Gift Giving Hacks for Readers, Geeks and More

I kind of pride myself on being a really GREAT gift giver but this year I am drawing blanks. Thankfully Barnes & Noble has a ton of really cool tools that make gift giving super easy whether you’re looking to give a book or other great gift.

what to read next great tools for picking what book to read for all readers

I personally always believe books are one of the best gifts that you can get anyone regardless of age or interests. But, sometimes deciding WHICH book can be a bit tricky. Last week I was browsing the Barnes & Noble website and got giddy when I tried out the Book Graph for the first time. This little tool is brand new this holiday season and I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’ll keep it year around. It’s a little hidden but to find it click on “books” on the top of BN.com and “Book Graph” is the first option.

Basically you click on a book cover and it leads you down a trail of related books that you can follow to find something new and awesome. With every step there are tons of options and you can click on each image to learn more about the different titles. It was so fun seeing books that I love recommended in this way. They have combined all the knowledge from their book sellers and the wealth of data on which books people tend to buy with other and well, you can see how that would make for a power recommendation tool. I could see this being super addicting. Plus this would be great when shopping for someone who reads a ton or who reads different types of content than what you might be familiar with!

super hero gifts and books for boys girls and kids of all ages

Not only is there the Book Graph, -but there are TONS awesome curated book lists and gift guides.  I love how the guides are more than just gender and age based. Of course you can start there if you want, -but, there are really interesting list themes which you might not think to search for, but lead to some pretty fun present ideas. There’s a whole selection of Super Gifts for Superheroes (a peek at that above), gifts for Game of Thrones Fans, Creative Gifts for Scientist and Makers,  Gifts to Inspire Unstoppable Girls and more.

awesome tips and tools for buying gifts for readers and geeks. books and non-book present tricks and ideas

This my friends is how you get a unique and meaningful gift your love ones will be really excited to get! In addition to lists with both non-book gift ideas as well as fresh reading material there are tons of straight up book lists to guide your gift giving (even if it’s for yourself, I won’t judge) like “Thrilling Books for Teen Readers“. 

And as fun as it is to shop from the convenience of your own home in your jammies, you might want to throw on some clothes because I’m not sure if you are aware, -but in most Barnes & Noble locations this holiday season they have a super special Harry Potter aisle!

Tons of Harry POtter gifts from Barnes and Noble

It is jammed packed FULL of goodies, books, and tons of gift ideas all inspired by the J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It’s got great goodies from the original series as well as from the Fantastic Beast movie and the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Screenplay. You guys I wanted it all, scarves, wands, games of all sorts, stuffies, DVDs, there’s so many fun things!

I’m not sure if you’ve ever just wandered the non-book isles at Barnes & Noble, but they always have the most fun gifts for kiddos, geeks, and really anyone! I’m actually drooling over the FAO Schwarz Christmas decoration I saw there earlier this week.

star wars at barnes & noble

I’ll be doing a live walk through on Facebook this week if you want a little peek around and for you Star Wars fans they have a Star Wars aisle too!!!

So if you’re at a loss of what to give the special people in your life head over to Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble whether in person or online and you’re sure to find plenty of fun options!

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments Tutorial and Block Party

It is officially Christmas season and now is the time to get crafting for decor and presents! We have pulled together some of our very favorite homemade Christmas Ornaments to give you inspiration for this upcoming holiday!

Handmade-Christmas-Ornaments diy tutorials

Book Page Ornaments

Quilted Monogram Ornament

Stick Tree Ornaments

Rustic Winter Truck Ornament

No Sew Quilted Ornament

Thumbprint Ornament

Scented Christmas Ornaments

DIY Minion Ornament

Custom Wood Ornaments

Mickey and Minnie Ornaments

Starfish Santa Ornament

Chalkboard Wood Slice Ornament

Paw Print Snowflake Ornament

Glitter Dinosaur Ornaments

Melted Candy Ornaments

Wood Grain Leather Ornaments

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DIY Quilts Pillows and Block Party

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Over 20 Lemon Recipes DIY Crafts and Block Party

I’m not quite ready to give up summer and all the lemony freshness that comes with it. If you want to hold onto summer just a little bit longer, you’ll love these fun ideas with lemon…

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Fandom Subscription Boxes for Harry Potter Fans

Looking for an amazing gift for a Harry Potter fan? Fandom subscription boxes are pretty much the best thing next to Owl Mail.

CrateJoy Fandom Subscription Boxes review

CrateJoy has a wealth of of amazing boxes perfect for Potterheads, book nerds, and all kinds of geek lovers. Every month my family members and I anxiously await the arrival our subscription boxes. Yup we each have our own! Teddy and I have our own respective bookish boxes (mine’s a YA fandom one and Teddy’s is a picture book one) and the husband has one full of snacks. My sister and the nieces have their own collection of boxes delivered too. Needless to say that we are BIG fans of happy mail.

Amazing fandom subscription boxes for harry potter fans

I’ve talked about some of my favorite bookish boxes before, but to celebrate Fandom month and of course Harry Potter’s birthday I thought it would be fun to share some more. These make amazing gifts and many offer single boxes and short subscriptions for those looking for less of a commitment, but really there’s just something magical about having a happy little surprise to open up every month!

Accio! Box

Accio! Box awesome Harry Potter subscription box for adults

I have to admit I’ve thought about subscribing to Accio! Box many many times. I’m so excited to finally have one in my hands. These boxes are specially curated for adult Harry Potter fans and when you sign up you tell them your Hogwarts House along with your T-shirt size. The Gryffindor print that came in this box is dreamy, the wooden light switch is so cool, and this month there was a pillowcase instead of a shirt how cool is that. Bed pillowcase not throw pillow which I think is even cooler. I have a feeling like a new box might be in my future.

Fizzy Fairy Apothecary Box

fizzy fairy fandom box a monthly subscription box with bathbombs and a geeky theme

There are few things better to me than sitting in a cozy bath with a great book. The Fizzy Fairy Apothecary Box is an monthly apothecary box with a fandom theme. Fun right? The one pictured above is based on The Last Unicorn. Freaking amazing I know. The bath bombs are huge and gorgeous but I think my favorite part of it is that there are 6 full sized fizzers in each box! And I love that even if you are not into the particular fandom of the month you can still really enjoy the box.

Shelflove Crate

Shelflove Crate bookish subscription box

Love to read but don’t know what to read next? Shelflove Crate makes things easy for you. Every month you get a newly released YA fantasy or sci-fi selection complete with an amazing assortment of goodies that fit the book theme taking you on an amazing literary journey. That thing in the cup is a mirror with a quote from one of my favorite book series. Ahhh love it soooo much! This one is jammed packed full of goodies I can’t wait to read the book and see how they relate!

Once Upon a Book Club

Once Upon a Book Club suprise presents that match up to a book as you read

If you’re someone who loves to just dive into a story (or know someone like that) Once Upon a Book Club box is perfect for literary immersion. Aside from the cutest packaging ever, this monthly subscription box sends you a book a long with themed wrapped presents. Each gift corresponds to a page number in the box and you’re supposed to wait to open the appropriate gift for when you get to that page in the box. SO fun right!? I know what I’m reading next! I’ll be sure to share what’s in each pack on my Instagram once I get through the story. As a fun bonus you can snag this one for 10% off if you use the code “CRATEJOY”.

Bookified

Bookified Monthly Harry Potter letters

I have always said I want more. More stories, more of the Wizarding world, just more. That’s exactly what you get with these monthly letters from Bookified. Each month you receive a letter that fills in the gaps of the Harry Potter stories we all love. This one from James Potter (Harry’s father) is addressed to Sirius and talks all about baby Harry right before the events of the Wizarding War. I’d be lying if I said that my heart didn’t melt just a little bit. This is such a unique idea and would make for a crazy fun gift for die-hard Harry Potter fans. Bonus points that it comes in a simple envelope too.

These five are just a taste of the fun Fandom options that CrateJoy has to offer. I’ve had subscriptions to four of their other bookish boxes that I adored and I’ve scrolled their catalogue and can’t wait to check out even more! If you’re looking for an amazing gift for a book lover or geek I’m telling you happy mail in the form of a subscription box will be a hit.
hands down the best gift for a harry potter fan or book lover

Do you subscribe to any subscription boxes or have you thought about doing so? I’d love to hear about others I should check out!

Don’t forget about the giveaway!

unique must have gifts harry potter fans

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DIY Expecto Patronum Bath Bombs

Love Harry Potter and a relaxing bath? Well these DIY Expecto Patronum bath bomb are just what the doctor ordered!

how to make Harry Potter bath bombs DIY tutorial

I’m a Lush addict but the price tag on the fancy bath fizzles umm no thanks. So I finally decided to make my own and of course I couldn’t do just any old bath bombs I had to do Harry Potter ones. I made three versions in all but these first ones are supposed to represent the Expecto Patronum spell.

DIY Expecto Patronum Harry Potter Bath Bombs

In the books and movies this charm is used for protection. Your patronus  appears in an animal form and can help fight off various dangers. A witch or wizard doesn’t get to pick their patronus it just is.

Harry Potter Surprise Bath Bombs Patronus

So when you place this star covered bath bomb in the tub it glitters and fizzes with power and reveals a hidden animal bead signifying your patronus. FUN right!?

How to Make a Harry Potter Patronus Bath Bombs

1). Combine Wet Ingredients

  • 3/4 tsp water
  • 2tsp essential oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp coconut oil, melted

2). Combine Dry Ingredients

Note: I combined the colorings after I mixed the other ingredients but I think it would work better to add it to the wet ingredients but I was noncommittal on colors before ;)

3). SLOWLY add the wet ingredients to the dry. Drop by drop. And mix. Mixing with hands works better. Divide up and color as desired

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4). Place a small amount of edible stars into one half of the bath bomb mold.

5). Fill mold. Press to pack down and fill more so it’s mounding over the top. Place a small animal figurine, bead or other “patronus” onto the mound. Just make sure the patronus is big enough if won’t go down the drain.

6). Fill the other half of the mold so it is packed and overflowing. Smoosh together and twist so that the excess presses out through the center. Press time. If you have extra molds let it sit in the mold to dry for a few minutes or until fully dry. If you don’t have extras then carefully remove the bath bomb and repeat the steps until you use up your mixture. I find that when I take time to color and change the designs by my very last bath bomb it’s dry and has a hard time holding but the rest until then do great.

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Are you loving this year’s Happy Harry Potter series as much as I am? Don’t forget about the giveaway!

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Happy Harry Potter 2017 Kick Off Giveaway

It’s time once again for my most favorite two weeks of the year: my Happy Harry Potter series! This is the time where I convince my wizard loving friends to get geeky and create brand new Harry Potter tutorials, party ideas, book lists, recipes and more.

Harry Potter gift ideas. Great Christmas and birthday presents for Harry Potter fans

We have an amazing line up this year but before we get to all the new DIY Harry Potter ideas I’ve got a fabulous giveaway for you. This is full of must have gift ideas for Harry Potter fans of all ages! To enter scroll to the bottom of this post and remember to check in every day since we’ll have new ways to enter added through the next two weeks!

We’re starting off with a $50 Amazon Gift card because well there’s so much amazing HP stuff out there these days that I want you to be able to pick! Whether you are waiting for the Illustrated Prisoner of Azkaban, or maybe you want your very own Harry Potter bathing suit, or just a Potter trivia to play while on the go there is something fun for everyone.
Harry Potter swag fun Make Love Not Horcruxes bag and Hogwarts House necklaces

Next I’m giving away one of my Make Love Not Horcruxes Totes and a Hogwarts Tie Necklace. For the necklace you can pick which Hogwarts House you want and I’ll make sure to make one in the colors that corresponds to your house!

cratejoy fandom subscription boxes make amazingly thoughtful presents

On Wednesday I’ll be sharing one of my favorite gift ideas for Harry Potter fans: fandom subscription boxes! Because what is better than a monthly surprise on your doorstep. Whether it’s book related or full on Harry Potter focused CrateJoy subscription boxes have LOADS of fun option that would delight Potter fans. I’ll be unboxing a bunch of them live on my Facebook page and picking some of the contents to send to the giveaway winner!

alohomora harry potter printable

I firmly believe every Harry Potter fan needs some nod towards the magic in their homes. What better way to do that than with some Wizarding art? Here are four amazing Harry Potter Printables to chose from and the lucky winner doesn’t even have to choose how about that for fun.

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter by jamie Harrington

Did you know there is a whole craft book just for Potterheads? Jamie Harrington’s The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is fun and perfect for tweens to do on their own or pick a craft as a family and bond over crafty magical love. This is one of my favorite gifts for new Potter lovers because it’s so fun, not sized and kind of unique!

Hogwarts School Quilt for Harry Potter Fans

And last and definitely the most awesome, the winner will receive a Harry Potter quilt from our vary own Polly. You have probably drooled over her quilt for years, I know I have. She is generously giving away one of her amazing Hogwarts Houses quilts! SO gorgeous. Too bad I can’t enter I’m gonna be crazy jealous of the winner that’s for sure! And if you are a quilter be sure to check out her amazing quilt patterns.

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Daddy Superhero Shirt DIY Template

Need something awesome for dad? This DIY Daddy Superhero Shirt with free DIY template is easy and will put a smile on his face.

super hero shirt tutorial

Daddy you are as smart as Iron Man, as strong as Thor, as fast as Flash, and as brave as Batman. You are our favorite Superhero! My friend ask me to make one of these cute shirts. She just sent me a picture so I’m not sure where she found it but they are all over if you’re not a crafty person you can even order one on Etsy. But really they are so easy might as well make your own!

Father's Day shirt DIY

All you need to show that special guy that he’s appreciated this Father’s Day, Birthday, or just because is a plain shirt and some iron-on vinyl. I have a free downloadable printable design that will make this as if you had Flash himself helping you out.

DIY daddy superhero shirt

What You Need

What to Do

  • Download the free Daddy Superhero Design
  • Upload the design into your cutting program.
  • Flip the image so it’s mirrored image and resize so it fits your shirt how you would like.
  • Cut the vinyl by laying the plastic side down on your mat, setting your machine to iron-on vinyl setting, and cutting through the back vinyl side.
  • Remove the negative space and then position on your shirt and iron. If you’re new to heat transfer vinyl read this great iron-on vinyl tutorial for how to use it.

DIY daddy superhero shirt

I’ll be making this live on my Facebook today! I’ll update it with finished pictures when I’m done.

Homemade Father’s Day Gifts and Block Party

Father’s Day is coming up this month!  It’s time to celebrate those awesome dads and here are some great ideas to make for the special man in your life. 
Father's Day Gift Ideas easy craft tutorials and printables
 
 
It’s time for another Block Party hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By PollyHousewife Eclectic!  Be sure to check out all of our blogs, because we’ve been up to some fun things lately.
 
It’s Kaysi again from Keeping it Simple.
 
Every year I make something for my husband with our kids’ hand prints.  Here are some of the ones that I have done through out the years :).
 
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DIY Gift Ideas She Will Love and Block Party

Need a gift for that special lady in your life? Whether it’s mom, that awesome teacher, neighbor or sis, here are a ton of DIY gifts she will love!

unique gifts for mom teacher sister tutorials

Rose Cork Coasters | Appreciation Letter Tutorial | Post-it Note Gift

Circular Bag Tutorial | Lemon Hand Soap | Wooden Bead Key Chain 

Embroidered Bookmark | Painted China Ware | DIY Jewelry Hanger

Fingerprint Bookmarks | Ombre Earrings | Lemon Candles

Rae Gun guest posting pictureMarissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. Here are some posts that have been super popular on my blog lately!

Yes! Totally agree. I wish I knew all of these when I was pregnant. Great tips for first time moms.

If you know someone Expecting this List of New Moms Tips New Moms Tips is a Must

this is how I always do chocolate covered strawberries!

Easiest Way to Make Perfect Chocolate Covered Strawberries

The best spinach and artichoke dip recipe I have ever had. Only takes 15 minutes and the recipe is crock pot friendly (but does not require a slow cooker)

Super Yummy Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip

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