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A few gift ideas…

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I have found some pretty neat gift ideas in the last few weeks looking around… I figure I can’t be the only one. SO, to save you some searching, let me share some awesome stuff I like.

ryobi combo kit

The Ryobi 6 piece combo kit. I L.O.V.E. this thing. Seriously, It’s a great way to start or, like me, update your tool collection. They’re all cordless and do yourself a favor, splurge on the bigger (high-capacity) battery. In addition to longer run time, it adds 35% torque seriously, you NEED it.

Ryobi sander

You know I HAD to mention my favorite sander. I really do adore this thing (so much that I have TWO of them). Nearly no vibration and throw on the high-capacity battery and your sanding is done in no time with minimal effort.

Ryobi products are available exclusively at Home Depot.

safe wedding rings

I am hoping to pick one of these up really soon. If it behaves the way I think it will, I am going to be shouting about this from the rooftops. If you have a significant other who has issues with wearing rings for safety reasons (think electrical current or pinching/pulling/squeezing the finger) or like me, can’t wear it when they’re working because it can ruin what they’re doing- this seems to be the answer. I like my husband, and I really like being married to him. I do not like not wearing my rings, but I also do not like repairing the damage the band does when I run my hand over the piece checking the finish etc.

These rings are made of silicone and the color is embedded so they don’t run off and have been tested in chemicals to check for disintegration and degradation too. The best part? They’re under $7 a piece!

Check out the Saferingz website.

crosscut flannel crosscut flannel blue

crosscut flannel lt blue

These are a few of the Crosscut Flannel shirts from Duluth Trading Company. You may remember the one I received to review and how I told you it was my favorite shirt… Well, that is still so very true and I’m hoping to get a few more colors at some point. it hasn’t shrunk after being washed, it still fits beautifully and I can move in it. I have some other really fun stuff I am going to get to participate in VERY soon, and I hope to be wearing one of these.

3:4 henley turql:s henley indigo

Duluth has these awesome henleys too. Remember Outback Red at the Limited? (am I dating myself asking that question?) These are my favorite colors in the 3/4 and long sleeve versions. I think it’s so smart that the rear hem is longer to avoid the dreaded “plumber” syndrome. Best thing I noticed is that these happen to come in a size small smaller than the one I received at Haven conference so I am hoping they’ll fit as beautifully as the flannel shirt.

double soft polo

This shirt is called a double soft polo. I think it looks comfortable to work in, keep you warm for the winter months and still pretty stylish if you have to run out while you working.


ok, I know we all work a lot of days in our sweats. Do they have to be ratty and thread-bare? I think not. These “Souped Up Sweatpants” have FIVE pockets. One made specifically for your cell phone. Honestly, it’s like they KNOW me…

teva shoes

I thought I would make a complete outfit- these shoes are ADORABLE and I might NEED them. They’re made by Teva specifically for women’s feet. They come in two other colors- these are just my favorite though.

All these (and SO much more) clothing items can be found at Duluth Trading.


Does that special someone on your list (or just YOU) want to “up” your furniture painting skills? Are you too far away to be able to take a class (because I know you would if you were close, right?)?

Altard Design has some INCREDIBLE eBooks to walk you through some incredible techniques. If you’re new to painting furniture or want to learn some new wonderful things..

Survivor case

If you need a new phone case and are worried about shattering your smartphone, Griffin makes an amazing case called the “Survivor” that is “Cori” proof. Forget the LifeProof one (we tried that, it is a disaster- a post for another day). You can read about the specs but let’s just say it’s military grade. Unlike the Otterbox, it’s difficult to shatter the screen while IN the case… and you can custom design the color combo etc you want. I don’t have one because it doesn’t have extra battery life… I believe I am classified as a heavy user… The second they have a case that includes more battery? I’m IN! Also, did you know that you can now buy custom phone cases online? My friend got one for her birthday with a picture of her pets on it – so cute!

batting gloves UA

Batting Gloves! Seriously- If you don’t want to screw up your nails when you’re sanding, batting gloves are the answer. They mold to your hand and you still have full mobility. You can find all different colors and styles on Amazon for under $15 a pair…I’m really hoping for some myself this year. (fingers crossed)

space heater

What about a space heater? If your loved one works in the garage, it can get chilly in the winter months. It takes paint longer to dry when it’s cold too. A heater will keep everything toasty warm and help keep him or her from dragging all those “treasures” inside to work on… I couldn’t possibly have personal experience with this…

Well, there you have it. My not so complete list of gift ideas for your DIY sweetie…. a little different from your average Gift ideas list, but I’m that practical kind of gal.

Can you think of anything else I should add?

Happy Holidays!! I can’t wait to hear all about yours!

(Some of these products I was given to review though this post was all my idea and as always, the thoughts and opinions are totally my own)

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