She Gives: Gift Idea- Nail Kit

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‘Tis the season to give! And you know I love giving handmade gifts. But sometimes I think it’s nice to combine a little something handmade with something that it would be dangerous if I tried to make…like nail polish. I got a C in chemistry.

I made my girl Nichelle this little nail kit as a belated birthday gift. I used some corduroy and leather to make a simple travel bag, and some vintage fabric for the lining. The travel bag pattern is from the Amy Butler book Style Stitches. I like Amy Butler books and highly recommend them. I’ve made two patterns from this book so far (both as gifts). Amy Butler patterns are really easy to follow, very thorough, and great for beginners.

As for the nail polish, I (and every other blogger I know) highly recommend Essie. Plus you can now find the brand at Target and Wal-mart. I thought these would be fun holiday hues.

Colorful nails are so hot right now, but it’s kind of a splurge to drop $10 or so dollars on quality polish. That’s why I think it’s such a fun gift. I added some cotton balls and a little nail clipper to the bag along with the items pictured.

I decided to share this little gift because I think it’s hard sometimes to come up with gifts for my girlfriends! I want to give them something personal and homemade but also something they can really use. For my birthday last week a friend of mine sent me two AMAZING OPI nail polish colors, and I was giddy with excitement!

Do you have any go-to gifts? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Happy Crafting!



  1. Trisha

    Alison! I can't get over how talented you are at crafting! Are you a self-taught sewer?

  2. Luz e. Howse

    I love this idea!

  3. Alison

    Thank you! Trisha, I did teach myself to sew…kind of. Ha. I took one class at BYU back in the day, but it didn't take. I retaught myself about 3 or 4 years ago. In the last year I have taken some classes at Dave's Bernina (highly recommend) and I read A LOT of books!


  4. meg

    This made me want to stop biting my nails.

    I might even do it.

  5. Christina Marie

    Ahhh Essie nail polishes are my absolute fave! Im rockin "fiji" this week:)
    My go-to gifts are things like scarves and cute little clutches from tjmaxx/marshalls.
    new follower, hope you stop by:)

  6. Bon Bon

    Such a sweet idea! I like to add a personal touch to gifts too, give it a little pizazz:-) xoxo

  7. Elle Keeps Moving

    that leather is hot. just like you, alison. happy belated birthday!

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