DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I moved from Portland, OR to Austin, TX with my little family. So far everything has been going pretty smooth and I even have my home mostly all decorated which feels amazing (pics to follow soon). I am really stoked about my new home and the 80 degree weather I got to have today in April as oppose to the current doom and rainy gloom of Portland’s current weather system.  But even though I am excited about all of that…I can’t say that leaving what you are use to is ever easy…its only been one week and I miss that stupid rain that I usually curse at. So it was a pleasant surprise when I got a not a Birchbox from one of my Besties, Amy, from She put together a DIY, personalized gift box of things to make me not so homesick and I wanted to share it with you all.

Ahh Portland…I miss you already.

Birchbox Alternative




I knew I would love this the personalized gift the second that I saw the outside of the box…it totally made me laugh. I know I am not the only one that has had a love/hate relationship with Birchbox.


What I loved the most about this DIY Love Box was that everything inside had meaning and purpose for being there. Inside the card she wrote why she put each thing in the box which made opening each item that much more special.

DIY Personalised Gift Idea

Portland Gift Bag Idea


Beauty Bag-Keepsake from Portland 

Do I really need to say anything about this cosmetics bag by Liz Bags? I can’t get over how perfect this pink and pretty cosmetics bag represents Portland. I am seriously so in-love with this that I am not entirely sure I could use it; it might go on display in my new blogging room. But if you like this cosmetic bag and want to actually use it, you can pick it up at Blush Beauty Bar in Portland….or give them a call because apparently they will ship anywhere.

Price: $24.00


Morrocan oil review


Oil- for your fab locks in that crazy heat.

Honestly, if I could bathe in this Moroccan Oil, I would in a heart beat. Not only does it do amazing damage control with my processed hair, it has done a fab job of keeping my hair tame. (But seriously, the scent is ah-maz-ing!)

This Morrocan Oil is around $14.00 for a 3.4 oz bottle that will last a pretty long time. You don’t need very much at all to see results and it is truly worth every penny.

Amazing Popcorn in Portland, ORPopcorn- for Ezra & the girls

Two things: 1) If you are on a diet, don’t even think about getting the Poplandia Popcorn…the mix of carmel and chocolate takes its goodness to another level and you won’t be able to stop. 2) Give this to Ezra and the Girls?? Yeah, we will see if that happens.

Poplandia Popcorn is outrageously good and can be found at

Bright Orange Nail Polish

Polish- to add some bright sass-a-frass any day!

This Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer in Fastlane might take the cake for fave. spring nail color. This nail lacquer is a bright red with orange undertones and is gorgeous. I actually have never heard of this brand before so I am excited to give it a spin. Has anyone else tried Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer before?

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer is only $8.00 each, formulated without Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde Resin, and is cruelty free!

Stylish way to keep your keys from being lost.

Wristlet: we have matching ones…so I am always with you. 

Actually the truth is, Amy and I lose are keys (and credit cards) on a weekly basis. So this Stephanie Johnson wristlet is to attach to my keys so that I lose them less frequently.

If you know someone who loses their keys like Amy and I, this is only $5.00 on, I highly recommend it.


Stylish tissues for crying

Kleenex- Sad your gone…but these will catch many happy tears to come

Well, it’s true, these have come in handy. Enough said.

Candle that smells like birthday cake.

Candle- for relaxation 

In my new home there is a large bathtub that is rocking my world. Next to my large bathtub is this Eat Cake 11 candle that smells like cake (the good kind) and is rocking my world. Both are massive wins. 

You can buy this Eat Cake 11 candle on for $14.00.

Blush Beauty Bar cosmetic gifts in Portland, OR

Mirror- So you remember how beautiful you are.

This cute little pocket mirror is actually free with purchase at Blush Beauty Bar in Portland. If you are in Portland, go to 23rd and check out Blush Beauty Bar…it’s the best.

Thank You!

Inside this gift was also a $5.00 giftcard to Starbucks which I used within the first hour of opening this gift. Thank you Amy for the best gift ever…I seriously felt so loved!




Disclaimer- These products were a gift to me given by a friend. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

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  • OMG this is such a cute idea. So personalized and thoughtful. Love it!!!

  • That is really a cute idea! I want to make one for my friend!

  • Love this idea! The name is fabulous!

  • Kelly R

    I love that Moroccan Oil!

  • Noelle

    This is such a cute idea! I love it!

  • Amber

    Amy is an awesome friend, and how sweet she put so much thought into your box!! 🙂

  • beautybymissl

    wow! What an amazing idea !

  • The Liz Bag is so cute! Also the Floss Gloss nail polish is nice!

  • what a cute idea!!

  • I’m jealous that you’re living in Austin! I am so ready to move there. This gift idea is so creative and thoughtful. I am going to make one for my mom!

  • Deanna Ritz

    This is such a great idea to do for a friend!! I love it!

  • Robin Rue

    What an awesome idea. That was so sweet! I would have loved it, too!

  • Love this idea! I love the beauty bag and the little note! So sweet!

  • Such a fantastic box! The perfect gift!

  • Betzy Carmona

    The makeup bag is so cute !

  • Such a cute gift idea

  • Such a cute idea! I hate a love/hate relationship with Birchbox too and eventually ended up canceling my subscription last year!

  • Norah Salazar

    what a good friend and loved the details!

  • MamaMommyMom

    That is the sweetest thing EVERY! I love it. Such a great gift idea!

  • what a sweet little gift bag! I love it! 😀

  • Love this idea!!

  • Wow, what a wonderful friend, and a great idea for someone who might be homesick. You’re a lucky girl!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    OMG I love this! Perfect idea!

  • Carly Anderson

    SO cute!

  • Justina

    Don’t you just love care packages like this? I’ve had a couple sent to me in the past and it brightens my day so much!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Such a thoughtful present/surprise!!!! I love her choices, but more than that, I love her kind gesture!

  • Anastasia

    What a great gift idea!

  • Paige T.

    This is a great idea for a gift! Love what’s written on the box 🙂

  • What a great gift – congrats on making a successful move!