Halloween M&M Cookies in a Jar

Enjoy this easy M&M Cookies in a Jar recipe! It’s a delicious homemade gift for family, teachers or friends for Halloween. Halloween M&M Cookies in a Jar Cookies in a jar are great homemade gifts for teachers and friends! We made these tasty Halloween M&M Cookies in a Jar craft many years ago at one […]

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Apple OREO Balls

Easy Apple OREO Balls to kick off back to school season. Enjoy a fun food craft recipe with free printables for an adorable teacher gift or back to school party. Sponsored by Oriental Trading Cute Apple OREO Balls I can’t believe we’ll be back to school soon! I made some cute Apple OREO Balls to […]

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10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

Let’s be honest for a moment, shall we?

There are years when the gift giving is straight up MAGIC. When inspiration strikes early and often and you become a whirling dervish of holiday gift-giving awesomeness.

Other years? Not so much. I don’t think anyone is to blame for this—there are years when I can’t think of a darn thing that a certain person or family on my gift list needs. (I’m looking at YOU, DAD, and your frequent trips to the home improvement store and/or golf emporium.)

Maybe you’ve got someone on your list that is experiencing a bit of financial stress. Maybe they’ve worked hard to get healthy and have told you specifically not to be knocking on their door with your famous fudge.

Sometimes it’s a result of your own life circumstance. Maybe you have experienced the life altering joy of tidying up and the thought of bestowing more clutter upon your loved ones doesn’t seem like your jam this year.

Maybe you’ve just got gift giving block.

I have a solution.

RANDOM STUFF THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY LOVE TO GET

Okay, maybe a more accurate title is:

RANDOM STUFF THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY LOVE NOT BUYING

Think about it this way…

You can spend $20 at Sephora and walk out a happy camper. (Because red lipstick makes the world go ‘round, people.) You can also spend $200 dollars at Costco and be annoyed at how few items that really amounts to. Bonus irritation points when you can’t eat any of what that $200 just bought.

So giving household items or supplies can actually be a really thoughtful way to show you care, because WHEN DID TOOTHBRUSHES GET SO EXPENSIVE?!

Here is a list of items I’ve given (or received) that turned out to be a big hit.

Here’s one more disclaimer on these…I bought these items in bulk because the key to the magic of these everyday items is that I was, in some cases, gifting a 6-12 month supply.

LINT ROLLERS
So great for pet owners, especially given the fact that lint rollers are marvelous for cleaning pet hair from furniture and auto interiors. But even non-pet owners will love all of the other uses for lint rollers (hello clean lampshades!) 

10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

EPSOM SALTS
Costco carries giant bags in bulk and you can get 3-4 times the amount for the same cost as at the grocery or beauty supply store. That means you can gift a 6 lb bag for about $5. (Epsom salts baths are a gift from heaven. HEAVEN.) 

10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

PLASTIC SILVERWARE
Our extended family is large, and we gather often for family birthdays and family camping trips, so believe me when I say that a $20 box of plastic silverware was well received!

10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

PANCAKE MIX
My favorite is Kodiak Cakes. You can get a huge box at Costco for about $10. I gave these to neighbors last year with a tag that included some of my favorite mix-in recommendations (bananas, chocolate chips, pumpkin pie spice, apple sauce…) By the time I was delivering these on Christmas Eve it was a welcome break from the cookie onslaught. 

10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

DETERGENT
I defy you to find a person that doesn’t use, need, and get annoyed at the cost of detergent. Go with a relatively neutral scent and there’s no reason for anyone to be anything but overjoyed at the money you just saved them. 

10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

DOG TREATS
People that love my dog have a special place in my heart. Dog treats are also a great gift for the person that “has it all” or is hard to shop for, but has a dog. I love to do this for coworker gifts — it’s not overly sentimental or expensive, and you don’t have to worry about food allergies. 

10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

RAZORS
This one is for the ladies. Again…these are expensive! I would be thrilled to get a bulk package of razors or razor blades. And I don’t know any women that are super picky about these…therein lies the advantage of shaving your legs and not your face! 

10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

TOOTHBRUSHES
Spoiler alert! If you’re related to me, you’re getting a solid stockpile of toothbrushes. Everyone needs them, and probably needs to replenish them more than they actually do. Especially if they have a kiddo in braces. 

10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

BATTERIES
Everyone needs batteries, whether they have kids or not. I’m constantly swapping out my rechargable ones for my computer mouse…and not my kids have begun swiping those for their toys. Consider getting fancy and buying a pack of 9-volt batteries…because NO ONE ever has those when their fire alarm starts that annoying warning beep…at 3:00 A.M. 

10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

BAND AIDS
The bulk pack is heaven-sent for parents of small (and not-so-small) kids. You can never have too many band aids. The variety pack that includes the big knee-sized ones, along with the tiny toddler pinky-toe size is the way to achieve true hero status. 

10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

What did I miss? Anything else to add? Tell me in the comments.

10 Unexpected Holiday Gifts that People LOVE

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Personalized Place Setting & Harvest Hash Trail Mix Recipe

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Easy Personalized Place Setting with Coke Bottles and Harvest Hash Trail Mix Recipe in DIY pumpkin jars! Thanksgiving table ideas, Free Printable Tags for Fall party favors. by @livinglocurto

Fall is finally here! It’s our favorite time of the year to bake, decorate, make DIY gifts and spend time with friends and family. We are super excited to announce a partnership happening this fall with one of the world’s most iconic brands and Living Locurto!!

Over the next few months, Coca-Cola will be sharing all kinds of inspiring holiday ideas, recipes, tablescapes and more fun on Pinterest and I’m very excited to be one of the bloggers chosen to help make that happen. You are in for a HUGE treat, because the ideas we have been coming up with are so much fun!!

If you are entertaining this season, these DIY ideas are perfect for a creating an adorable personalized table setting. From a tasty recipe and DIY gift idea for Harvest Hash Trail Mix, to a unique idea for personalized place settings, you’re sure to get inspired!

Unique Personalized Place Setting Idea

We are huge fans of the glass Coca-Cola bottles and how perfect would it be to have a personalized bottle for a Thanksgiving table place setting? Forget the boring place cards, a personalized Coke bottle would be such a fun keepsake gift and nice surprise! You can get any name you like here at the Share a Coke website.

Easy Personalized Place Setting with Coke Bottles! Thanksgiving table ideas and Cute Fall party favors with Coca-Cola by @livinglocurto

Wouldn’t this make you happy? I know my family would love this!

Harvest Hash Trail Mix Recipe & DIY Pumpkin Jars

Along with your personalized Coke bottle, you could add some harvest hash trail mix on your table!

I designed some free printable tags and packaged this sweet treat as a unique pumpkin gift in a jar. This fun fall treat idea is perfect for displaying on a Thanksgiving table for favors or giving as gifts to friends and family.

Harvest Hash Trail Mix Recipe and DIY Pumpkin Mason Jars. Cute Free Printables for DIY Fall Gift or Thanksgiving Party Favor. by @livinglocurto

Add a DIY Pumpkin Jar full of delicious Harvest Hash Trail Mix Recipe to your table and you have a fabulous and unique place setting that guests will love!

What memorable tablescape gifts with only a few simple items! Just one more way to make your holiday extra special.

Easy Personalized Place Setting with Coke Bottles and Harvest Hash Trail Mix Recipe in DIY pumpkin jars! Thanksgiving table ideas and Fall party favors. by @livinglocurto

Be sure to follow Coca-Cola on Pinterest for more creative ideas for your holiday tables!

How to Make Harvest Hash Trail Mix & DIY Pumpkin Jars

This fun food recipe and craft takes very little time to make and so cute!

What you’ll need for the recipe:

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Halloween Poo Brew | Homemade Toilet Spray Printables

 Halloween Poo Brew is an easy DIY Homemade Toilet Spray Recipe with printable labels! A few sprays will magically cast a spell and get rid of any smell! By @livinglocurto

The Halloween season is for tricks and treats and today’s Homemade Toilet Spray is definitely both!

Get excited, because I made some Poo Brew for you! What is Poo Brew you ask??? It’s a fun candy corn smelling Halloween Homemade Toilet Spray with adorable Free Printable labels for gift giving. Just a few sprays in the toilet will magically cast a spell and get rid of any smell! Who wouldn’t want some Poo Brew? Ha!

Halloween Poo Brew is an easy DIY Homemade Toilet Spray Recipe with printable labels! A few sprays will magically cast a spell and get rid of any smell! By @livinglocurto

I’m always trying to come up with easy DIY ideas for my Essential Oils and this might be one of my favorites so far! I can’t wait to make more and give to friends. I think it will be a big hit.

When you spray this in the toilet, then do your business, the essential oils trap the odors in the bowl. That really is magic! Plus, it smells amazing and super easy to make. With my cute printable labels and gift tags, this is a hilarious and original idea for your bathroom.

Halloween Poo Brew is an easy DIY Homemade Toilet Spray Recipe with printable labels! A few sprays will magically cast a spell and get rid of any smell! By @livinglocurto

I’m happy that today, there is not only my DIY idea for essential oils, but a whole bunch of creative homemade ideas for fall from our talented essential oils team. Just scroll down to get links to them all, plus enter to win some of your own Essential Oils in today’s fun fall giveaway!

How to Make Halloween Poo Brew – A Homemade Toilet Spray DIY Gift Idea

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