Snack Around the Plate- December 2022

We haven’t had a Snack Around the Plate since summer, so I thought we were past due! As always, below, you’ll find all the randomness — if you want to get randomness on a weekly basis (with more personal notes than what you’ll find on KN), you can drop your email HERE to get on that list! Now, let’s get to it!

What is a “Snack Around the Plate”? Growing up, this was the phrase my mom called meals she would assemble with random favorites when scouring the pantry and fridge. And, while each item didn’t totally go together, assembled as one collective, I loved them! Basically, “Snack Around the Plate” posts are just a smorgasbord of randomness — “a little of this and a little of that” from all things lifestyle. It’s a mish-mosh highlight reel from a favorite recipes to favorite finds.

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1. J. Crew Clearance Sale

The prices on these items are truly nuts. I wasn’t even planning to post yet but when I saw these deals, I had to expedite the entire post, just in case items sell out or their sale changes. Right now, they’re offering and EXTRA 50% off one, 60% off two, or 70% off included sale items (HERE). Like, $3.60 for totes and $250 coats for $50 kind of deals. Nuts. I’ve included some of my faves below, with summer items that follow — be sure to make note of the original vs. sale prices below each graphic!

J Crew Winter Sale

1. Tartan Tote | was $19.50; now $3.60

2. Hair Clip | was $29.50; now $7.20

3. Slippers | was $79.50; now $34.50

4. Convertible Velvet Clutch | was $118; now $15.60

5. Cuff Bracelet | was $68; now $16.20

6. Faceted Teardrop Earrings | was $69.50; now $16.80

7. Pearl & Crystal Earrings | was $58; now $13.80

8. Relaxed Roll Neck Sweater | was $98; now $69.50

9. Tartan Scarf | was $69.50; now $16.80

10. Pajama Set | was $98; now $59.50

11. Ribbed Cardigan | was $128; now $30

12. Nordic Boots | was $228; now $60

13. Short Lug Sole Rain Boots | was $85; now $21

14. Puffer Coat | was $248; now $59.40

15. Cable Knit Pom Pom Hat | was $59.50; now $14.40

J Crew Summer Sale

1. Cabana Oversized Sunglasses | was $79.50; now $34.50

2. Oversized Rectangular Sunglasses | was $69.50; now $16.80

3. Pave Crystal Earrings | was $58; now $13.80

4. Beaded Convertible Clutch | was $138; now $64.50

5. Faceted Teardrop Earrings | was $69.50; now $16.80

6. Headband | was $29.50; now $7.20

7. Cotton Ruffle Beach Dress | was $89.50; now $14.40

8. Puff Sleeve Smocked Linen Dress | was $128; now $24

9. Puff Sleeve Mini Dress | was $228; now $54.60

10. Crystal Fringe Earrings | was $68; now $9.30

11. V-Neck Swimsuit | was $98; now $13.20

12. Racer Tank | was $79.50; now $18

13. Ruched Sweetheart Neck Swimsuit | was $118; now $12.90

14. Montauk Straw Tote Bag | was $118; now $26.40

2. Non-Material Christmas Gifts

If you feel like you’re shopped out, think things are starting to feel impersonal, or are trying to come up with something for the person who seemingly has everything, here are a few non-material Christmas gift ideas!

  • House Cleaning Service
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Tune Up (HVAC, Fireplace, Dryer Vent, Vehicle)
  • Car Wash/Detail
  • Tickets (Concert, Play, Musical, Winery/Brewery Tastings, Museum, Zoo, Aquarium, etc.)
  • Staycation (one night at a local hotel)
  • Class/lessons (fitness, cooking, bartending, art, music, etc.)
  • Physical Membership (gym, garden, national park, etc.)
  • Online Membership (Audible, Kindle, Music Streaming, TV streaming, PRIME, etc.)
  • Date night (gift cards to cover dinner, movie, drinks, etc.)

3. DIY Gift Wrap Bow Hack

When my mom and I had a wrapping day earlier in the season, she started trying to get creative with a way to use up those inevitable wrapping paper scraps. Ultimately, she came up with a way to create the most darling, easy curly bows and I love the result! It’s also a great way to mix and match and tie gifts together, thematically.

Christmas Gift Wrapping Hack with Scraps

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out the step by step tutorial here…


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4. Amazon Delivery “Thank You”

Well that went quickly. This past week, Amazon announced that when you receive an Amazon package, you can tell your Echo “…thank my driver” and Amazon would give them a $5 tip at no additional cost to the customer. This promotion was set to end after 1 million “thank you’s” and it reached that point within the first 48 hours. However, with that kind of response, I wouldn’t be surprised if they do this kind of employee program again. And, they indicated that you can still say “Alexa, thank my driver” and they will continue to share customer gratitude. So, I plan to continue that habit as much/often as I can. It costs customer nothing but could make a difference to those drivers.

Amazon Thank You Drivers

(screenshot via Amazon)

5. Date Night Idea

I shared these in (maybe more than one?!) of my collections of gift ideas but I actually ordered the Table Topics Couples version for Dave and me. I can’t wait to plan a no-tech-allowed evening, fixing a drink, turning on some music, and sitting down to see where some of these topics go. Several of the themes are out of stock, but as of publishing, the couples version is still available HERE. Here’s a preview of some of the cards…

Date Night Idea

if you have a hard time sitting down with uninterrupted time, or want to use them in other ways, you can also…

  • take them along in the car for some different convos
  • use them as dinner conversation topics
  • commit to reading/discussing one card each evening, or, one per week

We just got ours and I can’t wait to get started!

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I hope you are all having a great holiday season — I’ll be back with just a couple more things before 2022 wraps up 😉

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  1. 12.10.22
    Moriah said:

    Kelley! This is such an awesome and helpful…and timely post! So grateful for all the hard work you put in. This gave me so many great ideas for gifts!

    Now I’m wondering, how did you get that puffer coat for that price? I can’t seem to get it below 99 but I’m technologically challenged so I’m open to help! 😆

    Thank you and have a blessed weekend!

    • 12.10.22

      Hi Moriah, Thank you for taking the time to visit and I am so happy to know this post is helpful to you! You must purchase at least three items for the maximum savings and use the code: SHOPSALE when you check out. This method worked when the post was published. I hope it works for you!

      • 12.10.22
        Moriah said:

        Oh perfect! Totally missed that, thanks so much!!

        • 12.10.22

          You are so welcome. Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!