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The Fresh Perspective...

Freshair Boutique

Scrapbooking. Not just for Grandma.

When I was younger (tween-ish), I was pretty into scrapbooking. Those who know me now likely aren’t surprised to read this. I’ve always been really into papers, stationary, lettering, fancy pens…. you name it. Even now I could likely do a mini Michael’s pop up store in my home. Although I still love to craft, scrapbooking has left my realm of hobbies.

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When sifting through the web for photos for this blog, I did feel a little urge of wanting to start. I think for me I would need more of a reason or something specific to document. If I were to have a baby I could see myself getting back into it - something you could gift to a loved one later in life. I once made one for my Grandparents, documenting our life experiences at the family cabin they purchased back in the 60’s. Creating a little capsule of memories of all of their kids and grandchildren growing up over the Summers spent out there was such an honor and felt like a very meaningful gift.

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The style of scrapbook would be a lot different than what I did when I was younger. I would opt for more of a photo journal, possibly get a Polaroid camera for simplicity, and include more writing along with the photos and scraps. Love a good fresh notebook.

-that’s the fresh perspective…

the fresh perspective...

Freshair Boutique

There is no denying that the holiday season is largely about giving and receiving gifts. At least in our part of the world. Whether we like it or not, society seems to shove it in our face, everywhere we go, as soon as November 1st hits. As much as we all know that these holidays did not originate this way, this has been the portion of these holidays that we have latched onto and emphasized.

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Sure, most of us have very fond memories of opening gifts or wrapping presents for our family and friends. I would have to call bluff on anyone who tried to claim they hate the gift part of the holidays. But can we still enjoy the season sans presents?

There are definitely many other magical parts of the holiday season. Walking through your neighborhood with some hot chocolate to check out all the lights, a big fat feast with all your favorite humans, those classic holiday songs that bring back all the nostalgia, the list goes on. Seeing a tree with gifts underneath does instill a feeling of excitement but at the end of the day, is never the best part of the holidays. If I had to choose between watching Home Alone and giving up gifts, I would choose Kevin McCallister every time.

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Memories with humans and nostalgia from those memories are a feeling that can never be replaced by receiving an object. I’m not trying to convince anyone to give it all up but we do tend to get a little carried away. Try choosing an activity to do with your loved one in lieu of purchasing something. Those memories will last way longer than an Apple Watch.

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-the fresh perspective

hey boys...

Freshair Boutique

Hey boys...

Gifts for guys, how do you feel about it? Do you have a difficult time finding something original? Guys can be tricky to buy for during the holiday season, so hopefully we can help you out! Feel free to comment with some of your suggestions so we can steal some of your ideas ;)

1. Subscription box -

The gift that keeps on giving. Some of the ones that stand out to us are the dollar shave club and the sock club. Have you ever tried these?

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2. A DIY gift box of his favorite things -

This allows you to get creative! Grab some local goodies, snacks, treats, movie coupons, socks, tie, skincare, gift card, shirt, his favourite beverage… I guess realistically it’s like a new take on a stocking. But hey, we’re trying!

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3. Beer advent calendar -

A gift the true beer lover will appreciate so much. I did this one year and gave it on December 1st. The reaction was priceless! Such a great way for someone to try out some new beer they wouldn’t necessarily pick out themselves! Wondering where you can find a crate like this? I’ve seen them on Etsy!

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4. A Stay-cation -

Take him on a stay-cation! Rather than giving each other a physical item (that you typically don’t need), take each other out on an extra special date & spend the night in a hotel!

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Hopefully this helped a little bit! Let us know some of your ideas!

-freshair