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The Huge Fort Kit is a wonderful Christmas gift for kids who love to pretend. Featuring more than 50 pieces including frame tubes, blocks and clips, this imagination station even comes with a convenient carrying bag for those trips away from home. Built stronger than the other play forts that are available on the market, Toydle Forts are designed for hours and hours of fun! Kids will have a great...
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This is a serious event in his life. He’s worked, planned, and gotten ready for this day for potential years. This calls for something for his business, something that he may one day pass down to his children when they inherit it. Custom frames for their first dollar, posh decorations for their office, or even a nice, strong bottle of top-shelf liquor with a custom label (that’s one they’ll probably bring home, but it’ll mean the world to them in their liquor cabinet).
Our own elves have selected a remarkable assortment of gifts from some of the most exclusive suppliers from across the United States so that it will be easy to find the best Christmas gifts for all your loved ones. Your choices range from inexpensive yet thoughtful presents to personalized items to those that are customized just for you. You can also find once-in-a-lifetime experience gifts, selections for those who are hard to buy for, gift baskets for every possible interest and monthly gift clubs so the recipient can enjoy their Christmas gift all year!
Taxes suck, but Tax-Free Weekend always hits around late July to early August and makes it all suck a little less. These have recently applied to digital sales as well, and can even help to shave-off the costs associated with digital media downloads and buying year-long memberships to some of your favorite streaming services. Certain stores and online platforms will recognize these days with a, “Take an extra X percent off” type deal. Our recommendation: capitalize on those.
The perfect tech gift all depends on who you're thinking of gifts for — boyfriend, husband, dad, etc. Is he someone who loves using tech to explore and see things in new ways? Introduce him to the aerial photography craze with our huge selection of drones. Maybe he's more of a hands-on adventurer who'd enjoy capturing his exploits on an action cam. Or perhaps he's a pragmatist who likes to have information at his fingertips, in which case wearables like smartwatches and activity trackers could be right up his alley. While we can show you the best gifts for men based on our expertise, you're the one who knows the guy you're shopping for and what will make him happy.
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.
'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.
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.
Whether you're planning a private celebration or you want custom anniversary party favors and supplies for a big anniversary bash, we make it easy to find the perfect party accessories. Browse our selection by category and popularity, and use our free personalization tools to customize anniversary favors and gifts with names, dates, a photo or a loving message.
There is a myth out there that a gift is “better” if it’s more expensive, but that isn’t true! In fact, most women will appreciate a well thought-out gift much more than an ordinary gift that cost more money. It is easy to go to the nearest store and buy the first thing you see. Instead, take a little more time to think of a unique gift. The fact that you took the time will guarantee that she’ll love it.
We’re in an era where men’s fashion has a huge focus right now. There are cliches being shattered all over the place because men actually like to go shopping for clothes and unique style items more than they ever did. Every man should have a certain set of items in their wardrobe and based on those categories, you’ll be able to pick out something from the pile that they’re certain to fall in love with. We’ll go into each category of clothing, and break them down one by one.
Following the anniversary gift types are the different gemstones that have been assigned to each year to reflect your ever-evolving bond and the significance of your relationship. And last are designated colors and color combinations that tie into and relate to the anniversary year’s overall theme. Together, all four of these components can be incorporated either in the actual anniversary gift you give or the way you commemorate the special day, or both.
Help ensure that your loved one stays well-groomed and looking spectacular this holiday season with these specially designed facial hair scissors! Featuring an innovative design that makes clipping those unwanted hairs a cinch, these unique Christmas gifts help your recipient achieve that clean-cut look from any angle. Unlike most other scissors designed for facial hair that have those tiny...
You work with the guy, you want to get something nice, but you just don’t know where to go. One of the main reasons to get a restaurant gift card is to tell them, “You deserve a night off, so this one’s on me.” There’s a little bit of careful planning that should go into it, though. Depending on your relationship with this guy, you’ll know a few basic details, like what city or town they live in, or what’s along the road on the way to, or coming back from work. The last thing you want is to get a gift card to a restaurant that’s going to be out of their way; you’re trying to make it convenient for them to get a meal essentially for free, so look at what’s along the way. This is a simple gift card to grab that doesn’t take too much knowledge, but buyer beware: try to get a feel for any possible allergies before you send them out for lobster.
So you’ve gone to all the trouble to find what you thought was the perfect gift, only to read the expression on their face, and thank the stars above that you kept that gift receipt or proof of purchase. This is where you’ll have to pay serious attention to shopping online. Buying from stores that have brick and mortar establishments nearby will allow you to go with them, and physically exchange the gift for one of two things: store credit, or an item of equal or lesser value.
Most experience events, if not all, should also have you included in the initial cost. It’s not much of an experience if they don’t have someone to go with, and if you’re a best friend or sibling, you know them intimately enough to get something they’ll truly, deeply enjoy. That’s an experience that they’ll want to share with you. The biggest mistake that experience day shoppers make, is not including themselves and running into financial problems. Just understand those experience days, on average, don’t include the cost of transit, tolls, food, drink, etc.
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.
We’re also going to advise that you don’t handle the return at the biggest or necessarily closest location. Crowds get nuts, and if there’s one thing we’ve seen plenty of times, it’s someone in the line ahead of us, battling a manager or concierge member about their policy. It’s lengthy, and they (the store staff) try to be nice about it, but it’s a time-eater. Returning online, nine times out of ten, is going to be more convenient for you.
This is one gift that any women will really love. Everyone enjoys a good massage, but who has the time or money to get a professional one at any time that the urge arises? Instead, get her a massager of her own that she can use on herself. There is a huge variety of options out there, so see if you can catch her complaining about being sore anywhere specific as there are great choices for feet, head, back, and just all-over options too.
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 Christmas gift makes an adorable office decoration or home accessory. Colorful baker's twine and papier-mache come together to create a too-cute monogrammed Christmas gift perfect for mom, best friends or sisters. Embellish a flat wooden frame with varying widths of wrapped twine on opposite corners. Then display a twine-wrapped papier-mache letter inside the frame opening. For a full Christmas theme, gravitate toward red and green twine.
Make that morning commute to work a little less painful. Whether he’s hopping on the train or driving forty-five minutes to make ends meet, if he’s a music lover, you’ll be able to transform that commute into an experience. Spotify gift cards are excellent for streamers with endless data, or an iTunes gift card for local storage music if they don’t have an unlimited GB bucket. Either way, there/s some new tunes, all courtesy of you.
Whether it's used for serving or for display, this pretty Christmas gift will brighten any kitchen. Create a colorful motif around the edges of a purchased platter with ceramic paints or porcelain paint pens, then sketch and paint a fun shape in the center. Many ceramic paints require baking to set the colors, so be sure to read the packaging instructions before you start the project. This gift is perfect for anyone looking to make their house feel a little more like home.
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.
The My Boot Trees make magnificent unique Christmas gifts for those boot-lovin’ loved ones on your holiday shopping list this year! Available in a wide variety of color and pattern choices, they are a great way to add a little pizazz to your recipient’s closet or boot storage area. Each pair even includes two black wooden tie-on tags for a touch of personalization. Hand created right here in...
A set of drink coasters is one of those gifts that practically anyone can appreciate. They’re multipurpose and infinitely useful. In addition to protecting your furniture from water marks, coasters can be used in a variety of ways—as a spoon rest, a trivet, a base for messy containers like honey, oil or soy sauce, even a base for candles. A set of custom coasters can be a great conversation...
Still haven't been to the Polo Bar? Ralph Lauren's Kipton Mixologist Box lets you bring the designer's signature cocktail style with you wherever you go. The travel set includes a hand-cut crystal decanter, four matching glasses, a leather-bound book full of cocktail recipes, a bottle opener, six cocktail picks, four coasters, and a silver-plated brass jigger and nut bowl. Everything comes in a soigné saddle leather carrying case lined with Ralph Lauren's signature Wexford plaid.
Some exchanges may require you to bring a form of photo ID, even just for exchanges. If there’s a physical store, you can go for the same item in different colors or sizes, or as we mentioned, something of equal or lesser value. In the end, you could even grab the store credit, and transfer it over to the gentleman on your list who didn’t like the gift. That way, he’ll be able to go pick something out or use it with his own money for a larger purchase.
Now, all this talk is great and helpful, but if your guy doesn’t consider himself to be ultra stylish, you have to look out for something. SOs, you have to make sure they don’t feel like you are trying to dictate their wardrobe like you want to see them in something else instead of their normal day-to-day wear. You want to avoid seeming insultive, so you’re going to leave all this talk out of why you got that specific jacket and pair of jeans for them.
Sales on electronics happen in early February just about each year, usually around whatever the upcoming “big game” is. Big box retailers use these days to bring in a lot of foot traffic, but in recent years, have found that they actually make a lot more money by doing it online. They reduce labor, advertising costs, and battle it out with their competitors to give you killer prices. For online sales, you can expect to see some of these roll-outs about a week early, to allow for shipping time.
"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
Snuggle up with the ones you love under this thick and cozy personalized Sherpa blanket this winter! This personalized blanket features Micro Mink material on one side, giving it seriously smooth softness, as well as faux lambs-wool Sherpa material on the other which further fills out the weight and thickness of the blanket. It’s like a warm hug to wrap around you as you read a book, catch...
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.
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.
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.
If he’s all about the outdoors, then it’s time to give him a hand and help him live the dream. There are endless camping, hiking, and outdoor activity gifts to grab for them. If you can get a look at their current setup, then you’ll know exactly where to go from there. For these gents, it’s about function, and being lightweight (since they’ll be hauling all this stuff on their own).