35 Gifting “moments”


Here are some great ideas to gift to kids and families.

  1. Donate to an animal sanctuary or sponsor an animal. 
  2. Gift a yearly membership to a museum. 
  3. Buy a gift certificate to a fun activity. 
  4. Membership to the botanical gardens or national park passes. 
  5. A road trip with you somewhere fun. 
  6. Movie night for the whole family. 
  7. Gift an indoor veggie garden starter kit. 
  8. Buy a passes to an amusement or theme park. 
  9. Gift certificates for bowling or mini golf
  10. Buy games to have an ongoing weekly family game night
  11. Gift a family photo shoot
  12. Gift a local class or paint night
  13. Gift Certificate for a massage
  14. Gift tickets to a sports game
  15. Gift a session with a tarot reader 
  16. Gift tickets to a live show
  17. Write a poem on pretty paper and wrap in ribbon
  18. Gift dance classes for two
  19. Buy them an online course
  20. Give the gift of food
  21. Book a house cleaning for a day
  22. Make them a playlist
  23. Yoga class passes
  24. Gift a makeup session to pamper them for dinner out
  25. Gift language instruction
  26. Spa day, mani pedi or facial gift certificate
  27. Rock climbing gift certificate
  28. Give the gift of outdoor gear
  29. Escape room!
  30. Tickets for a wine tasting event
  31. Gift a cooking class
  32. Puzzles
  33. Online guitar class (here)
  34.  Experience gift ideas for kids (here)
  35. (USA) Cloud 9 experience gifts (here)

Have more ideas?? I’d love to see them in comments!!




Fall Bucket List


Fall Bucket List

Hike a portion of the Appalachian trail.
This has been on my list for a long time. And we finally live close! Just waiting for cooler temps and autumn leaves to start turning. Ticks are super bad here in NJ so I’d rather wait till the little evil things are resting!

Finish my Crystal Healer’s Certification Classes!!
Should have this completed this month!

Start taking some pottery classes to get my hands back into the craft.
I loved making pottery. But don’t love using it. I took a pottery class in college and loved it. I found it to be very meditative to work with my hands crafting. I didn’t pursue it as a hobby because I don’t use pottery. I love the artistry but the weightiness of the pieces seemed just clunky to me. So I would love to get back into it to challenge myself to create pieces I would actually use and display in my home. And who knows, perhaps a business opportunity? Or a side line I could add to a little shop me and the hubby have been dreaming up lately 😉

Complete 1 of my Reiki certifications, level 2 classes.
With everything that’s been happening the last several months I haven’t focused on classes or practice. I miss it!

Go apple picking.
I’ve never gone apple picking before and we have orchards close by. So this fall we plan to go picking @ Battleview Orchards

Bike a scenic trail or two.
Yayyy we finally got bikes! A friend very generously gifted us 1 gently used and 1 new bike this summer. Sadly we still haven’t taken them out. Next week we plan a test run.

Baking & making 90% of our holiday gifts this year.
Last year we decided we wanted most of our gift giving to be homemade. Last year we baked breads and made jams and bought a few thoughtfully coordinated extras to add on to the experience. We haven’t quite laid out our plans yet, but we are on staycation next week and have time to come up with our ideas for this year.

Here’s the app!

Take lots of mini road trips around NJ, PA & NY.
While we’re here we need to do some exploring!

Adopt a puppy or kitty.
Happy to say we already checked this one off the list before I finished this blog post!! I’ll be posting about him! Check out Petfinder, there are thousands and thousands of animals to choose from.

Bake a pie, from scratch.
Remember, apple picking will be done!

Host a scary movie night. 
Lights off. Autumn snacks and beverages a plenty. Plenty of comfy pillows and sleeping bags/blankets so people can be cozy and comfy if they fall asleep lol.

Send notes to friends and family for Thanksgiving telling them why you are thankful for them.
This is something I’ve thought about doing for a few years. But every year I over think it and just don’t do it. This year, scale it simple. Just little notes of love, appreciation and gratitude. Doesn’t have to be fancy to be heartfelt.

Take lots of fall foliage walks.
Drive somewhere new and just walk the town or area we’re in and take in the beauty.  Try and keep a photo journal and blog it!

Make leaf art; here are some ideas…
37 Best Leaf Craft Ideas to Help You Fall Into the Season

Get a 1000-piece puzzle with an autumn theme to put together on a chilly night.
I want to make hot apple cider and just spend a quiet evening working on a puzzle with my honey.  Perhaps some Vivaldi, Four seasons playing in the background?

Learn how to knit and create a scarf for fall or winter.
Pretty simple plan. And best part, my hubby would help. He’s actually the sewer in the house so he has a few skills in this department.

Visit the local farmers markets/Eat Everything That’s in Season.
We didn’t get a chance this summer to check them out.

Make homemade autumn latte’s
Here are some of the recipes we want to try –  https://vegnews.com/2018/9/5-must-make-vegan-lattes-perfect-for-fall

Preserve something to enjoy for throughout winter
This will fall right in with us making homemade holiday gifts this year! 

Go through a corn maze!
I’ve never gone through a cornfield maze before, hopefully this is the year. 

Donate another bin or two to a shelter or resale shop
Since I started this list I already have a full trash bag and a full bin just waiting to be donated!

Normally I blog my bucket lists and forget to post updates. Fingers crossed I keep up!