Last year I did a Christmas gift giving guide of stuff I thought you should ask others to give you. I’m running a bit late because of all the excitement around re-launching the blog, and releasing the 30 Days of Awesome, so this year I’m going to do the same but with a twist -it’s my list of stuff I think you should buy for yourself instead of waiting around for someone else! After all, when’s the last time you bought yourself something? Aren’t you worth it? (and besides, a bunch of these are freebies, or yours with a very small donation to a good cause.)
Earlier this year I did Denise Duffield Thomas’s Money Bootcamp -and she has a bunch of really useful freebies, so this is a gift that costs you nothing at all. You can check out her free class on pricing HERE.
My husband and I recently started using YNAB – You Need a Budget – and it’s pretty much transformed how we run our family finances, and made our household money management a heck of a lot easier. I truly can’t say enough good things about it. You can have 10% off of YNAB with this link.
If you have an online store (sell cake toppers, flowers, tools, silicone molds and so on) you might want to think about doing some affiliate marketing to push your business forward this coming year. A number of people use Share A Sale to do that – here’s more info.
We all know and love Craftsy’s classes, but did you know they have some FREE cake decorating classes you can take? More info right here.
Need some character toys as cake toppers, cake tins or candles to put on a cake? Birthday Express is one of my favourite online stores and they have FREE SHIPPING over $75. Check it out.
My friends Miranda and Andy created the only online class about iPhone photography for cake makers that I know of, and it’s kinda brilliant – here it is.
Helping Sweet Kate is a group of cake makers who donated a whole HEAP of tutorials in aid of Kate (AKA The Greedy Baker) a young mother who is fighting cancer.
Christmas in Frostington is another group of cake makers whose tutorial sales go to help several different charities.
Icing Smiles has a gorgeous calendar available, the sale of which helps them deliver cakes to ill kids and their families. You can get one in hardcover or via downloadable PDF.
My favourite cookies. Of course.
My other favourite cookies
When I’m not looking at cake pictures, I’m looking at videos about this type of art on Instagram (I’m a tad obsessed. It embarrasses my teenage daughters like you would not believe.)
Lastly, for the many of you who have asked me, YES, you can order the 30 Days of Awesome for your sister, a friend, or anyone else you think needs more awesome in their lives. Just use their email address instead of yours when you purchase (not for the PayPal bit) and you should be fine. Any problems, just send me an email and I’ll fix it up for you.
Happy Holidays with plenty of rainbow-sprinkles,