10 Budget-Friendly Toys Babies Will Actually Play With

Today’s post was originally a reflection of the kinds of toys that Andy enjoyed playing with during her 2nd year (12- to 23-ish-months-old currently), but with the fast-approaching holidays, it has turned into a gift guide!

These toys are great for the transition from infant to toddler and would all make great presents for a 1st birthday (or the holidays)! Only toys that Andy actually played with for longer than a few days have been included. Most of the toys will last beyond the 2nd year so they can be enjoyed much longer.

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Level Up Your Gift Wrapping with These Tutorials

Be the envy of your holiday gatherings (or the first gift chosen for White Elephant) with these gift wrapping tutorials.

 1. Washi Tape Confetti

Decorate a plain box or upcycle an existing box (if you can’t get all the labels to peel off or it’s printed, cover it in plain packing paper) with bits of washi tape stuck around the box like confetti.

Find the tutorial from Oh Happy Day HERE.


 2. Make Bows with Old Magazines

Brilliant upcycling idea! And they’re gorgeous.

See some pretty bows in action here and find the full tutorial here.


 3. Learn How to Make 7 Different Types of Bows

Bows, bows, and more bows.

Find the guide HERE.


 4. Sewn Treasures

Start saving the packing paper from your online orders to use for this one!

Find the tutorial here. (If you don’t sew, you could try a strip of double-sided tape* around the edges.)


 5. Tea Towel Gift Wrap

The perfect zero-waste wrap for a cooking- or kitchen-related gift!

Find the tutorial HERE.


 6. Furoshiki Wrapping

Very similar to the tea towel, but you can use any type of fabric! (Look for fabric napkins, tablecloths, sheets/pillowcases, handkerchiefs, etc. at your local thrift store. You can even use old t-shirts!)

Find the tutorial HERE.


 7. Make a Fancy Ribbon Bow

So traditional and so very fancy.

Find the tutorial HERE.


 8. Top it with a Festive Ribbon Tree

You won’t believe how easy this ribbon tree is to DIY! All you need is a strip of double sided tape*.

Find the tutorial at the bottom of this page.


 9. Paint some Kraft Paper

Upcycle some packing paper (or use a Kraft roll*) to wrap gifts – you can paint a ribbon on like the photo below or paint a design on the paper before cutting to wrap.

Find the tutorial here (& an updated version here).


 10. Earthy Gift Toppers

‘Tis the season for dried flowers! Use them as chic gift toppers.

Find the tutorial here.


 11. Dip-Dye Your Own Gift Tags

Serving canned beets at your Thanksgiving feast? Save the juice to dip-dye stock paper for gift tags!

Find the tutorial here.


 12. Mini Christmas Tree Gift Toppers

Save your tree trimmings to make these adorable mini Christmas tree gift toppers!

Find the tutorial and more inspiration here.

10 Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Gifts

November is here which means I’m feeling the holiday spirit! I’m kicking off the season (it’s here, right?!) with 10 crowd-pleasing gift ideas! If your list is full of hard-to-buy-for loved ones, this list is for you!

My family hosts a white elephant exchange for the holidays which is what inspired this post. I was searching for gift ideas that anyone in our “circle” might appreciate. I always have so much fun thinking of gifts that could be appreciated by more than one specific person (it’s such a fun challenge!).

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