Marbled Gifts for Mom

Looking for something gorgeous and easy to do for Mother's Day that won't break the bank? Try marbling! We became obsessed with this process and were literally marbling whatever we could find. Try it yourself and see how easy it is!  

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You will need: nail polish, bin of water, knife or stirring stick, mug or vase (or whatever you want to marble). We suggest doing this in a well-ventilated or outdoor area because of the polish fumes. 

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Step 1: Fill your water bin halfway with water. Choose your colors, and drizzle the nail polish onto the top of the water.

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Step 2: Use a palette knife, regular knife, or stirring stick to swirl the colors together. Dip your vase or mug into the water and polish, rotating it to cover the sides you want to marble. If you miss a spot, dip the object back in to pick up more of the polish. 

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Step 3: Remove the excess nail color from the water bin with your knife. Scrape the leftovers on a rag or towel you will toss. Repeat steps 1-3 for each object that you marble.

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Let your objects dry. Gift to mom for Mother's Day and make sure to make plenty to keep yourself! You'll be addicted, we promise. 

Gift Guides Galore

We're so excited to bring you this season's gift guides, complete with gifts for her, him, and stocking stuffers! Shop online or in store!


FOR HER

From left to right:
1. Royal Apothic Perfumes, $21-$60. Pamper your ladyfriend with these unique perfumes in gorgeous colored glass bottles with ceramic floral cap. 
2. Zodiac Necklaces, $45. Perfect for the astrology enthusiast.
3. Jeweled Headbands, $11. A great accessory for holiday parties and NYE!
4. Nicolet Candles, $18-$36. Locally made in Chicago! Choose from amazing scents like Rosemary Mint, Lavender, Blood Orange, Gardenia and more. Comes in a glass jar with cap or amber jar with gift box. 
5. Michelle Starbuck Elder Necklace, $48; Michelle Starbuck Bracelet, $36. Locally made in Chicago by jewelry designer Michelle Starbuck. Features unique metal designs with stone accents.
6. Bonnie Bath Products, $5-$22. Locally made in Humbolt Park, Chicago! Natural bath products for the gal concerned with what she puts on her bod. Try a delicious body balm candle: once you melt the soy wax it turns into a luscious body butter!
7. XL Wine Glass (holds a full bottle!), $15. Perfect for white elephant gift exchanges or your favorite wino. 
8. Purses and Clutches, $25-$73. For the fashionista! Choose from large totes with convertible cross body strap, adorable backpacks, and sleek clutches!
9. Circle Lace Earrings, $26; Rectangle Bar Earrings, $17; Green Gem Drop Earrings, $24. Gold is the metallic of the season. Adorn her ears with some of the hottest styles. 


FOR HIM

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1. Wild & Wolf Shoe Shine Kit, $24; Shoe Brush, $12. Keep his footwear looking sleek all winter long.
2. Wild Man After Shave, $12; Hunt & Gather Fragrance Oil, $15; Royal Apothic Cologne, $40. Handmade natural scents for the guy who likes a subtle fragrance.
3. Quick Fix Key Tools, $11, On Your Bike Repair Kit, $23, Salty & Sweet Laser Etched Pocket Knife, $24. For the do-it-yourselfer.
4. Beehive Brass Engraved Money Clip, $32. Sassy solid brass money clips. Great for guys who don't like carrying a large wallet!
5. Plenty Vegetarian Cookbook, $35, Dips & Spreads Cookbook, $16.95. For the chef in your life.
6. Fish Flask, $26, Salty & Sweet Leather Engraved Flask, $22, Salty & Sweet Wood Engraved Flask, $32, Down the Hatch Flask, $40. Flasks on flasks on flasks! Great for camping or fishing trips, or just because. 
7. Whiskey Cocktail Napkins, $12, Vintage Bottle Opener, $11, Whiskey Skull Stones, $19.99. For the spirits connoisseur. 
8. Sock It To Me Socks, $12. Fashionable footwear for the man who pays attention to details. 
9. Whiskey & Lace Beard Oil, $19, Whiskey & Lace Beard Balm, $18, Beard Postcard, $3. Calling all beard boys! Keep his beard looking coiffed with beard oils, balms, and waxes. 


STOCKING STUFFERS

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1. Spring Garden Pen Set, $10; Buddha and Fish Pens, $5. Cute pens to start the new year off right!
2. Bang Candy Simple Syrups, $9.50. Just add to your spirit of choice to take your cocktail to WOW level. 
3. Bonnie Bath Teas, $5; Paddywax Soaps, $8. Pamper her! (Or yourself.)
4. Wild & Wolf Dominoes, $14; Harmonica, $10; Jacks, $8.50. Old school toys for kids or kids at heart.
5. Mor Lip Macarons, $12. Adorable colorful lip balm tins in unique flavors like Peach Necar, Blood Orange, Rosebud, Sorbet, and more.
6. Glow Stars, $12.50; Dreams Projector, $15. Perfect for your little astronomer at heart.
7. Paddywax Mason Jar Candles, $10. Delicious scents that come in cute colored glass mason jars, perfect accents for any room.
8. Lip Gloss Rings, $2.50-$3. Who can say no to glitter and cupcake lip gloss rings?!
9. Power Bank Universal Charger, $19.99. Great for traveling or the gal or guy always on the go.

Can't make it to the store? Shop online here! Don't forget to swing by our Shop & Wrap event this Sunday, December 13, from 11am-3pm. Free gift wrapping for purchases $15 and over, make your own personalized gift tag, and shop our unique selection of gifts while enjoying mimosas and treats!

Happy shopping!
-Amanda

DIY Handprinted Gift Wrap & Tags

If there is a way to make a personalized handprinted version of something, you can be bet that we've done it (totes, tea towels, scarves, and now gift wrap!). DIY handprinted gift wrap is a sure-fire way to wow the recipient and ensure an envy-worthy stack of presents underneath your tree. Plus it's super fun!

Step 1: Gather materials. You'll need a Speedball linoleum cutter, Speedball speedy-carve block, pencil, ink, paper, tags, ribbon, tape, scissors, brayer and flat surface for rolling ink (if you use printmaking ink, but you could also use plain stamping ink). 

Step 2: Draw your design on the block with pencil. Use the Speedball linoleum cutter to cut away the negative space. 

Step 3: Roll your ink out on the flat surface with a brayer. Ink your stamp applying even pressure. Apply stamp to paper, also using even pressure; it is helpful to press down with your entire palm on the back of the stamp. Repeat pattern to cover entire sheet of paper. Do the same with the tags, using one stamp to cover one side of each tag.

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Holiday pineapples, why not? :)

Wrap your packages in your handmade paper and flourish with the tag and a pretty ribbon. 

Hand-stamp your own personalized gift tag at our Shop & Wrap event this Sunday, December 13 from 11am-3pm! Spend $15 or more and we'll gift wrap it for free. Enjoy shopping our unique selection of gifts for her, him, and stocking stuffers while you sip on mimosas and treats! 

Cheers!
-Amanda

How to Tuesday Round Up: Father's Day DIY Gift Ideas

It's time to show the dad in your life how much you care! We've rounded up our favorite ideas for DIY gifts that are sure to please.

1. Coffee Mugs. Check out these adorable handcrafted mugs that you can make with kids of almost any age (via Coconut Robot). If you're not up for crafting, One Strange Bird carries dad-centric mugs for every occasion. Stop by the store or shop online here.

2. BBQ Rub and Grilling Prep Plates. For a stylish DIY gift he'll actually use, check out these grilling prep plates (via These Little Loves). Add a homemade BBQ spice rub, and he'll be set for the summer grilling season! (via Delia Creates)

3. Board Games. Is dad's favorite night of the week game night? Update some of the best old school games with a splash of color. Your family will enjoy these for years to come! (via Brit + Co)

4. Bake a Pie. The ultimate DIY projects (and tastiest) are made with food! If dad loves spending time in the kitchen, make a date to bake with him. Check out this awesome summer peach pie recipe for inspiration. (via Smitten Kitchen)

5. Cards (+ a Family Date). Does dad love being active outdoors with the kiddos? Write him a card that promises to take a family outing to the driving range, go karts, or maybe even indoor skydiving! Drop by One Strange Bird and check out our amazing collection of cards to get you started!

xoxo,
Amanda