Unique Gift Ideas


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Tired of shopping at the standard retail establishments for your Christmas gifts?  Consider supporting small business owners instead!  I will feature some of these entrepreneurs from time to time here at HoI, and my first one is Julie Siess.

Julie is the mother of two adorable girls, married to a wonderful husband, with a very energetic dog named Danny.  She lives in Missouri but can ship to you.

Julie runs two businesses aside from her day job.  The first, Absolutely Brilliant Jewelry, has stunning bracelets, earrings, and necklaces.  Her gallery is on Facebook on the page Absolutely Brilliant Jewelry.  Here’s the link to the page:  https://www.facebook.com/Absolutely-Brilliant-Jewelry-224038260974664/   Right now she has a Christmas special on some of her pieces, silver plated earrings are $5 each or 2 for $10.

Swarovski Woven Bracelet in a teal blue, sized medium, with Tierra Cast toggle clasp $35
Picture Jasper and Swarovski Crystal necklace $60
Swarovski Crystal earrings on sterling silver $20

As you can see, these are intricately crafted and are made of high-quality materials.

Below are a few more examples of her work…my December favorites are the little crystal Christmas trees.


This is just a tiny sample of the things she makes, go take a look at her FB page to see more.

Julie’s other business is Mary Kay.  She is running a personal Christmas special of fuzzy socks (black, gray, hot pink, purple, orange, turquoise and lime green socks available) and Mint Bliss lotion…gift wrapped for $15.  She will ship for an additional $5, but if your purchase is over $100, shipping is free!  Mary Kay orders over $100 will get a 15% discount.

To get these deals you need to phone her at (314) 398-5002 or email Julie.Siess@gmail.com .  It’s not available on her website, which is here, if you need other Mary Kay goodies:  https://www.marykay.com/jsiess/en-us/products/gifts?iad=topnavpws_gifts 

Happy unique shopping!  I have to go light up my tree.

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