The holiday season means a little more celebrating (ahem, wine), but that doesn’t have to be bad! Put that collection of wine corks to use with this creative Christmas gift. A wine cork base makes a bulletin board both functional and artsy—and we love the idea of hanging Christmas cards on it for the holidays. Choose a frame deep enough to hold whole corks, or cut the corks in half lengthwise with an extra-fine razor saw (available at crafts stores). Secure the corks to the frame backing using wood glue.
The traditional colors for the four-year anniversary are blue and green, colors of loyalty and vitality that your marriage is earning as you move from being newlyweds to just plain married people. But instead of investing in the traditional blue topaz or zircon, stones that can seem quite fancy on a still-shoestring lifestyle, consider a unisex multi-strand bracelet made from hand-knotted nylon for a casual take on anniversary jewelry. The bracelet works just as well for men as for women and stands up to water, sun, sports and more. In brilliant shades of aqua with metallic accents, it’s lighthearted but durable, much the way you want your relationship to be.
This tome will make a statement with any wine lover. Hand-bound and presented in a large wooden crate big enough to hold a desktop computer, the new book by sommelier Enrico Bernardo covers the most important wines of the twentieth century. Bernardo, who was named Best Sommelier of the World in 2004 and made his name at the Four Seasons George V in Paris, covers the most noteworthy vintages from around the globe. From 1928 Krug Champagne to the 1951 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 to the 1973 Stag's Leap Estate SLV, the wines included are exquisite enough to impress even the most well-read winos.
For the guy who loves a beer, raise a glass in celebration of your anniversary with something from our great beer gifts, including our sleek personalized beer glasses gift, unique bottle openers and even bar decor items. Whatever your budget, we offer an indulgent gift that’s guaranteed to impress – from jewelry keepsakes, to custom home decor and personal accessories.
Fruit and flowers are a traditional gift for the four-year anniversary, so why not give your spouse a plant that will bring you both joy for years to come? In case you haven’t heard of Meyer lemons, they’re a favorite for cooking and making beverages because of their slightly sweet citrusy taste. Because these trees are grown to work indoors or outdoors, you can choose the size that will work best for your home (up to two, three or four feet tall).
People are obsessed with essential oil diffusers. And why wouldn’t they be? They transform your home with good smells and good vibes. Shopping for someone who is always stressed (hello hi, that's me)? Bring peace and happiness into their life this holiday season with our favorite oil diffuser. We tested the most popular models a few months ago and found this one by InnoGear to be the best.
Buying one gift is great, two gifts are fine, but buying too many gifts will diminish the value of each additional gift you give to them, rendering the sentiment essentially useless. More thought packed into a single gift beats half-a-dozen smaller ones. It’s not about physical size or the price tag. Understandable occasions are when it’s more than one item to complete a single gift; you wouldn’t buy him just dress pants, would you? You’d opt for a two or three-piece suit. Getting multiple unrelated gifts gives off the idea that you were in a frenzy, and while you threw money at the sentiment, that you were more panicked about getting gifts than making sure they were truly meaningful.
The world's first automatic, all-grain homebrewing appliance, Pico is basically a Keurig for beer. Instead of K-cups, it uses prepackaged boxes of grains and hops from dozens of craft breweries to create whatever style of beer you choose. Whether you prefer a Rogue Dead Guy Ale from Oregon or a Whetstoner Session IPA from Vermont, the Pico allows you to brew up a batch at home. And while it's true that you could buy a hefty supply of beer for what the machine costs, there's nothing quite like tapping a keg of liquid you created yourself.
Instead of searching high and low for the perfect pillow, make this Christmas gift that you know your friend will love! Sketch a geometric design on a square piece of kraft paper to make a template, then trace onto fabric and cut to size. Stitch the shapes together and press the seams open. Cut solid-color fabric to make the back of the pillow covering. Stitch the front and back pieces, right sides together, leaving a small opening. Turn right side out, press, and stuff with a pillow form. Whipstitch the opening closed.
If you can get the perfect gift and save some cash off the normal retail price, then you’re a champion. In honor of that, we’ve outlined the best time of the year to shop for gifts, based on the average number of sales we see from big box retailers and online stores. Some of these are going to be super obvious, while others may be a bit surprising, but it’s all here.
There are always going to be obvious gift ideas for major holidays like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day, but have the women in your life gotten the same types of gifts year after year? Do something different! She will always appreciate if you get her a gift, but it’ll mean a lot more if it is something unique that shows you took some time to think about it.
From the 20th wedding anniversary onwards, traditional gift materials are not offered every year; typically only every five years or so. The modern list differs in this respect, whereby a gift material is suggested for every year, at least up until the 30th anniversary, which possibly signifies a couples’ need to continue investing as much effort as possible into sustaining the commitment and romance in the later years of marriage.
I swear by these yoga pants. Whether I’m lounging on the couch, taking a barre class, or sweating profusely in spin class, these yoga pants are game-changers. No camel toe. No sweating through the pants. No itching from discomfort. These yogas are definitely worth the price tag. I promise. If you're looking for an option that is a little less money, Nordstrom's fitness brand, Zella, has a pair of high waist leggings that have 4.5 stars from 5,400 reviews. I own them, and they are great too.
We told you about the best sales, and how you logistically coordinate your budget and shopping days is completely up to you. If you’re not exactly an elitist when it comes to holiday shopping, you’re not alone. Most people don’t really learn how to shop, they tend to panic, make regretful purchases, and hope for the best. To avoid all that drama, this is what to do on each major gift-giving holiday.
Firstly, you have to take skin tone into account to get the right look. If their face is a bit redder than most, getting red clothing is going to make then look flush. If they’re a bit darker-toned, getting a jacket that exactly matches their skin tone is going to wash them out. Clothing that exactly or closely resembles skin tone is a bad idea, but getting something that matches their eyes is a hidden gem of fashionable men everywhere.
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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:
We hope to present you with the ultimate gift-giving experience this holiday season and for years to come! If you have helpful holiday tips or suggestions that will make the holiday season brighter, feel free to drop us an email or comment on one of our blog posts. And be sure to share our site with all of your friends to help them have a holly jolly Christmas as well!
Gift Wrapping: Avoid the extra expense of wrapping paper, bows and ribbons, and other giftwrap supplies. Forget about those long, frustrating hours spent trying to perfectly wrap stacks of presents. Since many of our merchants offer gift-wrapping services, personalized cards and festive gift boxes, you can concentrate on the important things in life- like eggnog and Grandma’s homemade sugar cookies.
Deciding to go with a stylish clothing-related gift? Hitting Easter sales in mid to late April will blow your mind. These sales tend to focus on women, but assuming that their man is with them, or he’s also trying to look good in his Sunday best, they throw out some excellent sails on formalwear, and “kickback clothes” for the festivities and parties that take place after the actual events of Easter. Whether you’re religious or not, everybody can appreciate these sales.
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".
"I ordered this for my son's birthday, and I thought I was being totally redundant because part of… more what he does FOR A LIVING, is to make and sell BBQ. As a matter of fact, he has won many local awards for his BBQ. When he opened his crate, he was delighted with the contents, and I guarantee everything will be promptly used. Thanks so much for this great (and painless gift). The next crate I order will be for my son-in-law's birthday. I wish you had a DIY crate - that would be the one for him, but I suppose I'll have to wait on that!” - Jennifer less
They travel a lot, either because they like to, or they have to for work. Either way, being out on the road is distant and lonesome, and the right travel gift can put a smile on their face when they least expect it, and remind them of good friends at home. These tend to be practical and useful, optimizing their time out on the road (or up in the skies) and making things easier on them.
Treat her to luxurious lotions and bath care products from the acclaimed skincare brand, Molton Brown. This collection features samples of some of Molton Browns’ most popular products, including Gingerlily body wash, Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion, and Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Bath and Shower Gel. All products come in a delightful pink cosmetic bag.
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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.
In the 1920s, Emily Post, an American writer, attempted to solve the issue of what gift to give on the occasion of an anniversary by drawing up lists of anniversary themes in a book titled “Etiquette”, published in 1922. However, only some anniversary years were included in the book, the first, fifth, then every fifth year up to the 25th wedding anniversary. In 1937, the American National Retail Jeweler Association added additional years to the list, including all years up to 14 years of marriage, and every 5th year up to 50 years of marriage. These are known as traditional themes linked with each marital year. More recently, a contemporary list was created, and today, all the anniversary years from 1 up to 30 have been linked with a theme or material, and then every fifth year up to 75 years of marriage.
'Tis the season for giving, and Hallmark has Christmas gifts for everyone on your list this year. Before you tackle the Christmas shopping, get yourself in the holiday mood with a little binge-watching of some feel-good Hallmark Christmas movies. Next, you'll want to spread the holiday spirit around your home with a healthy dose of Christmas decorating. From Christmas ornaments and Nativity sets to cozy pillows and scented candles, you'll find tons of great holiday decorating ideas at Hallmark to make your home comfy and Santa-ready.
Men are also more angular than curved, which gives you something excellent to work with. Straight lines and sharp edges are a man’s best friend; they compliment naturally masculine features, even if they appear to be a bit under the surface. Think of seams and stitching that cut straight across, belt buckles that aren’t rounded on the edges, and shoes/boots with a bit of a point to them, or a square tip.
There’s nothing wrong with paying less attention to the stitch colors of a jacket or messenger bag, or not minding how the boots look, as long as they function. There’s a lot of guys out there who would much rather receive practical gifts, rather than something that essentially doesn’t serve a purpose (more on this shortly). They don’t find expensive clothing as attractive as a fuller wallet, which is totally okay. This guy understands and appreciates a new, hefty jacket to protect him from the elements when his job or trade requires him to work outside. He can find the joy and thoughtfulness in these items that blend function and fashion but generally enjoys the more practical or usable gifts.
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.