DIY Personalized Anniversary Gift Ideas

DIY Personalized Anniversary Gift Ideas

My boyfriend and I recently celebrated our two-year anniversary together. As a surprise, I coordinated an epic campus-wide scavenger hunt for him, with me being the thing at the end that the clues were leading to. The hunt started at his apartment when he got home from work. He was expecting me to be there, but instead his roommate was waiting there with a note from me and a clue leading to the first stop. Along the way, he was presented with even more surprises. At each stop, one of our friends was waiting with the next clue, and could then join in the fun after they were found. This was a way to keep it more social and less of him just wandering around town alone. (Plus, it was a safety net for me, knowing that none of the clues would blow away or get stolen.) One of the clues led to a nearby bakery where he got to pick out a dozen donuts for him and our friends to enjoy during the hunt. At another spot, my friend was there holding a present from me (a personalized photo calendar that I designed and ordered online with photos of us from throughout the last year.) At the end, he found me waiting outside my apartment building where I told him I had a reservation for us at an Italian restaurant a few blocks away.

These are some of the clues I wrote!

My parents also just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and my sister and I put together a second photo calendar for them. However, instead of pulling together old photos of them, we collected several photos from our childhood and recreated them using most of the same (or similar) props, outfits, and locations. It was a blast to make and was a hit with our parents too!

Here are a couple of my favorites 🙂

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Kid at HeART

Kid at HeART

“Coloring isn’t just for kids,” says Paige Tate, who created the awesome, chic, and modern adult coloring book that I got for Christmas.IMG_20160120_093854

Well, it’s true, coloring doesn’t have to be just for children; adults can find good reasons to pick up this fun activity again too.

It can provide a nice break from the stressful things in your life and is a great way to relax and unwind for awhile. It also can provide an excellent creative outlet for you to express yourself and you’ll find that it feels very rewarding to create something beautiful.

Even if you don’t consider yourself the creative type, don’t worry, the nice thing about coloring is that the design is already there for you; you just have to, well, color it! And there is definitely no right or wrong way.

One thing that I love about this coloring book in particular, is the fun and inspirational words on every page. Not only are the loopy, cursive letters the best part to color, you will also have a cute and motivational piece of art when you’re done! Honestly, I should hang these up in my room.


So go ahead “kids,” start coloring!



Over the weekend, I tried Zentangle for the first time.

“Tangling” may just look like doodling, but it is an art form that anyone of any age or level of experience can practice. It can be done for fun, as a creative outlet, or for meditative and stress-relieving purposes.

The Zentangle Method was developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas to create a simple and creative way for others to experience the feelings of well-being and total focus that can be achieved through meditation.

In the workshop I attended, we learned four of the most basic patterns: Hollibaugh (overlapping bridge pattern), Crescent Moon (scalloped ridges pattern), Knightsbridge (checkerboard pattern), and Florz (straight or curved lines with a point where the lines intersect).

All of these patterns can be seen below in my tangles and the tangles created by my friends and family who did the Zentangle workshop with me.