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10 mother's day gifts... 18 Apr 2016

Mothers-day-gifts

With Mother's Day coming up, here are a handful of my favorite things to give your mom/spouse/sister/friend for the occasion in a range of price points...

1. Duzen backpack so she can be chic, yet hands-free for keeping her babes in check, 2. custom rings by Thea or 3. Maya Brenner initial earrings so she can show-off her nearest and dearest, 4. A Mother is a Story by Samantha Hahn for reminding her how amazing she really is,  5. Ariel Gordon custom studs make a statement, 6. Super Mom bouquet by Pro Flowers because every lady loves flowers, 7. Hatch Collection pajamas for a comfy, yet feminine, set she can really relax in, 8. a small wallet from Leif to easily take her bare necessities from diaper bag to regular bag, 9. Give her something meditative to do in her downtime with this "Flowers" coloring book by Brittany Jepsen, and 10. Klippan blanket for cozying up on the couch to watch her favorite reality TV shows.

love to love ya... 12 Feb 2016

Floral Friendship Bracelet

Hey friends, sorry for my light posts this week. My whole family has been knocked out by the flu and I've been home taking care of sick (and sad) kids and husband for much of the week. With Valentine's Day approaching, here are some last-minute ideas from Oh Joy posts past if you need a little inspiration or quickie treat or craft to make!

1. Floral Friendship Bracelets (see above)

Do-something-card

2. Pop-Up Love Letter (see video here)

Funfetti Biscotti

3. Valentine's Funfetti Biscotti

Pie Crust Conversation Hearts

4. And, some Edible Valentines!

Wishing you a great weekend with your favorite loves! I'll be here hoping we're germ-free soon ;/

 

a valentine for your boo... 8 Feb 2016

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Since Ruby's school doesn't allow candy for Valentine's Day exchanges, I'm always thinking about other fun things we can make and give to her friends instead. And...since we always have a ton of Band-Aids lying around (and kids love Band-Aids), we came up with a couple fun Valentines inspired by everyone's favorite boo-boo cover/body sticker.

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

If you feel like gifting a whole box of Band-Aids, here's a punny wrap we designed that you can download right here. Simply print them on regular paper, cut it out, and use it to wrap around a standard size box of Band-Aids.

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Add your greeting to the back, and boom! A valentine that also comes in handy for adventures throughout the year.

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Oh Joy Boo Boo Valentine

Or, if you don't want to give out a whole box of Band-Aids, you can use them as a decorative element for your love bugs, instead. Oh Joy Band-Aids worked perfectly to create fun little patterned bug bodies for these Valentine's Day postcards. Download our template here, print them on card stock, then cut out. Finally, add a Band-Aid to make the body of the bug!

I'm Stuck on You - box template

Be My Love Bug - card template

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, graphics by Angie Stalker}

mini valentine's brooch bouquets... 1 Feb 2016

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

While flowers are an obvious gift to give for Valentine's Day, they are also always a people pleaser. There are very few people in the world who don't like flowers (and if you don't like them, I want to know who you are!). Whether you're gifting your mom, your teacher, your co-workers, or your besties, here are some Mini Valentine's Brooch bouquets that are super easy to put together...

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

All you'll need are your favorite blooms, some pins (we used both new and vintage), and strips of leftover fabric to tie the bouquets. Simply assemble your mini bouquet with blooms of your choice, then wrap the stems and tie with a strip of fabric. Pin your brooch to the fabric for a decorative accent that your gal pal can also wear later on her collar and think of you every time she does!

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

And, don't forget to add non-floral plants like kumquats off your tree or basil for an extra dose of color, texture, and fragrance. We topped this one with a vintage brooch I've had for years!

mini valentine's brooch bouquets

Or use a modern pin like this one from Ban.do for your nearest and dearest. You can make the bouquets up to one day before you're planning to give them out. If you make them in advance, make sure to keep each bouquet in cool water in the fridge and then tie them and pin them right before giving them out!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and florals by Julia Wester}

 

the gift of giving! 17 Dec 2015

The Gift of Giving

We all strive to ensure our kids know that the holidays are not just about receiving gifts but it’s also about the joy of giving, too. In today’s video, I've partnered with Target to share 4 steps to help teach kids about the fun of giving by showing them how to make every gift giving experience fun and personal. See my video below for a playful look at gift-giving!


// CREDITS //
Brought to you by: Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “Make it Happen“ by The Likes of Us
Crafts and Production: Ariel Fulmer and Julia Wester

*This video is sponsored by Target.

10 dude gifts... 11 Dec 2015

10 Gifts for Dudes

Since the holidays are fast approaching (and Hanukkah is already in full force!), I'm doubling up on gift guides this week...this one is for the guys in your life! (And, if there are any other types of gifts you need help with, let me know. I can probably fit in one or two more guides before we get to Christmas)!

1. For that guy that likes a little something to wind-down with in the evening, Corksicle whisky wedge adds a cool twist.

2. Because a legit key chain is a sign of being a real grown-up, the Apolis key fob is cool and classic.

3. Happy feet make for a better day with these Richer Poorer socks.

4. He can look dapper and stay connected with this Jimmy Fallon for J.Crew iPhone case.

5. This Harry's shave set is both pretty and practical.

6. For that Instagram Husband of yours, get him these iPhone lenses by PhotoJojo to bump up his game ;)

7. Because every guy loves a  shirt that makes a statement. This Suburban Riot tee makes me laugh!

8. These Izola cuff links are a fun mix of classy and quirky.

9. He can mix and match and make his own Tinker watch. 

10. For the adventurer, this Izola backpack feels casual and timeless.

10 kids gifts... 8 Dec 2015

10 Kids Gifts

Gifts for kids can be hard because every kid is different and if you don't know them super well (maybe it's your friends kid or your niece who lives on the other side of the country), it can be hard to figure out what "kids" like. So this list includes some of my favorites—mostly creative, imaginative play gifts plus a few fun wearables included for ages 2-6. I've found that if you're gonna give kids wearable gifts, they like accessories much more than getting actual clothing.

1. This Kid-O pattern stacker is a great gift for a toddler that's actually pretty cute when sitting out in your living room, too.

2. For a budding muscian, this Vilac guitar makes for a fun starter to the real thing.

3. Every kid loves pretend food, and this Djeco burger set will have them playing "restaurant" in no time.

4. Kids love books and here's a cute favorite called Friends. I also love anything by Herve Tullet.

5. For a sprinkling of pattern and an accessory that's easy to wear, Thief & Bandit headbands are a favorite.

6. My kids love their lovies and this Lovie Bunny from Bitte is super cute.

7. Who doesn't love a smiley face on their legs? These Hansel from Basel leggings are a quirky piece to give.

8. We're all about science experiments in our house, and this Electro Dough Kit from Tech Will Save Us combines something every kid uses to help spark the scientist in a little one.

9. Because drawing utensils never get old, these International Arrivals neon gel crayons are some of my favorites to give. The texture is smoother than then a regular crayon and they fit well in tiny hands.

10. For that very special kid in your life, you can custom make a pair of Zuzii shoes with this Choozii maker!

10 home decor gifts... 3 Dec 2015

10 Home Decor Gifts!

For that person who believes that the home is where the heart is, give them something special for their favorite place to be!

1. A Wolfum trivet for placing their culinary masterpieces out for dinner.

2. Entertain with cheese and crackers on this fun Bluebellgrey tray.

3. Get this apple shelf by RedHandGang to hold tiny knick knacks in a special corner.

4. Because showers can be fun, too, with a Dusen Dusen bath towel.

5. Keeping socks, scarves or other accessories in this Petite Pehr bin.

6. A Heirloom cocktail stirrers make a great set for that friend who likes to throw one back.

7. A Recreation Center bowl for keeping jewelry on the dresser.

8. This Leslie Weaver painting adds instant whimsy to any gallery wall.

9. A pineapple tumbler by W&P Design makes for a fun drink (with alcohol or not)!

10. Because you can never have too many pillows, this one by Orlando Soria pillow goes with anything.

10 wearable gifts... 24 Nov 2015

10 Wearable Gifts

Our next gift guide includes a few of my favorite wearables—perfect for your bestie, sister, or to hint at for yourself ;)

1. Eye studs from Leif for a subtle, yet quirky, statement.

2. Emily Green necklaces are my favorite for adding an instant pop of color to the simplest outfit.

3. A wearable planter ring from Adorn Milk for that flora lover that already has everything.

4. This En Soie clutch is one of my favorites that everyone loves.

5. Comfy and chic, a pair Zuzii shoes for someone who loves having fancy feet.

6. Make a true statement with this Ban.do sweatshirt.

7. A pretty J.Crew bracelet that looks like candy wrapped around your wrist.

8. Both cute and casual, this Rifle for Le Sport Sac backpack is a favorite around the Oh Joy office.

9. For this chilly winter, this Anthropologie knit hat is crazy cute.

10. This bangle by Kate Spade is especially perfect for that girl who rocks a pair of glasses like no one else!

10 edible gifts... 19 Nov 2015

10 Edible Gifts to Give this Holiday

Every year, the holidays approach and I go back and forth on whether I'm going to create gift guides. Usually, I end up doing them but they are so late that I don't get to space them out as much as I want to. So I decided this year, I would start a little before Thanksgiving for those of you who want a little inspiration or nudge to get that gift-giving spirit started. Here are 10 of my favorite edible gifts (in a range of price points)!

1. Quin candy — for that kid who never left the candy store, these are all natural and actually so tasty, too.

2. Quinn popcorn — the best microwaved popcorn you'll ever have (the Vermont maple and sea salt is my favorite).

3. Molly Moon sprinkles — the prettiest, organic sprinkles you'll ever see.

4. A monthly food delivery of any kind from Zingerman's — cheese, bread, bacon, or even vinegar. This gift says, "I know you like (fill in the blank) so I'm gonna give you a lot of it."

5. Salt — for that person who likes salty over sweet, give them the best salts around like this Williams-Sonoma salt pot or a tasting set by Jacobsen Salt

6. Jeni's Ice Cream — because who wouldn't want a few pints of delicious ice cream showing up at their front door?

7. Croissants — Give the breakfast lover something they can never get enough of...buttery croissants from Williams-Sonoma.

8. Gordy's cherry pepper spread — for that person who loves everything spicy, they'll want to put this spread on everything.

9. Tea — small tins of tea from T2 means a tea lover can get their fix on-the-go.

10. Compartes chocolate — beautiful and unique, these make a great gift for co-workers, clients, teachers, and for when you need to buy a bunch of small gifts to give out to multiple people.

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