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quirky little cars... 26 Sep 2013


When I see cars carrying silly or unexpected things in real life, it always makes me laugh and imagine where the the items are going (a bunch of mattresses on a car, a ton of pumpkins in a pick-up truck, or a car full of balloons). So I love these cards by Dear Hancock that share all the things that may not be realistic but would be so fun to come across on the road...

P.S. My dream cars...

how to be wrap star... 10 Dec 2012

Oh Joy | Use mini-LED lights to wrap a gift!

My favorite thing about giving gifts is wrapping them. I don't know why, but I've always loved figuring out fun ways to adorn a gift other than with the usual bow. For example, I got these mini-LED lights to wrap around this gift. Nothing's more festive then a lit-up, glowing package, right?

Oh Joy | use a stretchy headband & ornament to decorate a wrapped gift

I also love using materials that can be used again...either for wrapping another gift or for something else altogether. For example, these stretchy headbands can be used to hold your wrap job together for a colorful, clean, no-tape option. Then just tie on a pretty ornament!

Oh Joy | use sculptural chip clips to top off a gift

Or top off a simple ribbon with something unexpected, like these animal chip clips. They add a sculptural quality to the present, and offer a little extra function for your recipient's everyday snacking.

Throughout this holiday season, I'll be sharing some of my favorite ideas for gift-giving and gift-wrapping over on this Pinterest board in collaboration with Target. Every day, I'll be pinning a new idea that I'm loving or that I've come up with, so I hope you'll follow along for some last-minute ideas and inspiration!

P.S. And a little bonus gift wrap DIY I created over at Refinery29 about how to use all those leftover scraps of wrapping paper!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Target. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Oh Joy}

a paper you... 7 Dec 2012


Remember those family portraits I posted about a few weeks ago? I recently came across these foldable portraits and had these two made of Bob and me. They crack me up and would make for a quirky gift for that person or couple who has everything...

{photo by Oh Joy}

pop-up place cards... 28 Nov 2012

Oh Joy | Pop-Up Placecards

Ever since I was a kid, I've loved pop-up books. Maybe it's because I was always meant to be a graphic designer, or maybe it's because I just love seeing something flat go from two dimensions to three dimensions with a couple cuts and folds. As we head into the holiday season, I've got some fun posts coming up with ideas for bringing cheer to your dinner table this holiday and year-round, and for the first one, I wanted to apply my love of pop-ups to some fun placecards for your holiday table.

Oh Joy | Pop-Up Placecards

Here's how to make them...


spotty paper perfection... 30 Oct 2012


When I saw this wrapping paper at Anthropologie, my eyes nearly popped out of my skull. Amazing paper + the most beautiful and simple packaging (those die cut letters!)...gah...! A gift wrapped in this would be seriously so fun to open...

simple virtues... 23 Oct 2012



One of my favorite illustrators, Erin Jang, recently created a print of Simple Virtues to benefit cancer research. So many important people in my life have been affected by cancer or have loved ones who have, so I'm a big advocate of doing whatever we can to help in the battle. You can read more about Erin's mission and donate right here.

notes... 23 Aug 2012


I used to be so good at writing thank you notes, birthday cards, and just sending out lots of mail to those I care about. Sometime in the last few years, I slowly got worse and worse at it...and now I find myself feeling pretty guilty when I sent out cards late. Or not at all. So, I'm trying to revive my note-writing spirit by stocking up on some cute cards that I can't let go to waste. Fingers crossed...we'll see if that helps! — Joy

{Photo by Oh Joy. Notes by Fig. 2 and Rifle Paper Co.}

my go-to gift wrap... 16 Aug 2012



I remember when I first heard about washi tape. I was crazy excited and amassed rolls by the dozen because it was something I could keep around that was just crafty enough for me without requiring too much time to make something look cool. I'm sure you've seen all kinds of washi tapes around the web over the last couple years, but I still love using it as my go-to for wrapping gifts because I never seem to have any real wrapping paper lying around. Last week, I bought these limited edition washi tapes with these amazing patterns and colors {hello gold foil and neon!} from Crafty Japan, and it was perfect for a friend's upcoming birthday gift. I usually stick to two or three different colors or patterns and simply cross them in both directions until you cover as much of the paper as you want! — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}

giant balloon lollies... 8 Aug 2012




You may have seen Geronimo's amazing giant balloons here in the past, and I'm thrilled to share Jihan's newest creation—balloon lollies! Since launching her company last year, Jihan's balloons have brought floating cheer to weddings, birthdays, and so many amazing events. The newest collection includes these helium-free balloons which are intended to be a more environmentally conscious option and help offset our shrinking helium supply. These new helium-free balloons would be so fun for walking down the aisle or standing ground at an entrance way to welcome guests. 

How crazy cute are Jihan and her real life Balloon Trooper assistants, Dru and Kate?!? You can contact Jihan directly for more info. on these custom creations. Also, since Jihan is committed to all things gold and shiny {that's my kinda girl!}, she's even hosting a gold-themed workshop called Golden Hour in LA in honor of the precious metal that looks beyond fun. — Joy

{photos by Miha Matei}

a stack of happiness... 14 Jun 2012


Remember these colorful note cards by Tokketok? Well, now they come in a notepad version, and they are gorgeous and so fun! — Joy


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