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Globe-Friendly Gift Giving | Five Fabulous DIY Gifts

Tis the season of gift-giving  and as many will agree with, it can be a challenge! Finding the right gift for those in your life is not always an easy task! That is why we have rounded up five of our favorite do-it-yourself gift ideas, everything from bubble bath and home-made truffles to tea. Not only is it infinitely easier on your wallet to make your gifts this year but is only incredibly environmentally friendly and somehow more personal than buying a gift. Whether for your colleague or best friend, those on your list are sure to love your home-made gift! We wish you happy, healthy, eco-friendly holidays!

Home-made Travel Photo-Albums

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A fun and personal gift that will have your loved one reflecting on good memories of your relationship. It doesn’t have to be travel theme of course, but if your loved one went somewhere fantastic recently, why not document it for him or her?

Find Here: http://www.polkadotchair.com/2013/06/diy-photo-album.html/

Holiday Scented Home-made Sugar Scrubs

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With yummy flavor ideas like pumpkin pie, chai, and vanilla peppermint, the sky is really the limit in terms of how creative you can get with these. Cranberry-orange or maple cinnamon? Perfect for the beauty buff on your list.

Find Here: http://lipstickandberries.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/holiday-diy-body-scrubs/

Decadent, Home-Made Holiday Truffles

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Truffles are the perfect, gender/emotionally neutral, but still incredibly thoughtful and sweet (pun-intended) gift. Truffles are ideal gifts for people that you don’t know all that well or aren’t that close to but still want to acknowledge during the holiday season. They take a bit of time and effort to make and can be personalized with your own flavor ideas which make them thoughtful. A delicious and sophisticated gift for the question marks and/or foodies on your list.

Find Here: http://www.shugarysweets.com/2012/12/easiest-ever-holiday-truffles-and-nambe-giveaway

All-Natural Bubble Bath

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A good book, good music, frothy bubble bath and (optional) glass of wine or cup of tea in hand is the epitome of bliss. In the spirit of this, a good-bubble bath is a fool proof gift. To make it even more fool-proof, this home-made bubble bath is simply made, ultra-gentle and naturally scented. Package it pretty with a nice jar, ribbon and wooden tag and your bubbly creation will look even more luxe than if you got it from a swanky spa.

Find Here: http://flytothewall.blogspot.ca/2012/12/holiday-gift-diy-3-how-to-make-your-own.html

Hand-Made Flavored Teas

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Forget pricey tea-bars – you can make your own gourmet teas for nothing and in no time. Simply buy tea of your choice in bulk (oolong, black, green, white, rooibis – it’s your choice) and get creative with different ingredients. Dried fruits, nuts, herbs, (edible) essential oils and flavorings, peels, can all make delicious mix-ins. Mix your tea-granny friend a blend that suits their personality and tastes and get creative with the packaging. Mm. Delicious.

Find Here: http://sugarforthebrain.com/2012/01/11/diy-tea/

Happy Holidays!

xoxo

Indiverve

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Friday Favorites: Post Halloween Regroup

As per usual, this week we were fortunate to cross paths (in real life and virtually) with several photographers, designers and artists that captivated and inspired us. We also had the pleasure of enjoying a delicious dinner in an unexpected (but very popular – how had we not been there before?!) location. Being that yesterday was Halloween, we also took it upon ourselves to find the best candy shop in Vancouver in regards to selection, quality, customer service and overall charm and ambiance (we take our candy very, very seriously at Indiverve).

1. Lucas David Morgan Photography

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Photo Credit | Lucas David Morgan 

We happened across Mr. Morgan’s fantastic photos on Twitter as a happy accident. We were immediately struck by the artistic composition of each of his photos. Some look so natural and yet so filled with fantasy and magic. Whether he is shooting an editorial or at an event, his photos are always captivating, interesting, and unusual. He doesn’t just go to an event and click away at his camera and record the event. He captures the spirit, ambiance and energy of the event.  We love this guy’s photos and we hope to see more of them!

2. Bitstrips

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Photo Credit | Bloomberg Business Week

We don’t know about you, but for the most part we use social media for its most essential, root purpose. To communicate with each other, our friends and family, and our customers and potential customers. Games and other like-apps tend to annoy many people as they clog up ones news-feed and notifications list (as so-and-so invites us yet again to play “Candy Crush Saga” or “Kitchen Scramble”). That being said, we love Bitstrip for finding another creative way for us to communicate with those in our network.  Whether they are used as greeting cards, status updates, or are just created as a fun way to reach out to a friend – they appeal to our sense of nostalgia – who didn’t read comic books as a kid and who didn’t want to be their own comic-book character? No one. Bitstrips has also created a program to help stop bullying. Called the “Stop Bullying, Speak Up” Challenge, participants are encouraged to post inspirational comics meant to support bullying victims and encourage bullies and those who witness bullies to stop this social epidemic. Using humor and creativity to stop social injuctice! We are onboard!

3. Save on Meats

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Photo Credit | SaveonMeats

Save-on-Meats, temporarily located at  No 1 Cordova, is a not-so-hidden Vancouver haven. Delicious, dirt-cheap food, large portions, and friendly staff are only a few of the reasons that this restaurant made our FF list.  Save-on-Meats also has a penchant for assisting those in need within the Vancouver community and has partnered with a variety of non-profit organizations, a couple being PLEA (assisting children and young adults who are facing/have faced hardships such as abuse and sexual exploitation) and Atira (assisting women who are dealing with/have dealt with domestic violence). Save-On-Meats diligantly supports and provides food for residents of Vancouver’s Downtown East side and is definitely a business that we support and will return to.

4. Coco & Vera

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Photo Credit | Coco & Vera

Coco & Vera is a blog created and run by FASHION Canada Style Panel and StyleList Canada Style Council member Cee Fardoe. The blog was created in 2010 by Cee and her friend Rachel Goldman who sought to share their love for the art of apparel.  While Rachel has moved on to other pursuits, Cee now runs the blog from both Vancouver and Paris, France.  The blog is a stunning mixture of Cee’s elegant,  oh-so covetable personal style and her travel adventures. Cee is a jet-setter and since we have a strong-case of wander-lust, we love to live vicariously through her blog. We are also thrilled to say that Cee will be collaborating with us on an endeavor in the near future! For what you ask? Stay tuned.

5. Frankie’s Candy

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Photo Credit | Frankie’s Candy Bar

Calling all candy-addicts! So as we mentioned before, Halloween is an absolutely bizarre holiday. Truly weird. Nonetheless, there are people in North America who go crazy for Halloween and take the holiday to the extreme. Though it is no longer October 31st, sugar-fiends can get their fix at Frankie’s Candy Bar at 5305 West Blvd. in Kerrisdale. Not only does this sweet little gem contain all of the commercial treats that we know and love, it also carries a wide assortment of gourmet, novelty,old-fashioned and imported British candies (the floral gums are our favorite). The staff are incredibly sweet and charming and the decor of the place is like that of an old-fashioned candy bar. A fun destination for kiddies and adults alike.