John Willis Hulme founded his leather-goods company in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1905, and today the brand is still making its products—which all come with a lifetime guarantee—in America. This Editor Brief can fit a 15-inch laptop along with other daily essentials. The detachable shoulder strap is handy, but you can also treat it like a briefcase and use the sturdy handles to carry the full-grain leather bag.
"My son gifted this to me for my birthday. I love to work with my hands, and this was perfect for… more me. I have to admit, I was intimidated with a fear of messing it up. I knew my son would want to see the finished work. After staring at the pieces on my bench for a couple weeks, I finally decided, it’s now or never! Every step carefully processed. I knew there were no 'do overs.' Slow and deliberate steps, but once I got started it was an obsession. It came out great." - Ken less
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Transform an old book into a pretty box for trinkets and other small items with this easy-to-make Christmas gift idea. Apply crafts glue to the inside back cover and close the book; let dry. Apply glue to the book's edges; let dry. Mark a rectangle on the first page about 1-inch from all sides. Use a crafts knife to cut along the mark through several pages. Remove the cut pages; continue cutting and removing pages until you've reached the desired depth. Seal the cut pages with clear glue to finish the keepsake box.
These marbleized candlestick holders look like an expensive Christmas gift, but they're actually a simple DIY project. Just dip candlestick holders into paint and water for a stylish swirled design, and give them to parents or grandparents to enjoy. For a Christmas look, we suggest choosing holiday hues, like red and green. For a more timeless approach, silver and plum create a year-round classic.
One of the sleekest and smartest trackers on the market, Fitbit's Versa makes a great gift for the health-conscious traveler. Some of our favorite features: auto-exercise recognition and built-in guided workouts, 24/7 heart rate tracking, room to store hundreds of songs for phone-free listening, and an impressive four- to five-day battery life. Toss in a few interchangeable leather straps and gift them as a bundle.
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.
In the old days, shopping for gifts during the holidays was quite the experience. People like you and me were forced to brave the harsh winter weather, combat crowds of frantic shoppers, and scramble from store to store to find great Christmas gifts during the busy holiday season. Most of us were limited to whatever the local shops and big-box stores had to offer, so finding unique presents and specialty items was quite a chore.
The world may be going digital, but Montblanc is preserving the art of handwriting with a newly released product called Augmented Paper. The kit comes with a StarWalker Ballpoint Pen and a leather envelope holding a digital notebook that translates handwritten notes into digital text on a mobile device. One button transmits the notes to a smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth. So you can start a project in the notebook, return to it on your iPhone, and then shoot it off to your colleagues in an e-mail.
Okay, this cardigan has over 2,500 reviews on Nordstrom and a 5-star rating. Why don't I own this? It looks like a comfortable blanket disguised as clothing. When it comes to cardigans and sweaters, the limit does not exist for the amount one can own. They make great gifts—especially when they’re this cozy(chic). Not shopping for a cardigan person? Barefoot Dreams also sells a robe. Just saying...
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.
Collar perfect: Collar Perfect is a small and quick iron that works by clamping onto collars, cuffs, creases, between buttons, and other parts to smooth out wrinkles. What makes it millennial-friendly is that it can transform into a standard iron when you open its wings. Collar Perfect also comes with international power support so you can take it on with you on all your trips.
Corporate Casual - A straightforward way to wrap a corporate casual gift, say at an office party or outing to a co-worker’s birthday after work, is to grab an inexpensive belt from your nearest store and wrap it around their present. It’s low maintenance, and while it allows them to see what the present is, it’s a corporate-friendly way to go about it and get a quick smile from the guy in question.
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.
To reduce your gift shopping stress (and stress in general) this year, we’ve come up with a list of 25 awesome gifts for all the different types of women in your life. From the home chef to the traveler to the one you don’t know that well, we have you covered. Here are my picks for the gifts women want in 2018. Want more options? Check out all of our product roundups for the best things you can buy this year.
In truth, most men are relatively easy to shop for, but we’re so damn picky when someone asks us. Men don’t want to be an inconvenience or cost anyone money, which is why when you ask, “Hey, what do you want for X (birthday, Christmas, you name it),” he’s going to tell you that he doesn’t want anything, or simply shrug (don’t worry, we’re going to cover each holiday in a little bit).
Last but not least, we have post-Christmas sales and make no mistake, they’re a lot better than the days leading up to Saint Nick’s descendance. These give you a chance to grab some gear on the cheap if you’re following our gift wrapping ideas up the page in this guide, as well as smaller items that are just taking up floor space. They need to move inventory, and you’re just the person to handle it.
We’ll start with the one that’s going to make your life the most simple: a gift receipt. These are like Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, giving you free range to correct your error as pain-free as possible. Even with these, you’ll still have to provide a form of photo ID in some places. It’s rare, but it’s something you don’t want to be caught without, especially if you’re stuck in the return line after a major holiday.
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.
A custom picture frame is a simple, yet totally unique and exceptionally meaningful Christmas gift. It’s a great way to show your loved ones that you took the extra time and thought to create something that’s truly theirs. Whether you’re shopping for your new boyfriend or girlfriend or your partner of many years, the “Because of You” picture frame can help express just how you...
Celebrate his relationship with personalized anniversary gifts for him at Personal Creations. We offer customized modern and traditional anniversary gifts that guys will love! Find presents for any anniversary, from the very first to those major milestone years. Find anniversary gifts for men; shop our extensive collection of accessories, man cave décor, bar ware and more!
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.
Ordering a blanket online made me a bit nervous, especially a personalized one. However, I got the blanket today and can't even begin to say how happy I am. It is true to the expected size. It is truly plush- the Sherpa side is fluffy, the printed side begs to be snuggled into. The lettering is masterfully done-and what is most amazing is that there is NO texture change when you run your fingers over them. I am ecstatic.
When searching for the best gifts for women, think about what she enjoys doing, and chances are you can find a device or piece of technology that can help her with it. For instance, if she's into fitness, try shopping for wearables like an activity tracker wristband to help her measure progress toward her fitness goals. Or if she' someone who can't live without access to her device, phone accessories like a portable charger, signal booster or heavy-duty case will ensure that she's never out of touch with her friends, family and social media.
If you’re going for big gifts or small (gifts for 1 year old boys), you’re going to want to hit late February for President’s Day sales. While these tend to apply to major appliances and mattresses, furniture and things of the sort, that could be the perfect thing. If he’s a gamer, and you’re going for a stellar top-budget gift, you could always check out gaming desks or gaming chairs. The trick to utilizing these sales is to see what their doorbuster items are. These are generally things they use to get people in the door (even virtually), and then sell them on great deals on larger items. Some brands even sacrifice making any profit off these items by dropping them so low, just to get you on their site. You’ll also see sales like this come around in late May for Memorial Day sales.
Don’t get overwhelmed by the thought of taking over Santa’s duties. With this list of gifts you’ll have a great many gifts that you can put under the tree that are sure to get the desired response. From remote controlled tanks and drones to basketballs that give you stats on your smartphone, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. “Thanks Santa!” will ring through your house again and again.
Shopping for little Jake or Jane -- whatever his or her age -- couldn’t be easier with our huge array of totally unique, fun and whimsical gifts or keepsakes! For the ultimate kids gift, look to our personalized photo canvas that can showcase your child in a collage, sporting event or other important occasion in art-gallery form. When celebrating a first birthday you may want to consider age appropriate gifts, which can be anything from cuddly personalized stuffed animals to snuggly blankets to cool games and bedroom accents, we’ve got something to please everyone.
Gifts are a great way to show someone that you care and that you want someone to feel special. If you don’t have an idea or are tired of getting the same gifts over and over, take a look through our guides for some inspiration. Make the next birthday or Mother’s Day celebration the best one yet by getting a totally unique gift that the special someone in your life wouldn’t expect at all!