To overcome the common problem people faced as to what to give one’s spouse each year, an American author by the name of Emily Post, who wrote on the topic of etiquette, was the first to recommend a list of anniversary gift themes which was published in 1922 in her book titled 'Etiquette’. In that book, she listed suggestions for the first anniversary, followed by the fifth anniversary, and then every five years or so up until the 25th, and concluded with the 50th wedding anniversary. The American National Retail Jeweler Association expanded on this list in 1937 by filling in the missing years up to the 14th wedding anniversary, and the subsequent multiples of five up to the 50th year.
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.

Well Played - If you want to throw some DIY in the mix and make it the most auspicious gift they’ll receive, this one’s pretty fun. All it takes is a large cardboard box, one sheet of wrapping paper, and a stapler. Put the box vertically, and make a 2x3 grid of circular cuts. Lay the wrapping paper along the inside and make it like a carnival game, while putting their gift behind one of the hole punches. It’s also fun to have them go through all of them without having the gift inside. When they turn around baffled, just hand it to them; you’re sure to get a laugh from the room.

If you’re zoning-in on their interests, use the knowledge at your disposal to garner a good foundation. If you’ve heard anything in passing, such as, “I’d really like to do this, but I don’t have X to do it with,” you just figured out something vital: they don’t have everything they need to complete their desired tasks, and you now have a much more narrow margin of error. Bonus points if you remember exactly what they said they needed, even if it’s something that’s not inline with your interests.
Some items aren’t going to come with anywhere near what you want for a shipping option. When we review gear here, we take a lot of factors into consideration and try to make sure everything has a healthy window of shipping and delivery. When you get items on the cheap from overseas, you can expect to still be waiting throughout, and past certain holiday seasons.
From the smallest stocking stuffers for husbands to the most heartfelt Christmas gifts for Mom, we've got the gifts that will make this year extra special for everyone. Imagine a Christmas season without last minute shopping at crowded stores! Instead, imagine sitting down and having your Christmas gifts wrapped and under the tree with time to spare! Imagine time for wassail and stringing popcorn, listening to Bing Crosby and standing under the mistletoe!
Bring your children's imagination to life with all the baby & kids toys and gifts that Crate and Barrel has to offer. Dress up clothes, accessories and playhouses allow your kids to dive into the world of make-believe. From summer camp to the bottom of the ocean to an African safari, find the perfect props for pretend play. Don't forget to add some fun games to your playroom as well! We've got lots of choices from wooden blocks to puzzles to checkers. Help your kids play house with baby dolls, toy kitchens, and fake food. If you have a young baby or toddler, we've got plenty of toys and activities here for little ones, too. Find rattles, balls and activity mats all designed specially for babies. Searching for a kids gift? You've come to the right place. Shop by age or by price, and don't forget to check out our personalized gift options to add a special touch to your present. Our toys and games make the perfect gifts for holidays and birthdays, no matter what age your child is turning! And of course, if you just cannot make up your mind on what to give, keep it simple with a Crate and Barrel gift card.
"We got this for a friend as a thank you for some work he had done for us. He lets us know that he… more really liked it. He said that when he opened the box, he smelled MEAT. He added that his wife had her eye on the salmon jerky. Since they had recently traveled to Alaska, the knife was a hit. They'd been debating whether to buy one when they were there and hadn't, so now they have one.” - Julie less 

When you portray your favorite person on a dinner plate, they'll feel like the guest of honor at every meal. Using a photo as a starting point, draw the shape and fine features of your muse onto a plain white plate using a porcelain paint pen. Use a paintbrush to add blush and hair. Keep acetone (nail polish remover works well) and tissues close to remove any mistakes. To set the paint, bake the plate according to the paint manufacturer's instructions. Although the plate should be food-safe, double-check the manufacturer's instructions or use it for decorative purposes only.
Men like to be spoiled too, okay? If you’re a SO that doesn’t live by Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone. In fact, most of us aren’t too big on the day, but it does bring up one undeniable benefit. Even if we would all like to think we cherish the guy in our lives, and show them every day how much they mean to us, it’s just not possible. You’ll be worn-out by a week in. Life picks up the pace when you’re with someone, and that honeymoon phase will eventually whittle down. That’s okay, because gift cards to his favorite restaurant, a night out on the town, or a pampering experience day are all ways to show him how much you care, and rekindle the flame on this chilly February day.
One last tip is to shop for materials that hold these patterns well, or at least compliment them if they’re apart of different clothes. You can rarely go wrong with leather, cotton and a touch of suede every now and again. Thicker fabrics that stand up to the wear-and-tear that they’re going to put them through during the daily grind, you know? Alright, we’ll get off clothing, and hit the next topic now.

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.
Try this delightful Christmas gift that flower lovers like mom will adore. Use a porcelain paint pen to draw a floral design on a plain vase. If you're not confident in your freehand abilities, try sketching your design onto paper and using transfer paper to position the design on the surface. Creativity is the only limit with this Christmas gift—you can create any number of holiday designs to personalize the present.
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.
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.
One of the easiest ways to keep a relationship fresh is to explore new things together, and cooking is a fun one to play with since you can do it together in the comfort of your own home, and then enjoy the delicious results (or have a new story of a cooking disaster to share!). This kit is clever: Your challenge is to roll the dice, each of which has a different food group or kind of ingredient on it (like cooking methods, grains, veggies, herbs and proteins), then try to concoct a dinner using the ingredients you rolled. Being creative together and problem-solving to build a meal will surely bring you closer together, especially if you don’t take it to seriously — and solve the problem with a glass of wine in hand.
You want the best for your kids, and these gifts deliver. They are the best things you can put under the tree this year that will have them talking long after the season is over. There are fun gifts like animal flip-flops that leave animal tracks behind, and hoodies that make it look like a monster is eating their head. These are the types of gifts that make Christmas memorable, and create that morning moment you’re looking for.
When you portray your favorite person on a dinner plate, they'll feel like the guest of honor at every meal. Using a photo as a starting point, draw the shape and fine features of your muse onto a plain white plate using a porcelain paint pen. Use a paintbrush to add blush and hair. Keep acetone (nail polish remover works well) and tissues close to remove any mistakes. To set the paint, bake the plate according to the paint manufacturer's instructions. Although the plate should be food-safe, double-check the manufacturer's instructions or use it for decorative purposes only.
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:
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