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How To Make Inexpensive And Fashionable Last-Minute Gifts

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How To Make Inexpensive And Fashionable Last-Minute Gifts

Do you know that feeling when you wake up feeling awesome, the birds are singing, the sky is blue, you go to the kitchen and you get a glimpse of the calendar… and your stomach drops? It’s your aunt’s birthday! And you completely forgot to get her a gift! Yikes! You rush through your morning routine and run out to go shopping.

If this doesn’t sound like a good solution to you, you could just get some inspiration from this list of the most fashionable and inexpensive last-minute gifts!

A different way to give flowers

Let’s start with the simplest gift ever: flowers. Because you want the person who receives them to forgive you for not buying an actual gift, you can twist the flower bouquet.

You will need a glass container, food coloring, flowers, and a printout of the label of a famous perfume (you can pick the favorite perfume of the person who receives the gift). What you have to do is print the label and glue it on the container. Make sure the container resembles the actual container of the real perfume. For example, for Chanel No. 5, you’ll need a cube container. Then, mix a tiny amount of food coloring in the water to achieve the color of the perfume – in our case, yellow – and put the flowers inside.

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    Vintage candles

    Scented candles make for plain last-minute gifts, so here is how to DIY them to make them really memorable. Take a vintage teacup set (or buy a teacup set which looks as vintage as possible), candle wax (you can buy simple candles and melt them in a saucepan), candle wicks, and essential oils. Mix the wax with the essential oils to create a pleasant aroma, then place the wicks in the middle of each cup and pour in the perfumed wax. Repeat with every teacup and then pack them back to resemble a regular set of teacups.

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      The gardener’s trick: a gift bucket

      Okay, it’s not actually a bucket and it’s not for gardeners either, but it’s one of the best last-minute gifts! All you have to do is buy a cute container — an object which was never intended to be a container, nor to hold gifts, such as garden lantern or a birdcage — and stuff it with items you know the birthday person loves. What type of items? Anything! Think about the passions of the person who will receive the gift. You can buy chocolates, makeup stencils, succulents, a USB charger, etc.

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        “Hey, I brought you a bottle of bread!”

        If you are looking for last-minute gifts for a grill party, here is what can save your day with minimum hassle. Take a mason jar and stack in it all the ingredients for bread, cake, or any other food which suits the party. Of course, you will only add the dry ingredients for a cake or the wet ingredients for a cocktail. Take a ribbon and a piece of paper, write the recipe on the paper, and then tie the paper on the mason jar with the ribbon.

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          The new home gift

          When you visit a friend who just bought his or her own house, you have to bring a gift for the new home. Instead of shopping for one, you can make one last minute that saves you a lot of time and money. Bottle lamps are a great gift for this scenario.

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          You will need a whiskey bottle with the label still on, a lamp kit, and a clip-on lamp shade. You might need some help, as you will have to drill a hole in the lower part of the bottle to insert the lamp kit. Once the system is inside the bottle, the switch returns to its place on the cord and the lamp becomes a real lamp as you put the shade on. If your friend is not keen on having whiskey bottle lamps, you can strip the label and fill the bottle with clear pebbles.

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            Get the party going with this homemade cocktail

            Probably the least-expensive gift on this list and the most popular: homemade booze! Take a bottle, fill it with cranberries or other berries, then add vodka, the juice of a lime, and couple of mint leaves. By the time you arrive at the get-together, the mixture will taste heavenly!

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              Another recipe in a jar

              If you don’t want to give alcohol, here is another adult option when it comes to delicious last-minute gifts: hot chocolate! This is not just a simple hot chocolate, as you may have already suspected. In a mason jar, put chocolate powder, marshmallows, and close the lid. Tie a mini Irish cream bottle to it and you have a delicious gift!

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                The last resort: money!

                If none of the above are likely to work, just give money, but in style! You can go for the old photo album trick or be more creative. For example, buy a box of tissues, empty it, and put money inside, then glue a buck to a tissue and put it inside, leaving the tip of the tissue out. Another idea is to buy a pizza and find a way to cover it with money without damaging the bills. The possibilities here are endless — just be creative!

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                Last Updated on December 2, 2021

                The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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                The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

                Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

                There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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                Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

                Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

                Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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                Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

                1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
                2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
                3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
                4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
                5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

                Now on to the checklist!

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                Here is how your checklist should look

                1. CAMPSITE GEAR

                • Tent, poles, stakes
                • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
                • Extra tarp or canopy
                • Sleeping bag for each camper
                • Sleeping pad for each camper
                • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
                • Pillows
                • Extra blankets
                • Chairs
                • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
                • Lantern
                • Lantern fuel or batteries

                2.  KITCHEN

                • Stove
                • Fuel for stove
                • Matches or lighter
                • Pot
                • French press or portable coffee maker
                • Corkscrew
                • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
                • Food-storage containers
                • Trash bags
                • Cooler
                • Ice
                • Water bottles
                • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
                • Cups, mugs
                • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
                • Cutting board
                • Foil
                • soap
                • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
                • Paper towels
                • Extra bin for washing dishes

                3. CLOTHES

                • Clothes for daytime
                • Sleepwear
                • Swimsuits
                • Rainwear
                • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
                • Extra layers for warmth
                • Gloves
                • Hats

                4. PERSONAL ITEMS

                • Sunscreen
                • Insect repellent
                • First-aid kit
                • Prescription medications
                • Toothbrush, toiletries
                • Soap

                5. OTHER ITEMS

                • Camera
                • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
                • Maps, area information

                This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

                Featured photo credit: Scott Goodwill via unsplash.com

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