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.
For one, procrastination is not your friend. If you’re reading this in a panic, you’re not alone. There’s a lot of last-minute gifters out there, but from this point going forward, you can’t procrastinate. Nobody likes the anxiety of trying to grab a last-minute gift, only to find that all the shipping dates suck. Since a lot of the products we review are available on Amazon (what isn’t, right?), we’re big advocates of getting Amazon Prime to cut-down on delivery time restrictions. Even during the holiday season, they manage to pull off miraculous deliveries that still shock most of us.
Clothing and just about all forms of apparel can rack you up a pretty penny. If you wait until early October for Columbus Day, you’ll be able to snag some killer deals from some of the most well-recognized brands in America. If you’re going to bulk-up on a wardrobe or give out gifts for just about every guy on your list, this is the time to do it. If you’re a real pro, and you read our section about planning ahead, you can take care of Christmas shopping right around this time too, and beat the holiday mall rush.
You've done it: Year one of marriage is officially in the books. We're sure it's been a blur—and has come with its unexpected moments—but reaching this first major milestone is huge. Just as important? That first anniversary gift. Luckily for you, there's a traditional year-by-year protocol to anniversary presents, which makes things easier when it comes time to picking something out. Your first anniversary is typically marked with a paper gift. Why paper, you ask? As far as anniversary gifts go, the medium's price tag is usually on the lower end of the spectrum, which is usually appropriate for couples who are just starting out.
Bright floral prints keep a home looking warm despite winter chill—an ideal Christmas gift for friends who prefers bold motifs. Choose the frame and cut a piece of cold press board (sturdy, textured paper found in crafts stores) an inch smaller than the frame on all sides. To create the irregular white border, brush frisket (liquid similar to rubber cement that will mask areas you don't want painted) along the edges with an imperfect stroke; let dry. Place silk or plastic greenery (look for pieces that lie flat) on each board, and spray with a single coat of paint. Remove the greenery, and allow the paint to dry. Carefully rub off frisket, then attach the print to white paper backing and place in frame.
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.
I have been wanting to buy Madewell's classic leather tote bag for a while now, so I did not hesitate to purchase it when they came out with a zip top version of the bag this year. The classic tote is big enough to hold all my stuff for work, stylish enough for me to use on weekends when I don't have a lot in it, and the zip top makes it perfect for traveling on weekend trips with (or using as a carry-on while flying). The bag comes in a few different colors. I have it in English Saddle, which is of course my personal fave.
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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Women can be the hardest to shop for, but this list should give you a strong footing on the kinds of things she might like. You’ll have to use your own judgement and personal knowledge to screen this list for things that apply to the woman in your life. These items have been hand-picked to be woman-approved, so no matter which one you go with you’ll at least be given the benefit of the doubt.
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.
In the table above, we provide the most comprehensive information compiled to date, for all anniversary years up to the 30th, and every five years thereafter to the 60th. The table outlines for each wedding anniversary the Traditional and Modern Gift Themes/Materials, the Gemstone, and the Color, as well as the Flower which is detailed when you click on the link in the final column for each year under the heading 'Traditional & Modern Gift Ideas'. These links in the final column also take you to an overview of the descriptions of the symbolic backgrounds for the choice of themes and other aspects of each anniversary, as well as some gift suggestions based on each of these symbolic concepts. Hence, you generally have a broad range of options to choose from in your pursuit of the perfect anniversary gift for your loved one. There is no right or wrong theme for each year, and so your anniversary present should be guided predominantly by your loved one's personal interests and preferences.
Our site is dedicated to making your life easier during the holiday season and throughout the year. That’s why we have teamed up with some of the most spectacular merchants on the planet to offer you perfect gifts for everyone on your list, year after year. Whether you’re shopping for presents for dear old Dad, sentimental items for your sweet mom, unique gift ideas for those adorable kids, or great merchandise for friends, far-away family members or coworkers, we’ve got you covered!
He travels a lot, he’s constantly taking Uber in the big city when he’s on a business trip, or just doesn’t own a car. Nothing’s more thoughtful than giving them a safe ride home from one too many drinks at the bar, or a safe place to stay when they’re traveling abroad. Airbnb gives them the ability to stay in multiple countries, as well, so international travel doesn’t have to include expensive hotels and a depleted level of funds.
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: