Hygge, the age-old Danish concept of happiness, has traveled the high seas and is working it’s way through the American culture. Its popularity isn’t surprising – Denmark is consistently ranked as the happiest country in the world. So why wouldn’t we want to take a page from their book?
Christmas is no exception. In fact, if there was ever a time you should work on increasing the hygge in your life, it would be the holidays – and this year could definitely use a little hygge!
As luck would have it, Christmas and hygge go hand-in-hand, so adding hygge to the holiday season is easy and enjoyable.
Last year was the first time that my son was really, really into Christmas. He was so excited for Santa, Christmas music, snow, setting up our Christmas tree, and of course all of the gifts associated with the holiday. And if you know us at all, then you probably know that also means incorporating trains into EVERYTHING. The polar express, train cookies, trains as gifts, and the most fun of all – DIY train ornaments!
I will admit, I initially went searching to find an easy train ornament tutorial somewhere, but to my surprise I found nothing. So I had to come up with this on my own and luckily it turned out great! It was simple, my son was able to take part in every single step, and we were able to make enough for the whole family to receive at least one.
It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner! Every single year I plan to have as much done as possible before Thanksgiving…and every year I am scurrying at the last minute!
Last year I had a great plan to wrap all of my gifts in shipping paper (with some cute little extras) and it went soooo well! I will definitely be using these ideas again, especially since some of them were cute AND cheap.
My first special twist? DIY photo labels!
Technically it isn’t hard to find gifts for a 1-year old boy. There are thousands and thousands of options. BUT…that doesn’t mean that they’ll like your gift – or that their parents will.
My husband and I have the “luxury” of a child with a November birthday, so we get a double whammy of gifts each year for his birthday and Christmas. With so much out there it can be really hard to know what is actually worth a purchase, so I’ve done the leg work for you and tested out just about every product under the sun.
Related post: 10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 1-Year Old Boys
Here are the winners! The best gift ideas for 1-year old boys:
My plan to wrap all of my Christmas gifts in shipping paper is going really well and I’m so excited to have figured out how to make these cute little DIY paper flowers! I won’t lie, they’re not nearly as simple as the DIY photo labels that I’m also making, but they’re just so darn cool looking that I can’t resist!
Luckily, when all is said and done they don’t really take that much time. And they are a great way to use up the extra scraps of wrapping paper, shipping paper, and scrapbook paper that I’m already using (so basically they cost nothing!).
So without further ado, here’s how to make these little beauties for yourself: (more…)