any awesome gift ideas? Share it with US in the comments, please!

-The Galista

Top 5 Facebook Pages that Post Awesome Deals

5-Facebook-Pages-that-Post-AWESOME-DEALS-The-GalistaHey everyone, welcome back!
Tis the season where we trample complete strangers to get amazing deals which is exactly why I wanted to share with you the Top 5 Facebook Pages that post awesome deals year round. If you would rather skip the crowd and catch some awesome deals all the time keep on reading.

This is totally up my alley cause I just love getting a good deal.

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1. Hip2Save

If you take anything from this article, PLEASE go follow this page on Facebook. Oh my goodness. I love her. Especially with the holidays coming up you can find so many great gift options on her page. She shares deals about nearly everything you can imagine including Starbucks, prestige makeup brands, fashion, tech, and food.

Last year she posted about the makeup palettes that were on sale. My friend’s husband saw my post I shared from the Hip2Save page and bought the palette for her. She loved it. So.. if nothing else maybe just make sure your significant others are following this page. You may just thank yourself later for it.

*Alert* That same palette is on sale right now. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky is on sale for $27 on the Urban Decay website. If you have a makeup lover you need to buy for or you wanted to pick up an extra before it’s discontinued definitely jump on that deal now.

She also does live feeds where she highlights the best deals during the holidays. She’s my favorite. You can also visit hip2save.com for even more content.

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2. The Krazy Coupon Lady

Some of you may have heard of The Krazy Coupon Lady before. She is best known for focusing on Kroger deals. A lot of people who want to get into extreme couponing normally follow her because she tells you how to stack deals at Kroger and get groceries/ household necessities for really cheap.

Personally, I haven’t been able to catch on to the extreme couponing yet, though I would love to someday be able to figure it out because who likes to pay full price for groceries? Not me. I don’t like to pay full price for anything.

But guys, she also posts really great deals going on at other stores, not just Kroger so definitely check her out.

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3.  Passion for Savings

This page also posts some greats deals on things like toys, outerwear, Amazon Prime memberships and more.

The one thing that stands out to me about Passion For Savings is that she has an app that you can download to keep up with the savings. If you do not want your Facebook feed flooded with all the deals and you’d rather just have a separate app to check out, definitely give Passion for Savings a shot.

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4. The Penny Hoarder Deals

The Penny Hoarder is a series of Facebook pages each dealing with different ways to save your hard-earned cash! I’m sure you’ve probably guessed what this sister page focuses on. Deals.

From deals on pizza to reduced cost mammograms, you really cannot go wrong following this page.

5. Local Facebook Deal Pages

Last but not least you should definitely check out if your area has any pages that scope out location-based deals for you. I do have a local Facebook page I follow that posts local sales ads where I can go to find the cheapest milk, bread, and eggs.

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*CRUCIAL TIP* Always make sure if you want to see notifications from any of these pages on your Facebook feed to adjust your settings. If it is set to “Default” the Facebook algorithm decides what to show you first. However, if you set it to “See First” you won’t miss out on the great deals they post.

Trust me, there is nothing worse than when Facebook shows you hours, days, or weeks after the deal is already dead. Sometimes the deals these sites post are only limited time, you have to jump on them quickly.

What about you guys, do you have any favorite Frugal Facebook pages you think need to be added to the list? Let us know in the comments, please!

Thanks for checking the post out today! Hope you have a great rest of your day.

-The Galista