Happy Holidays + Free Gift Tags


Hope your Holidays are wonderful – filled with love, laughter and only a few dysfunctional family members ;) Simon+Kabuki will be back in the New Year, see you then!

I’ve been meaning to get these gift tags up for a while now. I hope they help with your wrapping. You can print them on cover stock. Try cutting them out with pinking shears for a fun addition. Make sure to crank the xmas tunes while wrapping. Have fun!

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Last Minute Gift Ideas



8 more days until Christmas!! Yikes! Sadly I have not done our family Christmas Card yet. With one kid in college the photo opportunities happen less frequently. For some reason we could not find the time at Thanksgiving. So if I do a card this year it will have to be a New Years card, we’ll see how motivated I am after the holidays to get that done! ;)

I usually buy a couple of extra gifts to have on hand in case I’m invited to a party or one of my kids are invited to something. There are a lot of super easy gifts that can be had either by baking or just running to the grocery store. Here are a few of my favorite:

10 Last Minute Gift Ideas
1. Magazine subscription - This one is so easy. Just grab their favorite magazine at the supermarket  and wrap it with a note saying it includes a year long subscription.
2. Food Basket - Got a foodie on your list? Head to World Market or Whole Foods. Buy flavored oils, salts a nice balsamic vinegar and toss in some crackers or bread.
3. Food Basket 2 - Got a sweet tooth? Gourmet chocolates from Whole Foods, yum!
4. Coffee or Travel Mug - You can fill it with hot chocolate mix or Starbucks gift card.
5. Fun Socks – Perfect for kids. There are tons of fun patterns, you can’t go wrong.
6. Office Supplies – Head to your local office supply store and pick up some fun note pads, quirky paper clips and writing utensils.
7. Baked Goods – Everyone loves home made cookies, candy and bread. Check out Pinterest for some great recipes. We are making Christmas Coal, Peanut Butter Fudge, Peppermint Patties and White Chocolate Truffles for gifts. I think I may gift a lot of these to myself ;)
8. Beauty Products – Make some home-made beauty scrubs and butters. Don’t have time? Head over to the drug store and pick up nail polishes and nail accessories for a cute gift.
9. Candles – Whether you make them yourself in a cute mason jar or buy scented ones at the store, they make a perfect gift.
10. Hair Accessories – Perfect for a teen on your list. Head bands, scrunchies (they’re back), bobbie pins and styling products make a great gift.

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Simon+Kabuki Gift Guide

Christmas is right around the corner and I’m pretty much done. Yippee!! Now I just need to start the laborious task of wrapping. I always end up with a bad back and sore knees after a marathon evening of wrapping. Today I am planning on going through everything I bought and make sure I’m really done. I don’t want to be out shopping the week of Christmas! Here are some fun gifts from various S+K retailers. Hope you like them. Click on the picture to link to the site and purchase. Check our Where to Buy link for other options and all of our holiday cards as well.


Checks in the Mail Accessories


Checks in the Mail Accessories

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Canvas Wall Art from Pier 1


Personalized Gifts from Frecklebox.com

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Custom Stationery from SimplytoImpress.com

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Eat at Mom’s Coasters


Eat at Mom’s Dishware

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Custom Phone and Tablet Cases from MyCustomCase.com

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Pantone Color of the Year and Cool Designer Gifts

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Every year Pantone chooses it’s color of the year. This year the color Marsala was chosen. Here is how Pantone describes Marsala, “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.” I’m not sure about all of that but I do know that it is a major transition from the colors over the past few years which were brighter, happier colors. Are we seeing a trend back towards earthier colors over the next few years? Is Avocado Green next? :)

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Previous Pantone Colors 2014-2009

Pantone also has some really fun gifts that any designer on your list will drool over! Check them out here.

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