Martha’s Favorite Stocking Stuffers

One of my favorite traditions to participate in during the holidays-aside from picking out and decorating the perfect tree is finding fun and inexpensive ideas for stocking stuffers! Yes, unwrapping the big presents is always exciting, but for me, it’s even more exciting to see how many small items you can fit in such a limited amount of space. I have rounded up a list of some of our fabulous stocking-sized gifts that retail for $15 or less. Here they are!

Circle Key Ring $11.99

The ultimate key ring for someone who always has their hands full. The circle design allows you to wear it like a bracelet and keeps your hands free. Once you have one you will wonder how you lived so long without it!

Pebble Grain Earrings $13.99

These stylish earrings feature a vegan leather pebble grain detail set in a gold frame and come in two different shapes. They are the perfect wardrobe staple and will soon become your everyday go-to!

Lifestyle image of our Burlap Ric Rac Ornament

Burlap Ornament $8.99

We have lots of adorable ornaments in our holiday line this year but this one is a personal favorite of mine! I love all things burlap and the flat design makes it super easy to be personalized with a single initial or even a monogram.

Confetti Cell Phone Pocket $9.99

Our confetti line makes everyone happy because everyone could always use some sparkle! The cell phone pocket has a strong 3M adhesive that holds permanently to the back of your phone and has a slot to hold your ID and credit cards.

Enamel Compact Mirror $12.99

Our compact mirrors are another perfect gift for that girl on the go! The size is my favorite part and I catch myself using mine all the time to touch up my makeup when out and about. 

Bamboo Chunky Key Ring $11.99

Who doesn’t love a good tassel to add some fun to their keyring?! This colorful tassel with a natural-looking bamboo finish will give you a reason to have your keys on you all the time and the ability to find them more easily in your purse. 

 Ceramic Bead Bracelet $14.99

This wood bead bracelet accented with ceramic beads is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your arm party. The stretchy design makes it a good one size fits most options as well.

Scallop Passport Carrier $12.99

Know someone traveling a lot? Help them keep their passport and tickets safely together with this cute Lizard Passport Holder! Features a full pocket on one side for the passport, and a half pocket on the other to keep tickets or other travel documents. 

Magnetic Notepad $9.99

Never forget your to-do list with our handy Southern Blooms Magnetic Notepads! These rectangle notepads feature 4 hand-painted potted greenery and floral art images and two magnetic strips on the back. 

I hope you were able to get some new ideas from the list! I can’t believe the countdown to Christmas is officially on with Thanksgiving right around the corner!

Tag us @mainstreetcollection on Facebook or Instagram with your favorite stocking stuffers from Mainstreet Collection!

Happy Holidays! 

Martha

Sales Representative, Charlotte, NC

 

Gift Giving Any Time of Year!

Hello!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of cooking and sharing ideas from… the kitchen!

Our Holiday bowls and spreaders, along with other various dishes, can be paired together with your favorite recipe to share with friends and family.

The bowls and spreaders can be wrapped with ingredients or mixes along with a favorite recipe for dips and spreads. This year I did my Creamy Fruit Dip which has been a HUGE hit at the office (see recipe below)!  Great hostess gifts for parties or just a cute way to display your creations for upcoming Holiday events. Another simple and sweet idea is to make a batch of your favorite sweet treat and wrap along inside the perfect bowl to compliment the gift.

I also like to use the platters and coordinating bowls for various chips and salsa or other dip recipes. They also work great for taco or salad night for all of the various toppings. There are endless possibilities to put these items to use!

Get creative in the kitchen and gift a sweet treat that anyone will love… and remember!

Happy Gifting,

Jackie

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Creamy Fruit Dip:

What you will need-

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

7 oz. Marshmallow Fluff

1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar

2 tbsp. Dulce De Leche or Caramel Sauce

Pinch of Sea Salt for topping

Instructions:

Using a mixer, combine all ingredients until creamy.  Transfer to a serving bowl & chill.  Top with drizzled caramel & sea salt as desired.

Serve with sliced apples, pears, sugar snaps, or even pretzels.

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Creamy Fruit Dip in our Holiday Bowl with Spreader
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Our Holiday Bowls & Spreaders
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Chips and Salsa served on our Taupe Platter and Bowl
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Peanut Brittle gifted with our Jingle all the Way Bowl and Platter

Make a Polka Dotted Pumpkin

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season! 

Yes, we did and so can you!

Whenever my daughter is home from college we always have at least one art/craft project on the agenda and this Fall Break I was dying to take a drill to my pumpkins.  Caroline had volunteered at a children’s “Make It & Take It” art event at her college and said it was easy.  I figured if they could do it around kids, surely I could handle it.  So we did!

Here are the steps that we took and the items that we gathered before we began.

  • PUMPKIN (the bigger the better for me!)
  • Spray paint if you want a color & painter’s tape
  • Power Drill, Circle Drill Bit – 1 3/4″(Craftsman calls it a Hole Saw)
  • Newspaper
  • Knife and kitchen spoon to clean out the pumpkin
  • Safety goggles
  • Tape measure, pencil or Sharpie.
  • Tall pillar candle (4 to 5 inches tall)

Step 1: Wear old clothes and safety goggles because pumpkin bits and pieces will start flying when the drill hits that pumpkin. Definitely an outside project!

Step 2:  Wash pumpkin and let dry.  Put painter’s tape around the pumpkin stem to keep it the natural color. Spray paint your pumpkin on newspaper and let dry.

Step 3:  Cut a circle around the top of the pumpkin and pull gently on the stem to remove it from the pumpkin.  Clean out the seeds and pumpkin fibers. (SAVE the seeds for roasting!! YUM!)

Step 4:  If you want your polka dots to be uniformly placed on the pumpkin then use a tape measure and mark off where you want your polka dots placed.  We started at the top and placed a mark every 4 inches for the center of our polka dot.

(There are so many sizes of circle drill bits but I chose just one for my first time. I am definitely going back to get some other sizes so I can try another one with more random placement of the polka dots and sizes!!) 

Step 5:  We did re-spray paint a few areas of the pumpkin again after the drilling but it really is not necessary. (One of us is a perfectionist and one of us is not!)

Step 6:  We used a tall candle in the pumpkin to make it very bright. At first, we used a small votive candle and it did not give us enough light to brighten all of our polka dots so… I went back inside and found a taller, brighter candle.

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season!

Happy Pumpkin Day!

Rae Marie

 

 

Our July Market Best Sellers

HOLIDAY was the Star of the Show for July Market!

July Market was all about the Holidays. Our customers were excited to see our new holiday dish towels with new monograms. Some of the most asked about monogram fonts were Barrett by Herrington Designs, Monogram Chic by Shuler Studio, and Arabesque Dots by Apex Embroidery.

Red, Green and White Holiday Dish Towels on a rod at Market with Monograms
Holiday Dish Towels at Market

 

 

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Santa Waffle Weave Dish Towel
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Holiday Block Dish Towel with Barrett Monogram

 

Christmas Memories

Your favorite Christmas Memories book is back! This book features original artwork on the cover and on each page along with slots to slide in a family photo. Create a keepsake by recording your favorite Christmas memories each year. This book makes a great wedding shower gift or housewarming gift.

Christmas Memories Book spiral bound hard cover book with pages for 20 years of Christmas Memories
Christmas Memories Book

More from Market…

Our fringe guest towels are the perfect canvas to show off your favorite monograms!  Experiment with new monograms and threads on these fringe guest towels. Also, our acrylic red and green dot wine glasses come as a set of two tied in a cellophane bag with a grosgrain bow.  They come with and without sayings if you want to vinyl your own with initials, zip code or favorite saying.  Be sure to tag us when you post your personalized guest towels or acrylic wine glasses!

Last but not least is our 2019 5 x 7 Desk Calendar.  With 12 months of fun and fabulous artwork, this calendar has customers coming back every year to replace!

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Fringe Guest Towel in 10 colors
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Navy Fringe Guest Towel with Pagoda Monogram by Apex Embroidery
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Acrylic Red Dot Wine Glasses (set of 2)
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2019 5 x 7 Desk Calendar

 

Thanks for reading through to the end of our Holiday Market Best Sellers!  We can’t wait to show you our Fall Favorites…Coming Soon!

Retailers you can shop at www.gowhimsey.com and all others can find many of these items at www.mainstreetcollectiononline.com.  If they are not there yet, they will be arriving soon!