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Gifts for a cause

 
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You know what’s more fun than shopping?!? Even more shopping Shopping for a cause, of course!! This roundup of gifts that give back doesn’t compromise on style & taste either – it’s a win – win. I mean, how beautiful are the hand-embroidered & dyed throw pillows by Elephant Landing (all made with love by a group of women in Southern India, to help them earn money to support their children.) Or did you know that major hottie Hugh Jackman is behind Laughing Man Coffee, which helps support communities & small farmers worldwide? Cool stuff! Move over, Toms, there’s a new crop of charitable gifts in town!

Happy (guilt free) Holiday shopping, Lovelies!

XO

Get it all here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

 
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Holiday Gift Guide {Part 2}

 
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{1.Bouchon Bakery Cookbook,  2.Neon Stacking Bowls, 3.Gold Flatware, 4.Wooden Cheese Board, 5.Colorful Salad Servers, 6.Fruit-Infusion Pitcher}

You know those beautifully berry/orange/apple- infused cups of water they offer you at fancy spas?! Now we all can have that kind of glammed-out water on a daily basis!! This, and pretty much all of the other things on this week’s gift guide are on my personal wish list this year. We all know a few cooks or bakers who love great design, right? These fun gifts won’t break the bank and will definitely make the receiver smile.

XO

 
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It’s DIY Time {Ombre Candles}

 
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{Get all of your tools ready before you start your candle-making adventure! I used this candle-making kit. P.S. the glitter was not used in this project, although you could most definitely add a sprinkling of glitter to the tops of your candles while they’re almost dry!}

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{In a double boiler, melt the wax to 185 degrees F. Take off the stove, add your desired amount of color/scent, and let the wax cool to 125 degrees F…}

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{…then pour the wax into your candle containers (vintage tea cups in my case). Make sure to fill them all the way to the top, the candles will be extra pretty that way!}

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{Wait 5 minutes, then insert the wicks into your candle while the wax is still liquid.}

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{If necessary, place a wooden stick/toothpick on the rim of your candle to hold the wick in place & keep it centered. Remove the stick/toothpick after a few minutes (before the wax starts to dry) to avoid leaving a mark in the wax!}

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{Voila! After about 1-2 hours of drying, your candles will be ready to use.}

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{To create the perfect Ombre Effect, heat several batches of wax with different amounts of dye in each batch. In my case, I heated & poured 5 separate batches of wax. I added 7 drops of red/pink dye to my 1st batch of wax, 5 drops to the 2nd, 3 drops to the 3rd, 1 drop to the 4th, and no dye to the 5th.}

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{This candle adds a perfect touch of vintage & girly whimsy to my coffee table!}

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Who’s ready for a fun DIY just in time for the Holidays?! I’ve seen this type of DIY floating around the internet in a few different variations, and have been dying to put my own spin on it.

On a recent Flea Market outing I came across this adorable set of vintage tea cups. The intricate pattern & gold accents drew me in immediately (and so did the low price tag!) I knew I probably wouldn’t use the cups for actual tea-drinking….which meant the perfect time for attempting my Ombre Candle DIY had arrived. I bought a soy candle starter kit online (your local craft store might have these kits as well), and as you can see, the project was a success! Candle-making is pretty simple, as long as you work carefully and follow instructions.

These cuties will make great little Holiday gifts for friends & loved ones. They smell delicious, (I chose a scent combo of orange & Holiday spruce, but vanilla or a floral scent would be nice, too) and look unexpected & glam on a coffee table or lined up as a center piece for a dinner party. If you don’t have vintage cups on hand, you could use mason jars, simple glass votive holders, or even old jam jars for this. The possibilities really are endless.

I hope you give it a try…homemade gifts (even if they’re just for yourself) are always special!

XO

{All Photos by Miss Renaissance.}