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Fragrant Christmas Oranges

This is the quickest, easiest thing you will make all December, but it really brings Christmas into your home. I’ve got a few oranges now hanging in my kitchen by the window, and the scent they give off is lovely.

Here’s how to make them:

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25 Creative Days of Christmas – The First Week!

Have you been following our online advent calendar 25 Creative Days of Christmas? The first week’s posts have been so great – I want to try every single project! Here’s a little recap:

 Day 1: Christmas Dip-deyed Tea Towels

Day 2: Christmas Candle Holder

Day 3: Tealight Paper Houses

Day 4: Make your own Christmas Cards

Day 5: Little Drum Ornaments

Day 6: Butter Caramel Cinnamon Whiskey Cheesecake

Day 7: Paper and Reed Craft

Keep following for a new project every day until Christmas! You can see the entire line-up here. And make sure to follow The Creative Collective on Facebook so you don’t miss anything! We also have an awesome pinterest board that is full of really creative original DIYs to try.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Babies!

It’s Léonie’s first Christmas! There are so many lovely things to wrap up for the littlest people on your list this year. Here’s what I think you should get them:

Léonie has a similar little hat and I think it is so ridiculously cute (Sumit thinks the pom poms are a little silly).

This stroller mobile is the best! There are tons of cute colour and animal combinations (Léonie’s is the black and white one and she can’t take her eyes off it) and they are all natural and chemical free etc.

My sister got Louis a Bliss Stockholm blanket for Christmas when he was a baby and it is the coziest thing ever. Soft and warm. We tuck Léonie into it in the stroller when it’s extra cold.

How cozy would these sheepskin mini mocks be this chilly winter!

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2014 Holiday Gift Guides: Besties, Sisters, Moms, Wives

Besties and sisters are the easiest to shop for because they’re just like you, right? My sister Sofia is notoriously difficult to shop for, but I think some of these ideas will be enjoyed by her as well! Here’s hoping!

Because who doesn’t want a vintage brass pineapple?

I have wanted a wishbone pendant FOREVER and a couple of weeks ago, Sumit surprised me with one for an anniversary! I love it so much. There are a ton of them available in every price range, in different sizes and slightly different shapes – from Barney’s to Etsy. Mine is pretty small, rose gold and quite dainty. I think the shape is important.

I just saw these gold tattoos on A Cup of Jo and had to order some for me (and friends) immediately. Seriously – how fantastic are they!?

These cool prism air plant hangings would suit any home.

My sister got me these a couple of years ago and it felt like such a luxurious gift, full of the promise of many long baths to come. I’m still enjoying them.

A soft cashmere beanie to keep her warm this winter. I think everyone deserves a little cashmere at Christmas.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Toddlers & Pre-schoolers

Kiddos are the most fun to shop for, but at the same time, I feel like our children have so. many. toys. and don’t really need any more. When people ask what to get them, I mostly ask for them to build on to their Duplo and Lego collections as well as their Brio train set, and for books. Because you can never have too many books. And we also try to steer clear of too much plastic for the kids. Here are some great gift ideas for the little kids in your life (baby tips coming up later this week!).

These magnetic wooden blocks look like so much fun for little builders.

This scarf is so adorable. I’d love it for Léonie in a year or two.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Husbands, Boyfriends, Brothers, Fathers

I’m starting with this one because it is hands down the hardest. I always have the hardest time figuring out gifts for my husband and dad. But here is what I am thinking:

Cole Haan Lunargrand Chelsea Boots. Because they are stylish and cool, and super easy to pull on for Saturday morning outings to the park.

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