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I am excited today to tell you about a new eBook from Lauren Lanker of the Thinking Closet. I was lucky enough to read the book before it was even published and I can’t say enough about how proud I am of Lauren. Thinking Outside the Gift Box: 21 Money-Saving and Meaningful Gift Ideas is so much more than just a how-to book. Lauren opens the door into her heart and shares stories of the most precious gifts she has received and gave over the years. From thoughtful notes to 12 preplanned date nights this eBook will inspire everyone. 

Each gift idea is inspired by a story. Often I would be reading through a section and the story would resonate with someone in my life the gift would be prefect for. I am a great DIYer and a great gift giver but not very often do I combine the two. I think it comes from being overwhelmed by Pinterest. The 21 ideas in this book make gift-giving simple. With 21 gift ideas and 73 actual gifts it will allow you to be creative and budget friendly while giving gifts for years to come. 

So what makes Lauren the master gift-giver? It has been two years since the Thinking Closet has launched and Lauren has over 60 gift tutorials on her website. Gifts that over the years I have made more than once (one of my faves Personalized Baking Dish that I have made for everyone in my family).

What is the best part about this Lauren’s eBook? She provides you with the tools you need to actually make the gifts and not just think about them. The eBook comes with a printables appendix to help you get a jump start on your gift making. This book will not only help you build up an arsenal of creative gifts but it will empower you to give a personable gifts customized for the receiver and become the ultimate gift-giver.  

The book covers gift-giving for all levels considering time, craftiness and budget. I am all set for the holidays and know that Thinking Outside the Gift Box: 21 Money-Saving and Meaningful Gift Ideas will be my go-to for gift ideas in the future. 

So pour a cup of coffee grab your tablet and settle in for an easy enjoyable read with Lauren, her family and her friends. 

It’s Giveaway time!

In celebration of her big eBook launch, Lauren is offering up a giveaway basket for one lucky Weekend Craft reader. What’s inside?  Well, only Lauren’s favorite gift-giving supplies, of course!  Here’s the run-down:

  • gift bags
  • tissue paper
  • gift tags
  • gold & silver gel pens
  • 2 rolls of washi tape
  • ribbon trio
  • 3 rolls of baker’s twine
  • confetti
  • a rubber stamp
  • metallic-ink stamp pad
  • regular scissors
  • scrapbooking scissors
  • double-sided tape

Basically, your holiday gift wrap is going to be rockin’ this year.  All that you need now is some inspiration to get your gift-creating started.  And she’s totally got you covered there, too.

Because the winner will also receive a free copy of Thinking Outside the Gift Box, plus all the extra goodies that come with the premium package–like video interviews, a birthday and anniversary calendar, brainstorming printables, and so much more.  {You can see a full run-down here.}

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter widget below!

Best of luck, everyone.  And may you all have a joyous season of meaningful gift-giving.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Rules: 1. This giveaway will run from now through 11:59 p.m. eastern on November 23th.  2.  The full giveaway prize is open to U.S. & Canadian winners only; however, internationals are welcome to enter for a chance to win the eBook package.  In the event an international winner’s name is chosen, Lauren will email the eBook package to the international winner and draw another name(s) in order to find a U.S. or Canadian winner to whom to ship the Gift-Giving Supply Kit.  That way, everyone can play!  3. Winner will be chosen and notified via email within 24 hours of giveaway’s end. Winner will have 48 hours to respond.  Should the winner fail to respond within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. 4. To read more fine print, click on the terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter widget.  Cheers!

Full Disclosure:  I received a free preview copy of Lauren’s eBook in order to share this review.  However, all opinions are my own.  I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe my readers will love.

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About Michelle Beaton

Welcome to Weekend Craft. Life is busy so I am all about getting projects done on the weekend, whether it be crafts, DIY, home decor, or crafting with your Cricut.

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  1. I love these crafty ideas! Can’t wait for Christmas this year to have a big dinner for all of our family. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  2. In an effort to get back to the real meaning of Christmas and cut the excessive spending I am planning to make several different gifts… pjs for my twin nephews and custom t-shirts for my neice and sis-n-law.. and some picture frames as well…Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  3. I’m not sure what the most meaningful gift is. My family is actually really good about putting a lot of thought into our gifts, and we love seeing the big smile on each other’s faces when we open our gifts and find just the right thing!

  4. I would love help with getting out of the "rut" with gift giving and instead give something that the recipient was happy to receive. It’s the best!