If you’re part of a family who give gifts at Easter, or you just fancy treating your loved ones to gifts that don’t in any way relate to chocolate, then this is the place to be. I’ve collected together a few awesome Easter bits and pieces that have caught my eye and which are just really fun during this season. No, Easter isn’t about giving gifts, but why not share a little something with those you love, if you can spend time with them this weekend or not. It’s just a little bit of fun.
I’m a firm fan of simple jewellery – in fact, you’ll rarely see me wearing anything but my engagement ring, one extra ring and a pair of stud earrings. I often wear necklaces and a watch on the weekends, but I definitely don’t go overboard, and there’s a lot to be said for an understated look, especially when you’re like me and wear colours and patterns in your clothes. Something delicate can add just a special touch to your whole look, and a little personal piece definitely takes it up a notch. I’ve made a few bracelets over the years – friendship bracelets made of cotton threads or some little clay beads usually – so developing this a bit and trying new things is definitely something I like to give a go.This one is super easy and super purse-friendly, so if you’re looking for an extra gift for someone, then I recommend giving this a go.
Threading cord – approximately 35cm for each bracelet
Thread your charm onto your threading cord – you can either leave it loose, so it’ll move around, or you can keep it in place with a loose knot. Pass the left end of your thread over the top of the right end, to create one large circle.
Pinch your bracelet where the two threads cross over each other. Create three loops by wrapping the right end of the thread over the rest of the thread three times. Then push the thread from left to right through the middle of the loops you’ve made. This will create a knot once you pull it tightly, which you can now do.
Turn the bracelet over and repeat the same step, so that you now have two knots a short length apart. Pulling and pushing on the loose ends of thread adjusts the size of the bracelet, to allow you to pop it on your wrist and then tighten it to keep it in place.
This is super customisable, so just change the colour of the thread and the charms you pop on depending on the recipient of the bracelet.
I have long been a fan of having inspiring quotes around my home, in all kinds of different forms. From t-shirts and art prints, to cushion covers and greetings cards, I find a lot of encouragement and motivation from an inspiring phrase or quote, and you’ll find my Pinterest boards covered in these kinds of sentiments. If you’ve got someone in your life who needs a pick me up right now, or if you need a push towards a bigger goal, take a look at some of the pieces here and let them inspire you in some little way.
It’s all very well getting engaged during the Summer (like I did) when your hands are conditioned, your nails are freshly manicured and there are no wooly gloves in sight. But for those ladies who get engaged during the Winter, it’s not so easy, or fun, to make it noticeable that you’re newly engaged, when your hands aren’t necessarily on show. These gloves combat that just perfectly – the most simple of projects, and it makes it abundantly clear to all those around you, that you have a new ring hidden under that toasty layer. These aren’t designed to last you months, just the first couple of weeks, when you want just about everyone you come across to know that you said yes!
A plain pair of gloves
Nail striping tape
Decorative jewels, the kind which have adhesive on the back
Grab your gloves, select the right digit and apply a strip of tape around the base, having them meet at the back.
Attach a decorative jewel on the front, right in the centre.
It can be tough to think of a unique gift for a newly-engaged friend when there is so much choice out there, from prints and champagne to home decor items and wedding planners. You know by now that I love a well put together gift basket, so making one for a gal pal who has just said ‘Yes’ is a gift idea that’s right up my street. You can include pretty much anything you want in something like this, depending on the lady herself and what she likes, but I’ve picked out some ideas here for you in case you’re looking to put something together.
A basket or container
A thoughtful card, to write a note inside
Wedding journal, for all her planning notes
Fragranced candle, to remind her of this special time when she smells the scent
Nail polish and hand cream, for showing off her ring (this nail polish is also called Diva Bride)
A cute mug
Strawberries and cream body wash
Heart shaped chocolates
Just fill the basket up with all the little goodies you’ve collected, making sure to write a thoughtful note in the card about why this particular lady is special to you and how lucky she is to be experiencing such a special time in her life. This is a chance to spoil her, so take the opportunity and run with it.