For the past few years I have opted to make homemade Christmas gifts for all of my lovely ladies! Not only does this eliminate the stress of finding that one perfect gift for so many different people, it also adds an extra special touch to my holiday gifting. Making sweet and simple holiday gifts for those that you love is a great way to give them a one-of-a-kind present they will always remember and show them just how much your care. Sticking with my love of chalkboard paint this year (and with lots of help from my super handy husband) we made some great tabletop chalkboards for friends and family so that they could add some holiday cheer to their own home, display a dinner party menu, or just leave sweet little notes in any room of the house. And one of the best parts about this project? We were able to crank out 12 charming little chalkboards in just one weekend for under $50! Can’t beat that!

Now that the holidays have passed and gifts have been given, I thought I’d sneak you a peak of our 2013 homemade Christmas gift!

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

We started out with two 8′ – 2″x12″ boards we picked up from Home Depot for under $20 a piece. We planned on a making a bunch so this size worked the best for us but you could choose whatever board length and thickness works for your project.

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

I have been blessed with a super handy husband so he was able to cut me six 14″ rectangles from each board. If you don’t have a saw and are unable to cut the boards yourself, just ask someone in the lumber section of Home Depot and someone will be able to help you!

Once the boards had been cut, my husband (never one to pass up the chance to use some of his power tools) decided to use his router to add some detail to the front edges of the chalkboard.

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

Slide4The routed edges are a great way to add additional visual interest to your chalkboards but simple rectangles will be perfectly fine. Don’t feel the need to over complicate this project. The casual elegance of it really is what makes it so charming!

2013 Homemade Christmas GiftAfter some sanding to round out the corners and smooth out the surface, we’re ready to stain!

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

I chose to use a really nice dark stain to bring out all of the cool knots in the wood but the stain color is entirely up to you!

Once the stain was dry, I taped off the edges to where I wanted the chalkboard itself to be (making sure to press down firmly to prevent the paint from bleeding on this grainy surface) and one coat of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Flat-Black Spray Paint did the trick!

Slide7To add just a bit more detail to the chalkboards (and to use up some old hardware I had laying around) I drilled a hole in the top of the chalkboard and added these crystal drawer pulls as an accent. You could play around with these and use whatever you have laying around the house or take a trip to a thrift store or hobby shop. Use your imagination as add your own personal flair!

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

The final product?

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

This fun and easy project took only a weekend and we ended up with all of these great homemade gifts for our friends and family! I was really happy with how they turned out and they ended up being a big hit!

What are some of your favorite homemade gift ideas?


As the big day rapidly approaches, many of us are frantically trying to finish our Christmas shopping. If you’re like me, sometimes you struggle to come up with gift ideas for that “impossible to buy for” friend or family member. Here are a few last minute gift ideas for all different kinds of “giftees”, from The Entertainer and The Techie to The Pet Lover and The Food Lover, all under $100:

The Entertainer

Here are some last minute gift ideas for the friend who throws the best parties or hosts your favorite dinner parties. From tabletop to bar top, here are some gift ideas that are sure to get you invited back to the party next year!

Holiday Gift Ideas for Friends Who Love to Entertain

 1 //Marble Coasters :: 2//Chalkboard Table Runner :: 3//Cocktail Chatter Napkins :: 4//Wood Top Decanters :: 5//Copper Mug Set

The Techie

In a world where technology seems to run our lives, you can’t go wrong with some electronically charged gifts! Here are some ideas to help you out when shopping for the tech-obsessed friend this holiday season!

Holiday Gift Ideas for Techies

1//Vintage Book iPhone Charging Dock :: 2//Digits Conductive Finger Pads :: 3//Video Swim Mask :: 4//Smartphone Photo Lenses :: 5//Leather iPad Mini Sleeve

The Pet Lover

It’s no secret that our pets are a part of the family so, naturally, they are a part of the Holiday fun! Here are some gift ideas for those who can’t get enough of their furry friends!

Holiday Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers

1//“I Like Big Mutts” Lined Canvas Tote :: 2//Hemp Pet Toy Bin :: 3//OllyBottle Dual Water Container :: 4//Vintage Cats & Dog Paper Tape :: 5//Wag and Walk Wall Hook

The Food Lover

Here are some gift ideas that are bound to impress those food loving friends with great taste and the highest of standards!

Holida Gift Ideas for Foodies

1//Brooklyn BrewShop Beer Making Kit :: 2//Recipe Cards :: 3//Fresh Herb Keeper :: 4//Soup & Sandwich Tray Duo :: 5//Nibble Coaster