Girl’s Spa Gift Basket Idea

Every year I try to think of a unique gift idea for my god daughter’s birthday. She is such a special little soul, and I love her so much- so naturally the gift must fit. 🙂

One time when we had her for a sleepover, I set up my house like a spa. And ever since, she wants to always play spa! LOL. So I thought it was only fitting I make her, her very own spa basket.

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In this basket I included:

A cute homemade little sign with her name

A nail polish set

A silk spa robe

A pair of flip flops

A spa headband

A hair wrap towel

A lip gloss set

Body spray

Lotion

Water spray bottle

Rags

Gem stone set

Color changing candles (battery operated obviously)

A recipe for cucumber water

Paper cups, napkins & funky straws and a decanter for cucumber water

 

And everything kind of ended up in this pastel color theme, which I thought was super cute!

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I bought everything in various stores as I was shopping around, however, I did get the robe, the gemstones and the candle set on amazon, and the body spray/lotion from bath and body works.

My god daughter ended up liking it, so I was very happy. I love giving gifts that have a theme to it, and I love making gift baskets!

So if you are in need of a gift idea for a young girl, try a spa basket! Let’s promote young girls learning self care early on. Because we all know life is stressful and being able to take time to yourself is important.

 

*All images are my own.*

-<3-

Makeup Starter Kit Gift Idea [Drugstore]

I came up with this gift idea for my mom for Christmas. Of course it can be used for any occasion. And I liked it so much, that I thought I should share. 

My mom was always asking me to borrow little things here and there. But our skin tones are different and what works me doesn’t always work for her. She didn’t have many of the basics in her kit and she would always say one of these days she wanted to get herself some new products and that she needed my help to pick things out. But I knew she would never go and buy herself all this, so I took it upon myself to put this gift together for her. 

When doing this it was a bit difficult to judge the skin tones, so I just tried my best. I looked at her old makeup that I knew she was using at that time, to get an idea of the shade. I also kept in line with the brands I know she likes to use. 

When it comes to colors I went with Dark Brown for eyeliner and Brown/Black for mascara, because she doesn’t like full black. So you can customize to the person’s preference. I know she doesn’t usually do lipstick or eyeshadow so in order to nudge easily toward the transition, I kept the colors natural/neutral in the Beige/Brown/Mauve family. Nothing too bold. A tinted lip balm in always a safe bet too. 

Last but not least- presentation. It was Christmas so I just wrapped each item in wrapping paper, so it was fun for her to open all the different items one by one. You could easily have put everything in the makeup bag and then into a nice gift bag. Or you could set it all up into a nice basket. The choice is yours. Get Creative!

Now let’s chat pricing. I tried to grab some things that were on sale. At the time, I remember there were some makeup brands on sale. But some things I knew I had to pay full price for. The whole kit probably cost around $80. And to me that is a lot for drugstore makeup. But I use drugstore makeup and for the most part, I don’t mind the quality. It does the job for my everyday look. If I would have went to Sephora and tried to get that much for $80 that would have been impossible. So I thought it worked out rather well. My mom was happy. 🙂

Each makeup starter kit can be color customized to whoever you are giving the gift to. 

 

Items Included (Left to Right):

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Makeup Starter Kit

Eye lash curler

Blush brush

Tinted lip balm

Lipstick

Eyeshadow palette

Blush palette

Cotton square pads

Ponds face cream

Small makeup bag

Peel off mask 

Face sheet mask

Face astringent 

Blending sponge

Eyeliner 

Tweezer

Extra makeup foam sponges

Mascara

Compact- translucent pressed powder

Instant Age Rewind Eraser- Concealer (for Dark Eye Circles)

Tinted Moisturizer

 

These are just all the basic things, I feel like a woman can use to create simple, clean, beautiful everyday looks. But quick DISCLAIMER- I don’t believe we NEED to wear makeup. I believe in choosing when and where and why you want to wear it. I love to play around with makeup and have fun with it. I love knowing that I can cover up my dark circles, lol. And I also love throwing on some face mist, lip balm, and moisturizer and giving my face a break too. It’s all about how you feel. I am in NO way saying, woman NEED makeup. You do you boo! 🙂 

 

What would you include in your starter kit?

 

-<3-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Little Winter Care Package Gift Idea + Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

This past week, my family and I celebrated Valentine’s Day together. Because I baked cookies and cupcakes and we had a little candy station for our party, I didn’t want to gift them too much candy either. I mean your girl loves chocolate just as much as the next person, but I mean how much can I person really have? So I thought a bit and decided on doing a little Winter Care Package for each of them. When I think of Winter, I think of a few essentials we all may need to reach for during the daily chill. And I know not everyone thinks to carry those things with them. So I thought I’d do a little something to help my loved ones out. This was my little way of saying… “Hey I love you. Keep safe and warm this Winter.” 😉

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Things I Included: Chapstick, a pack of tissues (these came with some cute inspirational sayings!), a travel sized lotion, hand sanitizer, and some watermelon flavored cough drops. I put all of those things together securing it in these cute heart printed cellophane bags. Next, I included a hot chocolate packet for those cold winter nights, a scratch-off for some fun, and of course just a bit of Valentine’s Day chocolate. 

I made them for my Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister in Law and Aunt. So I had two versions- one for the guys and one for the ladies.

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The Guy’s Version^

 

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The Ladies’ Version ^

 

I found these cute decorative paper bags and Valentine’s Day stickers, and cards. And decided why not be super cutesy and nostalgic and write some Valentine’s to the people who I love most. I know Valentine’s Day is very much marketed as a couple’s holiday but love is all over. It comes in different relationships and bonds. And my family and I have always treated it like that. I love my family and I love that even though I don’t need a special day to show that. I still like that there is a holiday solely dedicated to showing love. It’s just a way to make sure in the craziness of this life, we stop and show our love to those who treasure. No matter the type of relationship.  

 

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Onto the cookies I made for Valentine’s Day. I got the recipe from a Pinterest pic, but the recipe that was linked was this one HERE, with the additional step of adding a few drops of red food coloring.

Pinterest inspo…of course…

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My baking process…

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This was only a 5 ingredient cookie recipe and it was pretty simple. Also…they are DELCIOUS, my whole family really enjoyed them! 

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Happy Love Day! ❤

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Hope this little winter care package idea comes in handy if you’re looking for a little something to give a loved one. And I hope you give this cookie recipe a try. I’m sure you can make them for any holiday, if you alter the color! Enjoy!

 

*All other images are my own.*

-<3-

 

DIY Dress-Up Trunk Gift Idea

As promised…here we go.

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So every time my God daughter’s birthday rolls around, I always strive to come up with a gift idea that’s really special. Special to her likes and special to what she’s currently into. Because let’s face it kids go through their phases.

I spoil her on the regular, BUT her birthday is cause for some extra special spoilage. 😉

I was toying around with the idea of buying her a Dress Up trunk. But the more I researched, the more I became discouraged with the quality of these so called “trunks.” They were simple flimsy cardboard, and well that just wasn’t going to cut it for my little Soph.

So I decided to create my own Dress Up Trunk; personalized with costumes that would fit her little personality.

Here is the finished wrapping:

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I used these decorative keepsake boxes to act as my trunk(s). They are sturdy, have a lid, are perfect for storage and can just be left out in a playroom on their own. And they are cute as a button.

I ended up having to pick up a smaller one to hold all the accessories because the big one just wasn’t enough. Yes I splurged a bit. Once I get an idea, it kinda spirals. I just can’t stop myself. 😉

The top gift wrapped box is actually her Disney Princess Birthday Train “3” Doll. 3 is Aurora a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty. It’s a tradition I’ve started with her, I get her one every year. My God mother did it with me and now I get to pass along the tradition.

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Here are the outfits I chose to include:

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How freakin’ cute is this! (I love the tutu!)

Some pretty dresses (because every little girl wants some fluffy princess dresses), A chef set (she loves to pretend to cook), and A Wonder Woman costume (her favorite superhero.)

A tea party hat, purse, and white glove set with feather boa and pearl set; because we play tea party sometimes.

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A purple tutu and an assortment of shoes.

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Accessories included:

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Left to Right: Feather Boa, Beaded Necklaces (she loves her beads! she uses them for everything! Even pretend spaghetti dinner #multipurpose) A princess crown, Chap sticks in fun flavors, headbands, rings, coin purse, sunglasses, bracelets, princess wands, light up princess wand, and a brush.

 

 

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Purple was a bit of a color theme, because it’s her FAVORITE COLOR! (And she will tell anyone who will listen all about it…at that decimal!) Since the outfits didn’t really have purple in them, I went all purple on the accessories and accent pieces.

Her little shocked smile when I brought out her gift at her Birthday party was the best. I got a bunch of videos and pictures from her mom recently of her playing with everything. They are the best photos ever. I am obsessed. That was my ultimate thank you, to see her having a fun night playing dress up with her mommy. She even sent me a video of her putting on the chap stick I got her and smacking her lips together like any grown girl putting on lipstick would. It was the cutest thing ever. I had to include them because she watches me put my makeup on and always wants to take it and put it on herself, especially the lipstick. She puts it on and goes “Kissy!” Lol. So cute. It’s adorable.

*Extra Fun Tips:

When gifting any kind of purse or coin purse you should always put some money in them for good luck. So I placed a dollar in her little purple purse and some coins in her personalized coin purse.

Where I found these products:

Her accessories were found in Dollar Tree-Deals; Jewelry, wands, sunglasses and headbands.

The pretty purple crown was ordered from Party City when we had a little “Purple Party” for her on her actual birthday.

The princess pretty dresses and shoe set was found in Christmas Tree Shop, along with the coin purse, chap stick, and brush.

The Tea Party Set was found on Amazon as was the Wonder Woman Costume and Chef Set.

The decorative boxes were found at Telco; a discount store.

*Hope this was helpful!

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This gift was really fun to create for my God daughter. She’s only three and she likes to play pretend, and I don’t see that going away any time soon. If you ask me dress up trunks are a perfect idea for little girl birthday gifts, because playing dress up never goes out of style. Even I still feel like I do that when I get all dressed up to go out with friends or to a special event. Putting on the makeup and deciding on an outfit and how to accessorize it perfectly. It’s fun!

So if you have a special little girl in your life, and you’ve been wracking your brain for a gift just as special, look no further.

Let me know how it turns out. Or if you want any other ideas! I’m all ears. Comment down below!

-<3-

*All photos are my own.*

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