Maddie is APW's Chief Revenue Officer. She's been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, she currently lives on a pony farm in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Michael, their son Lincoln, and an obnoxious mastiff named Gaia. Current hair color: Natural (gasp!)
This coaster quartet takes shape with plain porcelain tiles painted with musical motifs. Download and resize free musical instrument clip art, then shade the shapes with a pencil so you can see the design on the reverse side. Flip the patterns over and place on ceramic tiles; trace around the shaded shapes to transfer a faint outline of the patterns to the tiles. Attach rubber cabinet bumpers to the backs of the tiles to protect surfaces and keep the coasters from shifting, then fill in or paint around each silhouette with a thin paintbrush and porcelain paint.
I found the perfect gift for my 14 yr old granddaughter but after reading the reviews I backed out on ordering. I searched for weeks and couldn’t find anything I liked. So I decided to take a chance and ordered the towel and, boy, was I surprised! It more than met my expectations. It IS plush. It was shipped very quickly. I also bought the matching flip flops. I will order from this place again and again. I’m so glad I didn’t let any negative review keep me from getting the perfect gift!
Please note that for some anniversaries, a Traditional Gift theme does not exist. For those anniversaries, the theme listed relates to the Modern concept. Also, not all anniversary years have a Gemstone, Color and/or Flower associated with it, and hence, the information provided for those years is limited. However, gift ideas are indeed provided for every anniversary year listed in this table.
With Christmas just around the corner, you’re probably faced with the yearly struggle of finding something for the hard-to-buy-for. Well, why not take the strain out of shopping this year with these one-of-a-kind holiday gift suggestions. From necklaces, personalized family portraits that include your pets, and even custom mugs, we have something for everyone.
Just Like the Newsies - There’s just something classic about brown paper and leather strip tying it all together. This is fairly cheap since the paper isn’t bleached or treated in most cases. It also saves you from buying a big roll of wrapping paper when you’re only wrapping a single gift. This wrapping is excellent for gifting clothing or stylish items.
Text: This Christmas gift preserves your favorite coloring pages, and it’s way cuter than just hanging them on the fridge. Just trace the outline of a wooden letter on the back of your coloring page, cut it out, and decoupage the design to the letter’s front. Craft multiple letters to spell out a friend’s name or showcase a classic monogram for mom. No matter the gift recipient, these handmade letters make a timeless DIY Christmas gift that your best friends will love. Download our FREE coloring pages to get started.
This is exact what I was looking for. The rose itself is perhaps 90% of the size of a real one, although the stem is shorter. The pot at the bottom is about the same size as the rose at the top. The rose part of this item appears to be solid steel (based on the weight and inflexibility of the material), not a rose dipped in something. The rose is completely unpainted. I'm not a flower person, but it looks like a rose to me (and it made my wife happy). It was exactly what I was looking for. Well mostly. It took a pair of pliers to remove the little plastic tag that they stick in the pot that says "11th anniversary". I got this for Mothers day (after our 16th anniversary last month), so the tag had to ... full review
I ordered this, and a personalized card, for friends who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next week. They did not want gifts, but as they are close friends, my husband & I wanted them to have a personal memento from us. The ornament and card just arrived and, WOW!!! They are just beautiful!! The quality of the ornament and the card are excellent - they both have the look & feel of items costing 4 times the price at an expensive department store. I can't wait for us to present these to the anniversary couple. They are beyond expectations! And, they arrived quickly, and very well packed. And, the price can't be beat. This is our 2nd happy purchase from you and I know we'll be back for another happy occasion. Thanks so much for the beautiful, beautiful items and the prompt and quality service!!
These DIY holiday succulent planters make a quick and inexpensive Christmas gift for mom (or anyone!) that will last for years. Succulents are an especially unique present with low-maintenance care, and they're perfect for mom, best friends, or co-workers. To create the personalized planter, wrap empty, clean tin cans with 1/4 inch braided red-and-white polypropylene rope. Secure the rope to the can as you wrap using a hot-glue gun. Slightly twist the rope to line up the candy cane-color stripes. Add an adorable Christmas gift tag using a thin piece of twine.
A six-panel window frame becomes a weekly calendar that makes a stylish Christmas present. Each day of the workweek is assigned a pane, and the sixth makes room for notes (or your Christmas list). To make, tape off the wood frame with painter's tape and spray several coats of magnetic spray paint on the front of the glass panes, allowing each coat to dry between applications. Paint each pane with colorful chalkboard paint using a paintbrush to edge and a small foam roller to fill in. Let dry. Remove tape from wood frame.
For Christmas gift-giving emergencies, dress up a simple gift card with our festive holiday holders. Stitch two pieces of felt together, using your card to measure the proper sizes of felt. Trace holiday-theme stencil designs onto felt in contrasting colors; cut out. Use hot-glue to secure to holder. Cut a small circle at the top of each tag; thread with baker's twine.
We can’t tell you how to budget, but planning as far ahead of time as possible will keep you from experiencing unexpected expenses during rough seasons, and maybe even allow you to treat yourself for all the research and thoughtfulness you’ve done today. We do know that putting proper provisions in place allows you to stave-off all the anxiety and worry that comes with gift buying, and allow you to focus on fantasizing about their reactions.
With all that shipping information at your fingertips now, there are a few things you can do to plan ahead of time so your guy doesn’t miss his perfect gift. For one, you’ll do well to grab it a month in advance and stow it away on the top shelf in your closet (because childhood taught us that the best gifts go there). Take gift receipts and return policies into consideration. We already talked about these higher up in the guide, but to reiterate, it sucks getting a gift you didn’t actually want. Getting it returned or exchanged can be the light at the end of the tunnel, but not if your gift receipt exchange window expired. Pay close attention to that when planning to purchase ahead of time.
What a tremendous gift for any one, and for any occasion! I sent 3 to some old friends. They were quite speechless. We all went to the same secondary school and after 25 years are still close friends. These roses were for the school's 25 th anniversary. So much superior to cut flowers. I 've ordered more roses in different colours, You can't go wrong with these flowers for any occasion, including "just because".
This isn’t a bag thing, but it also comes with an additional difficulty factor, one that we wanted to flesh out in an entire section. The practical guy has three types of people who are going to understand his hobbies or understand what items will make his career/job easier to perform. They see these gifts as optimizing their life, which is a big up for the happiness factor. The types of people and the reactions they can expect are as follows:
These are time-spending events that you sign them up to or hand them a voucher for. Your biggest roadblock when giving experience days is going to be schedule conflictions, and upholding obligations. Not for you; for him. Experience days are something you could make an entire reality television show out of because they allow a man to either enjoy something you know they love, but can’t afford, or break them out of their shell and let them try to live on the wild side for a change.
A White Elephant exchange is only as good as the gifts that people bring to it, and you can make sure that this year’s will be a hoot with any of these gifts, all at a good price. See how people react to opening a giant inflatable unicorn horn, or a wine glass that holds an entire bottle of wine. These are the sort of gifts that create quite a stir at the party.
Just Like the Newsies - There’s just something classic about brown paper and leather strip tying it all together. This is fairly cheap since the paper isn’t bleached or treated in most cases. It also saves you from buying a big roll of wrapping paper when you’re only wrapping a single gift. This wrapping is excellent for gifting clothing or stylish items.

"I’m jealous! This crate was for my husband, but oh my goodness, can I just say we both are loving… more it!?!! The smokey flavor of the maple syrup is amazing! My husband loves Old Fashions so this was perfect for him. But now they may be my new favorite as well! The bitters are amazing too! It’s always been hard for me to find bitters that make a drink good but wow! These are great!! The glasses are made in Germany and much nicer than I expected. The crate is great and makes the gift fun and unique! I highly recommend!!" - Kelly less
We also cover a large list of gift cards. They seem simple, and some call them impersonal. However, there are some guys that no matter how much you analyze what they like, you’ll either find out that they have everything they need for their interests, or they’re just too hard to read. If you’re hitting a wall trying to find a unique gift, you don’t have to stress about it. Gift cards are not impersonal gifts, so long as you have a basic grasp of what they like. Even if you can’t pinpoint the specific items that they want or need, you can generalize with a gift card to a specific place.
It’s wise to take a look at the specific store policies before you actually follow through with the purchase. If you go with an online store, such as Nordstroms, you’ll get a blanket policy that applies to specific departments. It gets tricky when you go through mega sites, like Amazon, because you’re not necessarily dealing with Amazon directly. There are loads of 3rd-party sellers that incorporate their own policies about a return, all under the guise of being posted on a familiar site that consumers know and trust.
There’s a limited number of gifts you can do here, and since it’s such a meaningful experience, jokes should probably be left off the table. Getting a nice cigar humidor, or a top-shelf bottle of their favorite liquor are meaningful gifts that tell them to kick back and celebrate the occasion. A thoughtful gift mixed with your presence is exactly what they need.
Whether it's your first or fiftieth anniversary, you want to make it special. Surprise your spouse or significant other with a personalized anniversary gift that shows how well you know and adore them. Custom-made jewelry, personalized wall art and photo frames that commemorate the special day you met or married, are just some of our great anniversary day gift ideas.
"Received as a Christmas gift. just tried the first batch today. as a gin drinker, I have to say… more this is better than any mainstream store bought gin I have ever tried! I started a second batch today as well. Do not think the first batch is going to make to the weekend! Highly recommend, fun to make and tastes better than any gin I have tried. Can not wait for my friends to try it!" - Chris less
When you pass out Christmas gifts this year, make sure they're cherished for years to come by adding a personal touch. Personalized Christmas gifts make the spirit of the season come to life and feel even more special. Our diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts lets you customize the right present for the right person every time so that everyone on your list can unwrap a smile, whether it's their very first Christmas or their hundredth.

Go the extra mile with an exquisite present from our collection of personalized gifts for women. She’ll appreciate anything you choose for her, but personalizing a gift adds a distinctive touch that makes it hers alone. Monogrammed or embossed initials and other customized elements elevate an ordinary object, imparting a bespoke quality to it and transforming it into a treasured keepsake. And there’s a practical benefit: personalization can help identify the object if it’s ever lost. Choose a personalized gift and let her know you appreciate everything she does.
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Our one year anniversary gift ideas make ringing in your first wedding anniversary simple and fun. Choose from gorgeous wall clocks, vibrant red roses, home décor, and more to track down the perfect gift for your sweetheart. You’ll find an ideal gift for even the hardest of people to shop for. Peruse our 5 year anniversary gift ideas for her and select from delicious chocolate dipped treats, bountiful bouquets, and wall art with meaning.

Cute Christmas gift ideas that are customizable always win, and that's why we love these homemade Christmas coasters for family and friends. Print silhouette clip art onto heavy white paper and cut out the shapes. Use a pencil to lightly trace each silhouette onto the center of a wooden plaque. Trace over the pencil lines using a wood-burning pen fitted with a narrow cone point. Fill in the outlines by burning the silhouettes with a flow point on a wood-burning pen. Apply two coats of glossy polyurethane sealer to the coasters, letting each coaster dry between coats. Paint the beveled edges of the coasters gray, and let the paint dry before adding a final coat of polyurethane sealer. Glue four felt circles to the bottom of each coaster. 


Skydiving - Yeah, we joked about it, but it’s a thrilling experience. If he’s an adrenaline junky, the guy who just can’t get enough of life in the fast lane, this will make his head spin. These are also systematic with parachuting and hang gliding, though those usually require a more remote location. Falling safely out of the sky throws caution to the wind, while still playing it safe and enjoying the time of your life.
Finding the perfect gifts for women can be difficult. Whether it’s your better half or girlfriend, your mother, grandmother, sister, niece, or your best friend, these women are incredibly special and deserve the best around the holidays. However, all of these women are unique and have varying interests and passions. That can be hard to shop for! Thinking up the perfect gift for everyone can get stressful fast, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
If he loves to eat, grill it up, handle the kitchen, or he’s a major coffee connoisseur, then you’ve got a wide range of gifts you can get that he probably doesn’t have. There’s always cutting-edge culinary tech or new high-end cutlery that’s emerging onto the market, which we like to put our focus on from time to time. He may not be a master chef, but with your thoughtful gift(s), who knows? He could be on his way.
For the fashionista in your life, consider giving her a subscription to the Trunk Club. She can get a rotation of high quality apparel and shoes on a monthly or seasonal basis. The first step is to initiate membership and set up a style profile. She will have the option to consult with a stylist and pre-approve the items before they ship. When the Trunk Club box arrives, she can try on the garments and decide whether or not to purchase them. Wardrobe staples include denim, sneakers, sweaters, and outerwear and range from $40 to $300. Nordstrom backs all inventory. Each trunk has a styling fee of $25.
There’s thin ice to tread, though. When a man is conscious of his style, he’s going to take certain gifts with a bit more doubt. This guy requires a bit of extra work to figure out his ideal style gift. If he’s not into boots, and you grab a pair of Chelsea boots for him, it’s going to feel more like, “This is what they want me to wear, not what’s in line with my style.” To avoid that, we have a section further in the guide, all about color-matching with certain skin tones, and their current wardrobe. That’s going to show some real dedication and attention to their style, while still getting something that compliments them.
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