Five Last-Minute Gifts Under $50

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We are just days away from Christmas, and if you guys are anything like me, you keep thinking of gifts you still have to buy … For me, it is the little gifts for friends that I always tend to leave until the last minute. With all the holiday craziness, these gifts tend to get pushed to the back burner (we can’t do it all). I know that I can always go the traditional route of a card and a nice bottle of wine, but during the holidays, I like to take the opportunity to come with something a little extra special.

This year, I have found five great friend gifts that are either easy to go pickup, or can still be ordered online in time for Christmas! I hope these gift ideas help some of you guys out with your last-minute holiday shopping!

What are some of your go-to gifts this time of year? I’m always looking for new ideas!


Echo Dot1. Amazon Echo Dot … Thank goodness for Amazon Prime! With fast delivery and endless options, Amazon is always a good place to start shopping for your last-minute gifts. The Echo dot is a great little devise that is a hands-free, and voice-controlled with a small built-in speaker, perfect for listing to music — It can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth. At $29.99 it’s a great gift idea!

Cards Against Humanity2. Cards Against Humanity … The title of this game says it all! It’s wildly inappropriate, and a fun gift for the adults. It makes for a playful holiday party gift, and often gets opened up right then and there. This game is sold at many places, including Target for $25.00

Pineapple Candle3. Sunny Life Pineapple Candle … You can’t ever really go wrong with giving someone a beautiful candle. What I love about this one is that instead of a pretty jar, the actual candle is what is so pretty! It’s a nice gift, that also makes for lovely décor. Also, did you know that pineapples were the colonial symbol of hospitality to welcome someone in your home? Available at Nordstrom for $30.00.

4. Bubbles & Godiva Gift Set … Sometimes you don’t get to see everyone that you want to over the holidays. When that happens, I like to send a special little something anyways! has some wonderful gift options like this bottle of Brut and Godiva chocolates. $49.99

Nordstrom Throw5. Nordstrom Chevron Plush Faux Fur Throw … Everyone loves a cozy throw, you can never have enough of them! This one from Nordstrom is beautiful, ships in time for Christmas and is even on sale for $39.00!


How To Wrap A Beautiful Gift

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I know I’m not alone when I say, I love gift giving! There is just something so special about seeing the joy in someone’s eyes when they open a gift that you have thoughtfully picked out. I genuinely enjoy searching for a special and meaningful gift — The whole process always gets me to focus on that person’s personality and character, and dig deep to find that perfect present … As an added personal bonus, I also find myself thinking of all the reasons I am thankful to have that person in my life as I am searching for a great gift for them.

Call me crazy, but I also enjoy wrapping gifts! I believe that the wrapping is an extension of the gift. The presentation adds that final personal touch, and I think it makes it even more special. That’s why I am so excited to share with you all my tips for wrapping a beautiful gift — And just in time for the holidays!

I hope that this guide helps you all step up your wrapping game! If you try my tips, let me know! I would love to see how your wrapping turns out.


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What you will need:

  1. Wrapping paper (3 different patterns … I used Sugar Paper for Target)
  2. Scissors
  3. Double sided tape
  4. Twine
  5. Gift tag


  1. Start wrapping your gift like you traditionally would. Place the gift, top-side down, in the center of the wrapping paper. Wrap the paper around the gift until it completely surrounds it. Cut the wrapping paper, leaving a little extra (about an inch), but not too much (don’t waste the paper!).
  2. When you are folding the long edges up, start by taping one edge to the box. With the other long edge, pull tightly, and fold the end under so the crease runs along the edge of the box and you get a clean line. Line the edge of the box with double-sided tape and then press the creased paper onto the tape.
  3. Next, fold in the smaller ends of the paper by laying the gift on its side. Starting at one end, fold a short side toward the center of the box, creating a crisp, pointed end at the corner of each long end of the paper, and tape down. Repeat this step for the remaining short ends on each side of the gift. Fold the bottom flap up on each side and secure with double-sided tape. Then fold the top flaps down, securing again with double-sided tape.

The big takeaway from these steps is to use double-sided tape! It will make your gift look much cleaner.

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  1. Once the gift is wrapped, you can start decorating! I like to pick 3-4 different types of paper that have different patterns, but are complimentary. I start by cutting two strips of wrapping paper from 2 of the different wrapping paper patterns. Make sure your strips are slightly different sizes (like in the image above).
  2. Take the first and largest strip and wrap around the gift, securing it on the bottom side with tape
  3. Repeat the above step with the 2nd To add texture, I suggest ripping the side to create a raw edge look.
  4. Next, I create a bow with the 3rd patterned piece that you cut out. This isn’t as hard as you may think! Here is a great how-to video on making a wrapping paper bow.
  5. Last, add the name tag! Use a thin twine and a fairly plain tag that matches the theme of the wrapping paper. I like to write the names big for a clean look!


My Holiday House Tour with E!

Every year, I love to decorate our home for Christmas, but this time around was slightly different. I recently welcomed E! into my home, which I decked out for the holidays. In honor of the season, I shared my fave décor tips and whipped up some DIY projects with the help of designer and party planner Michael Russo – you might’ve seen us work together before on The Real. I always learn a ton of tricks from him!

You can see the tour of my holiday décor on E! tonight at 7pm, but until then, here’s an exclusive peek at the filming and decorating process!

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Welcoming you all into our home…

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Our family room is my fave room in the house.

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What’s in these jars, you ask? We created a really fun DIY gift idea that’s great to have on hand for friends and co-workers, last minute parties or just visitors you welcome into your home during the holidays.

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They’re jars full of homemade peppermint sugar scrubs. And yes, they smell delicious! You can see how it’s done on E!, but I have to warn you – it’s the easiest gift ever.

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Don’t be intimidated by this DIY, even if you’re not the most crafty.

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Another project we did was create a festive centerpiece. Tune into my Facebook video for the quick tutorial.

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Since we have an open kitchen, we couldn’t go without decorating the countertops and cabinets with a little holiday flair.

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Such a great time working with you, Mikie!

Thanks to E! and Michael Russo Events for all the fun. Tune into the full segment on E! tonight at 7pm and check back for my Christmas décor + fashion ideas later all month long.


5 Ways to be a Better Hostess this Holiday Season

Are you guys feeling ready for Thanksgiving? Holidays stir up a lot this time of year – we’re excited to be in the company of those we love, many of which we don’t see as often as we wish we would. If you’re hosting, you’re also likely heading up a gathering for people of all ages, making it tough to cater to everyone’s needs – literally. Even the most casual gatherings come with at least some pressure, so I really wanted to tackle ways to truly make the most of the holidays we wait all year to enjoy – both for your guests AND you:

5 Ways to be a Better Hostess this Holiday Season - Hostess Tips from Tamera Mowry

5 Ways to Be a Better Hostess

1. Learn from years past. Even if you didn’t host the last holiday gathering, you can think back and consider what stood out to you. What were the highlights? The near-disasters? Use those as a basis for planning your own party, before you dive in.

2. Don’t overexert yourself. Ask for help if you need it. I know some people really struggle with this – it’s so easy to think because you CAN do it all you should. In reality, people are often ready and willing to help – sometimes they just don’t think of it at first.

3. Keep expectations in check. Going off of that last point, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Remember, you probably know at least most of your guests pretty closely, right? …Don’t get too caught up in the planning that you forget what type of get together THEY like to attend. Keep it realistic!

4. Try something new. That said, the holidays only come around once a year. If you’ve been eyeing a tutorial like my DIY place settings or a recipe I’ve shared, now is the time to go for it! Do a trial run before the big day to work out kinks and get confident.

5. Keep it in perspective. Remember, when people look back on this event, they’re going to think mostly about the awesome day they spent with you – even if dessert took too long or one of the side dishes looked a little sloppy. Don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go according to your vision – different can be good too.

This time of year is so action-packed, and it’s all about to get crazier! But all this entertaining is truly all about love and comfort and warmth – don’t let anything get in the way of that.

What’s your favorite part of holiday gatherings? Any tips for avoiding stress?


DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting Idea

Hosting gatherings during the holidays can be a scary thought – you’ve got food, drinks, décor and guests to think about. And if you scroll through Pinterest for fall table inspiration like I’ve been doing, it can seem impossible to pull ALL that off, even for a simple dinner party. Luckily, simplicity can be beautiful this time of year, and you can actually get creative with what you already have to make your Thanksgiving or other fall tables come alive.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

This DIY place setting looks elegant but is so easy to throw together right before an event – even while dinner’s in the oven.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

You just need a place mat, the dishware you’ll be using, and your supplies: ribbon, a metallic pen, kraft paper or card stock, and whatever twine or ribbons you already have stashed away. Navy and cream make a rustic fall combo if you ask me :)

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

Punch a hole in the card stock (or use ready made tags) and write out your message. I like the idea of writing words like “thankful”, “blessed”, etc., but you can also write guests’ names down if you have a lot of friends and fam gathering around the table.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

Tie the tag to a piece of twine or string and then tie it and a few ribbons around your cutlery.

It’s such a simple design that really goes a long way in setting a gorgeous fall table.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Tell me about your plans!


Homemade Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Are you ready for a season of hot drinks and comfort foods? Can’t wait to bring you as many recipes as I possibly can for you to share with friends and fam. That’s why I’m kicking things off with a classic hot apple cider recipe. This one is for all you that want to try your hand at homemade treats—it’s super easy! And for you more advanced hostesses, it’s easy to dress up gorgeously for serving to a crowd.

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Tamera Mowry

Homemade Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon

The title says it all, here’s what you need…

4 cups apple juice or cider
1 tablespoon honey (more or less depending on whether juice is already sweetened)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (can warm up with a cinnamon stick if you don’t like the powder)
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Add juice/cider to a small pot over medium heat. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Serve warm.

Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick and apple slice, if you’d like!

What’s your go-to fall drink?