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!)
Gift shopping can be hard. No matter if you’re shopping for a sibling, a longtime spouse, or a co-worker, the act of picking out the perfect gift can be overwhelming. What does she want? What doesn’t she already own? What color would she want it in? Is she allergic to anything? Does she like to read? What is her favorite scent? So many questions, so little time to buy.
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.
Nothing But Blue Skies - Work’s beating them down, and their body is a wreck. Who can afford to only work forty hours a week these days? An experience day at a pampering, relaxing retreat, all just for one day, is enough to convince them to take a load-off for once. It’s near impossible to justify a small vacation, but a one day only pampering event is hard to refuse. It allows them to still provide, and enjoy a guilt-free experience that’s selfishly about them, and nothing else.
Despite his "scales" this wonderfully soft and shy Stegosaurus Plush likes to practice his "roar" while stomping around to make his squishy spines wobble. Even more, this bashful stegosaurus loves to snuggle—especially when reading Dinosaurs Are Cool. Richly illustrated and written in funny rhymes, Dinosaurs Are Cool lets little ones see just how naughty dinos can be, while discovering why dinosaurs became extinct. Set includes polyester dinosaur and hardcover book.
"Finally a gift that puts the WIN in WINE!! I gave this as a housewarming gift to my… more engineer-brother who just relocated from Chicago to Dallas a few weeks ago. It was priceless to watch him tear into the crate, tell us how "Fancy" the rolling wine glasses made him feel, but all while he was actively engaged the Scratch ‘n Sniff Wine Guide. Truly the perfect gift for the man who doesn’t care if the glass is half full or half empty, just as long as there’s wine in the glass!!" - Ashley less
This stunning $4 Christmas gift (yes, really) is easy enough for DIY-newbies to create. Purchase four 4-inch flat corner braces from a hardware store. If you can't find brass braces, no worries! You can spray-paint the braces with metallic gold paint. Adhere a brace to each corner of a simple white picture frame using multi-surface adhesive. This metallic Christmas gift is perfect for any modern-design family.
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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.
Fun Christmas gifts for kids, some say these unique plants are more like pets. Imagine the thrill of receiving TickleMe Plant Party favors for Christmas and growing real house plants that actually react when you tickle them! The leaves fold together and even the branches fall down when you tickle this amusing houseplant. Recommended for kids 5+, the TickleMe Plant can be easily grown indoors...
The time association rule directly affects what you should be spending, and how big of lofty a gift you should be looking at. Opting for smaller gifts is better for a short relationship time, whether you’re dating or just friends. If I have a friend for six weeks, and I knew their birthday was coming up, I’m going to get them something small that’s half-obligatory, half “Hey, we’re buds, have something nice.” The longer you know or are with someone, the higher the expectation is on the gift.
Budget ahead of time, order ahead of time and expect delivery delays. We would also like to add that if you’re in a highly-populated area, you’re going to be a prime target for box theft during the holiday season. It’s an unfortunate truth, but this is where planning ahead of time just saved your skin. If the delivery date doesn’t matter, you can ensure that you’ll be home for it without stressing for time. You hear a knock at the door, hop to, and boom: the package is safely inside.
This Round’s on Me - Going out for a drink is the age-old expression of downtime, and telling someone that you want to spend a good few minutes with them, while also treating them to something. These are a great impromptu way to help them take a load off while being able to enjoy some quality time with them yourself. You can also save a bit of money here, so long as you don’t get them blackout drunk, you know?
"My sister gave me this for Christmas. The packaging and the content where fun, though I am still… more not sure if she was trying to kill me or just test my manhood. If you know someone who likes spice than this is the the choice for them. Just down right fun to open and fun to enjoy. How much hot is to hot? There is only one way to find out." - Tim less
They are made out of plastic and are really light, which gives you the impression they're going to be cheap and break easily, but that was not the case. My son is rough with everything and he dropped these, played in the dirt, wrestled while his walkie talkie was clipped to him. After all of that, it was still in great shape by the time we went inside.
"I ordered a crate for my dad's birthday and he loved it! After opening, everyone started looking at… more the Man Crates site to see what crates they would want to have or send to others. I knew I had to check out Man Crates again for Father's day. I thought to myself 'Whats the Father's day equivalent to Mother's day flowers?' and this is it! I cannot wait for it to be delivered to my dad." - Jill less
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.
November brings us one legendary sale, but before then, it’s all about Veterans Day sales to seriously stock up on housewarming gifts, home appliances, and small electronics. This is one of the more minor sales when it comes to gift-giving, but still a noticeable blip on the radar. If he’s a bit culinary guy, you can grab him something along the lines of a new countertop appliance, or take a look at the selection of grills. If he’s in a more snowy environment, it’s a good time to grab one of these for later and gift it during the summer months.