Browsing Category: Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Pebble From the Birth Place of Jesus

What an amazing opportunity for any Christian.  This is the kind of thing that only comes around once in a lifetime.  This is no ordinary cross; this is the ability to own a piece of the cave where the baby Jesus spent his first night with his mother Mary.  You can own a piece of the cave where the magi came to bestow gifts upon the newly born Lord.  Here was the cave in the rear of the house, and used for cattle. In a manger, as the most ready and fitting place, the babe was laid. The place where the shepherds came to pay their adorations, the place marked by the star of Bethlehem.

There are many different options, but this is my favorite: The Carpenter’s Cross is the embodiment of the simple life Christ lived. Straight, clean lines, the ultimate in modesty and a true symbol of the working life of Christ, who Himself was a carpenter by trade. With The Original Nativity Stone at the apex of the Cross, this is the perfect Christian gift for the man, woman or child who strives to live life on a daily basis according to the teachings of Jesus.

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Carpenter’s Cross

 

Emperor Justinian built the church that now stands over the cave of the nativity in 565 A.D. on the site of a previous church built by Constantine Cesar and his mother the Empress Helena, in 327 A.D.  It is one of the oldest churches in the world.

The cave of the nativity is 38 feet long by 11 wide, and a silver star in a marble slab at the eastern end marks the precise spot where the Lord was born. There is an inscription on the star that reads: Hie de virgine Maria Jesus Christus natus est. that means: Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.  Silver lamps are always burning around, and an altar stands near, which is used in turn by the monks of the convents. The manger in which the Lord was laid was taken to Rome by Pope Sixtus V. and placed in the church of St. Maria Maggiore, but a marble one supplies its place. A few feet opposite, an altar marks the spot where the Magi stood. The walls are covered with silken hangings.

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The actual birth place of Jesus

 

The stones that are contained in the crosses were removed during construction in the cave.  You can read the story about it here by clicking on the cross, and then on the second page clicking on “The Story.”

This is the only time that stones from this most holy of places will legally be removed.  Once these stones sell out, they will never be available again.  Take this opportunity to give a gift that will become an heirloom for generations of your family.  Give the gift that truly keeps Christ in Christmas. If you want to buy one now, you can get 15% off with code HOLIDAY15  Purchase yours here Nativity Stone Crosses

If you want a gold cross, this one is really beautiful: The Classic Nativity Stones Cross is perhaps the most spiritually connected Christian gift symbolizing our love for Jesus Christ.  The unique design of this cross is the work of world-renowned jewelry designer Paul Dimitriu.

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The Classic Nativity Stones Cross

 

DIY BBQ Rub

This will be my husband’s second Father’s Day. It’s such a fun holiday to celebrate. He’s an amazing father and I love doing something special to celebrate him.  Last year we got him a hand crafted leather football which he absolutely adores….so much so that he has it on display and won’t even throw it, lol! This year I thought it would be fun to make something. He’s a fantastic cook and an even better grill master. This DIY BBQ rub seems like a perfect gift!

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Big Batch Barbecue Rub (found on Real Simple)

Makes 1 1/3 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons black pepper

Directions

  1. Combine the ingredients and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.
  2. Instructions to include with your gift: Up to 2 hours before cooking, coat 2 pounds of chicken, beef, pork, or seafood with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with 2 to 4 tablespoons of the rub. Cook as desired.

Coconut Vanilla Body Scrub

If you’re not someone who exfoliates year round, it’s good to at least do so in these warmer months so your exposed skin stays smooth and moisturized.  My favorite way to accomplish this is via homemade body scrubs.  With just a few simple ingredients I don’t have to worry if it contains something  harmful to my body.  And let’s face it homemade scrub is far cheaper!  I loved this one and will be honest, coconut and vanilla is a combination that’s pretty hard to beat in my book!

This recipe was adapted from Natural Vitality Living

Coconut Vanilla Body Scrub

Makes about 1 pint

  • 1 cup coarse sugar
  • t tsp real vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sea salt (I also like to use pink Himalayan salt)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil

Combine all ingredients until it’s the texture of wet sand and then store it in an airtight container (I like to use canning jars). Store at room temperature.

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DIY Hanging Terrarium

Flowers and plants are great for Mother’s Day but I loved the idea of a DIY Hanging Terrarium.  They add so much beauty to any room you choose to hang them in.  And are great for mom to hang above her desk at work!

For details please visit Home A Sandwich Shoppe

All you need:

  • Hanging Terrariums
  • Succulants

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Whipped Coconut Oil & Lime Body Butter

Coconut oil is a staple around our house.  We use it to cook and bake as well as for a moisturizer.  It smells divine and my favorite part is that it’s all natural and non-toxic.  In fact I can even eat it which makes me feel better putting it onto my skin & especially my 12 month old!  I love this simple little twist.  Not only would it be great for at home use but would make a fantastic gift!

To make it you’ll need:

1/2 cup coconut oil

20 drops of lime oil (or your favorite essential oil)

A jar (the volume will double so make sure you have a jar that will fit at least a cup)

Whip the coconut oil with an electric mixer until it becomes soft.  Once it’s soft add the oil.  Mix a bit more and voila! Just be sure to note the expiration date on the coconut oil and store it in a cool, dry place.  Most of all enjoy!

Recipe found on Blah Blah Magazine

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DIY Mother’s Day Lily Box

Homemade gifts are the best, especially for Mom!  She’ll so appreciate the time and thought that went into something crafted by you just for her.  This DIY Mother’s Day Lily Box found on Decor and the Dog is so perfect for the occasion.  This could be really neat if made with herbs or other plants and flowers as well.

Supplies Needed

  • Planter Box
  • Paint Markers
  • Flowers, Herbs or Plants (whatever suits your or your mother’s fancy)

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Mother’s Day Citrus & Herb Sea Salt DIY

Homemade gifts are always so special.  Seasoned salts are such a fun addition to any cooks kitchen which is why I loved this idea!  It’s so simple even young children can help out with this project.

Recipe and idea found on Five & One

Citrus + Herb Sea Salt Recipe

1 cup coarse sea salt

1 teaspoon each of sage, thyme, and, rosemary

1 teaspoon each of lemon and orange zest

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Finely chop herbs and zest and mix with the salt.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes, just enough to dry the herbs and zest.  When the salt is cooled you or your child may crush together with your fingers or pulse in a food processor to incorporate the flavors of the salt, herbs, and fruit zest.

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Kids Art Collage

I’m a big fan of kids art.  Keeping their original work is fantastic however I thought this idea found on ArtfulCircle would allow you to display several different “pieces” of art in one large picture.  Such a simple and creative idea.  I love it!

What You’ll Need:

  • A few pieces of kids art
  • A large picture frame – this is a decent 16 x 20 for about $25 on Amazon
  • A circle punch – about $11 on Amazon
  • Mod Podge – about $9 on Amazon

Visit ArtfulCircle for full instructions.

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Herb Keeper

Now that spring has finally arrived we’re already starting to cook differently.  With warmer weather I like to shed the heavier dishes we eat in the fall and winter for lighter, fresher fare.  This is the time of year when we begin to use more and more fresh herbs.  My one rub however is that we never seem to use the entire amount that we buy before going bad.  I’ve had my eye on an Herb Keeper for a while now and I’ve finally decided to purchase one.  They have some cool features:

  • Keep herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano and dill fresh longer
  • Also great for keeping vegetables like asparagus and celery fresh and crisp
  • Slots in removable tray hold and hydrate herb stems while keeping leaves above the water
  • Sized for storing large quantities of herbs; designed to fit in most refrigerator door shelves
  • Measures 4-3/4 inches in diameter and 9-1/2 inches tall

Cuisipro Herb Keeper – around $18 on Amazon

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