1. Holidays Rule.
This album is seriously awesome. Fun., Paul McCartney, The Civil Wars, The Head and the Heart, The Shins. It’s pretty much a Christmas-loving hipster’s dream album. And you don’t have to buy it, the whole thing is available on Spotify. You do have Spotify, right? It’s also awesome. And free.
2. Straedtler Fineliner pens.
I’ve probably had these in a TID post before, but they deserve another mention. I got these Staedtler Fineliner pens in a swag bag at a conference a few years ago, and they are my favorite pens/markers in the history of all time ever. They are pricey, but totally worth it if you love a good pen and happen to be a color-coding fiend like I am. These are the only pens I’ll write my to-do lists in. I’ve been using them daily for two years and they’re just like new. I have the 10 pack, but I’m totally coveting the 20 pack. So many pretty colors.
3. Tangerine Essential Oil.
I’ve been using this stuff for pretty much everything from homemade dishwasher soap to bath salts. I’ve even just been dabbing a few drops on my wrists for an all-natural perfume. The tangerine is so sweet and refreshing and really helps wake me up. It’s also supposed to help with anxiety and nervousness. Although, considering I’m totally blissed out on a staycation right now, I haven’t had a chance to test that.
Want to see what Facebook or Twitter updates you made five years ago today? The TimeHop app will show you. It’s basically a “this day in history” but with your social media updates. It’s a lot fun to see what you were doing this time last year (or even earlier). You can set it to do push notifications so every morning, you can wakeup and read a little digest of what you were doing this day in the past. A little navel-gazing? Yes. But fun. The only issue: you can only connect one social media account for each service. I have two different Twitter accounts that I use regularly (with 12,000+ tweets between the two) and I’d love to see what I said on both accounts.
5. Handmade gifts.
This week, I’ve been working on a bunch of handmade holiday gifts (including these super yummy homemade treats for Puppyface, shhh, don’t tell her). In a couple of weeks, I’m going to be posting a whole host of handmade gift ideas for you to thieve and shower your friends and family with. I love handmade gifts. I love making them and they are my favorite kind to receive. If you’ve got the time, I urge you to make your own gifts for under the tree this year. Don’t have the time? How about supporting small businesses that do handmade? Etsy is a great place to start. And make sure you check out your local holiday craft fairs, too!