12 Useful Gifts You Should Buy Yourself for a Better 2018

Happy post-holiday! I hope your break was lovely, and filled with family, friends, food, and fun. Hopefully Santa brought you everything you asked for, but if he didn’t, maybe at least he included gift receipts or a few gift cards. While your friends/relatives/boss/partner may have had the best intentions, it’s possible that they just don’t quite get you, or they get you so perfectly that you already have one of whatever they picked out for you. Everybody tried their best, but now it’s time to get yourself what you really want and need.

I’ve got some ideas about what to do with that extra store credit/cash burning a hole in your pocket. I know everyone (me included) says that things won’t bring you happiness, but they can certainly sometimes fix specific problems and help make your life better. In hopes of improving your 2018, I’m sharing things that might make you wish you’d had them in your life a lot sooner.

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10 of My Favorite Projects of 2017

When you’re in the middle of it, it can be easy to take for granted everything that you do in a year. Going through my projects from 2017 made me appreciate that I made some cool stuff in the last year, though! In no particular order, here are my ten favorite projects of 2017.

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Peppermint Chocolate Brownies – Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free

When it comes down to the epic holiday flavor war, I’m firmly on Team Chocolate Peppermint. Don’t get me wrong, I can still be friends with people on Team Pumpkin Spice, but I just can’t share the excitement over that flavor. I’m hoping that these peppermint chocolate brownies will help recruit some people to the dark (chocolate) side, but failure just means more brownies for the rest of us.
You'd never guess that these decadent peppermint chocolate brownies are vegan. #dairyfree #eggfree #vegan #veganbaking #vegandesserts
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DIY Lump of Coal Soap Stocking Stuffer

We all know that if you’re naughty, the risk is that Santa will leave a lump of coal in your stocking instead of presents. It’s not often that Santa follows through on this threat (although I think one year when she was a teen my parents DID put coal in one of my sisters’ stockings), but this lump of coal soap is a fun way to remind everyone that Santa always knows what you’ve been up to.

Make this lump of coal soap for that person who made it onto the naughty list this year. #DIY #gift #holidays #Christmas #soap #DIYGift

People also like activated charcoal soap because they say it helps remove toxins from the skin, so this coal soap is practical, too.

Ready to make your own? Here’s how.