10 Gift Worthy Decor Books

1.   In House $37.80
2.   Hue $32.97
3.   Domestic Art $181.19
4.   The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge $59.85
5.   Elle Decor So Chic $26.40
6.   The New Traditional $23.35
7.   Apartment Therapy: Real Homes, Real People $18.15
8.   To Your Taste $29.70
9.   Flip! for Decorating $16.32
10. Tricia Guild Pattern $26.40

11 books for the crafty, Under $20

1.    Handmade Home $14.93
2.    Sewing Green $16.47
3.    Simply Sublime Bags $13.57
4.    Retro Crafts $10.17
5.    Anticraft $15.63
6.    Crafter's Devotional $16.49
7.    Craft, Inc. $11.53
8.    Big Ass Book of Crafts $13.57
9.    Printing by Hand $18.15
10.  ReadyMade $16.50
11.  One Yard Wonders $14.25

10 Books for Photography Lovers

3.   Photographing America $31.50
4.   Why People Photograph $10.17
5.   Within the Frame $26.39
6.   Contact Sheet $26.37
7.   Photojojo! $14.95
9.   The Polaroid Book $10.19

10 adorable books for babies

1.    Yummy Yucky $6.99
2.    Art for Baby $13.59
3.    Life Size Zoo $12.21
4.    Tickle Monster $11.53
5.    Peek a Baby $6.99
6.    Bear's New Friend $7.99
7.    Pat the Bunny $9.99
8.    Excuse Me! $5.99

Fantastic DIY Ornaments

I made these last year for just about everyone on my list.  I assure you, they were a big hit!  I used double sided scrap-booking paper to make 20 ornaments under 20 dollars.  3 sheets will make 2 ornaments.

Paper Ornaments via Instructables

DIY Candy Cane Syrup

What a great idea! This sweet little treat would be perfect to p pair with some homemade hot chocolate mix.

Candy Cane Syrup
 via Storybook Woods

Hot Chocolate Mix
 via ingredients, inc.

DIY Cat Playhouse

I don't have a cat, but if I did, my cat would have a new place to hang out very soon.  I love this idea!

10 Books Wine Lovers Will Love

3.   Wine Politics $18.15
4.   Wine & War $10.17
5.   To Cork or Not to Cork $11.47
7.   The Grial $12.89
8.   Living With Wine $47.25
9.   The Judgement of Paris $11.52
10. The Wine Bible $12.97

DIY Infused Spirits

Make your own custom infused spirits for your friends this year.  Want to make the gift even more special?  Throw in some DIY etched glassware.

Infused Vodka via wikihow
Skittles Vodka via MixThatDrink

DIY Lunchbag

This adorable DIY lunch bag would make a great gift for your office friends.

Lunchbag via Design Sponge

DIY Braided Doormat

Choose rope colors to coordinate with your friends home.

DIY Braided Doormat via Martha Stewart

DIY Illuminated Snowflake Ornament

This ornament does require some soldering, but I think it's worth it.  The center holds an LED light.

Illuminated Ornament
via Fashioning Technology

DIY Cuff Links

What a great way to add to his cuff link collection.  Let the kids pick out the stones and you put them together.

Cuff Links via Martha Stewart

DIY Garden Torches

These torches are perfect for wine lovers or gardeners.  Plus, they keep wine bottles out of landfills and they're just awesome.

Wine bottle torch
via Gerardot & Co.

DIY Sling Bag

Using minimal fabric and a bit of your time, you can make this adorable everyday sling bag.  The free pattern also comes with the option to make it a shoulder bag.

Sling Bag via Oh, Fransson!

DIY Acorn Bird Feeder

If you're looking for homemade gift ideas, I highly recommend the DIY section at Design Sponge.  It's filled with great ideas like this acorn bird feeder, perfect for the gardener in your life.

Acorn Bird Feeder
via Design Sponge

DIY Teacup Candles

Check your local thrift store for cheap teacups and fill with candle wax.  What adorable and affordable hostess gifts!

Teacup Candle via Martha Stewart

DIY Etched Glasses

How about giving these with some homemade infused spirits? Love it!

Etched Glasses via Martha Stewart

DIY Can Mosaic

These can be used to hold pens, but these would also make great gifts with plants inside.  Maybe some fresh herbs?

DIY Can Mosaic via Instructables

DIY Pet Tags

Download free templates to make adorable tags for your furry friends this Christmas.

Pet Tags via Martha Stewart

DIY Button Plant Sling

Check out this easy plant sling.  Use all of those extra buttons you have lying around for something useful. 

Buttoned Plant Sling via Martha Stewart

Is your Christmas budget a bit tight?

It's DIY gift days here at It Was a Gift!  Is your Christmas budget a bit tight this year? You still have plenty of time to make gifts for everyone on your list.  For the next two days, I will be posting links to some fantastic and easy projects, perfect for gift giving. 

Who is left on your list?

Signed Iconic Print

Who could ever forget those eyes. Now you can pick up a  poster sized print of  the most famous National Geographic cover, signed by the photographer himself.

Signed Afghan Girl Poster $49.95 National Geographic

Tired of holding your beer?

Your beer will always be by your side with this rugged leather beer holster that attaches to any belt.  Perfect for grilling and tailgating.

Beer Holster $34.95 Red Envolope

List Bliss

Lists, lists, and more lists.  With this imaginative 2010 planner, you will have a special place to put them every day for a full year. Plus, each week features a fun topic to list about, giving you a break from the to-do list.  It's list love.

Visual Evolution of Rock

If you have yet to find something for the music lover on your list, try this reproduction of Reebee Garofalo’s iconic graphic. This stunning print charts the evolution of rock over the years including over 700 artists and more than 30 sub genres.

History Shots $34.95 Red Envelope


This crocheted bunny is just plain cute. I think both, boys and girls, would be happy to drag this around all day. 

Stripes the Bunny $17.45

salt and pepper mustache

What a great conversation piece for the dinner table.  The wooden mustache separates into two pieces allowing one side for salt and one for pepper.  So clever.

Mustache S & P Shaker $28 Etsy

Drum Roll, Please

Why have a drum set that costs all that money and takes up all that space in your house?  This portable kit rolls up small enough to fit in a drawer and each drum sensor is fully customizable. Switch between6 different drum kit options and 48 rhythm patterns add some special effects and record your musical creation.

Roll Up Drum Kit $59.95

Have Wine, Will Travel

A travel companion for you and your wine.  This little pouch is lined with padding to protect your wine from rough baggage handlers.  It also has 2 zip-top seals to protect your clothes, if an unfortunate brake does occur.

Bottle Pocket $16.85

iPhone Bean Bag

Do you get tired of holding your iPhone while watching movies? This great little product was created to prevent your portable devices from slipping and sliding, allowing you to rest your hands and enjoy the show.

Movie Wedge $9.99

Bowling with Monsters

Don't usually get that warm & fuzzy feeling when bowling? Well, that's about to change! This monster bowling set adds color, texture and a whole lot of eyes to a (formerly) straightforward game
Monsters Bowling Set $19.42

Tiny sculpture for your finger

All that needs to be said is.....WOW!

Lovers Arise Ring $69 Etsy

Origami Soy Sauce Jar

It never crossed my mind to keep soy sauce in anything other than the bottle it came in.  This origami crane with a pour pout has enlightened me.

Soy Sauce Jar $7.95

Where was this when I was in college?

This device is perfect for the slow typing.  The problem with most digital tablets is the lack of ink.  Just write your notes or drawings on the paper and this tablet will convert it to a digital file.  It can store up to 160 pages. 
Again I ask, where was this when I was in college.

Digital Notepad $95.99

Argyle Video

If you are going to bother carting around a video camera, it shouldn't be bulky and ugly, right?  This one is stylish, compact, affordable, and shoots HD video. What's not to love?

Argyle Video Camera $121.39

A toilet brush as a gift?

I wouldn't typically recommend a toilet brush as a gift, but this one is too cute not to.

Giraffe Toilet Brush $14.95